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As Bonnie Alexander peeked in the window of the old uninhabitable house on Sevilla Street in one of the quiet residential neighborhoods of St. Augustine ten years ago, she had a vision. Daily for five months, every inch of the 1888 Victorian home was restored to perfection. Entering the picturesque front porch from the old-fashioned garden walkway, today you can hear strains of classical music and spy a small book of Emily Dickinson's poetry in the formal living room that is rich with antiques and romance. The homestead has become Bonnie's sanctuary, where her guests return time and again to unwind from another time and place and slip into the sensual tranquility of the Alexander Homestead.This is a perfectly appointed bed and breakfast, with four of the most inviting and romantic bedrooms that hint of lavender sachets and pale hues of vintage opulence. Mixing family heirlooms with a treasured collection of St. Augustine antique furnishings, Bonnie's flair for decorating and homemaking are evident. Her home has its own secret life that beautifully combines the "passionate and the proper, the sensual and the sentimental." One couldn't explain it more accurately than in Bonnie's own words of having the inspiration to create an effect in each bedchamber of "...a rain-washed spring garden transplanted indoors." Each bedroom has its own irresistible private porch that makes a visit that much more memorable.