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FALL 2019


Automation, Customization and Sophistication Homeowners Nick and Crystal Manzoli praise P&H Interiors for their vision of future-forward, livable warmth and contemporary class. Story by Johnna Rocker-Clinton Photography by Randy Tanner


The Luxury of Building Art Woolems builds a contemporary custom home with walls of glass and spectacular views in Boca Raton. Story by Rachel Morgan Byington Photography by Robin Hill


Comfortably Modern

Randall Stofft of Randall Stofft Architects creates a modern masterpiece on the Intercoastal

Story by Barbara Hood Photography by Barry Grossman


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Editor-in-Chief Matthew J. Kolk 203-820-1092 Managing Editor James Eagen Contributing Writers Deborah Brannon, Lisa Gant, Susan Heller, Pam Gersh, Anna von Stelzer-Worth, Kait Shea, Anastasia Storer Contributing Photographers Jane Beiles, Michael Biondo, Phillip Ennis, Tria Giovan, John Gruen, John Hannon, Paul Johnson, Neil Landino, Mark La Rosa, Tim Lee, Daniel Milstein, Janice Parker, Durston Saylor, Debra Somerville, Eric Striffler, Jonathan Wallen, Woodruff/Brown Photography Copy Editor Elena Serocki Graphic & Web Design East Coast Home Publishing

Publisher Shelley E. McCormick 203-545-7091 Advertising Director Dante Golio Account Managers Alessandra Flanagan Leslie Hayden Kim McDonnell Lisa Winter Michele Woodman Design + Decor 7485 Inspira Circle #1203 Naples, Florida 34113 Design + Decor is published six issues per year. To subscribe:; Subscriptions: one year, $28; two years, $50. Back issues can be purchased at For editorial inquiries: Editor, Design + Decor, 7485 Inspira Circle #1203 Naples, Florida 34113 or e-mail: For advertising inquiries: Please call Shelley McCormick at 203-545-7091. Reproduction whole or in part without permission is prohibited. All projects described in this publication are for private, noncommercial use only. No rights for commercial use or exploitation are given or implied. The opinions expressed by writers for articles published by Design + Decor are not necessarily those of the magazine.

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elcome to our first edition of Design +Décor Southeast Florida. Design + Décor has been on a growth spurt these past several years. Our roots began 19 years ago when we first launched in New York.

Relevant and Inspiring We work to bring our readers content that is relevant to today ’s market, and look for ways to assist you in making decisions based on the knowledge you garner from reading our magazine. With each edition, you’ll be inspired by the homes we feature and get ingenious ideas from our in-depth profiles of the area’s top industry partners. Our “Mélange” department brings you haute products from national and international companies that will make your décor stand out. Enjoy the issue and let me what you think!

Shelley McCormick Cheers,

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BOLD + BEAUTIFUL Chloe Sconce Unexpected twists in the magically evocative ribbon awaken your deepest senses giving you the impression of being wrapped in the impulsive charm of a little girl. Exquisite hammered textures dance across the shining metal. Guilt Mirror Sculptured and shimmering tones of hammered and textured metal with a hint of hard edge surround a perfectly cut convex mirror.

Mademoiselle Armoire Designed with a profound admiration and influence of the French decorative arts, the Mademoiselle armoire will transport you to another world in a crazy beautiful kind of way. The filigree metal butterfly doors are backed by decadent fabric and open to a metal leaf interior covered in a high- gloss varnish with nine antique mirror drawers and two adjustable glass shelves. Monaco Monaco, a waterjet mosaic shown in polished Thassos, Calacatta Gold, and brushed Brass, is part of the Liliane™ Collection by Caroline Beaupere for New Ravenna.

Campus Collection by Mauro Lipparini The Campus collection has been designed to furnish the living area with modular sofas, low tables and writing desks - but also the dining room - with sideboards, dining tables and chairs. The dining table with rounded corners has an elegant structure, with rigorous and elegant lines in metal and solid wood.

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Symphony Sideboard The Symphony Sideboard draws inspiration from church organ tubes. Like all of Boca do Lobo’s designs, the Symphony is hand made by experienced craftsmen, each with different specialities, from metal-work to wood carving.

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Eze Èze, a waterjet mosaic shown in polished Thassos and brushed Brass, is part of the Liliane™ Collection by Caroline Beaupere for New Ravenna.

Geisha Bar Stool Designed to perform in a matter that indulges the eyes, the Geisha‘s curves grace a room with the extravagance and poise of a Kyoto Geisha. Her fully upholstered curved body rests on modern and sleek.

Tycho Floor Lamp An incredible and contemporary lighting item, in a pendant version of Tycho. Crystal glass held by a gold brass ring creates the most luxurious surroundings as its building inspiration and its reflection on the water.

Coltrane Floor Lamp Coltrane Floor Lamp in Matte Black with Gold inside inspires a deep connection with the innovation and expression of Jazz music.

Desire Chair Ignite your desire to be wanted in the comfort of this provocative, fully upholstered pleated chair. A textured, hammered metal band outlines its curves the way the mind outlines the female desire.

Burlesque Console Table Revisit the dazzling world of a French cabaret through the Burlesque console. The acrobatic loops & spins of the base paired with black exotic skins and a black crystal on each one of the 4 drawers exude the mysterious traits of a feisty diva.

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Incanto Bar Stool Enticing simplicity is exemplified in this fluid and gracious bar stool. Chartreuse rippled fabric combine with the rich ebony veneer complete a stunning masterpiece.

Botti Chandelier Botti Chandelier in Gold embodies all the details of wind instruments, transporting us to a real music concert.

Bioma collection Design Verter Turroni Eco-zone with a magmatic guise and the appearance of a floating layer of incinerated bark: this is Bioma, the fiberglass modeled by Verter Turroni’s hands which takes on different shapes and adds new dimensions to the original. The solitary universe of the single seat is joined by the two-seater, to share a sort of existential universe. Structure in black painted metal.

Chandra Bar Stool Chandra is both bold and daring. The modern edge in this chair exudes the feeling of vintage glam, while metal bands delicately bind the chair highlighting the sculpted fluidity of the tight back upholstery.

Monaco Floral Monaco Floral, a waterjet mosaic shown in honed and polished Nero Marquina, is part of the Liliane™ Collection by Caroline Beaupere for New Ravenna.

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lease tell us about the products you carry. The primary products that Elegant Strand creates and purveys are world-class luxury bedding, pillows, mattresses and towels.

Our mattresses are not too hard, not too soft—just perfect. Their design is based on superior knowledge, and they are made in Italy, where true craftsmanship lives. We’re confident that they are the ne plus ultra of mattresses.

