Neutral tones and refined coastal elements help enhance the stunning water views at this Sarasota property.
Written by Kelly Phillips Badal
Photography by Rustic White Photography
Force of Nature
The minimalist sculptures by a Sarasota artist celebrate their earthy materials and the notion of simplicity.
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With a Twist
Eschewing typical beachstyle tropes, the owners of a Naples condo seek a more unexpected look.
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For her Ireland-based clients, a designer blends rustic, modern and European elements in a cozy home.
Written by Shannon Sharpe
Photography by Kacey Gilpin
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GLENN MIDNET, DESIGN WEST
With a new showroom primely situated on Fifth Avenue South in Downtown Naples, set to open this fall, Design West president and CEO, Glenn Midnet, is harnessing an impressive background of 40 years in the design industry. Bringing a unique experience to Naples, the full-service firm’s new space spans 7,200 square feet. Read on as Midnet previews what clients can expect. dwest.com
Take us through the new showroom and studio. The showroom feels like you’re walking into a luxury Naples home with ceiling details, custom millwork, laser-cut inset wood patterns and light fixtures anchored by different furniture settings. It features Bang & Olufsen’s latest electronics in custom
BEHIND THE BRAND STARK
New showroom, new name and new rugs. National luxury carpet and rug company Stark, flaunting a rich heritage since 1938, recently acquired Designers’ Rug Center, which boasts 30 years of experience and local expertise. The newly branded Stark Naples offers an expanded showroom with an unrivaled product line of room-changing rugs and handmade carpets that range from the unique to the exceptional. “Our transition into Stark Naples has been a dream come true,” showroom manager Chris Smith says. “The new space presents our assortment of more than 5,000 rug styles and exclusive carpets to Naples.” Stark’s CEO, Chad Stark, adds that the location provides a higher level of service and support, with expert design consultations plus professional measuring and installations to ensure a tailored experience. starkcarpet.com
vignettes as well as Wood-Mode kitchens, entertainment walls and a detailed bedroom and bathroom vanity. Meanwhile, the second-floor studio is state-of-the-art. You’ll find televisions that display ongoing designs and renderings, a material library beneath 14-foot-tall ceilings and chandeliers that lead your eye out to a balcony. We also have presentation conference rooms upstairs with a celebratory bar.
What’s the spirit that drives Design West? Our inspiration comes from our mantra: Every great design begins with an even better story—yours. We believe your home should reflect your unique aesthetic, personality, history and lifestyle. This is why we begin with an in-depth “Design Profile” to learn how your space can help tell your story, and then we craft the vision from there. No two interiors should tell the same story.the insider photos: interior, venjhamin reyes; portrait, doug heslep. behind the brand photo: courtesy stark.
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THE HOUSE OF DROP
defining an aesthetic and brand that’s unmistakable. thehouseofdrop.com
Dynamic husband-and-wife team, Italianborn Fabrizio Venuta and Nashville native Britt Steele were longing for more during the pandemic. To pass time, Steele began flipping her collection of vases upside down, pouring paint onto each, watching the drops build and form with every layer. Captivated by the complex color and unique story each vase held when turned right-side up, the couple turned to other mediums and the Naples artist studio The House of Drop was born. Now, they’re laser-focused on
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A world of color and inventive form takes center stage at the new Roche Bobois showroom in Sarasota. Shop the brand’s best sellers, such as the modular Mah Jong sofa or the Bubble sofa (below). Also discover the playful BomBom outdoor collection by Portuguese designer Joana Vasconcelos, which is splashed in colors that recall the pastel-hued houses of Lisbon’s Old Town. Just down the coast, meanwhile, Edge is broadening its offerings. Now encompassing comprehensive residential and commercial interior design services, the company is opening a new showroom in North Naples (right). Located in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, clients can access a resource library with cabinetry and fabric selections, collaborate with designers and peruse vignettes, including kitchens and closets for inspiration.
Describe your creative process. BS: Behind the signature “drops” cascading at the base of every piece are hundreds of hours and thousands of layers of various types of paint. From stretched canvases to sconces, surfboards to shoes, tables to totes, these heaps of color transform into a one-of-a-kind experience born to evoke an emotional response from any who cross its path.
What’s it like working together? FV: We fortunately work very seamlessly together, filling in each other’s blanks without being prompted. We also love seeking the opinion of our daughter, Carolina, who’s got an incredible eye and never hesitates to tell us how she really feels about a piece. We have no proper training, so we both had to learn how to do this together.
NEW ERAS ARE USHERED IN AT THESE THREE RECENTLY RENOVATED HOTEL DESTINATIONS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES
Following a renovation and expansion that began in 2021, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has unveiled a reimagined lobby, three new culinary experiences, extensive revamps of all 474 guest rooms and suites, and reinvigorated outdoor spaces. “Upon arrival, there is a sense of freshness and sophistication. The lobby is lighter and airier, with inspiration from the local flora and fauna that really give you a sense of place,” says Kristen Emory, senior director of the hotel renovation at Parker-Torres Design. “The most exciting addition is the Lobby Bar, which pays homage to decades of celebration with a champagne-forward menu.” The Vanderbilt Tower also showcases an expansive Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with a bar and more than 70 club-level guest rooms. ritzcarlton.com/naples
THE VINOY RESORT & GOLF CLUB
Almost a century after opening in 1925, The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg has completed sweeping renovations and joined Marriott Bonvoy’s lauded Autograph Collection Hotels. Rockwell Group revitalized the public spaces and guest rooms, drawing from the property’s historic details and waterside setting to create an oasis inspired by a grand beachfront residence. “Our goal was to restore the original Mediterranean Revival-style elements of the building and reinterpret them in a contemporary language,” says Francesco Bartolozzi, studio leader at Rockwell Group. “We transformed the colonnaded lobby into a crisp, grand space. The en trance was updated while still preserving the original ceramic floor, cypress beams and pilasters. We also gave guests more commanding views of the water.” Other enhancements include the historic ballrooms and meeting spaces, a spa and wellness area, and new dining options. thevinoy.com
THE CAPRI INN
The Capri Inn, formerly the Trianon Old Naples, has been translated with a fresh coastal style. Now part of the upscale Opal Collection, the boutique-style property showcases bright palettes of blue with pops of pink, updated wainscotting and crown molding, and beach-inspired art. Communal areas are dotted with rattan-woven chairs and ivory-hued couches that encourage gathering. Guests are also treated to spacious suites—including those with balconies that overlook Downtown Naples—a quaint pool, lawn for games and complimentary bicycles. opalcollection.com/capri-inn
With 20 years of experience, more than 130 completed projects and 12 wholly dedicated, expert team members, Watlee Construction has become known for the high-end value it brings to each home. Whether a custom new build or remodel, residential masterpiece or center of hospitality, the firm’s projects demonstrate its founder’s belief in uncompromising craftsmanship and devotion to architectural vision. “We strive to exceed expectations and create dream homes,” Ryan Watley says. “We think truly successful execution of a vision depends on perfecting every detail.” This ethos is evident in the
project that first put Watlee Construction on the map. “In 2004 we were hired to build a 7,500-square-foot house in South Martin County, and it was completely custom,” Ryan says. “The floor, tongueand-groove ceiling and millwork were all produced by a mill in Montana. The walls were done in Venetian plaster and the exterior was coastal with lap siding and a standing-seam metal roof.” It was featured in numerous publications and launched the firm into fame amongst the custom home market. And of course, the owners adored the end result. Based in Hobe Sound, the Watlee team now brings the same happiness to clients throughout Florida.
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Please name influences and inspirations that inform your work. We are always influenced by leaders in the construction field, as well as architectural styles past and present. I have always been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright since I am originally from Chicago, but there are too many great architects to list them all.
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They are involved in every step, from design to preconstruction to building. Our construction software allows them to see everything our managers and supervisors are seeing. Through pictures, daily job logs, budget reports and more, we strive to keep everything as transparent as possible.
“Our firm was founded on a simple, yet inspired idea: build custom, luxury homes with the direct input of the buyer.”Top Rich natural materials and chic accents make this bath a true showstopper. Left The sleek, state-of-the-art kitchen and world-class views are all the inspiration a chef could ever ask for. Right Designed and built with organic elegance, exceptional comfort and the ocean’s majestic beauty in mind, this expansive lanai creates a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. Opposite Cool breezes, breathtaking vistas and gracious living are the hallmarks of this elevated entertaining space.
