I always want to take the time to visit Central Avenue in St. Petersburg but it seems I never have the time to go. Recently, I was headed to a couple places (like China Finders and The Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe), and decided to drive around a bit and see what I could find on Central. And I stumbled upon The Bungaleaux on Central.
I was intrigued by the elaborate and decorative cursive sign outside and figured I should venture in.
As soon as I opened the door I had a “La Moment” — that’s what I call it when I hear angels — it’s like they’re singing, “Laaaaaaa!!!”
The Bungaleaux describes itself as: “Unique furniture and accessories for the home. Industrial handcrafted pieces by local artisans & eclectic home furnishings hand-picked from all over the world.” I describe it as fabulous.
There are topiaries, chandeliers, whitewashed accessories, antique furniture, gold mirrors and many more gorgeous pieces. Concrete circular steps – reminiscent of Mizner – beckon guests to venture upstairs to see more.
Even the music is welcoming. The day I was there, a Bossa Nova version of “Fly Me to the Moon” was playing. Devine!
There are many, many rooms filled with special pieces – many that you will drool over. As you weave your way through, you find that the rooms have their own themes or distinct personalities.
Take a look at some of the wonderful pieces in the photos as I journey through this vintage home. Things change all the time here. You might want to stop by yourself!