The superior quality of our sheets is felt through the “touch experience,” which gets better with each wash. The elegance of their look comes from our quest to create products that are superior to those found in the most sophisticated places on Earth. Our “double pillow design” is made in Italy with the finest goose feathers enveloped by a luxurious down to provide ultimate comfort and full support for your every sleeping position.

Made with Egyptian cotton, our towels are thick yet light. Customers who desire a superior luxury experience feel the luxury of their bodies being dried by a truly absorbent towel, which makes their bathing rituals more special.


Our products are brought direct to market without retail overhead to deliver true value.

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What materials are used for your sheet sets, pillows, towels and mattresses? Is there any special process for manufacturing them? We custom designed and wove two types of sheet fabrics to offer our customers luxurious comfort while they sleep with a long-lasting, high-quality textile product. Our 350 Twill fabric offers a slightly softer feel that many women prefer, while our 280 Pinpoint Oxford sheets offer a slightly “crisper� feel that is often preferred by men. Both our bedding fabrics are among the very highest quality of sheets offered in the market. We use rare, extra-long staple cotton that has a naturally soft

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feel and is superior in quality to the cotton fibers used in most sheeting fabrics. The 1.375-inch-long, superfine cotton fibers are twice combed and then ring spun into silk-like fine yarns. Twill woven fabric offers the same soft feel of a sateen fabric, but with better durability and less propensity to pill as is typical with sateen woven fabrics. Sheets: These are made of superfine, twice-combed, ring-spun, long-staple cotton. The fabrics are colorfast. We use motherof-pearl buttons, with extra buttons on duvets and shams sewn in. Fitted sheets accommodate 20-inch mattresses with elastic all around. Our lock-stitch sewing uses high-quality thread. Pillows: Our “double pillow design” is made in Italy, with the finest goose feathers enveloped by a luxurious down to provide ultimate comfort and full support for your every sleeping position. Pillows are 80% down, 20% feather (outer side), gr. 300/10 oz., and 100% feather (inner side), gr. 1100/39 oz. Mattresses are made of proprietary foam. The sewn-in quilted pillow top is 15-inch high.

bed linens on their own in cool to warm water with no fabric softener, bleach or whiteners. Tumble dry on a low temperature and remove the sheets quickly, then smooth and fold. What was the inspiration for the names behind each of your collections? Our luxury bedding collections are inspired by European/Mediterranean chic towns and settings that are favorite places of Elegant Strand owner Mark Lorberbaum. Each collection represents a region or city that he aspires to: Saint Tropez inspires a dream of sailing across azure waters. Capri was inspired by the exotic bay of Naples. Monte Carlo was inspired by the medieval villages and the Alps tucked away in France. St. Moritz was inspired by a place of sweeping Alpine landscapes, ski resorts and an iconic lake. Resource:

Towels are 100% cotton and feature thick, thirsty, plush super pile with decorative sham. They are made of colorfast material. How should your customers care for your linens to increase their longevity? Elegant Strand sheets get better each time you wash them. Be sure not to overload the washer or dryer. It’s best to wash our 22

Elegant Strand 7606 NW 6TH Avenue Boca Raton, FL. 33487 833.695.1500

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lease tell us some background information on your company? Designer Rug Center’s family owned and operated showroom is located in one of Miami’s most prestigious shopping districts. With 4 Generations of Handmade Rug knowledge and expertise the Designer Rug Center’s team consists of Owner Nader Amini who specializes in Antique and Exclusive Fine Rugs offering the rarest and authentic Persian rugs dating back to the 17th century for the more traditional client. Mr. Amini is an expert rug appraiser and learned the trade at the young age of ten through his rug weaving mother and grandmother. Designer Rug Center’s team also consists of Mr. Amini’s wife Maryam Amini who is an Interior Decorator and their daughter Shima Amini Kutuchief with a background in fine arts and graphic design. Shima has introduced a new state of the art software allowing clients and designers the flexibility of customizing area rugs for any Residential and Commercial room. What services do you offer your clientele in helping maintain their rugs? Designer Rug Center is a master of their craft when it comes to helping clients maintain their rugs. They offer stain protection on each and every modern or custom rug, Hand wash cleaning services with complimentary pick up/delivery and expect repair and restoration services.

Designer Rug Center caters both the Public Retail Client and Interior Designers to satisfy their creative needs; while offering commission incentives. Designer Rug Center’s showroom houses a luxurious collection of Contemporary and Modern handmade rugs in a vast assortment of colors, materials and sizes along with Transitional, Traditional and Antique rugs from around the world. Apart from their own unique collection Designer Rug Center is also a certified dealer for Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, Samad, Chandra, Delos, Calvin Klein and many more that will cater to any project’s budget. Are there new collections you are bringing in this season? If so please tell us about them. Since Designer Rug Center has their own production looms in countries like Nepal and India, they are introducing new designs every month. Make sure to regularly visit their website and follow them on Instagram for the latest design updates @designerrugctr. Resource: Designer Rug Center 1100 Kane Concourse Bay Harbor Islands FL 305.866.5551

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hat are the benefits of having the right lighting in your home? One of the greatest benefits of establishing proper lighting is the benefit to your health. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style, while providing an inviting and warm mood-enhancing atmosphere. How do you incorporate natural light into your lighting layout? When I begin to design my lighting layout for a project, I must take into consideration how the lights I choose will affect my client at different points in the day, and how much natural light the home receives at different times of the day. If a client has LED high hats that may be necessary to use at some points of the day, I will also enhance the dining areas of the home, for example, with a soft glowing chandelier and/or sconces to create a peaceful or even romantic dining experience. Too much light can wash out a room. Lighting definitely plays a key part in colors and textures used in the design process. Please advise what lighting works best for the following rooms: Entryway: The entryway is the gateway to our sanctuary; it sets the initial tone and makes the first impression on guests entering the home. I believe the entryway should have a very soothing tone in terms of lighting color, and also be a very impressionable fixture, in terms of size and character, that adds warmth and feels welcoming to your guests. Kitchen: The kitchen can host a variety of lights for uses at different times. Dimmable high hats can be used while cooking and cleaning up, and pendant lights can offer supportive lighting and aid in the need to unwind at dinnertime. Bathroom: This is an area where placement of lighting is very important. Lighting placed above your head in a bathroom can cast shadows, which makes makeup application and grooming tasks challenging. In a bathroom, it’s essential to place sconces at eye level or use illuminated mirrors that offer a variety of color and hue choices, such as daytime, evening and even an outdoor option. Adding a central chandelier/fixture is a must in my design plan for relaxation, spa or bathing.

