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Interior designer Bridget Ray layered muted tones of blue, green, coral and off-white to transform a dark, heavy Old World décor into a lighter, Old Florida elegance at a Winter Park home, while creatively integrating the existing furniture and artwork of the homeowners, architect Bill Platts and his wife, Heather, into the overall color scheme.




A very narrow waterfront lot meant building up and not out, but the Charleston low-country style house with island plantation features is a perfect fit in more ways than one. From the first step inside the architectural and interior detailing makes its own statement. And the designers from Godfrey Design Consultants made sure it was cozy and extremely livable.







A totally raw penthouse in an established downtown tower is a rare find. But it means the design possibilities are virtually limitless and very customizable. With the designer right at home — Ted Maines had designed the common areas of the building when it was first opened almost 10 years ago — it got even better for Kimberly and Dan Dias.


cover: A spectacular renovation that took full advantage of a rare lakeside setting. Photographed by Eric Cucciaioni. Story on page 88.


Like a fairy tale swan this beauty on Lake Maitland was not always so attractive. It took some very visionary collaborators to look beyond the surface and see the potential. This was more than a remodel — it was basically rebuilt to take advantage of the setting — and designer Kristen LeSchander made sure Annette and Gavin Ford got exactly what they wanted inside.














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A beautiful table, set for the season, utilizes jeweled objects.


It’s the “it” color for Orlando and here are some ways you can show it off.


Designer Anne Rue shares her favorites for function and style.


Kitchen Style 2016: color, personalization and stealth wealth highlight trends from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.


The Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s collections and special exhibits enrich the community; A new gallery in the Mills Park district features major installations and pop-up shows;



20 Embark on a downtown gallery tour or participate in Orlando Story Club.


Acclaimed architect and author Sarah Susanka continues to espouse the “no so big life;” Highlights from the 10th Annual James Gamble Rogers Colloquium on Historic Preservation.


Fireplace & Verandah offers everything for outdoor living; Saturday Models sells almost-new furnishings from model homes.


A downtown church is reborn as Samsara — five urbane townhomes with a sense of the past.


The growing tiny home movement has plenty of converts who give up space for simplicity.


What’s in your picnic basket? Chef Jamie McFadden offers some new recipes.


Luxurious living in Lake Nona where amenities abound on a lakefront setting.


Six designers showcase individual spaces with details and inspirations.


Jeanine Taylor Folk Art specializes in showcasing locally and regionally sourced contemporary folk art.

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in the SHADE


he heat is on — in more ways than one. This is the season locals often dread as the temperature and humidity levels rise to new heights. But I embrace it because for me, it is all about relaxing a little. With schools on break, traffic is easier. With special events on hold, the calendar is a little lighter. And with daylight longer, there are more opportunities for

beach or poolside parties. Slow is a good thing. While many take to the mountains for an escape, as a

near-native Floridian I am quite fine to stay put for most of the season. It gives me the space to tackle personal projects — I am determined to finish my novel this year — and enjoy the small things that get overlooked during the higher seasons. Staying put is also nostalgic in many ways. Growing up here meant spending weeks building forts and adventuring through the outdoors without watches or cell phones. One year we dug tunnels under a vacant lot with stolen spoons and a rusty shovel. Another year we had Gilligan’s Island fun with an abandoned wooden boat. And on many occasions we ventured deeper into the woods and creeped each other out in an abandoned cemetery. Our parents would have been appalled to know we sometimes crossed busy 17-92 to buy an Icee at 7-Eleven. And even in our own yards we dared each other to climb palm trees, and we often ran home with those sharp needles piercing our skin. And when we got home we would lie down on the cool, cool terrazzo floors (that would later be covered with carpet) and fight for a spot in front of the single air conditioner in the dining room (that would later be replaced with central air). What I remember most is that we made our own fun with all the kids in the neighborhood — pickle ball, marble shoot-outs, kick the can. Some days we went to New Smyrna Beach where we sprinted out of the station wagon to rent a raft for the day. Hours and hours later, after riding the waves, we were a little burned, a little tired, but always ready for a treat from

Santa Barbara Designs Marquis double decker umbrella in Coral Pink with white trim; Mirasol umbrella in Echo Lime Lite with Seaspray trim and Marisol valance; and Paseo umbrella in Aqua Sea with gray Marquis valance.

Dairy Queen. And later in the evening, we would sleep on top of the sheets and still feel the ocean’s motion. Yes, simple is a good thing. Follow us on 4




E D I TO R & P U B L I S H E R

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Kate Slentz E D I T O R I A L & P U B L I S H I N G A S S I S TA N T

Christina Lynch M A R K E T I N G A S S O C I AT E

Wendy Tramell C I R C U L AT I O N C O N S U LTA N T

Molly O’Shea C O N T R I B U TO R S

Angela Gutekunst Karen LeBlanc Chef Jamie McFadden Anne Rue C O N T R I B U T I N G P H OTO G RA P H E R S

Stephen Allen Eric Cucciaioni Lori Hamilton Michael Pelzer Ben Van Hook P R O D U C T I O N D I R E C TO R

Rita Tyrrell B U S I N E S S M A N AG E R

Robert Ashby

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FIRST LOOK Take inspiration from Neiman Marcus for an impressive and engaging table. Add some beautiful and whimsical objects like this pewter and 14k gold giraffe. An abundance of miniature flowers blankets the long-necked Goodwin Mille Fiori Giraffe figurine from Jay Strongwater. The handenameled piece features hand-set Swarovski crystals. Instead of a live floral centerpiece opt for an embellished vase. The porcelain Cosette Magnolia Vase – Flora, also from Jay Strongwater, has watercolor-inspired orchid sprays that are hand-embroidered and adorned with crystals. Its jeweled metal base and butterflies are crafted at the designer’s New York workshop.



COLOR In a bold nod to our own Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride, we explore the power of the most royal of hues.


reign Clockwise, from top right:


Uttermost Pippa small stool in eggplant, $394, Bed Bath & Beyond Porcelain speckled ceramic knob, $10, Anthropologie Fleur de Lys glass, $10, Anthropologie Dune Flower Mersea soap, $12, Anthropologie Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, $5,860, Natural glycerine lavender soap, $11, Owen Allen





Clockwise, from top: St. James extended length sofa by Jacques Garcia, to the trade, Small amethyst/gold paper weights, $81 each, The Paper Shop Josie lilac glass, highball, $5.95, and double old-fashioned, $4.95, Crate & Barrel Crate & Barrel Grasscloth placemat in violet, $5.95, and set of four Bloom plates, $24.95, Crate & Barrel Mission Grove Fig & Honey bar soap, $8, Anthropologie



COLOR Clockwise: Caspari Aubergine candles, set of two, $8, Owen Allen Seda France Bleu Ginger candle, $30, Owen Allen John Derian Company mini tray, $68, The Paper Shop Finsbury personal organizers in raspberry and electric blue, $76, The Paper Shop



TOP 10:


Designer Anne Rue, Anne Rue Interiors, shares her fave seats for your kitchen or bar. Check out these options from sleek and modern to comfy and upholstered.

Vanguard Skye in a satin brass finish with elegant padded upholstery in Totem Ash fabric.