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ALEXIS PEARL DESIGN
Status report: We strive to create elevated yet approachable interiors. Mixing design genres and honoring the unique architecture of a space is top of mind. Manifesting: A lighting line with Visual Comfort & Co. would be fun! alexispearldesign.com
STUDIO BECKY CARTER
Aesthetic ethos: Retro-futuristic. I draw inspiration from historical design, but I’m always applying it to what will last beyond the present moment to create work that doesn’t sit in any specific timeline or cultural movement. Sustainability stance: We prioritize locally made furniture, eliminating air and sea freight to shrink our global footprint. beckycarter.com
Crystal + Ben Sinclair
CRYSTAL SINCLAIR DESIGNS
NEW YORK CITY
Art crush: Laura Berger’s latest paintings of women’s figures take my breath away. They are so sexy, organic and modern. Dream collab: It would be incredibly fun to design a line of trims, including crown moldings, cornices, friezes and ceiling medallions. Finding good trim options is a challenge. crystalsinclairdesigns.com
DIMITRA ANDERSON HOME
REDWOOD CITY, CA
What’s next: We’re currently expanding into hospitality design with two exciting projects underway. While residential design remains our primary business, our team is looking forward to embarking into this new
space. Color choice: Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue and Benjamin Moore’s Misty Gray for trim. dimitraanderson.com
JEN TALBOT DESIGN
Company credo: Live close to the edge. The best designs—and ideas—live in the uneasy place at the edge of our comfort zone. That is where raw creativity thrives. Go-to pattern: Tiger Mountain by Dedar. jentalbotdesign.com
JUSTIN CHARETTE DESIGN
NEW YORK CITY
Excited by: More color throughout homes. While beautiful, the sea of beige projects can be redundant. I love unique color applications, whether on a ceiling, doors or kitchen cabinets. Architectural legend: Peter Marino. I admire his bold designs, ability to let art live at the forefront, and our mutual love of all things leather. justincharette.com
KATIE BOWE DESIGN
Industry outlook: I’m constantly
surprised by the continuing innovation in materials, whether it be porcelain, fabrics or lighting. It opens the possibilities for what we can create. Interiors icon: I love Ray Booth’s use of classicism but in a way that feels timeless. His work always seems to be pitch perfect. katiebowedesign.com
MICHAEL VINCENT DESIGN
NEW YORK CITY
Style approach: A harmonious fusion of historical charm and contemporary sophistication. Influenced by: The captivating visuals, rich narratives and exquisite set designs of historical films; exploring different cultures and traveling to diverse destinations to broaden my perspective; and the innovative use of materials and cutting-edge technologies in contemporary art and design. michaelvincentdesign.com
Every home must have: Window treatments! I know people say lighting is the jewelry of the home, but I say custom window treatments give lighting a run for its money! On the docket: To
create a go-to design resource for first-time homeowners. swikedesign.com
Seth van den Bergh
THE DRAWING ROOM
Specialty: Creating spaces that not only inspire but also immerse individuals in a world of creativity and elegance. We take pride in crafting an experience that celebrates uniqueness and ignites inspiration. Career highlight: A recent partnership with a prominent builder in Alpharetta, Georgia, which led to designing custom homes throughout the area. thedrawingroomatl.com
WYETH RAY INTERIORS
Design mantra: Every client has something that is intimately theirs— family heirlooms, a specific passion or their cultural background. You’ll never have two projects look alike if you base the design on your client’s unique story. Design pulse: People are embracing a broader spectrum of the term “neutral.” Who knew that navy and dark green would become a standard color choice in kitchen cabinetry? wyethray.com
the backdrop of her career. joyfuldesignsllc.com
KATIE DAVIS DESIGN
Style approach: I am forever inspired by the Cotswolds, so there’s an English cottage vibe throughout our portfolio. Our projects always include a whimsical wallcovering or textile. Modern renaissance: The return of ruffle skirts has my inner grandma giddy. We love adding a pop of fun with contrasting welts or fringe. katiedavisdesign.com
THE RESIDENCY BUREAU
Specialty: With a background in advertising, I’m trained to search for the story. Bringing a client’s story to life requires someone who can hear what’s being said—and read between the lines—to achieve meaningful design. Manifesting: A dream is to design a boutique hotel. theresidencybureau.com
Andrea Marino Taylor
ANDREA MARINO DESIGN
Excited by: The shift from the all-white aesthetic to color and pattern. Maximalism that feels inviting and intentional rather than cluttered and busy. Dream collab: Wallpaper is my love language. I would paper every inch of each project if I could. My favorite, go-to brands include Soane, Schumacher and Cole & Son. andreamarinodesign.com
Company credo: We are mindful of
the architecture, scale and the setting’s vernacular to create a strong foundation for the interiors. We build our spaces by layers, addressing trim work, cabinets, walls and ceilings first. Artisan admiration: Sarah Lubin out of Austin. Her art makes me smile. evensendesign.com
HANNAH OZBURN INTERIORS
Status report: It’s a constant balance between work and home life. I try to be selective of the projects I take on. Two new builds and working with local architect Garrett Nelson are on the horizon. Influenced by: My mom is an interior decorator, so I have been immersed in this world since childhood. hannahozburninteriors.com
HELEN BERGIN INTERIORS
Favorite artist: Everything about Patricia Treib’s works of art inspire me. They are full of passion. Sustainability stance: We want to contribute to minimizing our environmental impact with
innovative materials—whether that be upcycled leathers, vintage finds, sustainably made building products or technological innovations. helenbergininteriors.com
JASMIN REESE INTERIORS
Design mantra: We’re a colorloving firm that delivers confident spaces, blending antiques with modern elements, dark finishes mixed with light, and feminine tones contrasting with masculine. My rooms appear maximalist at first blush, however they have edited furnishings and simple styling. Go-to pattern: A Renaissance-style marbleized pattern is very chic. jasminreeseinteriors.com
JOYFUL DESIGNS STUDIO
On my radar: I’ve been testing AI and how it can enhance or impact my business, from the way I practice and design to client presentations. Interiors icon: Joy Moyler. I admire her depth of knowledge about the industry as well as the grit and artistry that are
Aesthetic ethos: Colorful, layered, relaxed and Postmodern. Memphis Milano was influential in my early furniture design work, and the spirit of the movement still influences me. They were making products and spaces that were bold, bizarre and playful. Color choice: I always try to work in some shade of lime green. anotherhuman.la
What’s next: As a ChineseAmerican, I want to understand my cultural history and incorporate it into my designs. What can I do to bring awareness to not just my own culture but also other underrepresented peoples? Common thread: I love a small-scale print because they can be layered and always look good together. Décors Barbares by Nathalie Farman-Farma is a favorite. studiowuinteriors.com
On the docket: We are in the midst of building a branded studio. It’s something I’ve dreamed of doing for years. Design crush: Billy Cotton’s designs come across so effortlessly cool. I love how each of his projects has its own style and nothing ever feels like a repeat of the same look. clelladesign.comIn a bright Chicago primary bedroom, Jasmin Reese employs a bold color palette of moody hues.