Since so much time is spent in the bedroom, and because a bedroom has such a variety of uses—such as for changing clothes, reading, sleeping, etc.—it is a place where multiple types of lights can and should be used. High hats are good for seeing the proper colors in your clothing, while soft adjustable lighting should be placed on the sides of your bed, using hanging pendants or sconces, for reading. Every bedroom should have an ample-sized light fixture in the middle of the room for design, functionality and warmth. What does “layered Illuminations” mean? Simply put, layered illuminations or layered lighting involves the use of multiple lighting types to create a well-lit and balanced space. Understanding how to layer that light is really the key to great home lighting design. When placed correctly, layered lighting can have a very positive aesthetic affect and many health benefits as It relates to design. What do you suggest to create ambience in a room? I’m big on the soft glow of candles to create ambience. Although I prefer to use real wax candles, battery-operated candles that run by timers and remotes make it easy to set the mood at the touch of a finger. Another way I love to create ambience is by using sconces alongside special art pieces or mirrors, and dimmable fixtures. If I’m going for a workmode ambience, the use of natural light combined with LED sets the tone perfectly by using light that wakes up and heightens our senses. What types of lampshades should be used on table lamps, sconces and chandeliers? What types of bulbs? Lampshades make a big difference when combined with the proper bulb. Traditionally, shades are white because they let through the most light and are the most functional at lighting an entire room. Black or colored lampshades direct more light down, adding drama to a room. Colorful and artsy lampshades can be added to certain chandeliers for an instant upgrade or change. Certain fabrics can make a bulb look yellow or off-color and don’t complement the hue of the bulb. Lutron makes a bulb that can go from the brightest daytime light to a romantic dinner for two at the push of a button. If that’s not an affordable option, I still enjoy the warm glow of a low-wattage incandescent bulb for table lamps and sconces, or the warm glow of an Edison bulb. Resource: Rise + Design Sherry Lee 561.702.3504

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THE IMPACT OF COLOR Story by Gina Scott

Miranda Priestly: Something funny? Andy Sachs: No, no, nothing. Y’know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y’know, I’m still learning about all this stuff. Miranda Priestly: This… ‘stuff ’? Oh… ok. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.” -Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada”

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emember when consumers sought out avocado appliances and burnt-orange countertops for their kitchens? Many of us still have pretty vivid images of the ’70s color schemes in our minds. Ever wonder why certain colors are popular during specific time periods? Color plays a major role in our economics; it drives what people buy and how they live. You may not think much about it because color is all around you every day—it’s in nature, it’s at work, it’s at home. But how does color really happen, and who decides what colors are popular? Webster’s Dictionary defines color as “a phenomenon of light (as red, brown, pink or gray) or visual perception that enables one to differentiate otherwise identical objects.” Color is something that is perceived differently by each individual eye. The appeal of different colors is up for interpretation. With such subjective concepts behind color, how do we define it in such a way that it affects our culture at its core level? Because color is such a broad and important subject, experts like Donald Kaufman play a key role. As the owner of Donald Kaufman

Color, Don works with both residential and commercial clients, providing them with custom-mixed colors and much-needed advice. In fact, he and his wife, Taffy Dahl, an artist who works alongside him, sometimes see themselves as mediators when two people can’t decide on a color for one reason or another. Don has a background as a painter (using materials like canvas), so he has a perfect history to work with color. Because color is such a broad and important subject, experts like Donald Kaufman play a key role. As the owner of Donald Kaufman Color, Don works with both residential and commercial clients providing them with custom-mixed colors and much-needed advice. He and his wife, Taffy Dahl, an artist who works alongside him, sometimes see themselves as mediators when two people can’t decide on a color. Don has a background as a painter (using materials like canvas), so he has a perfect history to work with color. Over the years, Don and his wife have worked on projects throughout the U.S. and around the world. Their projects encompass using color to enhance tiny apartments to working on the new American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Don Design + Decor

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and Taffy work with people who care about how things look and “ want the right feeling” in their spaces. Not being architects or interior designers themselves, they work together with all trades to harmonize different materials, wallcoverings, tinted concrete, etc. to create the best atmosphere for the space. “We can contribute to the poetry architects and designers create,” says Don, who describes color as a “shape-changing sensation.” He and his wife are often brought in to help decide if a color is the correct choice—it’s as simple and complex as that. Talking with Don, you understand just how much there is to know about color. He points out that “biologists believe human beings can differentiate between seven and nine million distinct shades.” Color shifts within the eye and is ever-changing. Other things that shift along with color are trends—and that’s where the avocado-green appliances come in. Who decided that green appliances would be a hit? Or did consumers already reveal what would be in style so manufacturers could produce just that? This involves color forecasting.

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Sandra Sampson, vice president of public relations and communications for the Color Marketing Group, describes color forecasting as “determining consumer color preferences several years in advance.” Made up of volunteers, the Color Marketing Group is the leading international association of color design professionals, and has been forecasting color for over 50 years. Each year, the Color Marketing Group releases to the public four key colors, which are determined by regional color forecasting

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workshops known as ChromaZones® and in conferences throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Explains Sandra, “The color forecasting workshops gather together color designers, marketers, color scientists, CMF designers, and others from multiple industries to discuss their industry-specific color trend research. Our trend research is driven by what’s happening in the economy, museums, movies, television, politics and elsewhere.” The members then boil down the research to the most forward-looking colors that will appear in the market two years ahead. Each individual color forecasting workshop collaborates on a 16-color palette with supporting color trend stories. Sixty-four colors make up the CMG World Color Forecast™ and are released to the members each year at their international summit. Color forecasting dates back to 1915, when the Color Association of the United States was founded. At that point in our culture, color became an important part of the economy. Sarah says it is all about “having the right color on a product, in the right market, at the right time” that helps sell products. It’s important for all industries to understand where the trends will be with color forecasting, because, as Sarah explains, consumers desire coordinating colors—for example, a pink towel that coordinates with their pink wall and pink blender. She agrees there is an “undeniable connection between color and our emotion, and color does influence us,” so the emotional connection in color design is an important component of the color design process. “The psychology of color can be influenced by our past experiences, our preconceived notions and symbology,” Sarah says. So if a child received a blue bike and had many good memories riding it, you could expect this child to carry the happy feeling about blue into his adulthood.