Gabby Johnson sleek gold-finished metal base with a clear acrylic seat. Vanguard Greer with Thatch navy fabric and black nickel finished frame.

Four Hands Ashford task stool upholstered in Dark Moon canvas with wood swivel base.

Vanguard Thom Filicia Home Collection Franklin with blackened silver finish, metal kickplates and Rosenthal Smoke fabric back and cushion seat.



TOP 10:

BAR STOOLS Sarreid Roma with stainless steel back and comfortable brown antique leather seat and leg detail.

Vanguard Marley in dove gray with nail head trim on seat cushion in Jinx Smoke and brushed nickel kick plate.

Lee Industries Campaign with tailored slipcover and tapered wood legs and foot rest.



Vanguard Bistro with acrylic sides, satin brass trim and base, and cushion seat covered in Jake Burlap.

Vanguard Thom Filicia Home Collection Utica fully upholstered in Hendrix Slate fabric with blackened silver kick plate.

For more than 17 years Anne Rue has designed timeless interior scenes for both commercial and residential clients, working with everyone from professional athletes to the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible. She also appeared on HGTV’s Design Star. Anne’s inspiration for interior design grew out of her love of fashion. Her grandmother taught her to sew at the age of 8, and she began her career by designing her own clothes. She holds an interior design degree from Seminole State College and has owned her own firm since 2000.

TRADE SECRETS The New American Home 2016



Kitchens are showing their true colors as more personality peeks through with restrained styles that opt for function over flash and a nod to the past. These latest looks steal the spotlight from their predecessor, the kitchen “showoff,” according to the latest research from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) in its 2016 Design Trends Report. I recently returned from the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), held this year in Las Vegas, where the latest launches and innovations sync up with current consumer tastes to set the course of kitchen style. Here’s a look at the top trends for 2016.

PASTEL COLORS — Calming Color Trend for Serene Spaces

including gray, is satisfying a collective

From mid-century inspired pale yellows

space. Pantone, the global color authority,

and mint greens to shades of white and

named the pastel duo Rose Quartz and

pastel pinks and blues, color is quieter and

Serenity Blue as the 2016 Colors of the Year.

urge for visual quietness in one’s living

more subdued in home décor this year.

Several luxury appliance manufacturers

Seen as an antidote to our sensory and

interpreted those colors in new collections

information overloaded lives, several major

such as BlueStar’s 48" Platinum Range in

paint companies, including Benjamin

Serenity Blue with Rose Quartz handles.

Moore, Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Glid-

SMEG launched a line of retro appliances

den, picked shades of white.

in pastels and La Cornue, a French manu-

Color as a path to mindfulness may

facturer of handcrafted ranges, launched

sound like new-age stuff but the concept is

the Suzanne Kasler Couleur Collection in

credible given the plethora of soft-shaded

soft shades, including its show-stopping

appliances that debuted at the 2016 KBIS.

range in Liberte, a happy pink.

This obvious shift to softer, calmer colors, 20


TRADE SECRETS STEALTH WEALTH — Swapping Flash for Understated Functional

faucets in dual finishes embody this trend. One example is the

Showoff spaces synonymous with affluent lifestyles are falling

ing anthracite and stainless, café brown, white, metallic gray,

out of favor for more understated looks. The concept of “stealth

truffle and cinders.

Artona faucet by Blanco that comes in six dual finishes includ-

wealth” is defining luxury kitchen design by choosing function over flash. To achieve this understated aesthetic, think handleless, seamless cabinets and built-in, cabinet-depth refrigerators and freezers in flush installations that disappear into the wall. The NKBA 2016 Design Trends Report notes there are “fewer trophy kitchens with emphasis on quality of material rather than showiness. Less flash, more function.” Poggenpohl Kitchen designed a great example of this concept in collaboration with Studio F.A. Porsche. The P'7350 kitchen features handle-less, seamlessly integrated Gaggenau appliances clad in Silestone and brilliantly engineered mitered cabinetry eliminating gaps between the doors.

PERSONALIZATION — Kitchens Express Personality with Color Color is the ultimate expression of personality and today’s kitchens are full of authentic expression with custom-colored appliances and design elements. NKBA notes in its 2016 Design Trends Report that homeowners want meaningful, individualized features for lifestyle enjoyment rather than future resale. Millennials are huge devotees of this design ethos. “They want to be able to personalize the space by putting their stamp on it. Every room looks different yet tied together with a distinctive style using a lot of colors,” says Kliff Andrews, president of Pardee Homes Las Vegas. Kliff built two millennial prototype homes based on new research on millennial homebuyers. Appliance manufacturers are responding to consumer desire

Winner of 2016 NKBA Design Competition, First Place in Medium Kitchen Category by Emily Miller, CKD, Kitchen and Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh. This kitchen is a great example of the “stealth wealth” style concept with its monolithic, high-gloss metallic painted walls and cabinetry and high-gloss exotic veneer bowed floating hood.

MIXED MATERIALS — Cabinets, Countertops and Faucets Combine Colors and Finishes Kitchen cabinets, countertops, faucets, fixtures and fittings are mixing in dual finishes and colors to create visual interest in today’s kitchens. The NKBA notes, “Homeowners are more comfortable with bolder colors and mixing and matching colors, textures and finishes.” The latest kitchen cabinetry is done up in two or more cabinet colors/finishes often in a light/dark combo. Countertop materials and colors also mix with one material for the island and another material for the perimeter. At KBIS, 22


for personal expression with custom color options. BlueStar is one of several appliance manufacturers offering custom color options with its ranges and refrigerators. BlueStar has its own powder coating company, providing more than 750 colors and custom trim packages to personalize a statement kitchen. Winner of the 2016 NKBA Kitchen Design Award in the Budget Friendly Kitchen Category, by Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors.

TRADE SECRETS RETRO-STYLED KITCHENS — A Modern Technology Meets Vintage Style I’m also witnessing the rise of the retro-styled kitchen. At KBIS, vintage appliances with modern technology made a strong showing, capturing the hearts of consumers and imaginations of designers with their nostalgic charm. Appliance manufacturers, including Big Chill, Elmira Stove Works and AGA Cast Iron Ranges, are embracing this kitchen nostalgia with ovens, ranges, refrigerators and freezers that revive silhouettes from the past in punchy colors that are powered with the latest features.

EASY ACCESS — Today’s Kitchen Brings Everything Within Reach

Pet Project Winner of 2016 NKBA Kitchen Design Award Large Kitchen second place by Robin R. Fisher, CMKBD, Robin Rigby Fisher Design In order to serve the clients’ pets that have three different eating styles, three separate feeding stations were installed throughout the kitchen.

No more reaching into the deep recesses of corner cabinets or

PET-FRIENDLY KITCHENS — Four-Legged Friends Find Amenities

stretching overhead for out-of-reach upper cabinets, the gold

The family pet participates in the social heart of the home in

standard of good kitchen design is easy access. At KBIS, manu-

kitchens that provide feeding stations, sleeping coves and pet

facturers launched cabinetry features to make pots, pans, spices

food storage. According to NKBA, the most requested pet

and appliances much more accessible with ergonomic cabinetry

amenities are pull-out drawers for feeding stations and pet food

doors that lift up with cabinetry pullouts, tilt-outs and tilt-ins.

storage, followed by built-in beds and crates. Some of the pet-

Other popular features include microwave drawers installed

friendly features I’m seeing include cabinets designed with dog

under the counter to save valuable counter space and provide

food and water bowls that are disguised in the baseboard with a

easy access during food prep. These little details of thoughtful

spring release door panel, as well as dog bowl shelves between

design make a big difference in daily life.

two tall pantries and dog gates with custom pocket doors.

