Shannon Berrey

The Oxford Exchange

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I'm not sure if I should start this post by explaining the history behind the fantastic Oxford Exchange or by scolding my Tampa friends and clients for not bothering to tell me this place is down the street from them! {You know who you are and ya'll have some 'splainin to do} 





A brother/sister team are responsible for the refurbish of this 25,000 square foot social experiment. They discovered the building back in 2010. It was originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Plant Hotel and has seen a varied group of tenants and businesses in the past 100+ years. The purpose was to create a place where people could gather face to face and exchange ideas. There is no Wi-Fi downstairs, an attempt to force people to close their laptops and talk with each other or read or ponder.





It feels a little like Anthropologie meets Restoration Hardware. It is a finely curated collection of items that were inspired by visiting private membership clubs in London and Highclere Castle. It boasts a restaurant, shop, library, bookstore, Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Co.





It is full of inspiration - black and white marble floors, rich stained wood, black coffered ceilings, tufted sofas, exposed brick, and gas lamps. Responsible for the design of this old-world marketplace is interior designer Mary Beth Courier and Atlanta architecture team of Smith Dalia.











One of my favorite design elements is found on the walls of the Conservatory. The brick pattern looks like a chunky cable knit sweater. And it doesn't hurt that is completely bathed in the Florida sunshine.










In a short time, The Oxford Exchange has hosted many Galas, events and weddings. I can't imagine a more beautiful spot to say your 'I do's'.



Get a load of this wooden staircase and brass railings covered in framed oil paintings. 




















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