Conversely, we can associate negative feelings with colors, so if you grew up in a yellow bedroom and didn’t have a happy childhood, you might never be attracted to the color yellow again. Color can be attached to just about anything. For some cultures, traditional colors are symbolic or hold special meanings. Interest groups might associate a certain color with their mission statement. Color also affects us subconsciously and even affects our behavior. Would we stop at a green stop sign? Since we generally associate the color green with go and the color red with stop, we would at least be confused by the switch—if not cause an accident by not stopping at all. “The preconceived notion that all stop signs need to be red would make it confusing to us if someone were to change the color for another,” says Sarah. “Color psychology is deeply tied to context,” she continues. “Interior designers apply colors that fit the home, hospital, bedroom or kitchen setting—not too bold for sleeping, yet lively for gathering spaces. We set the mood of our homes by the colors we apply from the front door out the back, and into our outdoor rooms in context to the room’s purpose.” Outside the home, colors are carefully chosen for hospitals and doctor’s offices because certain colors are known to be healing. Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager for PPG Paints, agrees that we use color not only as a comfort at times, but also as a reflection of what’s going on in our culture. When PPG color forecasts, she says, “We look at societal influence. After 9/11, for example, the two colors Design + Decor

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that bubbled to the surface were soft pink and chocolate brown. Soft pink is a compassionate color and chocolate brown is a cocooning, hunkering-down color. They were all over fashion and quickly came into home décor because they represented the sentiment of the world.” Dee also says that after 2008, the wall colors turned to gray to reflect the recession. However, “after a sea of gray,” she adds, “we are seeing color come back. Blues and greens are super trendy right now.” She explains that they’ve never seen anxiety in the culture as they do now, and blue is a calming color, which is why they moved to blue as a color of the year. Color has such a wide-ranging effect on our culture that it’s hard to truly comprehend its importance. Anyone involved in the manufacturing of products is affected by color. “The right colors sell more,” says Dee. “If you get the right color in front of someone, it can help them with their project by coordinating all their pieces.” Color affects our buying choices and our moods; it can cheer us up or bring us down. It can even affect our behavior and our actions towards others. Dee thinks the global opinion on color is coming together in a way like never before. In the past, she says, different areas of the world had a harder time agreeing on similar colors to be the trend, but in the past few years, that hasn’t been the case. “I think that says the world is sharing a lot of the same sentiments,” she notes. At times, color is so mysterious that even experts who work with it have a difficult time defining it. For, as elusive and ever-changing as it is, color influences everyone around the world, every day. Its impact is more far-reaching than most of us could ever imagine. Resources: Color Marketing Group Sandra Sampson VP of Public Relations and Communications 1908 Mount Vernon Avenue 3rd Floor Alexandria, VA 22301 703.329.8500 Donald Kaufman Color Donald Kaufman 336 W 37th St #801 New York, NY 10018 212.594.2608 PPG Paints Dee Schlotter Senior Color Marketing Manager 1 PPG Place Pittsburgh, PA 15272 412.434.3131

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AUTOMATION, CUSTOMIZATION AND SOPHISTICATION Homeowners Nick and Crystal Manzoli praise P&H Interiors for their vision of future-forward, livable warmth and contemporary class. Story by Johnna Rocker-Clinton | Photography by Randy Tanner

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A custom built glass wine cabinet serves as a second focal point in the dining room.

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The dining room is home to the most unique piece in the house, the chandelier, by Avenuw Lighting,—a rectangular frame that holds several tinsel-like slivers that give it a fringe effect.


ince the debut of the TV show The Jetsons, Americans have dreamed of technologically advanced homes. With the press of a button, doors would lock or unlock, food would be delivered on a conveyor belt, and so on. The problem is that modern and high tech often conjure up images of a cold, harsh space. Can a house feel “homey” when embedded with technology? What if there were a way to marry technology with the warm, inviting ambience of a traditional home? There is a way—hiring the right interior designers. In the case of clients Dr. Nick and Crystal Manzoli, Suzanne Coles and Marisa Courson of P&H Interiors were essential in bringing luxurious design to this technological fortress. Marisa is an architectural designer, handling everything from foundation backdrop to wall paneling, while Suzanne focuses on décor and design. And when the two work together, they create phenomenal cohesiveness in the homes they design. With the Manzolis’ house, the two were able to master the look and feel of a true home amid remote access and automation.

A low wet bar allows guests a cocktail with a fabulous view.

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Custom built-ins in the living room provide a contrast to the mono-chromatic neutrals of the space.

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foot, highly automated dream home. At the rear, surrounding the body of water, lies a wildlife preserve. The forestry along the water gives the property an enchanting coastal feel, while the pie-shaped point lot truly makes the home one of a kind. Indeed, this shape allows for a vast and unique outdoor space. On one side is a bar seating eight people; behind the bar sits a built-in, 30-inch gas pizza oven by Alfresco. Next to the bar is the Manzolis’ covered patio, which features a lounge area furnished with a sectional and a big-screen TV. The barbeque grills and outdoor shower are the icing on the cake, making this summer room an ideal space to entertain guests. The centerpiece of this outdoor living space is the infinity-edge pool with custom-blend mosaics—a combination of smooth, iridescent and glass tile by Oceanside Glass & Tile. Some evenings, the Manzolis sit outside near the pizza oven in the summer room, Crystal’s favorite space (besides the kitchen). Basking in the view, they enjoy their dinner while the steady breeze from the Intracoastal tames the Florida heat for them. Near their table, the crystal-blue infinity pool casts the illusion of pouring into the Intracoastal. “The look of the pool is terrific when it’s lit up at night,” says Nick. “It’s beautiful.” Automatically safe “The tech stuff is all me,” says Nick proudly. Every light is connected to an automated system, explain Marisa and Suzanne, enabling the owners to create the mood by adjusting the lighting and music remotely. Water sensors are everywhere, so if there is any kind of leak, the system turns off the water. There are also multiple TVs inside and outside the house. On the walls of the club room and the loft are big-screen TVs featuring drop-down projection screens with surround sound. The drop-down screens are more than 100 inches and set in movie format. “Nick loves movies—can you tell?” says his wife, Crystal, laughing. Suzanne and Marisa worked diligently Design + Decor

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A contemporary partners desk and pops of color in the artwork livens up the office.

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to conceal the wires, gadgets and speakers that accompany a movie-quality theater room. Marisa designed custom furniture that matched the woodworkings of the house, while Suzanne picked the acoustically transparent fabric that hides the speakers. The piece of furniture under the television in the club room holds left, right and center speakers and a subwoofer. Provided with the measurements of the speakers, the designers created custom pieces and niches in the wall to meet the clients’ functional needs, while also breaking up the masculinity in the room, achieving balance. The home automation system is not just for movie nights, however. It also allows remote access so the Manzolis can safeguard their treasured belongings, protect themselves and control their energy usage. They can control the front gate and the temperature, and—thanks to strategically placed cameras—can see what’s going on in the house when they’re not there. “We know what the house is doing at any particular time, and we can adjust something whether or not we are here,” says Nick. The shift to contemporary Throughout the home, the contrasting wood tones against stark white stand out and give a masterful show of contemporary design. The windows allow the warm glow of the sun to soften what some might call the rigidity of a modern, clean look. Marisa explains that doing away with all the traditional borders, trim and molding allows the furniture pieces to “speak for themselves.” For instance, in the loft, the wrap-around moldings frame the room and create a unique look. Crisp doesn’t necessarily mean cold, however. Suzanne says the “warm, organic feel” of the house can be experienced in her favorite area—the foyer. To go from the second floor down to the foyer, one must descend the mono-spline staircase. This Design + Decor