Second place winner, 2016 NKBA Design Awards Small Kitchen Category, by Diane Foreman, CKD, CBD of Neil Kelly Company. The designer placed a micro convection oven under the counter, freeing valuable counter space between two critical work areas. The cabinet space was filled with high efficiency point-of-use storage: blind corner pullout baskets, filler pullouts to store spices, pullout pantry and wineglass storage.



MASTER BATH COFFEE SUITES — Brew Convenience in Luxury Homes The bathroom takes on the role of a barista as new home designs bring coffee conveniences into the master bedroom and guest suites. In my tour of The New American Home 2016 (TNAH), the official show home of the International Builders Show held

TRADE SECRETS in Las Vegas this year, I noticed the master bedroom and the guest suite are outfitted with these coffee stations. “It’s a trend that you are seeing in custom homes. It’s a nice touch to offer your guests a completely secluded, private experience with all the amenities,” says Elma Gardner, interior designer and kitchen designer, TNAH. In addition to coffee centers, luxury bathrooms offer kitchenette amenities including microwave drawers, under counter refrigerators and warming drawers. I’ll wrap up my kitchen style report with this parting thought — The modern-day kitchen is no longer aspirational (that optic-white, tricked out chef’s kitchen popularized on cooking shows) but rather practical and very personal to accommodate the way we actually live rather than some unattainable ideal we thought that we wanted. My advice is to use these trends as a spring board to formulate a kitchen design that works with your lifestyle and speaks to your tastes.

Karen LeBlanc is host of The Design Tourist series. She travels the globe attending some of the world’s premiere design events in search of the latest trends, tastemakers and unique finds. Learn more at




The Cornell Fine Arts Museum:

OLD MASTERS to CONTEMPORARY TREASURES You may not have visited the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) on the Rollins College campus, but if you have been to The Alfond Inn, you have been exposed to part of the museum’s collection — The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art generously donated in 2013 by class of 1968 graduates Barbara and Ted Alfond.


nd as impressive as it is, the actual museum

Works from an influential abstract painter and sculptor,

houses more than 5,000 pieces with a European

known for founding the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New

Old Masters Collection and (the only in the area)

Smyrna Beach, were presented in Doris Leeper: Hard Edges. It was

a large American art collection. The museum

part of a larger exhibit, Art Legends of Orange County, to recognize

also has a strong acquisitions program that has added works from notable artists — Gilbert Stuart and Paul Cézanne to Lou-

the importance of artists and patrons from 1932 through 1982. Current and upcoming exhibits include:

ise Nevelson and Felrath Hines.



Conversations: Selections

College President Hamil-

from the Permanent

ton Holt welcomed the

Collection — Ongoing

concept of collecting in

The Conversations installa-

1937 with a donation by

tion features treasures from



the permanent collection,

Foundation of several Ital-

recent gifts and select loans.


Currently organized in






broad thematic categories

CFAM director since

of History and Myth, Reli-

2012, Ena Heller, PhD, has

gion Redefined, Gesture and

lead much of the movement

Pose, and A Sense of Place,

to increase viability and

Conversations encourages

visibility for the museum,

connections between works

which many consider to be for students of the college. It was her idea to

Detail from the exhibit Transcommunality: Laura Anderson Barbata, Collaboration Beyond Borders.

Doris Leeper, Multiple Images 39, enamel on canvas, 1975, Collection of Atlantic Center for the Arts.

created among disparate cultures and time periods. Old favorites like paintings

make admission free, even though it had only been $5. On a

by Robert Henri and Vanessa Bell will be joined by recent acqui-

recent private tour for a group of executive women, her knowl-

sitions of work by the contemporary artist Hank Willis Thomas

edge and passion was very evident.

and the 19th century painter Francis A. Silva. A highlight of the

Beyond the permanent collections, the museum excels in seasonal exhibits and community outreach. Two recent exhibits

show is a monumental landscape by Vik Muniz (a new loan) inspired by the renowned haystack paintings of Claude Monet.

showcased both worldly and local influences. In Transcommunality: Laura Anderson Barbata, Collaboration Beyond Borders, the Mexican-

2016 Senior Studio Art Exhibition and 2016 Rollins Faculty

born, New York-based artist brought together the story-telling

Exhibition — April 16 – May 8

costumes of stilt walkers from Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and

Two exhibitions celebrating graduating studio art majors by

Brooklyn. Theatrical and sculptural, the textiles and textures

showcasing their works and accomplishments over the past four

were stunning examples of performance art.

years as students of printmaking, painting, photography and



EYE on ARTS sculpture, and the Rollins College studio faculty featuring recent works by Joshua Almond, Rose Casterline, Dana Hargrove, Dawn Roe and Rachel Simmons.

From the exhibit Displacement: Symbols and Journeys: Josué Pellot, Lady on a Horse (Barrio Obrero, Santurce, PR), 2009, ink jet print. Courtesy of the artist.

Displacement: Symbols and Journeys — May 21 – September 4 Inspired in part by The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum of Rollins College, this exhibition looks at multiple manifestations of displacement. As global existences are reinforced, displacement of symbols can occur. As a product of physical movement across borders, for some liminality becomes a powerful reality. Artists in the exhibition include Josué Pellot, David Taylor, Shimon Attie, José Figueroa, Alfredo Jaar, Hugo Crosthwaite, Ramiro Gómez, Sandra Ramos, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Meshac Gaba, Gajin Fujita, Rina Banerjee, and Rima Jabbur. Works from the permanent collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum will be accompanied by major loans. As for Cornell’s special events and programs for the community, staff-led tours are offered on a regular basis at the museum and The Alfond Inn. Each lasts about 30 minutes. Other special events include art conversations, artist talks and gallery walkthroughs with artists.



Location: Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park 32789 | 407-646-2526 | Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm | Saturday-Sunday: noon – 5pm Closed Mondays, major holidays and during installation periods Tours: Free staff-led tours on Saturdays at 1pm Private tours for groups of 10 or more email Admission: Free, courtesy of Dale Montgomery ’60 The Alfond Inn Art Tours: Free staff-led tours on Sundays at 1pm 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm


They are committed to making it a viable

all over the world coming as well, so we’re


excited,” Lael concludes. For added inter-

In addition to showcasing smaller popups and major installations, the gallery will host special events for residents. “So


for example, we’re putting together a

is the newest addition to the trendy Mills

quarterly series where we’ll have artists

Park area in Orlando, located on the first

bring works that were created for that

floor of the luxury apartment building

particular season paired

The Gallery at Mills Park. The building is

with a chef’s menu,” she

managed by real estate management firm

explains. Residents will

Greystar, who brought in Gallery Director

also have the opportunity

Lael DeWahl and her partners, Dustin

to learn more about art

Gregg and Boris Garbe, to operate the gal-

through a collector’s series.

lery space last November.

est and diversity, the shows include pairings of female and male artists.

