Author: Photography by M. James Northen

A Flowing Design With Ageless Appeal

John Genoni, president of Beachland Homes, who grew up in the construction industry. “My father is in real estate development in Melbourne, and I remember watching his houses being built. I knew that’s what I wanted to do when I got older,” says John, recalling early impressionable years. When an Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise became available in Indian River County, he didn’t have to think twice.

The Heart Of The House

Since most Early American houses were small and snug, the kitchen was an integral part of the living and dining areas. The kitchen fireplace was the center of the house and provided heat for warmth as well as cooking. Then, as the population gained wealth and acquired help, homes grew in size and kitchens were relegated to the back of the house where the owner rarely ventured.

The Little Inn That Could

This story begins with a woman’s smile. Glenn Northey was at a South Beach restaurant in Miami when he looked up and saw a beautiful brunette smiling at him. Deciding to seize the moment he had the waitress deliver a drink to her table in hopes of meeting her. He did. Her name was Vera Seemann, he asked for her telephone number and the rest, as they say, is history.

A Fashion King Heads South

A press release from J. McLaughlin, a retailer of stylish clothing for women and men, sums up the stores’ appeal thusly: “Based in New York, J. McLaughlin has made homes in 40 chic locales nationwide, serving up classic clothes with an original twist.… It’s the Hamptons with a sense of humor, New Canaan with nerve, Palm Beach with passion and Charlotte with charm.”