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leads to the dining area, where the brilliant chandelier by Avenue Lighting will assuredly take one’s breath away. “It’s literally the only thing I picked out,” says Crystal with a laugh. This custombuilt light includes a rectangular frame dressed with several delicate, necklacelike ornaments that are draped over the LED tubing. “The Manzolis fell in love with this light fixture from the Fountain Avenue Collection, but it was too small for the scale of the room because their table is 120 inches long,” Marisa explains. “Avenue Lighting makes it in only a few sizes, 48 inches long by 12 inches wide, which was way too small for a 120-inch table. They also make it Design + Decor

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Homeowners, Nick and Crystal fancy spending their evenings here near the water, together.

in squares that are 26 by 26, so I proposed to Nick and Crystal to do three of the squares. We all decided that the best route would be to customize it. Our fixture was customized locally through Beautiful Things, and it ended up being 72 inches long by 26 inches wide.” The Manzolis didn’t always go for the chic, clean look. “Our house up north was very New Englandish, old-world style,” says Nick. “The other home we had here in Florida was more Mediterranean.” The shift to contemporary was all about upgrading their style. “Contemporary is where the current trend is here, and we really like it,” he continues. “It fits our lifestyle—with the technology. It’s a cleaner look and we wanted a change.” His thinking was, why go traditional in a brand-new home? Modern is the way to go. “You want to be ahead of the curve, and only the interior designers can help you with that,” he says. “We were lucky—we chose the right people to work with.” Crystal also praises P&H Interiors. “Thank God for them,” she says. “I had a vision, but putting it all together overwhelmed me. We’d have lots of meetings and go through things we liked and didn’t like, and then we pretty much said, ‘You do the rest.’ We’ve seen the other homes they’ve designed, and we trusted them. I didn’t doubt them for a minute—I knew I was going to be happy with whatever they did. They did a great job.” Customized living Interior designers are brilliant customizers. Marisa and the P&H team customized the furniture in the loft, great room and club room, and also customized entire rooms, including the powder room. Here,

the visitor is struck by the massive quartzite sink and countertop in fantastic brown, with its leathered finish. The textured Nero-glossy black porcelain reflecting the brilliant light of the LED wall sconces makes this one of the most exceptional rooms in the home—and it’s all custom P&H work. In the kitchen, the custom double-island is a chef ’s dream. The two islands are “something that our team—P&H Interiors; architect Jack Conway; SRD Building Corp, who built it; and Distinctive Kitchens in Boca, who designed it—love to do,” Marisa explains. “The outer island is more of the couple’s countertop, their bar seating. The middle island is the functional island, so it has a large prep sink; it’s where they can prepare food and cut vegetables. What’s really unique about this kitchen is how there’s an alcove for the butler pantry. The kitchen has two main sinks and two dishwashers, which is super custom.” The contrast of the white high-gloss acrylic cabinetry with its maple, thunder-stain, high-gloss, custom-finish base adds depth to the room. The bar is another custom-designed room in the house. The silver stardust granite countertop radiates beautifully in the light reflected by the smoked, crackled glass shades. The liquor display features wood-framed floating glass shelves that are suspended by metal cables for stability. These lit shelves give the home bar a “real bar” feel, and the gray mirrored background behind the liquor adds a subtle, moody effect, amplifying that vibe. On either side of the liquor display are dark columns that are actually rift oak cabinets. These dark columns hide the wine and bar glasses, preventing dust and giving the bar a more polished, put-together look. Design + Decor

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The infinity pool gives the viewer the illusive impression that it empties into the Intercoastal.

One last, unexpected customization typical of P&H Interiors is the wallpaper, installed by “Wallpaper Mike”—Michael Senatore of Wall Stylings. Wallpaper prompts memories of tacky, dated spaces at Grandma’s house, but the Manzoli home is far removed from that image. “It’s how we make the contemporary look more visible, not as cold,” says Marisa. “We use these subtle stripes, patterns or textures with warm neutral tones, and it just adds this layer of warmth and richness to the rooms. That’s what makes this house so pretty. It’s not just bare, painted dry walls; it’s the warmth of the textured wallcovering and the woodwork52

ing balancing it out.” Connection is key Planning and building a dream home can be a draining process. The Manzolis’ friends and family members advised them against it. “They said, ‘You’re building a house—that’s going to be horrible,’” Nick recounts. “It was actually anything but that. It was an enjoyable process largely because we got lucky enough to pick the right people to work with. They held our hand through the whole process, down to the smallest detail. Marisa and Suzanne

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knew our style from the very outset.” Not only were the two women instrumental in creating the perfect space for Nick and Crystal, but the other members of the team were important as well. “The architect John, the builders SRD and P&H Interiors work very well together,” Crystal says. Three days after the house was finished, Nick and Crystal hosted a party for Nick’s father’s 90th birthday. Family flew in from all over to celebrate the event. “There were around 80 to 90 people

here,” Nick says. Adds Crystal with a chuckle, “That’s one way to break in your home.” The party went off without a hitch and lasted an entire weekend. Nick and Crystal had a boat come to the dock to take their guests on rides. It was a true celebration of food, family and life. But the party would not have been a success without the effort of the entire design team. “They actually got this house finished and party-ready in 10 months,” says Nick. “They were even able to get all the furniture in.” When planning and building a dream home, Nick advises, “Do your Design + Decor

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research. Work with a team you trust—that has a proven track record and can show you more of what will be rather than what has already been.” As for Nick and Crystal, they will revel in their ultramodern home with the tranquil view for years to come, all because they chose to work with the right people. “Some people are just meant to do certain things in life,” says Crystal, “and that team of Marisa and Suzanne were just meant to design.”

Resources: Interior Designer P&H Interiors Marisa Courson and Suzanne Coles 475 Ramblewood Drive, IA Studio, Suite 100 Coral Springs, FL 33071 954.341.7335 Architect John Conway 4451 N Dixie Highway Boca Raton, FL 33431 561.994.2022 Builder SRD Building Corp. Scott & Steve Dingle 21 SE 5th Street Boca Raton, FL 33432 561.395.2150 Custom Millwork JTS Woodworking Mark Feehan 71 NW 18th Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444 561.272.7996 Cabinetry Distinctive Kitchens 1217 Clint Moore Rosd Boca Raton, FL 33487 561.997.9400

The Intercoastal Waterway surrounds the unique pointed lot at the rear of the home.

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THE LUXURY OF BUILDING ART Woolems builds a contemporary custom home with walls of glass and spectacular views in Boca Raton Story by Rachel Morgan Byington | Photography by Robin Hill

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With the late day Florida sky as a backdrop, the Levens’ home has a soft, welcoming glow emanating from the inside through large panes of glass. The threshold at the entry is outlined by the roof overhang that slides beneath the limestone portal frame.

