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A BEACHSIDE RENAISSANCE RETREAT
The owners of this Italian-inspired beachfront villa seek refuge here from the cold winters of upstate New York. The couple sought out architect Dan Dawson after admiring his work, desiring to create a home which reflects the architecture they fell in love with on their Italian honeymoon. “Like most clients, they showed me a number of photos of homes that they loved. My goal is to blend all those photos and ideas into a design that exceeds their dream,” explains Dawson. “Many of the strongest features of the home were ideas that were started by the owners. They were a joy to work with. I would consider them to be more collaborators than clients.” Dawson says the team solidified when joined by builder Carmine Pici of Tom Pici & Son Builders. The design hit close to home for Pici, whose grandfather was a builder in Italy. Dawson’s design was realized through the skilled artisans and experience Tom Pici & Son Builders brought to the project. u
Left: Intricate architectural details and trim work define the Italian Renaissance Revival architectural style of this Clearwater Beach home. Sweeping lighted stairs create a dramatic walkway to the front door. The turret houses a grand staircase which is not just a feature of the internal architecture but also intentionally viewed from outside.
“A big part of what we do is having in place an experienced team of subcontractors, craftsman and suppliers to produce that final dream home for the clients,” says Pici. “Architect Dan Dawson is amazing and when the plans are excellent it makes it easier for us to accomplish a beautiful end result.” The owners’ goal was to create a light-filled interior with modified oldworld touches befitting the homes’ phenomenal beachfront location on Clearwater Beach. Principal designer Michelle Miller of Michelle Miller Design and interior designer Vanessa Stark’s use of clean, simple
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Right: Even the family’s French bulldog is mesmerized by the glistening twostory chandelier illuminating the spiral staircase which achieves the grandeur and sophistication the clients desired. White large format porcelain tile flooring used throughout the home provides the look of marble with beach-front durability. Custom wrought-iron railings on the stairs and second-story balcony hallway add old-world charm. Left: The home’s two-story great room ceiling detail is a favorite of architect Dawson.
accentuated the room’s volume with fulllength watery-blue sheers from S. Harris. A sparkling Corbett Lighting Chandelier maintains a feel of glamor and elegance. A clean-lined custom Vanguard sofa adds contemporary contrast.
“They wanted a Clearwater retreat with the essence of luxury with a touch of glamour but not over the top or overdone. We worked to integrate the architectural elements and create an environment that is lighter and fresher and younger and more contemporary to the space.” Custom-made iron railings are softened by glistening mica-painted walls, and the shimmer of carefully selected light fixtures. The heart of the design both inside and out is the three-story spiral staircase, illuminated by a two-story cascading chandelier designed and custommade to the owners’ specifications. u
Above Left: The wet bar cabinetry provides climatized wine storage for both whites and reds. The mix of material continues here with a metal backsplash and cast iron doors leading to a small room that houses the kitchen ovens, microwave, and a large pantry out of sight of the main kitchen.
Above: An 11-foot island illuminated by a quartet of Corbett Lighting pendants is at the heart of this kitchen, custom-designed by AlliKristé Cabinetry. Kitchen designer Bob Ostrowski selected a mix of paint, wood stain and black for the custom cabinetry, “I like the idea of using a mix to give the space a feeling of warmth. The kitchen blends custom finishes and materials to create texture.” A wall cabinet placed over a window allows a flood of natural light and provides an ever-changing background view.
Guests need little more than the view to enhance their stay in this waterfront retreat. The room is in keeping with the coastal glam of the home, but creates a more serene space with organic hues and natural textured Kravet drapery.
The stair landing introduces a tailored feel to the upstairs. An onyx table softens the color palette and brings in a natural element. The desired touch of glamour is prevalent in the deep blue velvet sofa and chandelier illuminating the intimate space.
A melding of tradition and progress, the home fulfills the ownersâ€™ desire for modern-day conveniences with a bit of glamour and nostalgic romance. n
Above: Playing off of the arch details in the architecture, the designers brought the same element into the tile, cabinetry, and mirror design of the master bath. Dramatic black and white Sophie, waterjet stone mosaic tile from New Ravenna Tile creates a bold statement against the white vanity cabinetry. The Corbett Lighting chandelier is positioned at the entry to the dual-sided shower which runs the entire length of the bathroom. Brizio faucets from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery are used in the shower and at the vanity sinks. A glamorous walk-in closet by California Closets completes the master retreat.
Above: The master bedroom brings a New York edge to the beachfront property, according to designer Miller. The essence of comfortable luxury in the bedding with Pyar & Co. pillows, Caracole furnishings, and Maxwell Fabrics drapery is accented by John Richard accessories for a touch of glamour. â€œThese clients were fun to work with; they were not afraid of unique materials. It really was a collaborative effort with our team and the clients to create a special look,â€? notes Miller.
Steps from the beach at the base of the three-story home, the pool provides a refreshing escape on hot Florida days. Its dancing fountains and comfortable lounge area are a fitting finish to this romantic beachside retreat.
Above: A daybed swing and comfortable seating furnish this second-floor balconyâ€”a frequent gathering spot for morning coffee and sunset viewing.
Written by Lisa Mishler Photography by Blaine Johnathan AlliKristĂŠ Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design 1188 N. Tamiami Trail, Unit 108, Sarasota, FL 34236 727.822.9213 www.allikriste.com California Closets 2906 W. Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, FL 33609 813.374.0282 www.californiaclosets.com
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery 302 North Willow Avenue Tampa, FL 33606 813.253.1690 www.fergusonshowrooms.com Michelle Miller Design 14603 Gulf Boulevard Madeira, FL 33708 727.258.0600 www.michellemillerdesign.com Tom Pici & Son Builders 7211 1st Ave South St. Petersburg, FL 33707 727.363.8910 www.tompiciandson.com
BEHIND THE STORY
MICHELLE MILLER DESIGN
ichelle, the co-founder and principal designer of Michelle Miller Design, is an educated, trained, accredited and licensed professional interior designer.
After starting her career in theatrical and television set design, Michelle transitioned to hospitality and commercial design ﬁelds. Her extensive knowledge and unique passion for design then drove her to open her own interior design ﬁrm in 2002 that would specialize in high-end residential design. Michelle’s experience as an avid world traveler allows her to incorporate elements of European and Asian cultures into her work. Michelle Miller Design has grown into a prominent design ﬁrm on a national and international scale. Michelle’s work is featured in the homes, stores, and venues of Wolfgang Puck, House Beautiful, Coach, Marie Claire, and more.
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