STONE TEXTILE STUDIO
Style approach: As a maximalist with a modern eclectic vibe, I love taking risks with color, pattern and antiques. Layering current and meaningful vintage elements makes for a unique and personalized space. Go-to pattern: A classic black-and-white check or stripe. stonetextilestudio.com
Emily June Spanos
EMILY JUNE DESIGNS
On my radar: Color coming back (‘banish the beige’ is our mantra!). We’re known for vibrant, playful and imaginative style, so we’re glad to see fun, personalized design again. Color choice: Benjamin Moore’s
Soft Pink is my go-to! Its warm, slightly pink undertone reads as a neutral and complements any pattern. emilyjunedesigns.com
EMILY PAINTER INTERIORS
Aesthetic ethos: A blend of traditional elegance with a colorful, beachy twist—where classic design meets island style. Mixing colors and fabrics is my specialty. Architectural legend: I’d love to work with Quinlan Terry. His classical architecture and style are incredible. emilypainter.com
PHOENIX Company credo: Go bold. We don’t want to create predictable spaces
or play it safe. We prefer mixing it up with prints and colors—that’s how you know magic is about to happen. Every home must have: Lounge seating in the kitchen! You’ll never want to live any other way. urbanrevivalphx.com
Holly Hickey Moore
HOLLY HICKEY MOORE
Specialty: We craft interiors that tell stories by integrating personal travels, memories and achievements. Infusing homes with a narrative and history captures the essence of our clients’ unique experiences. Manifesting: I want to open a multidisciplinary space to host art and other special gatherings, like a secret garden. hollyhickeymoore.com
Jennifer Beek Hunter
JENNIFER HUNTER DESIGN
NEW YORK CITY
Status report: I recently launched a hardware line with SA Baxter, and we’re renovating a historic Brooklyn brownstone, which has been such a dream project. Art crush: Chris Pearson paints incredible floors. I love the way he depicts specimen marble; you can see his historical knowledge of Italy in the work. jenniferhunterdesign.com
Industry outlook: I’m excited by the rise of a younger generation of designers. I love seeing the shift of ideas and fresh aesthetics. Sustainability stance: We actively seek out environmentally conscious materials. Exploring this has led to fascinating finds, like adding mica powder to paint for a glimmer effect. ayromloo.design
Lauren E. Lowe
LAUREN ELAINE INTERIORS
Design mantra: Always buy the art; it’s what gives interiors life. Don’t
think twice about where a flea market find will fit. You’ll be glad to have those special treasures in your collection. Interiors icon: David Netto’s taste is impeccable. His East Coast sensibility mixed with a chic and contemporary aesthetic gets me every time. laurenelaineinteriors.com
Ronald Alvarez + Monica Santayana
Design pulse: We’re loving the new take on traditional artisan techniques. It’s paramount to maintain craftsmanship that has survived decades and uplift the artisans preserving those skills. Influenced by: Vibrant, saturated colors and layered patterns inspired by our Hispanic roots and Miami’s culture. It’s an innate and crucial part of our aesthetic. moniomi.com
SARAH LEDERMAN INTERIORS
NEW YORK CITY
On the docket: Upcoming projects include a historic Boston town house, a handful of Manhattan apartments and the lobby of a historic Art Deco building in the city. Excited by: Brands that reference history and tradition in an authentic way, like Jamb, which beautifully captures the classic English country house aesthetic, and Atelier Vime for its revitalization of handwoven French wicker. sarahledermaninteriors.com
WHITNEY MCGREGOR DESIGNS
Design influence: I grew up surrounded by creative people, and my mom exposed me to art in all its forms. My time in France studying art and plein air painting was life changing in so many ways. Brand discovery: I love Parvum Opus and everything they are putting out into the world. whitneymcgregor.com
On the docket: The word ‘shoshin’ comes from the idea of ‘beginner’s mind’ in Zen Buddhism and is a reminder to keep myself open to new concepts. I’m excited to dip my toe into product design next year. Color choice: Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball. This shade feels familiar, maybe because it reflects what you would find in the natural world. studioshoshin.com
Style approach: With a touch of slow living philosophy, we believe in mindful choices and purposeful design. The balance between mixing aesthetics while honoring our English heritage is also top of mind. Sustainability stance: We endeavor to continuously utilize quality materials that not only
garner beauty but are also conscious and respectful of our environment. beccainteriors.com
BRIDGETTE HAULENBEEK INTERIORS
Company credo: As a small onewoman show, my approach to design is just that: approachable, nonjudgmental, sensible, ethical and patient. Manifesting: To give more to Humble Design Chicago. As a former social worker, it is the organization that brings together both my passion and purpose of giving back to society through interior design. bridgettehaulenbeek.com
Industry outlook: The last few years brought a deep desire for individuality in the home. People
now want to create spaces that show their personality. Interiors icon: Joseph Dirand because I love the spaces he creates. His play on pattern, color, texture and material is artful and refined. yatesdesygn.com
Candace Mary Griffin
CANDACE MARY INTERIORS
Status report: Our spaces inspire people to stay awhile. I’m currently in the process of opening a commercial loft in Chicago where guests can stay and feel inspired. My dream is to have several places to share with travelers. Art crush: Bisa Butler’s use of color and quilted material is so beautifully executed. Her pieces tell a story and command the room. candacemaryinteriors.com
Carmen René Smith
Excited by: Designers who are fearlessly pushing the boundaries of what it means to be avant-garde. The movement of art and design into the future excites me, and I’m ready to be at the forefront. Go-to pattern: A bold stripe is a transitional tool that can marry many styles in one space. aquilointeriors.com
GREGORY ROCKWELL INTERIORS
Design pulse: It’s refreshing that young people are buying vintage and antique furniture again. Influenced by: I grew up in New England and spent most of my summers in Maine. I was always surrounded by a certain Waspy sensibility in decoration that I either lean into, or actively work against! gregoryrockwell.com
Jessica Nelson + Stephanie Lindsey
ETCH DESIGN GROUP
Aesthetic ethos: Our style lets us create worlds that fully express who our clients are. We give life to spaces through color, texture, layers and pattern, including wallpaper— but not your grandma’s wallpaper.
Every home must have: A living plant! etchinteriordesign.com
Specialty: We decorate for spaces that feel natural and comfortable, and less ‘Designed’ with a capital D. Our clients tend to live comfortably and casually, and have their own fabulous style we aim to enhance. Dream collab: Designing a collection of fabrics and wallpaper patterns inspired by American folk art archival documents. js-interiors.com
LIVING WITH LOLO SCOTTSDALE
Design mantra: We are known for our eclectic and modern style, and I am passionate about nudging my clients out of their comfort zones to create an ultra-customized space. Architectural legend: Kroeger Janev Architects uses the environment and home’s location to inspire their work. The end result is always seamless. livingwithlolo.com
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO
Proud moment: When I was earning my degree in design years ago, my boys and I would sit together at the dining room table independently completing our homework. Soon, they were carrying tile samples, moving furniture and sorting fabrics. We have all learned so much by helping one another and working hard. What’s next: The everchanging cycles of work are refreshing and force me to be disciplined, detailed and goal orientated about our projects in the works. holstinteriors.com
Aileen Warren + Kiley Jackson
JACKSON WARREN INTERIORS
Style approach: We share a love of antiques and timeless lines. Our designs have a traditional flair, but we enjoy integrating current elements like unconventional colors, textures and contemporary art. Dream collab: A rug line! For us, rugs are the foundation of any room and the furnishing we try to select first. jacksonwarreninteriors.com
ALLISON LIND INTERIORS
Industry outlook: Loving the movement towards warmer, richer colors. After the long-lived stark-white kitchen and gray floors phase, we’re all in desperate need of some depth. Every home must have: A rescue dog! Or a place that provides you even just a few moments for quiet reflection and rejuvenation–whatever that looks like for you. allisonlind.com
CHRISTINA NIELSEN DESIGN
NEW YORK CITY
On the docket: Completing several projects where the aesthetics totally vary. I never want to box myself into one style of decorating, and I think you’ll see that malleability once the spaces are photographed. Art crush: After studying photography at university, I’m fascinated with the way Marilyn Minter disrupts the narrative in imagery. christinanielsendesign.com
Excited by: The science behind why beauty and the built
environment is important to our overall well-being. I’m really interested in the study of neuroaesthetics and the impact design has on how we live. Artisan admiration: Organic, sculptural pieces crafted by hand add a special touch to any space. I recently discovered the work of Philip M. Soucy, whose ceramics draw you in and keep your attention. higbydesign.com
JAQUI SEERMAN DESIGN
Design pulse: An important trend happening today is the celebration of craftsmanship and handmade products. This brings such authenticity and soul to spaces. Manifesting: An artisanal yet accessible product line is firmly on my wish list. jaquiseerman.com
PRUETT & CO.