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uality is everyone’s responsibility.” The words of American engineer W. Edwards Deming’s are a spot-on description of the team approach offered by the award-winning company, luxury home builder Woolems Luxury Builders. For more than 40 years, Woolems has been building new structures and renovating existing ones—but not just any structures. The firm works on ultra-luxe residential homes, interior condo build-outs, commercial spaces and clubhouse projects throughout South Florida. Founded in 1978 by James Woolems, the company is going strong and holding fast to the core values he first established. “Our team delivers the highest quality craftsmanship and establishes long-lasting relationships with our clients based on trust and respect,” says James. “We partner with our clients and collaborate with architects and designers to provide creative problem-solving, aggressive schedule management and fearless ambition. My goal has always been to manage and exceed our client’s expectations, treat their money like my own, and build a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that we can all be proud of.” A Team Dedicated to Quality The secret to the firm’s overwhelming success is the way the entire team functions at both its Palm Beach and Miami locations. “Team members feel there is a sense of community—we are a family,” says Chief Operating Officer Gavin Guinan. “We do not work within a hierarchy Design + Decor

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The staircase is almost monumental in nature with its striking presence in the foyer. The dark, rich wood tones contrast well with the otherwise light, neutral interior.

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but rather by levels of responsibility, which is rewarding for employees and team members. No matter what position you hold in the company, your part is critical to our overall success. We have extreme tenure in our employees; we create an opportunity for them to grow in their careers to the place they want to be.” At Woolems, team members and design professionals are assembled for each project with the client’s personality and unique nuances in mind. Typically, architects and clients are introduced to Woolems by Business Development Manager Julie McMahon. After the firm has a thorough understanding of the client, its managers thoughtfully select the team and consultants to work on the project. This approach has worked well for Woolems, which has a portfolio full of remarkable projects ranging from the very ornate traditional to the sleek contemporary, and everything in between. “There is an incredible sense of pride in working with such a high level of design and building professionals here at Woolems,” says Gavin. “Everyone treats their job with sincerity—they have a very emotional approach toward their work. When projects are executed with that mentality, it is very rewarding to be a part of such a wonderful team.” Woolems Luxury Builders is dedicated to realizing its clients’ dreams by providing top-notch quality and craftsmanship, mindful planning and pre-construction services, and frequent collaboration with the entire project team during the process. The design intent set forth by architects and designers is always upheld during the construction phase of any Woolems project. Careful attention must be paid to details on such high-end projects, and it takes a team that appreciates all that is involved in the process to achieve results that Design + Decor

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The living room, den, kitchen and dining areas flow well together and enjoy fabulous views of the golf course. With easy access to the terrace outside, this a natural gathering place in the Levens’ home.

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The Levens’ wall art adds a bold, colorful accent in the large, open living room area. The couple planned well in advance where each piece in their collection would find a home in their new residence.

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not only meet but exceed the client’s expectations. The Game Plan Nestled in the golf course community of St. Andrews in Boca Raton is the stunning 8,200-square-foot home of Michael and Andrea Leven, a prime example of Woolems’ quality of craftsmanship. Boca Raton or simply “Boca,” as the locals refer to it, is a haven for many seeking to escape colder climates and enjoy the warm Florida sun and abundant golf courses the area has to offer. Purposefully situated with a view of a nearby lake to the west, the Leven residence can be described as “warm contemporary” in its style. At the time of construction, there was just one other contemporary-style home built in the St. Andrews neighborhood, giving this home yet another reason to stand out. “A lot of these projects start out as a blank sheet —an empty lot,” explains Project Executive Carlos Sardinia , who managed the entire construction team on the Leven project. “Then we get the architectural and interior design drawings, and it becomes a piece of art. We build art. When we’re done, we stand back and are amazed at all the things we’ve accomplished.” When the Levens chose Woolems as their builder, they conveyed the importance of having a quality builder that would work closely with their architect, Jaya Kader at KZ Architecture of Miami, and their interior design firm, Design Galleria of Atlanta, to ensure the design intent was maintained throughout the process. They also wanted the home to feature many pieces of art from their personal collection. The couple worked closely with KZ Architecture and Design Galleria early in the design phase to determine locations for their wall art and sculptures. “They basically designed the interior layout according to their art,” recalls Carlos. “From the very beginning, they knew exactly— in every corner—where they planned to hang a piece of art or sculpture.” This forethought allows these unique pieces of artwork to become vivid focal points, dancing across the sleek, neutral stage of the home’s interior. Design + Decor

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The kitchen, located centrally in the plan, becomes a hub for dining and conversation. The materiality is in keeping with the house as a whole. Neutral colored quartz counter tops and wood wrapped soffits give it a warm, rich feel.

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The view upper level gallery area and stairwell show a how the simplicity of form plays well with richness of materials. A long, linear window is thoughtfully placed to bring in natural light and framed view of the outdoors while clerestory windows light the corridor by day. The chandelier adds a bit of whimsy to the space.

Walking Through a Modern Marvel The curb appeal of the home’s exterior is quite striking, with its diverse material palette playing harmoniously together. “Everyone who drives by the home loves the large overhangs, different roof pitches and how the architect designed the home to bring the outside elements in,” says Carlos. “It gives the house an open feeling.” Cypress, custom zinc panels and limestone cladding cover much of the structure and are perfectly complemented by large expanses of glass that frame the incredible views surrounding the residence. Customized aluminum louvers add bold horizontal strokes of interest to the home’s pure, clean lines, while also providing sun control to the interior. In the evening, these forms and textures are aglow with the soft wash of exterior sconces and uplights that line the walkways. Perhaps the most eye-catching exterior feature is the home’s entry, which is celebrated by the Zen-like procession over an illuminated reflecting pool on steps and walkways that appear to hover over the clear pools of water. Once you’re inside, the lofty ceiling heights draw the eye up immediately. The upper ceilings are clad in cypress, the same species of wood used on the exterior. In fact, all the materials used on the outside of the home are carried through on the interior for unity and to create a connection to the exterior envelope. The floors are covered with a sophisticated honed limestone, and the zinc panel cladding continues on to some of the interior walls. The switchback staircase punctuates the double-high space in a sculptural manner with its chunky woodwrapped treads that hold an elegant clear-glass railing.

