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The Bachelorette, do you every watch that show? I’ve never been a regular, “I-can’t-miss-it” watcher, but I have to confess I’ve watched a few episodes over the years. I know a lot of it is “dramatized” for lack of a better word, but it can be fun to see what antics the characters are up to in the quest to win their true love.
I’m always amazed by the beautiful places the participants stay or visit during the course of a show. Was it the The Bachelor or The Bachelorette that was filmed in Italy a few years ago? I watched more of that season that I normally would because I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous scenery. The houses and the locales are always amazing.
How would you like to go on an insiders tour of one of those fabulous locales? Recently, I received an email from Karah who blogs at The Space Between. Karah actually knows and is friends with the couple who own the oceanfront Sirena Bay estate where the most recent The Bachelorette was filmed and she offered to give BNOTP readers an insiders tour!. You know I said, YES!
So grab a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee, put on most comfy house touring shoes and let’s go! Take it away Karah!
Hi Between Naps on the Porch readers!! How are you? I am so excited to be here at Susan’s lovely blog today. I’m Karah and I blog over at The Space Between.
Recently I had the privilege of getting an inside look at a few of the homes that were used in the finale of ABC’s Bachelorette. Do you watch? I won’t tell anyone if you do … we’re among friends … I just watch in between other very educational and intellectual shows, of course.
Do you recognize those front steps? This is the oceanfront Sirena Bay estate where Bachelorette Emily and her daughter Ricki stayed while they were here in Curacao. It is a beautiful representation of traditional Curacao architecture and design.
And a friend of mine happens to own it and offered to give me the inside scoop to share with you. Fun, right?!?! When my friend, Marilyn, and her husband, Richard, retired to Curacao 12 years ago they came looking for an historic renovation project. Now that’s my kind of retirement!
And, when you have this view to enjoy when you’re taking a break from the endless home improvement projects, I guess it’s bearable.
Marilyn actually did all of the design work herself during the renovation, and picked all of the artwork and furniture from here in Curacao! She actually spent time picking artwork and decor from around the island to be used during the show with the ABC production staff before filming. What?!?! Even the home decor isn’t real?
When you first enter the home you are greeted by this very cozy entry. Did you see Emily coming down those stairs to tell host, Chris Harrison, that she was ready to break it off with Arie?
There are two beautifully appointed guest suites with attached baths off either side of the main sitting area on the first floor. These were not shown on the show, but interesting to know that the ABC staff did have access to the household staff during their stay for cooking, cleaning, seamstress work, etc. That is what I imagine these rooms were used for during production.
So, the household staff stayed on property to help during filming, but my friend Marilyn was not even allowed on property. Funny, I think.
And I am head over heals in love with the Pineapple Suite upstairs … the room where Bachelorette Emily stayed. It is believed that Emily and Ricki stayed in this house for 9 nights. During the previous week or two, when they film the island dates with the 3 remaining bachelors, Emily stayed on a different part of the island.
And look what else I found upstairs … I could stare at that all day. Do you remember Emily pondering her future on that walking bridge?
There are so many fun details about this property. Susan and I both love these mermaid lights. Sirena is the Spanish word for mermaid. I just love all of the colorful, Curacao artwork in Marilyn’s collection. This piece had been switched out during the filming of the show … remember when Emily and Ricki were having breakfast before the date with Jef?
I thank you so much for letting me share a little bit of this home on our Curacao island treasure with you. If you’d like to see the full house tour, please come over to the space between for a visit! You’ll also find tours of the house where Emily’s family met the bachelors and an insider’s look at the eclectic tree house fantasy suite for Jef and Emily.
Now, if you like DIY projects, we’ve got a lot of that going on over at the space between as well. When I’m not gallivanting around the island visiting beautiful homes, I’m turning driftwood into decor and scrap wood into something special for our home.
the space between
making the most of every space I’m in.
Karah, thanks so much for this insiders tour. And please let Marilyn and Richard know how much we appreciate that they are willing to share their beautiful home with all of us! It’s absolutely beautiful…a true paradise!