Specialty: Modern, eclectic and color-forward design. Whether it’s contemporary or traditional, the common threads throughout our work are tones and textures—a lot of them! Color choice: Seaworthy by Sherwin-Williams. The deep, dreamy hue of the ocean at dusk is my favorite color, and this teal tends to make an appearance in my projects. pruettco.com
Influenced by: A ‘spiritual living’ approach that extends beyond the visual and focuses on what harmony and wellness means for each person. Status report: While currently building my own dream cabin, I’m also renovating a 100-year-old home in Dallas. It’s been eye-opening to experience the difference between restoration and building from the ground up. marosdesigns.com
NEW YORK CITY
Company credo: As a firm, we engage in weekly collaborative design charrettes to develop custom items, like lighting and furniture. These sessions serve
as a platform for experimenting with new ideas. What’s next: Technology. Staying updated on the latest innovations is crucial to exploring new materials, energyefficient solutions and sustainable practices. gramercy.design
Design mantra: Prioritize functionality and purpose. Aesthetics are important, but a well-designed space should first and foremost serve its intended purpose and enhance the lives of its inhabitants. Sustainability stance: We firmly believe in the responsibility we have as designers to minimize the environmental impact of our projects and contribute to a more viable future. macainteriors.com
COLTS NECK, NJ
Aesthetic ethos: I particularly love using vintage and antiques
alongside contemporary pieces; grounding spaces with natural materials; and crafting details that feel as though they’ve always existed. Interiors icon: Ilse Crawford. I look to her as one of the greats and would be so interested to hear about the ethos of her studio. ursinointeriors.com
Proud moment: A few years ago, I had the great privilege to acquire and remodel the home of my grandfather, midcentury architect Donald Park, which gave me the opportunity to tell his story and honor his legacy. Go-to pattern: Florals! Even in modern homes, it’s nice to soften the space with a touch of botanical. I love styles that are unexpected, engaging and restrained all at once. meghaneisenberg.com
Aly Morford + Leigh Lincoln
PURE SALT INTERIORS
NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Specialty: As southern California natives, we take the quintessential relaxed, breezy coastal style to heart. We create homes that feel welcoming and peaceful through a heavy emphasis on neutral color palettes and natural textures. Color choice: Simply White by Benjamin Moore. We love a good, clean base and gravitate toward classic whites. puresaltinteriors.com
AYESHA USMAN DESIGN
Company credo: There is an inherent connection between nature and design, and the impact our surroundings can have on our emotional, physical and mental health. Career highlight: Working on my first commercial project: A Pakistani-Indian restaurant called Naan-N-Curry in Issaquah, Washington. ayeshausmandesign.com
DESIGNCANDY INTERIORS LLC
CORTE MADERA, CA
Sustainability stance: It’s our guiding principle and where our focus on natural materials comes from. We try to use as few chemicals as possible in the products we specify. It’s better for the environment as well as the clients’ overall health. Go-to pattern: Toiles de Tours Jazz by Pierre Frey. designcandyinteriors.com
CAROLINA DESIGN LLC
Style approach: I’m drawn to natural materials like marble and limestone, bringing the outdoors in, and mixing old with new. Dream collab: I adore de la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists, Inc. and would possibly faint if they ever
asked to collaborate. I love that there is so much research in history and theory behind everything they do. carolinafreyre.com
What’s next: Adding landscape design to our services. Every house we work on is focused around accessing and maximizing the home’s natural light. Most of us don’t live on a lake or in the mountains, but a pretty perennial bed can make a world of difference to your view. Industry outlook: I love seeing more female builders and contractors entering the market. larkinteriorstx.com
COLLECTIVE DESIGN + BUILD
LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ
Influenced by: Architecture and design that differs from my own familiar experiences witnessed through travel and new cultures. On the docket: A lifestyle store opening in Goodyear, Arizona. We can’t wait to bring the community a taste of our aesthetic through furniture, decor, and a curated selection of clothing and gifts. collectivedesignbuild.com
Kayce Newell + Jamie Critchlow
LKW DESIGN ASSOCIATES
Excited by: We have recently been working on projects that are moving more in the direction of traditional style. It’s exciting to be looking at things with fresh eyes and putting our twist on what a mountain traditional home can look like. Design mantra: You will never regret buying quality. lkwdesign.co
LAURA BROPHY INTERIORS
NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Design pulse: From specifying reclaimed and recycled materials to recommending vendors who support carbon capture initiatives, we take a pragmatic approach to environmental and sustainable considerations. Status report: Two restaurants, several boutique commercial spaces and a number of unique residences throughout the U.S. brophyinteriors.com
SARAH SOLIS DESIGN STUDIO
Aesthetic ethos: Sustainable luxury with a deep attachment to the natural world. Creator crush: Claire
Tabouret’s color palette, subject matter, impressionistic and assertive brush strokes, and the subtle emotion she creates in her portraits are a point of inspiration for me. sarahsolis.com
Favorite artisan: Jeremy Briddell’s ceramic work leaves me feeling inspired. The tone-on-tone style of his pieces are beautiful. Manifesting: Finding new, attractive ways to bring repurposed materials into the home, whether that’s through reusing wood or incorporating refashioned artwork. stephanielarseninteriors.com
TAMMARA STROUD DESIGN
Architectural legend: Axel Vervoordt’s philosophy and belief that a home should be a personal expression of the soul resonates with me. I love his ability to integrate art and history while keeping his designs current. Every home must have: Something vintage, such as a family heirloom or something acquired. This weaves in history and adds depth to the design. tammarastroud.comphoto: jessica glynn. The indoor-outdoor experience is blended seamlessly in this breezy Coral Gables, Florida, living room by designer Carolina Freyre.
AMANDA LODGE DESIGN
What’s next: Continuing to create cozy, livable spaces and hopefully launching a few custom furniture pieces. Influenced by: Travel, travel, travel! I feel inspired by seeing entire spaces or simply the stitch on a chair. Travel opens your eyes to different design and gives you an appreciation for it all. amandalodgedesign.co
Design mantra: To curate contemporary, global homes that celebrate culture. Architectural legend: Jeanne Gang for her organic yet futuristic approach to buildings. I love a good challenge and would welcome the task of sourcing interior selections that pair well! musenoire.com
ELIZABETH STAMOS DESIGN
Design pulse: The ‘more is more’ aesthetic seems to be hitting the mainstream. It’s always been a part of my philosophy as my spaces are
driven by patterns, colors and layers—but sometimes it’s a hard sell. More clients are open to it now. Go-to pattern: Block-printed bohemian florals. elizabethstamosdesign.com
KATE TAYLOR INTERIORS
Aesthetic ethos: Modern yet timeless. Elegant and warm. Approachable but comfortable. Creator crush: Gail Albert Halaban. I describe her work as gentle voyeurism as her photos explore city life and the relationship between neighbors. I recently purchased one of her “Out My Window” photographs for my home. katetaylorid.com
NEKEIA + CO.
Company credo: We approach our work as a marathon versus a sprint. This allows us to create thought-provoking, innovative and bold interiors through discovery instead of designing through haste. Dream collab: Bedding. I live for a luxury sheet set with a nice duvet to complete it. nekeiaandco.com
LAURE NELL INTERIORS
Style approach: Authenticity never goes out of style. Manifesting: I recently acquired a pied-à-terre in Paris and a few American clients have expressed interest in doing the same. They want a designer who knows the culture—while understanding the desire for air conditioning—and I might just be the perfect fit for the job. laurenell.com
Specialty: I am half Taiwanese, half American and spent the first 20 years of my life growing up in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo and Shanghai. Asian culture and heritage are a huge part of my aesthetic. Sustainability stance: As a mother, I am constantly thinking about the world we will one day leave behind and envisioning how we can reuse materials. megangrehl.com
Molly Bevan + Kim Blankenburg
LAYERS + LINES
Excited by: The move toward more
eclectic, interesting, ‘imperfect’ designs, including the careful mixing of pieces and architectural styles from various time periods and vibrant color combinations. Every home must have: An incredible accent chair! A structurally interesting chair can be that one element a room needs to make everything around it better. layerslineshome.com
Industry outlook: Everything about generative art NFTs is exciting. This platform allows artists to experiment with thousands of ideas in seconds to quickly produce unique pieces. Creativity is boundless with technology!
Design idol: I admire Ettore Sottsass for his use of explosive color in unexpected ways. rteriorstudio.com
Tavia Forbes + Monet Masters
FORBES + MASTERS
On the docket: Our style is infused with elements drawn from diverse cultures, global travels, art and history. We’re excited to translate this into several product collaborations launching soon! Favorite artist: Tokie Rome-Taylor, whose work explores and honors black and brown children with historical references that counter propaganda and represent a visual elevation. forbesmasters.com
Status report: We continue to elevate the concept of ‘mountain modern’ and embrace the inspiring beauty of magnificent landscapes with projects in Vail and Aspen, as well as areas a bit farther flung like Utah and Texas. Color choice: Urbane Bronze from SherwinWilliams. It’s not quite black but gives rooms an incredible sense of depth and mood. studio-james.com
Manifesting: My rooms always start with textiles, so I would love to have a fabric line. I attended North Carolina State’s College of Textiles and have been in love with the medium ever since. What’s next: We’re expanding our reach beyond Atlanta—like Cabo San Lucas, Lake Oconee, Kiawah Island—and doing more second homes for clients. awooteninteriors.com
Becky Nielsen Filipski
BECKY NIELSEN INTERIORS
On the docket: We have a huge project in Los Feliz, California, where we had the opportunity to incorporate some dream details. I’m also shifting my office to
Nashville and focusing on older homes. It’s been fun putting down new roots professionally and personally. Go-to pattern: Chintz, always. beckynielseninteriors.com
CAITLIN KAH INTERIORS
Industry outlook: Wallpaper has made a massive comeback. Whether a textured grass cloth or a hand-painted paper, it adds a new layer to a room. Also, performance fabrics have revolutionized design in the sense that they have made an elevated look maintainable for all.