The home’s main living space on the lower level includes the living room, den, kitchen and dining room. All of these line the home’s west-facing glass façade overlooking the terrace, negative-edge swimming pool with connected spa, and beautiful lake beyond. Lower ceiling heights designate these areas as gathering places and offer a feeling of relaxation. The kitchen, which is open to the living area, boasts sleek dark wood cabinetry, polished quartz counter tops that gracefully “waterfall” down to the stone floor, and ceiling soffits of varying heights that house recessed lighting above. Also on the lower level are the master bedroom and guest suites, as well as a card room, pantry, office, laundry room, two powder rooms, golf cart storage area and three-car garage. The upper level of the Leven residence continues the same rich material palette, with well-placed transparencies throughout to invite an abundance of daylight and vistas to play center stage. Like the lower level, the main circulation path forms a U-shape, wrapping around the living spaces that focus on the natural world. A gallery corridor provides for additional artwork displays and connects the generous spaces on the upper level, which include three additional bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, service quarters, media room, guest office, library, exercise room, covered terrace and multiple balconies. A “Boutique Builder” “One of the things Mr. Leven really enjoyed about Woolems is that we were a tight community—a ‘boutique builder’—and that he could easily contact Mr. Woolems or myself; we were all approachable,” says Design + Decor

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Carlos. “He made it very clear that he wanted to be able to reach out to his construction team at any time of day, and we offered that throughout the entire process of the construction.” The Levens were living in Las Vegas at the time, with Mr. Leven frequently traveling overseas for his job, and they did not want to hire a large inaccessible company to build their home in Florida. “He felt very comfortable with us—that we offered all our services whenever he called,” says Carlos. Adds Julie, “One of the things we like to say is that we offer a ’concierge service.’ We consider ourselves to be a concierge builder.” The building process went amazingly smoothly, which can be credited to the early planning between the owner and the entire design and construction team. “This was one of my legacy build-outs,” says Carlos. “That’s one of the benefits of having a client who is involved early on; it makes the process a lot easier and smoother.” Perhaps Michael Leven offers the best account of what one can expect when working with Woolems. “Choosing to build a custom home was one of the biggest decisions we’d ever made,” he says. “We looked around at a few builders, and it was an easy decision: Woolems Luxury Builders, Inc . The firm’s professionalism and quality were far above our expectations, and the friendly staff was a pleasure to work with. Everyone who had a hand in the process—from plans to design to construction to finishing touches—was friendly and did their best to accommodate our needs and wants. We are extremely happy with the outcome. We recommend Woolems to anyone who is looking for a qualitybuilt house constructed by a caring group of people who truly make a house a home.” Since the completion of their home a few years ago, the Levens have continued their relationship with the team at Woolems for professional advice and even to wish each other “”Happy Birthday.” A lasting bond was created during the journey of planning and building their home, and that indeed is something of true beauty. Design + Decor

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The sloping lines of the pitched roof and balcony below seem to cradle the warm radiance of walls glass within. The master bedroom affects a cool smolder in blackened bronze and silvery champagne.

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Resources: Builder Woolems Luxury Builders 2301 Centrepark West Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561.835.0401 Architect Jaya Kader KZ Architecture 3470 E Coast Avenue Suite H201 Miami, FL 33137 305.865.9911 Interior Designer Design Galleria 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE Suite 234 Atlanta, GA 30305 404-261-0111 Landscape Architect Krent Wieland 101 SE 2nd Ave Delray Beach, FL 33444 561.243.1873 Design + Decor

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COMFORTABLY MODERN Randall Stofft of Randall Stofft Architects creates a modern masterpiece on the Intercoastal Story by Barbara Hood | Photography by Barry Grossman

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This modern home with sleek lines is tempered by texture, warm wood and smoky glass.

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n a quiet residential street along the Intracoastal Waterway sits a magnificent structure amid stunning landscaping. A shell concrete drive with exposed aggregate leads from the street to the aweinspiring, 9,000-square-foot home. The exterior features immense floor-to-ceiling windows set in a smooth gray stucco façade, softened by mahogany tongue-and-groove planks and accented with sandblasted colonial white marble. Smoky glass railings border the upper balconies. Situated on a corner lot with a waterfront view, the home has a four-car garage, a motor court and a side canal for easy water access to boats and water sports. Randall Stofft, owner of Randall Stofft Architects, says the aspiration of the design was to optimize the views, natural light and sleek lines of a modern setting while retaining a sense of warmth and texture. “The client didn’t want it to feel like a warehouse, as so many modern houses do,” Randall explains. Toward that end, the architects incorporated the use of warm wood on features, ceilings and trim combined with carefully placed lighting, marble, smoky glass and blackened steel to create a unique and inviting atmosphere in the home. Floating front steps lead to the entrance of the home, which opens directly into a parlor-style living room. One wall is floorDesign + Decor

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A fireplace with a floating hearth and smoky mirrors is the central feature of the cozy living room.

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A wine room with a drop ceiling and lacquered bronze wall panels draws guests into the living room.

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to-ceiling glass, which looks down over a horizon-line, infinity-edge pool. The pool sports chiseled black granite and dark Pebble Tec on the pool edge, providing a visual sense of texture, while limestone decking with recessed stair lights create an inviting mood. One side of the pool is sheltered by a floating pavilion. The other side of the living room is dominated by a wine bar with a drop ceiling, a temperature-controlled wine room with smoky glass, lacquered bronze wall panels, and a brushed edge marble waterfall counter. In the center of the living room, a gas fireplace with a floating hearth topped with magnificent smoky mirrors creates a focal point for the cozy sitting area. The fireplace both connects and divides the living room and the family room, located on the other side of the fireplace. The back of the fireplace hosts a flat-panel television mounted on a backdrop of rift cut oak, which is surrounded by comfortable seating. Pocket sliding glass doors on the wall opposite the fireplace open into a large outdoor space. The fully covered outdoor seating area offers a stunning view of the waterway, the convenience of a large media screen, and the comforts of a gas fireplace and large aluminum fan. The combination living room/ family room exits into a breakfast area and a state-of-the-art kitchen featuring an 11-footlong island inset with a Teppanyaki grill top, four built-in wall ovens, and a refrigerator that occupies an entire wall. Meanwhile, a white quartz countertop and Calacatta marble backsplash add an eyecatching element to the whiteand-silver cabinets that border two walls. The breakfast area Design + Decor

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A state-of-the-art kitchen is every chef’s dream, with multiple ovens, a massive refrigerator and a Teppanyaki grill top.

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hosts a round oak table placed next to a spectacular wall of windows overlooking the water. Overhead is a soft LED tubular light fixture designed to add a visual point of interest and help set the mood for the room. A floating blackened-steel staircase with smoked glass railings leads to the second-story foyer. A set of barn doors exits from the foyer to the family lounge and media room, which boasts a combination of theater seating and gaming chairs facing an enormous media screen mounted

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on a backdrop of wood planks. This provides a rustic sense of texture to the otherwise modern room. A pivot door on one side of the second level opens to a massive master suite. The master bedroom, adjoining bathroom and outdoor terrace project out, offering panoramic views of the water below. The master bath has marble floors, dual sinks and spacious linen closets. A clawfoot tub dominates a marble-walled wet room, while on the other side of the bathroom is a state-of-the-art shower surrounded by Smart

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The home boasts a large media room with gaming chairs and theater seating.