ART GALLERY AT MILLS PARK 1650 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 32803 407-234-7033

“We are booked with

“The first opening was a great success

our shows here through

— we had more than 450 people here and

the end of the second

sold nine paintings,” Lael says. “Greystar

quarter 2017. We have local

actually made a significant investment in

artists we’re supporting,

the high-end lights and hanging system.

but we’ve got artists from

Artwork by abstract modern expressionism artist Paul T. Scarborough




DOWNTOWNARTSDISTRICT Artist Dlynn Roll at CityArts Factory

Orlando Story Club performance



Orlando, named the second most creative city in the United States by, has a

Orlando Story Club is back at its new

strong art scene in its Downtown Arts District. Experience a guided art tour of four local

home, giving anyone who wishes to tell a

galleries — CityArts Factory, Gallery at Avalon Island, Grand Bohemian Gallery and Loft

personal story a chance to put their name

55 Gallery & Boutique — and learn about unexpected treasures along the way. The tour

in a hat, and selected individuals chosen at

begins and ends at CityArts Factory on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street located

random get to showcase their storytelling

at 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 32801. They are held every Saturday from 10:30am to noon.

for the enrichment of the local community.

Cost is $20 per person. More information is available at

Producer/Director and Orlando Story Club Founder Robin Cowie serves as the spe-

Emerging Artist German Lemus at CityArts Factory

cial guest story teller and host. So how does it work? Ten participants are chosen from a hat to share their story. Stories must be no longer than five minutes in length, told without notes, and must connect with the theme. The results can be unpredictable, sometimes outrageous, sometimes poignant, but always a lot of fun! Judges are randomly selected from the audience and special story prizes are awarded at the end of the evening. A guest storyteller headlines every show with its own theme, food, drinks and laughter. All proceeds raised each month support different Orlando philanthropic organizations.



Admission is $5 at the door with an optional donation for the charity. Orlando Story Club will be held at The Abbey the first Wednesday of every month, beginning April 6, from 7-9pm. Doors open at 6pm. For more information visit

ORLANDO STORY CLUB SCHEDULE Pet Surprise! April 6, 7-9pm BENEFICIARY: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Search May 4, 7-9pm BENEFICIARY: Summer of Dreams

Awkward June 1, 7-9pm BENEFICIARY: Timucua Arts Foundation

Tweendome July 6, 7-9pm BENEFICIARY: Parramore Kidz Zone

Blocks – over, around, under or through August 3, 7-8pm BENEFICIARY: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Guts September 7, 7-8pm BENEFICIARY: The Mustard Seed

Outstanding – moments, events, people October 5, 7-8pm BENEFICIARY: The Zebra Coalition

Origin November 2, 7-8pm BENEFICIARY: Coalition for the Homeless

The Truth Is December 7, 7-8pm BENEFICIARY: Page 15








cclaimed architect and

according to Sarah. But what does it really

them. This taught her how to communi-

author Sarah Susanka is


cate better, “which is something incredibly

a cultural visionary with

“Sustainability has to do with how we

important for those of you that are in interior

an incredible ability to

can have a system really look after itself,

design and architecture to help your clients

understand the underlying structure of

so that it is self-sustaining,” she explains.

actually get what you’re wanting to do.”

the American lifestyle and provide the

“A lot of what I talk about has to do with

For example, those in the design and

language and tools that are redefining

that and so, at root, all of my books are

architectural professions think three dimen-

how we live.

really about sustainability, whether it’s a

sionally. “It’s automatic for us,” she says. “We

sustainable house, a sustainable commu-

understand that there’s length and width,

nity or a sustainable you.”

and then oh by the way, there’s height.”

Her “Not So Big” message is the launch pad for a new dimension of understanding — not just about how we inhabit our

Another important part of the “Not So

When she published her second book,

homes, but also about how we inhabit our

Big” message and sustainability is that

Creating Not So Big House, which is about

planet and even our day-to-day lives.

beauty matters. Human beings are a key

the third dimension, Sarah was inter-

Sarah visited Seminole State College

part of the sustainability picture. “If we do

viewed for the first time by a journalist.

on February 24 as a part of its Speaker

not want to look after our houses, they

“Fortunately, she sent me the article

Series where she took guests on a journey

will fall into disrepair,” Sarah says. “So if

before it got printed,” Sarah laughs.

that covered different aspects of what she

something is ugly, it isn’t sustainable.

“When I talked about the third dimen-

does and explained her concept of “Not So

Look at the bungalows of 100 years ago

sion, she thought I was talking about ESP

Big” in terms of how it relates to a home

and you see houses that people have cared

(extrasensory perception).”

and our lives.

for very, very carefully. Why? Because they

That’s when Sarah realized that the

were beautifully designed and inspire us

word dimension has a different meaning

to keep and enhance that beauty.”

to a large portion of the population. Since

“When I talk about ‘Not So Big,’ I’m really talking about how to be fully engaged in whatever you’re doing, whether

“Certainly, we need to do all the things

then, she has worked to help people

it’s designing and building a house or

that we talk about in terms of making a

understand the impact that the third

whether it’s living your life,” she says.

house energy efficient and using sustain-

dimension has on our life experience.

“Whether we’re talking about a house

able materials, etc. But at the core, you

“I’ve realized that when they’re build-

plan being more of a reflection of our-

have to make it beautiful. If it’s beautiful,

ing, so many folks start with a floorplan,”

selves or our life plan being more of a

we’ll look after it,” she adds.

she says. “The problem is that the plan

reflection of ourselves, that’s really what

doesn’t tell you what the house will really


feel like. I know that. Architects know

In her role as an architect, Sarah learned a

that. Interior designers know that. Real-


lot about what people aspire to and that

tors know that. But homeowners don’t

Sustainability is a hot topic in today’s soci-

many people don’t have the tools to visualize

know that. So I wanted to find a way to

ety and has been for the last 15 to 20 years,

what it was that she was drawing for

explain it.”

‘Not So Big’ is about.”




When we look at a map, we understand that the map only tells

Living three dimensionally is the topic of

us how to get our car or our feet from

Sarah’s latest books. She often talks about

place to place. But we understand

how our houses tend to be focused on size,

implicitly that it tells us nothing

but also believes that they aren’t the only

about what the place feels like. A

things that are too big. Sarah says that

floorplan is a map of a house, so it tells

many of us are incredibly efficient but

you just the same — how to get your

terribly ineffective. Her book Not So Big

feet from place to place. It tells you

Living is about how to become efficient in

whether your couch will fit, at least in

what we do.

two dimensions, but it tells you absolutely

“When I ran my architectural firm in the

nothing about what the house will feel like.

’90s one key part was missing: writing,”


Sarah reflects. When she was starting col-

When Sarah talks about ”Not So Big” in

lege, Sarah’s father advised her to go into a


terms of house design, she’s talking about

field that made money, rather than writ-

“When we were little, we loved to climb

building better rather than bigger, building

ing. He told her to wait until she had

into our parents’ shoes and walk around,”

to last and building to inspire so that your

something to write about before pursuing

she says. “There’s something about bigness

home is the place where you wake up

that dream.

that’s really exciting and so we’re tempted

every morning happy to be there and happy

our whole lives to want bigger and that’s

to be alive.