Dream collab: A bedding collection with Matouk. caitlinkah.com
Christina Samatas + Renee DiSanto
PARK AND OAK DESIGN
GLEN ELLYN, IL
Design mantra: Find inspiration in the work around you, but put your
unique spin on everything. Proud moment: This year we opened our expanded showroom, which houses The Parlour at Park & Oak, a cocktail lounge where friends can gather for drinks and conversation in a home-away-from-home setting. parkandoak.com
JESS KNAUF DESIGN
Company credo: In a world where a lot of design falls into a certain box, it is much more fun to focus on being original, ensuring no two projects look alike. I really don’t feel bound by rules or trends. Every home must have: Drapery! All that yardage brings tremendous warmth to a home. jessknauf.com
JESSICA NELSON DESIGN
Specialty: One of my favorite things about design is that it’s never boring; there’s always more to learn. There are so many ways to arrive at a beautiful outcome, and we want to explore them all through different styles. Influenced by: Vintage shopping. I’d spend every weekend wandering through antique stores. jessicanelsondesign.com
LAUREN EVANS INTERIORS
Excited by: I’m loving threedimensional architectural and textural elements added to flooring, cabinetry, walls, furnishings, millwork and stone. It adds richness and character to a space. Sustainability stance: Whether it’s sustainable fabrics, stone surfaces or using green appliances, I’m planning for the long game when it comes to saving materials, energy, water and money. laurenevansinteriors.com
LETECIA ELLIS HAYWOOD
Style approach: Every time we have a team design charette we ask: Is it refined? Is it functional? Does it reflect our clients’ way of life? Interiors icon: Sheila Bridges has done it all (books, television,
tableware, fabrics) and her style is inspired, interesting and fearless. leteciaellishaywood.com
Nancy Boland + Martha Lord
BOLAND LORD DESIGN
Aesthetic ethos: Classic and timeless with a modern perspective. We gravitate toward a more traditional style but appreciate contemporary design with classic references and like to evoke the past, present and future in each project. Color choice: Rich, earthy, moody colors like Sherwin-Williams’ Breakwater. bolandlorddesign.com
COCONUT CREEK, FL
Status report: We have been digging deep into sourcing artisanmade products from Brazil, where I’m originally from. There’s a growing appreciation for these pieces, and artisans are receiving more recognition and challenging the mass-produced norm.
Architectural legend: Dailey Janssen Architects’ portfolio showcases a range of visually stunning and well-executed projects. firefinishinteriors.com
SHERRELL DESIGN STUDIO
Design pulse: We’re seeing natural stones used to create exciting forms and patterns within the residential space—architectural elements for doorways and moldings or fabricated to create scalloped and reeded profiles. Art crush: I recently acquired a piece from Sarah Ramsey. There’s structure to the layers of color in her work. sherrelldesignstudio.com
Design pulse: I’m excited by the resurgence of handmade artistry! The work of artisans is so special, and it’s great that an appreciation for what they do is blossoming again. Art crush: Kehinde Wiley’s portraiture subjects are stunning and make poignant statements of inclusion that are as striking as the visuals themselves. breeganjane.com
DELIA KENZA INTERIORS
Industry outlook: Authenticity in design is very important now, and we’re more interested in understanding the story behind a piece. Asking who made it, and why, is becoming a regular part of our dialogue. Interiors icon: Vicente Wolf spoke on a panel I attended, and his honesty and openness really stuck with me. deliakenzainteriors.com
Status report: We advocate for investing in quality pieces, not fastfashion design. When clients purchase well-crafted items, they become modern heirlooms that can be passed down as opposed to ending up in a landfill. Go-to pattern: A good geometric with repetition, à la David Hicks. erickacatanzaro.com
KATE BLOCKER DESIGN
Aesthetic ethos: Clean, classic, functional, bold, edited and informed. I don’t like to paint myself into a specific category because we should allow ourselves space to evolve. Color choice: I come back to Benjamin Moore’s White Dove time and again as an all-over white for interiors. It’s warm and versatile. kateblockerdesign.com
SAN ANSELMO, CA
Company credo: We try to keep our sourcing as local as possible and encourage clients to invest in pieces that will last for generations. I worked in fashion previously and know that conversations around sustainability and consumption are critical! Influenced by: Europe has this amazing relationship with imperfection, celebrating the patina and age of items in a way that really resonates with me. katiemonkhouseinteriors.com
LINDYE GALLOWAY STUDIO
COSTA MESA, CA
Style approach: I look to my coastal California roots while blending clean lines with organic touches and neutral warmth. Favorite artisan: Chris at Buzzell Studios is a master at his craft. He creates custom lighting pieces that are handcrafted, unique and statement worthy! lindyegalloway.com
Michelle Ficker + Peter Dolkas
Excited by: Travel has been integral to the development of our aesthetic, which balances classicism with elegant modernity.
Peter studied design history at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and we both make a point to visit historical design landmarks around the world. Architectural legend: Gil
Schafer because of the beautifully and properly proportioned rooms in his homes. studiodorion.com
Specialty: Great emphasis is placed on research and the design process. For each project, we determine vital conceptual elements that will inform the development of the design through analysis of historical or current references. Manifesting: Two residential projects in the works inspired by different styles: French Art Deco and Latin American Modernism. studioroda.net
Proud moment: Building a business is a slow crawl; it takes real patience and resolve. When I look back, I’m in love with the firm I have built and my team of talented designers. Sustainability stance: There is a lot of waste in this industry, which can be difficult to stomach. My team and I have learned to spend time researching the products we source. slic-design.com
Sarah Sargeant + Risa Emen
NEW YORK CITY
What’s next: The recent spotlight on Black, minority and female architects, designers, makers and artists is very encouraging. We hope the creative industry continues to embrace and champion diversity. Dream collab: We favor simple, subtle styles (never fussy or cluttered), so Jean Prouvé is our dream architect, engineer, interior designer, craftsman and teacher! cochineal.com
Design mantra: I combine the most favorable architectural elements of the home with my clients’ personal style to redefine the form and function of their space. It’s a very interactive process in which my customers have a strong voice! On the docket: A cabinetry line is in the works that combines good taste, modern innovation and traditional techniques. shoshidesigns.com
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ENHANCING LIVES THROUGH DESIGN
Luxe puts covetable collectibles on display and takes note of Brutalist-inspired furniture and lighting.
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TALENTED MAKERS EXPERIMENT WITH TRADITIONAL MEDIUMS TO CREATE AU-COURANT HEIRLOOMS FOR TODAY’S COLLECTORS.
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY KATHRYN GIVEN AND SARAH SHELTON
The ancient use of terra-cotta clay spans cultures, continents and stylistic sensibilities with modern artists still referencing classic forms and shapes today. From left to right: Ancient KeyVase by Atelier Polyhedre / thompsonhanson.com Michael Pedestal in Whitewashed Oak by Josh Greene / dowelfurniturecompany.com Terracotta Fern Pedestal Bowl by Frances Palmer / marchsf.com Relic Oak Pedestal Table by Athena Calderone / crateandbarrel.com Terracotta Ceramic Vase / hinostudio.com 19th Century Column / aerostudios.com
Challenging the assumptions of ceramics, these contemporary porcelain pieces take on multidimensional shapes and interesting textures.
From left to right: Flora with Arches by Anat Shiftan / hostlerburrows.com Michael Pedestal in Whitewashed Oak by Josh Greene / dowelfurniturecompany.com
Paesaggio 3 Sculptural Vase by Nino Basso for Design Center 1991 / artemest.com Functional Vessel by Bryan Hopkins / cultureobject.com Backdrop: Nore Linen Fabric in Ivory by Larsen / cowtan.com
The 17th-century invention of crystal introduced a brighter, better glass with greater brilliance. Here, playful silhouettes set these sparkling pieces apart from their predecessors. From left to right: Transparent Crystal Cup, Carafe and Champagne Coupe by Alexander Kirkeby / bergdorfgoodman.com. Knossos II by Simon Klenell / cultureobject.com. Boletus Vitrium Series / scottbluedorn.com. 19th Century Column / aerostudios.com
Designed for Life
Luxury windows and doors built to the highest speciﬁcations to meet your exceptional standards.
Durable and malleable, silver has been a form of currency for centuries and remains one of the most valuable and beautiful metals to work with.
Clockwise from bottom left: Silver Bowl / benandlael.com 19th Century Column / aerostudios.com Twisted Beeswax Candles / ilbucovita.com
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MARKED BY THE USE OF BLOCK-LIKE FORMS, GEOMETRIC PRINCIPLES AND HUMBLE MATERIALS, BRUTALISM IS INSPIRING A NEW WAVE OF MODERN DESIGNS.
WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY KATHRYN GIVEN AND SARAH SHELTON PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEY UNRUH
The Building Blocks Side Lounge Chair, made of walnut, stainless steel and bouclé upholstery, plays host to conversations of opposites—warm versus cold, hard versus soft, and thick versus thin. Made by Jialun Xiong, a Chinese designer based in L.A., the chair’s juxtapositions also represent her experiences living in the U.S. The collection as a whole is inspired by honesty of material and purity of form; an ethos shared by the Brutalist movement as well as the James Rose Center in New Jersey where it was photographed. jialunxiong.com, jamesrosecenter.org
Dumais Made, the Connecticut-based ceramic studio that got its start crafting lamps in 2017, is expanding its repertoire once again with the debut of their Tall Cassette Folding Screen. The individual glazed ceramic panels can be stacked and arranged to any liking and slotted into four blackened steel frames to create a true scene steeler. (The reverse side of the panels is hand-painted an electric shade of ultramarine blue.) According to founders Charlie and Kevin Dumais, the collection pays tribute to art and design greats Anni Albers, Eileen Gray and Josef Albers. dumaismade.com
Designer Jessie Nelson was studying post-war Eastern European architecture (noting its oppressive, yet fascinating sculptural perspective) when he began working in concrete— the primary material of his Side I table. In his Brooklyn studio, each pour of the industrial building material results in a unique finish with air pockets dotting the furniture’s surface. As functional as it is sculptural, with nods to Art Deco, Brutalism and Japanese wabi-sabi, the table’s walnut wood drawer is lined in a Fortuny fabric and features a secret compartment accessed by a hidden latch. jessienelsonstudio.com
Meet the Episode Chair (left) and Armchairs, the latest from New York City’s Apparatus. With seemingly classic lines, references to Rosie the Robot and the Lunar Rover are evident in elements like its slim aluminum armature base and button depression upholstery that embodies a robot-like familiarity, bringing past ideas of the future to present day. The chairs are shown here from left in bronze, taupe and tobacco wool sateen. apparatusstudio.com
Brutalist architecture greats like Marcel Breuer and Paul Rudolph were known for using stacked, layered and repeated forms in their building plans, and it is that specific rhythmic effect that Arteriors sought inspiration from when designing the Waylon Chandelier. Bold and commanding, the drum silhouette boasts an irregular arrangement of soft rectangular forms made of hand-forged iron suspended by a pipe-and-chain link. arteriorshome.com
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BEHOLD DELIGHTFUL KITCHENS AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS RIPE WITH CREATIVE SOLUTIONS AND FRESH PERSPECTIVES.WRITTEN BY ALYSSA BIRD | PRODUCED BY SARAH SHELTON
MISE EN PLACE
Once Studio Heimat met the owners of this Palo Alto, California, Colonial, it was clear that the couple was ready to shake things up and have some fun with their renovation. “They weren’t looking for a big white kitchen,” explains the firm’s co-founder Alicia Cheung. “This is a young family that loves to travel, so we were inspired by European style and incorporated pieces that
feel more like furniture—including the two islands with open toe kicks.”
A new doorway and windows now physically, and visually, connects the kitchen to the adjacent sunroom while providing a natural dividing line between the prep areas for cooking and baking. In fact, one of Studio Heimat’s top priorities for this project was to accommodate the functional needs of the wife, a professional baker. “Everything has a place,” Cheung says. “A double cookie sheet fits perfectly in the refrigerator, and there’s a hidden pantry with a sink where messier baking items can be tucked away.”
As for the materials palette, the design firm and clients settled on a cool mix of white and dark-green metal perimeter cabinets, a natural oak bar area backed with an unexpected botanical wallpaper, dusty-green islands with brass inlay, and a herringbone mosaic backsplash that continues onto the wall between the kitchen and sunroom. Instead of sticking to just one hardware finish, they opted to use black metal and nickel on the perimeter and brass on th e islands and lighting overhead. The result, Cheung says, is “a mix of warm and cold accents that feels interesting.” studioheimat.comThe sunroom serves as a dining area with a banquette upholstered in a Missoni flame-stitch pattern. The adjacent kitchen boasts an oak bar area backed with Jimmy Cricket’s Jungle wallpaper; rolling ladders provide easy access to tall storage.
TREND ALERT: TRADITIONAL CHINA CABINETS ARE GETTING A MODERN KITCHEN REBOOT.
“ This minimalist cabinet features contrasting rustic knotty hickory and matte black paint. The upper metalframe doors don’t have any decorative hardware, relying on a touch-to-open feature, while the lower doors have elegant brushed-brass pulls.”
“Glass cabinets are a beautiful way to add a personal touch in the kitchen. This homeowner requested a modern twist on French style and a place to display her heirloom pieces.”
–CHRISTINA GARCIA LYSAUGHT, layereddimensionsid.com
“I was inspired by bold vintage kitchens from the 1940s and ’50s. The built-in display cabinet makes this kitchen feel less utilitarian and more playful.”–ALAINA MICHELLE RALPH, alainamichelleralph.com Clockwise from top: Jacqueline Taylor Interiors collaborated with Townhouse Kitchens on an Armonk, New York, residence where hickory wood provides a rustic counterpoint to a sleek black cabinet with metal-frame doors. For her own Charleston kitchen, Alaina Michelle Ralph opted to paint the cabinetry Sherwin-Williams’ Persimmon with accents in Benjamin Moore’s Golden Gate. A French-inspired kitchen by Christina Garcia Lysaught outside Dallas features built-in glass cabinetry in Sherwin-Williams’ Uncertain Gray. photos, clockwise from top: adam kane macchia, courtesy townhouse kitchens; julia lynn; dan piassick, styled by melanie mckinley.
ELIZABETH REYNOLDS INTERIORS
When repeat clients called upon Elizabeth Reynolds to help complete their newly built house in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, the designer was presented with a unique challenge: The room adjacent to the main kitchen didn’t yet have a dedicated function, and the family of five needed some guidance on how best to use the space.
How does this room function? This area does everything from serving as a mudroom and laundry room to a working kitchen and bar area. The wife bakes and the husband cooks, so they each have their own zone with the necessary storage.
Sounds like a real workhorse! What is packed in here? There’s storage for entertaining essentials, a dishwasher, sink, wall ovens, wine fridge, glass bar cabinet, shoe cubbies by the door, laundry hidden in the island, and pullout shelves to air-dry items that are concealed by metal-mesh doors.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the color and pattern choices. The clients wanted to have fun with color and create a happy space. A palette inspired by the sky, dark-blue water, and crisp green grass felt so specific to this locale. We chose non-murky, clear hues and customized the floor tiles to match. Both the subway tile and the lighting lend a turn-of-the-20 th -century vibe, and the glass-front bar cabinet breaks up the cabinetry. elizabethreynoldsinteriors.comphoto: brie williams.
Diehard minimalists, rejoice! Kohler’s new Purist Suspend kitchen faucet features a ceiling-mounted adjustable pivoting arm, keeping the countertop completely clear. The faucet—which is controlled by a wireless remote puck that can live anywhere in the kitchen—is available in vibrant brushed modern brass, polished chrome, stainless and matte black. kohler.com
KITCHEN HE ROES
Signature Kitchen Suite’s buzzy new Wi-Fi-enabled 48-inch French-door refrigerator-freezer (a ﬁrst of its kind) boasts a convertible drawer with ﬁve preset temperatures for optimal chilling and a dual ice maker that o ers two di erent ice shapes. signaturekitchensuite.com
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Caesarstone’s new collection of porcelain surfaces evokes the look of natural stone, metal and concrete with the added beneﬁ t of greater strength and durability. Heat, stain and scratch-resistant and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, the collection contains 22 colorways, including Mirabel, shown. caesarstoneus.com
British brand Cabbonet—known for its kitchens, furniture and closets—is heating things up with its latest o ering, Apothecary Spice Drawers. Avid cooks can have their spices at the ready—and on display—with these crystal drawers, which are handcrafted using molds designed in Germany during the 1920s. The drawers, complete with a pouring lip, can be incorporated into both islands and cabinets. cabbonet.com
Cocktail hour has never looked so good thanks to O cine Gullo’s new double-sided, stainless steel bar cart, whose colors and ﬁ nishes can be tailored to any space. The cart features storage for everything from condiments and ice to bottles, glasses and utensils. o cinegullo.com
KITCHEN + BATH
Although they serve very different wants and needs, kitchens and bathrooms share the distinction of being the two most important rooms in the home. As the epicenter of family life and the “go-to” place for entertaining, today’s best designed and executed kitchens provide a high level of functionality, comfort and convenience that gratifies the chef and satisfies groups both large and small. Meanwhile, the bath is a deeply personal sanctuary where one goes to relax in spa-like style and serenity. Turn the page to meet the most innovative and insightful designers, builders, manufacturers, craftspeople and architectural professionals who are enhancing these superlative spaces and elevating our daily lives.
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Natural stone and finely-crafted tile deliver organic elegance and sophistication that elevates kitchen and bath design to new heights. That is why Ceramic Matrix is the place for those looking to add the timeless luxury and abiding durability of these materials to their homes and projects. “At Ceramic Matrix, everything we do revolves around our clients,” says Verna Barnes, general manager. “Because we source products from local, national and international vendors and suppliers, we are able to provide our clientele with a wide range of unique tile and stone solutions that bring exceptional beauty and function, while creating meaningful relationships and supporting the global community.” With locations throughout Florida, Ceramic Matrix has the rare ability to combine a vast array of options with highly-personal care. “Our showroom design team is here to make kitchen and bath dreams come true.”