Glass. The shower walls remain transparent until someone enters, at which point the walls automatically become opaque for privacy. The master suite also features two walk-in closets: the 12- by 22-foot closet for her has built-in lighted shelving, an island with myriad drawers for storage, and copious mirrors; the smaller 9- by 14-foot closet is carefully designed as well to meet his needs.

leading out to a second-floor balcony, bordered by tinted glass railings, that offers a picturesque view. The half of the second floor opposite the master suite has four bedrooms, each of which is a suite with a private bath, sitting area and walk-in closet. In addition to the upstairs bedrooms, the main floor hosts an isolated guest suite with views of the water.

A sitting room off the main sleeping area hosts comfortable lounge chairs backed by concrete tile. It is opposed by a wall of windows

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The master suite includes a sitting area with comfortable lounge chairs and two large walk-in closets.

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The master bath has stunning marble floors and walls, a wet room and a state-of-the-art shower with Smart Glass enclosure.

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An infinity-edge pool graces one side of the home.

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The master bedroom affects a cool smolder in blackened bronze and silvery champagne.

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texture and visual focal points, but a feeling of cozy hospitality. The massive windows and natural light give the feeling that one is sitting on the edge of the water at every point in the house, while lighting and the extensive use of smoky glass add a sense of decadence and opulence to the atmosphere.

Resources: Architect Randall Stofft Architects Randall Stofft 42 North Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444 561.243.0799 Interior Designer B+G Design Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor Sugerman 410 NW 1st Avenue #301 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954.929.6949 Builder A.V.I. Contractors Vincent Mish 2771 Executive Park Drive Weston, FL 33331 954.217.1818 Landscape Architect Tony Grimaldi Landscape Architecture Tony Grimaldi Hobe Sound, FL Design + Decor

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Designed by Studio Snaidero Hollywood and Giselle Loor Sugerman & Brett Sugerman from B+G Design Inc. Photographer Barry Grossman

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arlos Bustinza’s specialty is stylish and unique kitchens. As the Sales Director of Snaidero USA’s Florida Retail operations and Owner of Studio Snaidero Hollywood, he spends his days helping clients create kitchens that stand out and make a statement. The clientele he works with want something different from what they’ve seen before, and that’s what he designs and delivers. Carlos started his career in kitchens in 1988, designing production-style kitchens for two German-based companies. Evolving over time, he has spent the last 20 years working with Snaidero, an Italian kitchen supplier. He has owned his own studio since 2012, and proudly represents the Snaidero product for Florida, from Miami Gardens to Boca Raton. Carlos says that while American designs typically involved traditional woodstyle kitchens, Europeans changed the landscape with painted doors and lacquer finishes. They brought over the sleek, streamlined kitchens that Carlos represents to clients today. He points out that not only does Snaidero offer a great product, but the company also guarantees it with a 10-year warranty on door finishes and a lifetime warranty on the hardware. And even though Snaidero is known to be contemporary, it actually offers everything from traditional to transitional to ultracontemporary. Carlos says Snaidero is a very flexible product that helps resell a home by the name alone.

When first meeting a client, Carlos asks about his or her style and kitchen usage. Then he presents a design he thinks will fit the client’s tastes. The current trends he’s seeing in colors are blacks, browns, champagnes and a richer beige-gray. He’s also seeing copper, brass and materials rarely seen before, like painted stainless steel. No two kitchens he designs are alike, and one of his greatest joys is watching his clients’ reactions as their vision becomes reality—from a paper drawing to a functional designer kitchen where they can entertain their friends and colleagues. Trust is the backbone of Carlos Bustinza’s business. Long-time established designers come to him because he’s in the loop about the next cutting-edge trend. Everybody brings him materials and the latest styles, because they know he will educate his customers and show them what they haven’t seen before. According to Carlos, “I want the customer to be educated. I them give the pros and cons and let them decide.” Studio Snaidero Hollywood Carlos Bustinza 2860 Pershing Street Hollywood, FL 33020 954.923.9860 Design + Decor

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Waiting for the Right Time Jose Toirac Solo Show at Pan American Art Projects November 16 – January 11, 2019 ose Angel Toirac was born in Guantanamo, Cuba in 1966. He attended the 23 y 12 Elemental School of Art, the San Alejandro Academy and the Superior Institute of Art, all in Havana, Cuba.

Toirac’s work has been included in many landmark exhibitions and has exhibited extensively in several countries, both individually and as part of collective exhibitions. His pieces can be found in collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City; the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; the Arizona State University Art Museum (ASU) , Tempe, Arizona; the Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, Rhode Island; the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; and the Museé des Beux-Arts de Montréal, Québec, Canada, among others. Toirac often seek inspiration in the past as a way to bring home his point referencing a present situation. He frequently includes the use of documents and images, both historical and artistic, mostly but not exclusively, from Cuban national records and archives. He brings out fragments of history that can be subject to revision, and by deconstructing it he confronts its official ‘reading’ in a subtle way, presenting the facts under a new light. He is very interested in the way that history has been manipulated to reinforce a given idea. His main source of inspiration, which is his country’s political history, is endless, mostly due to the manipulative use of history by the state. He is constantly questioning the way that collective memory is ‘constructed’ by fabricating ‘supporting evidence’ such as photos, to ‘facts’ or by hiding information. The artist points out how the history of Cuba during these last decades would be rewritten once the political 96

order changes and many ‘new’ historical facts surface. “Waiting for the right time” The work of José Toirac is defined by its ability to observe and dismantle historical and political processes. His references, therefore, are always essential characters of politics and history, through which he relates the universal, with the reality that surrounds him. His intention is to show the zones of silence of the official history, the truth that always hides behind the power. His work is strongly censured by the authorities in Cuba, where he lives, so as part of his creative process, the images that he uses he takes them from the public domain (magazines and official newspapers), because once published, supposedly passed the censorship of the state. His work travels along the line that separates politics from reality, exposing that intermediate zone where manipulation mechanisms are visible. This series is entitled “Waiting for the right time”, and represents a summary of years of lonely work, of trial and error, negotiation and censorship. For years, for all his censored projects, he listened always a government official say, as the excuse: I’m sorry, the project has nothing wrong, but it is not the right time to be shown. He still lives in Cuba, for him a political artist needs to live in front of power, otherwise it could be too easy to do political art. Finally, it is worth saying that this series has never been seen in Cuba, because it is still waiting for its right moment. Pan American Art Projects 274 NE 67th Street Miami, FL 33138 305.751.2550

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