Creating a Palm Beach Look With an Iron Gate
Several years ago after we moved into our current home, my husband and I were out driving in Wellington and I noticed a home that had an iron gate on the exterior of their front door. It wasn’t just a “functional” gate that looked like it would keep out criminals, but a very beautiful wrought iron gate. I loved it and decided at that moment that I would have to look for something like that for our house.
If you drive around on Palm Beach Island you will also see a lot of iron gates around the mansions that look like these below. The gates are both decorative and functional to secure their properties. They remind me of a French Chateau gate.
They add such a huge statement to a home. These gates stuck in my head for years. Because I am so practical, I would check places like Craigslist to see if anyone out there was selling an iron gate that could be used outside of my house. Nope, I wasn’t finding a thing. In the meantime, I had found these decorative matching iron wall pieces at a yard sale in Wellington and fell in love with them at $40 for both!
I can’t believe I almost didn’t buy them because I didn’t know where I was going to use them. Something told me to purchase them anyway. I went home and took down what I had on my living room wall and put them up above my couch. I have always loved the scrolls and curves that they have. Little did I know that they would become my inspiration for another project.
A few years went by and I started thinking about the exterior gate again. In 2016, I found a guy who lives in our area who manufacturers all things iron called Calabrese Creations in Iron. One day I gave him a call and he made an appointment to come by our house. He really listened to my idea as I showed him my plan based on the two iron gates hanging on my wall. He took some photos of the wall gates and measured my outside entrance and he was on his way to make my gate. Below is a photo that he sent me during the process before it was powdercoated.
It took a couple of months but the day finally came and he installed it a few days after Halloween 2016. I think it is my favorite thing about my house now and I get lots of comments about it from visitors and neighbors who are in love with it just as much as I am. See more photos below.