To most homeowners, that is a revelation.

“Twenty years later I had something to say but no time to write,” she says. “When I

what’s happened with our houses, too.

But most importantly of all, Sarah

looked at my life, I realized that the one

We’ve ended up wanting more and more

believes that the design of our home needs

defining characteristic was that I was busy,

and more and so the bigness is what we’ve

to reflect the way we actually live. Sarah

self-designing busy. I was thinking over

focused upon.”

moved to the United States from England

and over again that I was too busy to write.”

Every client Sarah has worked with

when she was 14 and couldn’t believe that

In order to make time to write her

wanted a beautiful house or a beautiful

there were large formal dining and living

book, she scheduled a new “client” onto

remodel; every single person had a vision in

rooms that nobody ever used.

her calendar twice a week: herself. Sarah

their mind. “They are seeking something,”

She advocates for making the best

worried that her partner would fire her or

she says. “It’s like they are wanting to go

spaces in the house the ones you spend

clients would leave because she was

home, literally, to feel like they belong.”

the most time in and for removing the

spending time on herself. Instead, she

spaces you rarely ever use.

was supported.

What’s happened, especially in countries that have a lot of square footage like

“If you use a space less than six times a

“That experience taught me that I had

the United States, is that our houses have

year, then it’s ready to be repurposed into

to change by making a small step toward

gotten bigger and bigger and bigger in our

something you really want and then

something I wanted to do,” she says. “Not

search for that feeling of home “when in

repurpose another space to do double duty

So Big Life is a roadmap to help you start

fact, the feeling of home has almost nothing

for those times when, for example, you

living your own full potential. Chapters

to do with size because it’s a quality rather

have guests over,” she says. “People who

parallel what you need to do when remod-

than quantity.”

we are usually entertaining in our houses

eling a house like removing clutter.”

If Sarah could change one thing about

are our friends and they want to be where

The secret to Not So Big Life lies in let-

how we build today, she would eradicate

you are. So we have ideas about how we’re

ting go of obligations that no longer serve

all references of square footage because it

supposed to be and then we have reality. I

their purpose, being present in the moment

does not make a difference when search-

want to try to connect this back to what’s

and, becoming aware of how your thoughts

ing for that desired feeling of “home.”

the reality and how you can live it.”

shape the world around you.




historic preservation

Donovan Rypkema


Geer-van den Berg House

t is fundamentally unsustainable to

the University of Pennsylvania. His book,

Winter Park Historic Preservation Board’s

be tearing down historic buildings so

The Economics of Historic Preservation, is

annual awards for excellence in local

that we can build some green gizmo

the how-to manual for community leaders

rehabilitation projects. After lunch at the

thing,” says Donovan Rypkema, one

looking to revitalize their downtown busi-

Skillman Dining Hall, guests will depart

of the nation’s leading experts on historic

ness districts. He has consulted in 49 states

for a bus tour of the “Grande Dames of


and across the globe; and his clients

Winter Park,” a tour of five of the oldest

The highly entertaining principal of

include the Urban Land Institute, the

and grandest landmark homes in the city,

the Washington, D.C.-based real estate

American Planning Association and the

including the Geer-van den Berg House

and economic consulting firm Place Eco-

International Downtown Association.

(1876) and the Gar-Morgan House (1927).

nomics will take the stage at the Rollins

The morning session will take place at

The presenting sponsor for this year’s

College Tiedtke Concert Hall on May 21 as

the Tiedtke Auditorium at Rollins College.

Colloquium is Lamar Design. Other gener-

the keynote speaker of the 10th Annual

It will also include the presentation of the

ous financial and in-kind sponsors include

James Gamble Rogers Colloquium on

Rollins College, Arthur’s Catering, Mears

Historic Preservation. Donovan will speak

Transportation, Aloma Printing, Hunton-

on the topic “Historic Preservation and

Brady Architects, Hinge Vintage Hard-

Economics: Recent Lessons from Home

ware, CCS Restoration, the Albin Polasek

and Abroad.”

Museum and Sculpture Gardens, and

Donovan is the 2012 recipient of the

Linda’s Winter Park Diner.

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the

The cost for the entire day including

National Trust for Historic Preservation’s

lunch is $75; morning sessions and house

highest honor. He also teaches a graduate

tour only is $55; and the morning session

level preservation economics course at

only is $25. Register online at Gar-Morgan House SPRING | SUMMER 2016



Saturday Models Ever wonder what happens to the furniture you admire in model homes? While sometimes a professional stager loans it out, more often than not, the builder actually works with a professional designer and purchases the furniture. The home sells and then the builder is left to liquidate the barely used, quality furnishings and accessories.

That’s where Saturday Models comes in. The concept began almost as a fluke. Masterpiece Design Group was designing and delivering model homes, but decided to take it another step further by helping builders consign furniture through a public sale held at the Masterpiece warehouse. “At first, this consignment setting was daunting, yet, to our delight, this was eagerly received by the public… and, it was just a matter of time before the word got out. After the initial few months, the demand on both sides was so great, Saturday Models transitioned from a once a month sale to twice a month, with buyers lining up before the bay doors opened!” says Masterpiece Design Group President Christy Scanlon. While some pieces may come in a little worn, they are either Saturday Models General Manager Karin Freis, Masterpiece Design Group President Christy Scanlon and Masterpiece Design Group Client Services Manager Amy Becker

priced accordingly or donated to local charities. For the most part, the furniture has never been sat on. “My philosophy is if I don’t want it in my own house, I won’t sell it,” says Saturday Models General Manager Karin Freis. And a lot of pieces can’t typically be bought on the open market as they are to the trade only. “You can find something similar but not the quality, or custom finish,” adds Amy Becker, client services manager at Masterpiece Design Group. “So a lot of this is unprecedented access to items that are designer only.” Karin and her team work full time to make sure the showroom is meticulously staged and every item is priced competitively. She doesn’t foresee doing sales more than twice a month, which are held the first and third weekends of the month — Friday and Saturday — unless they fall on a holiday. “That’s the most I think we’re going to do because we don’t want to lose the whole concept as it builds excitement and anticipation,” she explains. “And it gives us enough time to make it look like



this, make sure everything is priced accordingly — we try to be competitive to what’s online — with smartphones everyone will come in and look it up. We value our reputation and we’re going to make sure we have the right price on everything.” After a sale, the customer is welcome to take their purchases with them that day or can make arrangements to pick it up within in a few days — typically three business days. Otherwise, Saturday Models works with a delivery service. “We have a full staff to help people load their cars and wrap things that are fragile,” Karin adds. “We’re not pressure sales.” Masterpiece designers often work the sale events, and are eager to help guests with their selections. And Karin is always looking for new builders to partner with and assist in selling their model furniture. “I love my job,” Karin says. “Every time we get new inventory it’s like Christmas morning.” You can learn more and sign up for the newsletter at

SATURDAY MODELS 6869 Stapoint Circle, Suite 110 Winter Park 32792 407-678-2091 | SPRING | SUMMER 2016





atios, porches and pool decks

look for furniture I will ask if they have a

are all living rooms that

pool. Because salt systems are so popular

deserve to be furnished and

now, I let them know our pieces will stand

used regularly. And Fireplace

up to them.”

