Vizcaya: Master Suite

The second floor of Vizcaya is broken into a series of guest suites boasting the most modern of technology for the day, including private baths and dressing rooms for each bedroom. Mr. Deering's private suite faced Biscayne Bay in the northeast corner of the house and includes a private terrace as well as a large sitting room. Many say his sitting room, seen above on the plan in blue, is the most beautiful in the entire house but I might have to disagree on this one: a bit overdone for my tastes.

Decorated in Italian Directoire style, the sitting room was based on the work of the late 18th century architect, Giocondo Albertolli. The walls are upholstered in Louis XVI style embroidered yellow silk with white and gold painted Italian boiseries.
Chalfin mixed French Empire mahogany furniture with an oval Savonnerie carpet and had the ceiling painted a blue gray with a gilded seahorse in plaster, the mascot of Vizcaya. I think the effect here is rather Trump does Vegas, but to each his own.The room also features a fireplace designed by Robert Adam for Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin, seen above in a historic photo.
Deering's bedroom, seen in green on the floorplan above, continues the Neoclassical theme but in Empire style; a great improvement to my mind compared with the sitting room.The ceiling again is painted a gray blue with gilded plaster work. The day we visited, conservators were working in the bedroom.

The fireplace is Adamesque from the 18th century while the bed was designed a la Polonaise with a small canopy with the same embroidered green silk used to upholster the walls.
The interesting mahogany bed features scenes from a Roman wedding on gilt panels.The carpet is an Aubusson with woven seahorses.
The bathroom, seen on the plan above in taupe, is probably the most well known bathroom in Florida. Designed in an ornate Neoclassical style, Chalfin chose 3 colors of marble(black, white and gray) to create 'paneling' with mounted urns of silver.
The ceiling was tented with embroidered linen much like a Napoleonic campaign tent.
The bathtub's gold plated faucets in the shape of swans deliver both fresh and salt water.The best feature though, designed by Chalfin, is a shaving bowl facing Biscayne Bay which is piped with hot water, seen in front of the window above. The photo above shows the view of the bay beyond the shaving stand: now that is morning ritual I could get used to!

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