Seven years ago, Gany Lalo, the CEO of and her husband, Jimmie, traded Florida beach views for 10 acres on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Now their home, dubbed Blue Stallion Farm, offers plenty of wide-open spaces for their herd, which includes their four children and eight beloved horses, to roam.
The beautiful arched porch—once coated in a not-so-breezy shade of red—is now the perfect airy setting for floral finery both fleeting (like the ranunculus and aster blooms in a crusty green watering can) and forever (like the bright embroidered tablecloth made in Israel).
To offset the kitchen’s darker wood cabinetry, terra-cotta tiles, and concrete sink, Gany selected retro-inspired appliances—both a refrigerator and dishwasher—in Jadite green. Other colorful touches include cobalt blue shelf brackets, a red vintage ruler stool, and, quite often, the day’s bounty of produce from the garden.
While South Florida heat makes tile floors a must, Gany likes to layer on a variety of colorful rugs ranging from kilim and Oushak to rag and dhurrie, including this find in navy, pink, yellow, and coral. Its vibrant colors are echoed on the open shelving in the form of vases, bowls, typewriters, and luggage.
A charming vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt brings a little levity to the Indonesian bed. “I used to be on constant lookout for bed coverlets at antiques markets,” says Gany. “Now I have a huge collection of suzanis, kanthas, caftans, crochets, patchworks, and chenilles.”
The vibrant green shade seen throughout the property (on trim both indoors and out) was inspired by homeowner Gany Lalo’s trip to Mykonos, Greece. “When I travel, I take lots of pictures, and when I get home, I head straight for the paint store, and we eyeball it,” she says. For a similar shade, try Aqua Quartz by Valspar.
Gany ordered a beer garden set for fun, casual dining in the stables. “When we need extra room, the whole thing folds up flat,” she says. “It was originally green but we repainted it a bright orange.”
On the barn patio, furniture in peppy fabrics make for lively seating. The tropical patterned chair complements a leather sofa, transformed with paint. (Really!) “We just used a paintbrush and it has lasted about four years now!” says Gany. Striped pillows and an indigo rag rug add extra zest.
In addition to the stable full of horses, the family has adopted a lot of animals. Thanks to the 10 acres, a dreamy barn, and chicken coops that look like guest cottages—"We call them the chicken condos," says Gany—there are plenty of wide-open and otherwise spaces for the family's 80+ chickens to roam.
Fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, kale, and broccoli, flowering blue potato bushes, and banyan trees provide plenty of shade (and shades!) around the backyard coops where the chickens strut their stuff.
“I live life on a playground,” Gany says. “Executive me gets dressed up for work on the weekdays, but the real me is here at the farm, barefoot in jeans and a T-shirt. I can’t believe I get to call this place home.”
Gany and Jimmie pose outside their house with with children Benjamin, Misha, Hanna, and Shana.