& Verandah has everything to suit a vari-

“We try to carry unique and different

ety of spaces and tastes. The 10,000-square-

furniture that lasts,” she adds. “I have

foot showroom is filled with fireplaces —

some clients come in and say they have

gas, wood and electric — and furniture

had their Winston furniture for 18 years

— aluminum, wicker, wood and recycled

or more. And it still looks beautiful.” In

synthetic. They also carry grills — gas,

addition to Winston, furniture brands

charcoal, electric and smokers — and can

include Rafters Collection by Celerie

create outdoor kitchens.

Kemble, Lane Venture, Klaussner, Lloyd

green, burgundy. Now we have a huge

Flanders and Leeward.

array of patterns, solids and stripes. It’s so

And although the focus is on outdoor spaces, many customers purchase the

“We have wicker from one of the oldest

much fun to put it all together. There is

indoor fireplaces and even use the furni-

manufacturers, dating back to the 1800s.

also a new fabric from Sunbrella, called

ture inside their homes. We recently visit-

Lloyd Flanders was the original and it’s

Rain, that’s waterproof so you can leave it

ed with Janet Medlock who has been

still classic and will never go out of style,”

fully exposed,” she says.

with the family-owned company for 20

Janet explains. “I have loved it since I was

The allure of fire and the ease of con-

years — the business has been open for 43.

five years old and took naps on my grand-

versational seating are both leading trends

mother’s wicker daybed.”

across the country. “Outdoor fire pits with

“Most of our customers have multiple homes so we do a lot of work on both the

With customization popular among

east and west coasts of Florida,” she says.

consumers, the upholstery is an integral

“We are really fortunate to be able to use

part of the look. And options have never

our outdoor spaces 12 months out of the

been greater. “The fabrics have evolved

year. So we have learned what materials

over the years. I remember when Sunbrella

work best. When someone comes in to

only came in three or four colors — hunter



chat groups are very popular right now,” Janet adds.

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The wall of windows in the living area features a wide wood sill that can be used as seating.

RECYCLED, RENOVATED, REBORN A former church in the heart of downtown Orlando has been reimagined as five modern townhomes — three are already sold — filled with little quirks and lots of character. The structure built in 1928, and on the National Register of Historic Places, had languished for years and was almost demolished several times before one couple saw potential through the covered-up windows, vine-covered walls and neglected spaces. Photographs by Ben Van Hook 42



ppropriately named, Samsara was envisioned by developer Mark Kinchla and his wife, Kathy, who had seen similar

projects done in his hometown of Boston. The property, catty-corner to St. James Cathedral School, was owned by the Diocese of Orlando but was never revitalized. And because of its location overlooking the school grounds, new occupants will be able to enjoy views of Lake Eola without worrying about a future high-rise building intruding. “We started in August 2014. It was a slow, tedious process and really dangerous,� Mark says of the massive project that included moving walls and beams. The new firewalls between each unit were added and then the massive trusses were taken out. Much of the old wood and brick was salvaged to be reused in the units. The original steel windows were uncovered, but all the glass had to be replaced. The

Part of an original steel beam serves as wall art in the foyer.



A loft area can be utilized as a study or studio.

A guest bath features a wall made from the building’s original brick.

building was tarped as 2,000 panes were broken out. “Everything had to be really well-thought out up front. And we definitely did not want to throw out any of the wood,” he says. The couple’s daughter, a student at the University of Florida, came up with the name — meaning the indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery and death caused by karma — after being inspired by a philosophy class. “There is something very spiritual about this. We should take a hard look at what we have and not discard it,” Mark explains. Each unit is different in size (ranging from 3,000 to 3,600 square feet) and layout, dictated by the placement of the windows. But each is three and a half stories with an elevator, rooftop terrace and two-car tandem garage. “We could not get bank financing because the building was so dilapidated so we sold one unit as a shell to finance the project,” Kathy says. Each of the units will be totally built-out to suit the owner, so they will look quite different inside. In this model unit the new rough wood floors got an unexpected treatment when the windows were being sandblasted. A decision was made to sandblast them as well, add some light layers of colored stain and then seal them with a satin finish urethane. All of the building’s doors and openings had to remain the same for the tax credit — as a historic renovation, each unit is eligible for a $50,000 tax credit spread over 10 years. 44


Designer Rhonda Barber, Beyond Measures, Inc., selected and placed the furnishings.

DESIGN dilemma

tiny house movement

trades square footage for financial & personal freedom by Karen LeBlanc

Across Central Florida, the less-is-more lifestyle is catching on with custom tiny homes. INES SOTO AND HUBERT NIEVA ARE

the west side of Lake Okeechobee. It’s


basically in the middle of nowhere. I chose

square-foot home has two lofts on opposite

being out in the country,” says Paul, whose

sides built by Longwood tiny homebuilder

primary residence is in Fort Lauderdale.

this area because of its remoteness. I love

Cornerstone Tiny Homes. The modified

A tiny house or micro house is typically

Fontana model is the company’s most

500 to 550 square feet but anything fewer

popular with wood-stained siding and

than 1,000 square feet qualifies. The tiny

designer finishes.

house movement is a cultural shift toward

As tiny homeowners, they are part of a

this type of socially conscious living and

growing lifestyle movement to downsize

the less-is-more lifestyle. People are

and simplify by shedding stuff and square

embracing smaller homes by choice, cre-

footage. “In recent years, we have become

ating a demand for architects, designers

conscientious about the environment and

and builders who specialize in creating

making our footprint smaller. Economi-

tiny homes and the flexible furniture pieces

cally, a tiny house made sense because we

that go in them. In Central Florida, Cornerstone Tiny

want to live a stress-free life,” Ines says. The roommates’ tiny home features a

Homes is one of the first homebuilders to

cypress siding exterior, two lofts — the

specialize in this emerging industry. “It’s

main loft with a sunk-in queen bed with

definitely a movement not a fad,” says

floor storage, a skylight and two huge win-

Brett Hiltbrand, licensed design/build

dows, and a second loft to accommodate a

contractor and owner of Cornerstone

full-size bed — a walk-through mosaic tile

dark wood floor, dark brown window

Tiny Homes, along with his wife, interior

shower; kitchen with granite counters

frames), and a modern-styled interior,”

designer Kim Hiltbrand. The company

and stainless steel appliances; multitask-

Ines says.

builds micro houses on wheels at its facil-

ing built-ins such as a flip-up workspace

Paul Henz lives the tiny home lifestyle

that doubles as an eating area; and plenty

on the weekends in his 288-square-foot

“After our first tiny home build, we

of hidden storage. Other designer upgrades

modern home, clad in color-blocked blue,

started to really understand the movement

include a backlit wine rack. The friends

green and white. The modified Fontana

and the motivation of people wanting to

watched TV shows about tiny houses and

model, also built by Cornerstone Tiny

go tiny. By simplifying people’s lives, we

followed blogs for design inspiration. “We

Homes, sits in an RV park in Palmdale,

could actually give them the time to pur-

wanted clean lines, two tones, (white walls,

Florida. “It’s in South/Central Florida on

sue their passions instead of being tied to



ity in Longwood.