• What is the most important aspect of good kitchen and bath design? Balancing function with scale, color and style is the key to a wellproportioned space that provides eye-pleasing harmony.
• Which shades are trending right now? Color palettes have begun to change from cool to warmer colors, while whites, creams and taupes remain the perfect anchors.
• How is technology moving the needle in your industry? From waterjet patterns to the weaving together of different elements of varying sizes and shapes, technology is being used to create intricate mosaics. In addition, inkjet tile printing platforms are bringing visual continuity to large porcelain tile slabs.
Top Inspired by the pleated fabric of the same name, Lithos Design created Plissé’s three-dimensional pattern in homage to the material’s soft, natural flow. Right A striking new extension of Lithos Design’s Backlit Wall Covering Collection, Stripes is a distinctive mix of marbles that comes in four different colorways. Center Using the sgraffito technique, the backlit marble wall decor of Tweed further develops threedimensionality by simultaneously working with two different natural stones. Far right Influenced by the exotic beauty of Eastern art, Agra’s three-dimensional surface—with its distinctive cusps and depressions— takes its inspiration from the Taj Mahal.
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There are many elements of form and function that go into a great kitchen, but the place where these two concepts combine most essentially is, arguably, in the appliances. They are the heart of the kitchen, executing many a core task. Yet, in a well-appointed home, they must also complement an aesthetic. Enter, Fuse Specialty Appliances. Led by three experienced and knowledgeable experts—Mike Robertson, Alexa Warner and Tim Brohawn—the purveyor has locations in Naples, North Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Boca Raton and Fort Myers. At every showroom, an exceptional experience is offered to each visitor. “We separate ourselves through our carefullyselected brands, our focused in-field expertise and our belief in providing a better appliance process for trade pros and homeowners alike,” Robertson shares. “The feeling is personalized and boutique, but our team is highly seasoned.”
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Warner shares a few key innovations that are changing the appliance world.
• Steam ovens, induction cooktops and sous vide machines incorporate advanced temperature control and cooking algorithms, ensuring accurate and even heat distribution like never before.
• Appliances like Miele’s smart ovens are equipped with innovative features and connectivity options, from touch screens to Wi-Fi for remote monitoring and notifications.
THE OPEN KITCHEN
“As the shift toward open floor plans and multipurpose spaces holds, there is a desire for appliances to have a more seamless and cohesive look,” Brohawn explains. “Integrated options have become popular for this reason. Designed to blend in with the surrounding cabinetry, they are a game changer when you’re trying to integrate the kitchen into living spaces. That said, there is certainly still a love of statement appliances, like a brightly-colored La Cornue range, among many.”
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Bayside BeautyWRITTEN BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY RUSTIC WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
ne thing any Sarasotan will unabashedly boast about is the area’s spectacular sunsets. “Everyone gathers each evening, up and down the water, to watch the magnificent display,” interior designer Kelly Wolf-Anthony says. “People plan to be home— that’s how magical it is.” This isn’t just bluster; there is science behind how the city’s dust-free sight lines across the Gulf of Mexico allow for some of the country’s clearest and most colorful sundown shows. Suffice to say, when WolfAnthony was tasked with outfitting a newly constructed residence poised at a prime bayside location, the unparalleled views drove the design.
The house, a getaway for a couple with four young children, was envisioned with resort-like ambience. The architecture takes its inspiration from the West Indies, explains residential designer John Cooney. With Randall Stofft serving as the project’s architect of record, Cooney sketched out a light-filled dwelling that utilizes dark-stained wood, compound pitched rooflines and an entry pavilion. “What we landed on was nothing ornate but still sophisticated and tropical in nature,” Cooney says, noting how the lush landscaping, loggia, and fire and water elements by landscape designer Stephen Hazeltine—including a walkway that bridges glassy pools—help boost the retreat’s island vibe. Also on the homeowners’ wish list were ample guest quarters (a portion of the house contains three extra bedrooms, with double doors that can close off the entire wing for privacy); a central club room with billiards, pingpong tables and a wet bar; and plenty of outdoor living spaces. Nodding to the exterior’s appearance while not hewing to it, a clean-lined decor scheme sets the scene indoors. “Our clients didn’t want traditional furniture, palm fronds or bamboo,” Wolf-Anthony notes of the motifs often associated with Caribbean design. “They leaned toward lighter, brighter tones and textures.” It was important to make the home livable, relaxed and child-friendly while still elevated and elegant. To get there, she peppered in performance fabrics and purposely layered what she describes as “coastal but not cliche” references. These include a lacquered chest with an oyster-shell mirror in
the foyer, barnacles as an art installation on the curved wall of the breakfast nook and touches of jute, raffia and rope. Thoughtfully emphasizing the views (and those sunsets) affected her choices, too: The interior designer opted for tonal finishes and fabrics with few patterns, letting a wash of creamy whites and natural hues prevail.
Rather than stand out, the neutral-on-neutral color palette highlights the interior architecture. Just look up, Cooney advises: The ceilings are intricately detailed. “We have coffered, painted, tongue-andgroove, vaulted and more,” he points out. “Every room in this house has its own charm and character.” Builder Ricky Perrone, who worked on the project with his father, general contractor Rich Perrone, concurs: “You can’t walk into a single space in this home and not feel like it’s well executed from both an interiors and a construction perspective.”
The interiors process was remarkably seamless, as Wolf-Anthony and the home’s kitchen and bath designer, Matthew Quinn, were already intimately familiar with the family’s lifestyle. Frequent collaborators, the two had been working on the owners’ main residence in Atlanta when their clients purchased this vacation property. The pair then began anew in Sarasota, with Quinn concentrating on space planning and “function, function, function,” he says of key areas like the kitchen, club room and primary bath. “Watching Kelly and Matthew work together is like seeing a good basketball team at play—someone’s always in the air ready to catch the ball,” the husband laughs. As the interior designer reveals, “We both understand that you’re not just picking out cabinets; you’re picking out a whole mood.”
Here, that mood has a few unexpected moments. Just look to the entryway stairs, carpeted in a statement blue ombre reminiscent of ocean waves, or see the living area’s draperies, which read creamy white but are dip-dyed with an eye-catching gradient of blues for a similar effect. There are whimsical photographs by Gray Malin in the playroom and tons of spirited details, like tasseled ottomans and glossy surfboards displayed as sculptures. “We wanted the design to be fun but never cheesy—a sophisticated fun,” the husband says. Chimes in Wolf-Anthony, “We went for that cool factor with some surprises mixed in.” It worked: “I’m still noticing new things each time we visit, and every space is so special,” the husband says. “It’s serene.” Especially at sundown.
The home’s West Indies-inspired architecture is matched by resortlike water features envisioned by landscape designer Stephen Hazeltine. Pavers lead across the pool to the primary suite.
A Sarasota artist explores connection, history and the earth in her radiant, minimalist ceramic sculptures.WRITTEN BY ANUSH J. BENLIYAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWARD LINSMIER
Inside her modest Sarasota home studio—a converted two-car garage shaded by an old-growth oak tree— you’ll find Anja Palombo behind the potter’s wheel, shaping and manipulating clay to form the components of her abstract, stark sculptures. Although she hasn’t always solely worked in ceramics, it’s this meditative and admittedly volatile process of throwing that the German-born artist is rather besotted with. “It has a force of its own,” says Palombo, whose robust academic background in fine art, painting, art history and linguistics helps inform her practice. “It’s half out of control and half in control. The creative process takes on a life of its own, and it’s just lovely.”
Once the physics at the wheel are conquered, Palombo assembles the resulting pieces into larger structures, creating poetic works of contemporary art that evoke elements of the natural world. The curvaceous sculptures in her ongoing “Head in the Clouds” series, for instance, reference both the metaphorical and literal clouds that, per the artist, “connect us all through the water, beauty and data they hold.” Her “Bodies” series pays homage to ancient Cycladic art and provides commentary on the shared human experience that transcends time. The ideas come to her in waves—often, aptly, while she’s swimming in the ocean—and sometimes like a tsunami, at which point she’ll intuitively sketch the silhouettes she sees in her mind’s eye (a phase she calls “electric brainstorm”).
Beyond their connective tissue to nature, Palombo’s works also share an ethereal quality in their starkness. The white porcelain and stoneware sculptures, sometimes partially glazed, are deliberately left bare as an ode to ancient, earthy materials and simplicity. “To me, minimalism is about editing,” she says. “How much can you remove while still keeping the essence?”