DESIGN dilemma a house payment and the upkeep,” Brett

have a better


quality of life

The company builds both high-end and

without all the

affordable micro homes using licensed

things. I think

trades to do all electrical, plumbing, HVAC

people are tired

and roofing work. “Our customers tend to

of living pay-

upgrade more than they would in a full-

check to pay-

sized home because they can afford it

check. It’s very

using smaller remnants of high quality

freeing to rid

materials such as granite,” he explains.

yourself of the large mortgage payments

homes. “We were forced to live far from

The Hiltbrands believe the tiny house

along with the high utility bills associated

our jobs and friends due to the lack of

movement has the potential to foster the

with said home. It leaves more financial

communities that accept tiny homes in

next generation of creative minds — artists,

resources to enjoy life. It allows people to

Central Florida,” says Ines, who commutes

musicians and authors. “This is why our

travel more, save more money for retire-

to Orlando for work.

models are named after explorers and art-

ment, and to not have a huge financial

ists. We actually have a model indirectly

debt hanging around their necks.”

named after Frank Zappa,” he adds.

State and local governments are slow to recognize this growing lifestyle move-

As roommates living in close quarters,

ment with proper zoning laws that allow

“I definitely see the tiny house move-

Ines and Hubert admit the biggest chal-

tiny homes. Most municipal building and

ment gaining traction,” Paul Henz says.

lenge is not limited space but rather the

zoning codes require a tiny home to have

“People are starting to realize that they can

limited communities that permit tiny

wheels. In Seminole County, the smallest



DESIGN dilemma allowable house size zoned as R-1 (permis-

slabs within neighborhoods and without

ing the Florida Coalition for Affordable

sible to locate in a neighborhood for single

the required wheels.

Housing and several veteran’s agencies to

family residences) is 700 square feet.

“We are designing a new product that

help provide homeownership to people in

Proponents of tiny homes want these

could change the way cities, counties and

need. Cornerstone Tiny Homes is also

smaller dwellings to become zoned as

states view tiny homes,” says Brett, who

working with local counties to make these

primary, permanent residences, built on

works with nonprofit organizations includ-

changes and is teaming up with Seminole State College and its construction department during the 2016 spring semester to design and build a code-compliant tiny home at the company’s Longwood facility. If the tiny home lifestyle sounds appealing, there are several important considerations before deciding to downsize your living space. “We totally support the do-it-yourself movement within the tiny house movement but make sure you’re prepared and capable of building and finishing a tiny home before starting down that path,” advises Brett, whose company is a RVIA (Recreational Vehicle



Industry Association) certified builder of

category of flexible furniture is entering

tiny homes.

the market, designed to help maximize

RVIA certification ensures that your

living space. At the Dwell on Design show

tiny house on wheels is up to recreational

in New York City, I saw these flexible fur-

vehicle building codes and is safe for habi-

niture pieces in action in a micro suite by

tation. “Without the certification, you may

Resource Furniture that was 240 square

have a hard time finding insurance for

feet but functioned twice its size. A sofa-

your tiny home,” Paul Henz warns. 

wall bed system, a coffee table that dou-

Storage is another important consider-

bled as a desk, and a media system with

ation in the design and construction of a

hidden storage for chairs and a dining

tiny home. “Consider under-floor storage

table were just some of the cleverly engi-

options or maybe a storage loft. Some

neered pieces designed to help us live

builders offer a ‘bump-out’ over the hitch

large in limited space.

end that can be used for either indoor or outdoor storage,” Paul says.

The antithesis of the McMansion and a possible antidote to environmental stresses

Living with less and in smaller spaces

and housing and space shortages, the tiny

is definitely not for everyone, but it’s an

home movement holds great promise to

interesting exercise to think about — what

improve quality of life with small thinking.

you can and can’t live without. In response

For more information, check out ameri-

to this growing lifestyle trend, a new




What’s In Your Picnic Basket? For Floridians there is quite possibly no more enjoyable season of the year than spring. Beautiful blue skies, warm days and cool evenings combined with little to no humidity create the Plates, wicker charger and runner from Owen Allen. Napkins and napkin rings from Pier 1.

perfect environment to indulge ourselves with outdoor activities.


unshine State residents actively participate in an array of outdoor activities throughout the calendar year, however, when

spring is upon us you suddenly see an even greater shift from indoors to out. The Saturday farmers markets have a renewed buzz, tennis courts around town are full, you may actually need a tee time at the club, and folks are lined up to dine al fresco at local restaurants. As a chef, my thoughts turn to strawberries, blueberries, sweet corn and dining on our patio in the evening. Coincidentally, I recently received a request from a client to assist them in putting together a gourmet picnic basket for a romantic outdoor afternoon rendezvous in mid-March. What fun, I thought. I am surprised that we do not receive more of these requests. While I was working up some menu ideas, I started to think about the

by Chef Jamie McFadden Photos by Christi Ashby

fact that picnics seemed so common many years ago, but rarely do I ever hear of anyone actually going on one. To be honest, I cannot personally recall the last time I enjoyed this very relaxing style of dining. Has the classic picnic experience expired? I think not. But what defines a “picnic” in our world today? To answer that we must first take a look back in history — outdoor




gatherings, moveable

feasts, hunting parties, a “potluck” under the stars. These are all definitions of a style of dining that dates back to the 18th century. In the Victorian era, picnics were grand occasions, a truly memorable experience. They were, for the most part, a far cry from the bed sheets and blankets that we lay across the grass today. Previous generations ate on dining tables placed under shade trees that were graced with fine linens, china and glassware often orchestrated by servants.  As with everything in life, this style of dining evolved and the picnic basket made its debut in the early 20th century. Woven baskets that are light and sturdy with slots to hold dishes and flatware were the vehicle of choice for a classic picnic until the invention of the insulated cooler. As one that certainly understands the importance of hot food staying hot and cold food staying cold, a cooler just simply does not portray the same allure as a classic picnic basket. And where would one even purchase one of these woven treasures? A quick Google search displays many options for any style or budget. The more important question is what we put into the basket for our afternoon or evening out in the open air. The rule of thumb is that there is a favorite food item or two for everyone to enjoy and the beverage of choice should be a deliciously chilled crisp rosé. I leave you with this to ponder, “slow down and enjoy some lemonade in the shade, a glass of rosé while smelling the roses, all while passing some artisan cheese on your knees.” Begin to create delicious memories that can be shared with the ones you love and that take you back in time. Entertain deliciously! Recipes following. SPRING | SUMMER 2016


ENTERTAINING Curried Peanut Chicken Satays MAKES 10 SKEWERS CHICKEN: 4 boneless chicken thighs, sliced thin and skewered FOR THE MARINADE: 1/2 cup coconut milk  1 tablespoon fish sauce  2 teaspoons curry powder  1 teaspoon sugar  1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro  1/4 teaspoon salt  1/4 teaspoon pepper FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE: 3 tablespoons soy sauce  2 tablespoons rice vinegar  1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper  2 tablespoons sugar  1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger  1 tablespoon sesame oil  1/2 cup smooth peanut butter  1/2 cup chicken broth 



Prep chicken and place in refrigerator. In a medium bowl whisk coconut milk, fish sauce, curry, sugar, cilantro, salt and pepper. Place chicken skewers in a medium baking dish and pour marinade over. Chill for three hours. Make sauce: Combine soy sauce, vinegar, red pepper, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, peanut butter and broth in a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Thin with more chicken broth, if desired. Remove from heat, let cool. Preheat grill to medium. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Grill for 5-7 minutes, turning once, until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. Chill immediately and then serve with sauce.