Ever curious, the artist is always on the hunt for new possibilities in her practice. Lately, she has been experimenting with glaze recipes and studying old Chinese and Korean coatings for a new series of blossom-inspired chalice designs. She is itching to revisit plaster as a medium and is even collaborating on a boundary-pushing augmented reality project. “The ideas naturally progress one into the other,” Palombo observes. “You stick with your theme and give it some time, and suddenly you’re seeing it with different eyes and moving in a new direction.”
WITH A TWIST
Elevated materials and punches of color offer an artistic take on coastal living in a Naples condominium.WRITTEN BY JENNIFER BOLES PHOTOGRAPHY BY VENJHAMIN REYES
pon stepping into this Naples high-rise condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, it doesn’t take long to realize this is not a typical beach home. There are no traditional ocean motifs, rattan furnishings or similar elements often found in waterfront residences. Instead, owners Adam and Diane Blank encouraged designer Robyn Lang-Shankland to “do something completely different, something you don’t see everywhere,” she recalls. They leaned modern, weren’t afraid of color and wanted the unexpected—a challenge she accepted.
The couple had purchased the recently built residence as an unfinished shell, with the exception of cabinetry and countertops. This meant LangShankland, part of interior designer Faith Fix’s team, was handed a blank canvas, giving her the opportunity to create the kind of customized finishes that are a mainstay of her work. “For every project, I really go into the tiny details,” she says. “I prefer to create something so unique and special to the client—because they deserve it.”
Working with general contractor Chad Smith, the designer began by installing bleached walnut for features like flooring, millwork and the great room’s television wall, whose triangular-shaped panels create a distinctive geometric pattern. “We did different directions of the graining for something fun,” she says. They also swapped out the kitchen’s marble countertops for quartzite— a more durable and sensible option for the sociable homeowners, who enjoy entertaining. “We decided to use Cristallo, because marble is so porous,” Lang-Shankland notes. “We took it up as the backsplash, too.” And overhead, new white highgloss panels portray high ceilings while reflecting the water view and surrounding greenery.
Yet the most unexpected material choice is Kinon, a high-gloss surface often spotted in luxury hotels and boutiques such as Chanel. “You don’t see it often—that’s why we chose to use it,” the designer explains. “It reflects the light and looks like a watercolor painting of grays, whites and taupes.” Variations appear throughout the residence, including the lightly patterned panels inlaid with metal that embellish the floating
fireplace wall separating the living room from the dining area. In the latter, Lang-Shankland specified an overhead circular Kinon piece to hang a sculptural satin-brass chandelier, one of the home’s many eye-catching fixtures. “Why would you have something ordinary when you can have something fabulous?” she muses.
It’s natural to assume the condo’s captivating Gulf views, mirrored in the glossy interiors, inspired the carefully considered appearance of blue throughout the home. But, in fact, this stems from one of Diane’s favorite textiles. “When we were selecting fabrics, she was really drawn to the pattern used on the back of the dining chairs,” the designer recalls. “It has a lot of blues, silvers, greens and steel colors in it. That set the tone for the rest of the condo.” Reserving neutral shades for large, upholstered pieces and case goods, she introduced blue touches such as the animal-print rug in the great room’s seating area, the settee in Adam’s office and the stunning leather-andmirrored bar there that displays his drink of choice. “He’s a huge tequila fan,” Lang-Shankland says. “We wanted to create a place to show off the fun bottles.” Countering the shade are pops of coral and orange, like the great room’s sofa pillows, occasional accessories and even artwork. “In the primary bathroom, there is a piece that has all the right tones,” the designer says, describing the rectangular rainbow-hued work perched above the freestanding tub. “I always think art is a great way to bring in color.”
These vibrant doses enliven the clean-lined furnishings, many of which Lang-Shankland had acquired from overseas makers, including Adam’s Italian-made desk. “I like to source from around the world,” she says. “I’m from Scotland, so I gravitate toward a lot of European lines.” Low-profile pieces, often covered in performance fabrics for durability, ensure the outdoor views are always visible. And while select wallcovering prints inject a local sensibility—a coral pattern in a guest bathroom, flamingos in the laundry room—their contemporary feel presents a welcome spin on coastal style. “Diane didn’t want to see something you might find all over Instagram or Pinterest; she wanted unique,” the designer says. “There’s a nod to Florida but in an artistic way—it’s not expected.”
“THERE’S A NOD TO FLORIDA BUT IN AN ARTISTIC WAY— IT’S NOT EXPECTED .”
–ROBYN LANG-SHANKLANDMoore & Giles leather partners with a Phillip Jeffries weave for the office’s bar cabinetry. A Theodore Alexander chair pulls up to the Casa Disegno Italia desk, which displays a jaguar figurine from Judith Liegeois Designs and a Visual Comfort & Co. lamp.
For a worldly couple with distinctive style, a tranquil residence honors their Emerald Isle roots.WRITTEN BY SHANNON SHARPE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KACEY GILPIN Interior Design: Kelsey McGregor, Kelsey Leigh Design Co. Home Builder: Kenneth D. Keating, Camlin Custom Homes Landscape Architecture: Garrett Hardy, Hardy Outdoor
here’s no denying the magic of Ireland, from the rolling green hills to the mist-enveloped cliffs. Across the Atlantic, on the west coast of Florida, exists a place that couldn’t be more different in terms of climate. Yet when it comes to beauty, this locale can go toe-to-toe with the Emerald Isle.
For one Ireland-based couple who decided to build a riverfront house in the region, it was important for their Florida abode to reflect its sun-dappled location while nodding to their life across the pond, where the husband was born and raised. “We wanted to bring a different style of home to the area,” Conor Chadwick says. He and his wife, Kindsey Pentecost, pictured a timeless, inspiring residence with a sense of heritage, a subtle coastal nod and a feeling of comfort and well-being throughout.
Their vision struck a chord with designer Kelsey McGregor, who was brought onboard the project at the start of construction. “My signature style is rustic modern,” she explains, clarifying: “It’s a European rustic style that’s been around for a hundred years—and could be around for a hundred more—while also introducing modern elements.”
At first glance, combining these varied styles didn’t seem easy. To analogize: “Watermelon doesn’t always mix with spaghetti, but both are good individually,” the designer laughs. “You have to make sure the choices line up to create something that’s not going to give you indigestion.” She found her starting point in a neutral, earthy color palette paired with blues and grays. McGregor and general contractor Kenneth D. Keating incorporated natural wood and contemporary elements, such as brass fixtures and white walls that keep the focus on the outdoor views. The kitchen in particular played an important role, as Kindsey is a cookbook author and the couple loves to entertain. Here, the clean lines of the white-and-gray marble backsplash and shelving contrast with white oak cabinetry, while a vintage-inspired range and antique rugs add a European warmth.
This casual, cozy look continues into the adjoining living area with gray sofas that encourage napping and then into an intimate
sitting room off the patio with a pair of armchairs that swivel, allowing for interactions all around. “We call it the snug,” the husband says of the latter space. “That’s what we call small living rooms in Ireland.”
Equally calming is the primary bedroom, designed around tranquility and its direct access to the outdoors. “Kindsey and Conor wanted something restful,” McGregor recalls. “They have a beautiful view through custom French doors onto their fireplace patio, and they asked for two chairs there to have morning time together.” The oversize doors separate the exterior from the room’s cream-colored shag rug, leather armchair and ottoman, and generous bed and bench.
Throughout the home, accents of black act as “punctuation marks in every room—like a little bit of eyeliner,” the designer muses. These include the soapstone trim of the living area’s fireplace, the charcoal-toned concrete dining table and the black-iron frames of the glass front door. There, McGregor adjusted the entry’s asymmetry by installing a wall, which led to the creation of a wine room on the other side. “We were able to turn an empty space into a focal point,” she says. Behind this is an area that houses an infrared sauna—one of the residence’s health-focused aspects, including a steam room and plunge pool.
Just as restorative is the breezy lanai, whose black-and-white flooring is inspired by the Emerald Isle. “There are a lot of tile and checkered floors, walkways and courtyards in Ireland,” Kindsey notes. “That was something we noticed daily and wanted to bring back with us.” Landscape designer Garrett Hardy added to the aura with plantings like a European olive tree, King Alexander palms and Podocarpus hedges. It’s a serene space, just like the rest of the property.
“I call this home the Healing House,” Kindsey says. “We’ve gone through some hard times in our lives, and now it feels like our house is full of peace—and when people walk in, they can feel it.” Most of all, it beautifully reflects the owners and their multifaceted interests. “I had a vision and ideas, but I didn’t know how to bring them all together,” Kindsey adds. “Kelsey pushed me out of my comfort zone, and now we have our dream home.”
The loggia is ideal for hosting thanks to a seating area composed of wicker chairs, a sofa and coffee tables all by Four Hands. Chairs from Heritage House and an RH table, meanwhile, outfit the dining space.
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