Falafel Wraps MAKES 8 NOTE: prepare Cashew Tzatziki sauce for this dish 24 hours in advance.  Recipe follows at right. 3 pounds canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 cups minced onion 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup chopped parsley 6 tablespoons lemon juice

6 each garlic cloves, minced 4 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons pepper 1/2 cup quinoa flakes

Mix ingredients EXCEPT QUINOA, in a mixing bowl. In a food processor with the metal blade attachment, process mixture in small batches. When complete fold in quinoa flakes. Form mixture into 24 each three oz. patties and place on lined baking sheets. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush both sides of patties with olive oil. Bake in oven 10-12 minutes until brown, remove, flip over and bake another 7 minutes. Serve on green cabbage or lettuce leaves with bruschetta topping and Cashew Tzatziki.

CASHEW TZATZIKI 2 cups cashews 8 tablespoons lemon juice 2 garlic cloves Salt and pepper to taste

1 English cucumber, peeled and minced 4 tablespoons fresh dill

Soak cashews overnight with enough water to cover 2 inches. Drain cashews. In a vita prep or food processor add 1 cup water, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and cashews. Pulse until smooth. Transfer this mix to a bowl and fold in the cucumber and fresh dill. Season to taste.



ENTERTAINING Sticky Toffee Pudding Cakes 8 SERVINGS FOR THE TOFFEE SAUCE: 2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 2 1/2 tablespoons molasses pinch of salt FOR THE PUDDING: 6 ounces pitted dates, chopped 1 cup water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter 36 mini muffin cups. Make the toffee sauce by bringing the cream, brown sugar, molasses and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring often to melt the sugar. Lower heat and simmer, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick and coats the spoon. Pour half the sauce into the prepared mini muffin cups and place in the freezer, and reserve the other half for serving. To make the pudding, in a medium saucepan, heat the dates and water. Once the water begins to boil, remove from heat and stir in the baking soda, set aside, but keep it slightly warm. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, or by hand, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then the vanilla. (Don’t be alarmed if the mixture looks a bit curdled). Stir in half of the flour mixture, then the date mixture, then add the remaining flour mixture until just mixed. Don’t overbeat the batter. Remove the mini muffin cups from the freezer and scrape the batter into the cups and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Remove the “puddings” from the oven, and let cool slightly before serving. Before packing into your picnic basket, drizzle the mini cakes with the remaining toffee sauce and place in sealed container.




Sweet and Spicy Pecans 2 pounds pecan pieces 4 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 2 tablespoons nutmeg 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon cayenne 3 tablespoons cinnamon 3 egg whites 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar

Cuisiniers founder and executive chef, credits his culinary education and travels throughout Europe and the United States for enabling him to build his successful business in Central Florida based on a

Mix all ingredients except pecans. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Spray 2 cookie sheet trays with pan release spray. Mix pecans into egg mix, divide between trays. Cook for 1 hour 25 minutes, stirring and spinning every 25 minutes.

fresh-approach cooking style. After graduating

Cool completely on sheet trays and store in an air tight container up to two weeks. Enjoy as a delicious snack or as a garnish on a green salad.

Park Hotel in County Cavan, Ireland. His

from Baltimore’s International Culinary College and the La Varenne Cooking School in Burgundy, France, Jamie worked abroad under Master Chef Petter Timmins at the latest venture is Cuisiniers Celebrations, a special event space at the East End Market. He is the co-founder of The PEAS Foundation, which provides food-insecure households with fresh fruits and vegetables.




luxurious living in






ith the housing market on an upswing she recently completed a masterpiece with superb waterfront views and it is already on the market. These speculation homes showcase the

builder’s capabilities and are perfect for someone who wants a brand-new custom home without the wait. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home combines fabulous indoor-outdoor living with sparkling water views to create the ultimate luxury escape. The 5,131-square-foot home started off with something very special — an expansive lakefront lot. For access there is even a 480-foot boardwalk leading to a dock beyond the landscaped backyard. And even though it’s on a street with other homes you do not really see them as you take in the view. The one challenge with building a home for future owners you don’t know is you cannot be too trendy or specific. In this case Linda and her design consultant chose thoughtful, muted colors with interesting accents in the fixtures and finishes. A good example of this is the open main living space, which is really a great room incorporating a living and dining area. It could accommodate a variety of seating arrangements or be opened up for a really big party. The large sliding glass doors open up to the

Opposite: The spacious great room offers endless options for seating and dining while opening out to the pool, patio and spectacular lake view. Soft neutrals combine with striking details for a very livable modern aesthetic. This page: The stunning kitchen has some traditional touches, including the large ceiling beams, but is full of contemporary amenities making this an ideal gathering place.

pool and lanai areas. SPRING | SUMMER 2016



For more information: Lake Nona Realty 407-851-9091

A detailed home office on the main floor could be used as an additional guest room. Baths throughout the home have a clean, classic design with custom touches like tile insets in the floor and luxe fixtures and hardware. The master bedroom and guest suite have warm wood floors, large windows for maximum views and doors that lead out to the porch and lanai.

By keeping the walls and floors in light neutrals, it is sunny and bright without competing with the natural vistas. There are enough details like the coffered ceiling to make it interesting without a heavy hand. The kitchen’s extensive custom cabinetry, sleek marble countertops, statement-making light fixtures and hefty ceiling beams combine elements of modern and traditional design. The walk-in pantry is an added bonus. The second floor features three en suite bedrooms and a cozy kid’s loft. The relaxing atmosphere of the home carries to a front and rear balcony perfect for entertaining on summer nights and taking in Florida breezes. The spec also features a home office on the main floor, guest suite, covered porch with summer kitchen, pool and spa, and two spacious two-car garages.



LAKE NONA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB: Created more than 25 years ago along a 600-acre stretch of land, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club combines natural splendor with a dynamic lifestyle in a community that offers diverse amenities amid an abundance of home options. The unique opportunity to live and play at Lake Nona has attracted a vibrant community of residents and members who enjoy a wealth of amenities, including a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course, a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an 18-room guest Lodge, Bath & Racquet Club with all-inclusive fitness and tennis facilities, swimming pool with cabanas, year-round children’s programming including a kids clubhouse called Nona Crewhouse, 24-hour gated security, and water-based recreation on a trio of waterways.

THE LAKE NONA REGION: The area has seen significant growth with the development of Lake Nona Medical City, where innovation will propel future expansion in the health care and life sciences sectors. Recently opened, the new Guidewell Innovation Center is a 92,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Lake Nona Medical City. This three-story building includes a unique Innovation Core, a next-generation workspace built to bring business leaders, global academic communities and entrepreneurs together to create solutions that will reshape the future of the health industry. Earlier this year, Tavistock Development Company announced that Lake Nona will become home to the Orlando City Lions training facility. Not only will the 23-acre complex serve the training needs of the MLS Lions with six fields and a 20,000-squarefoot player clubhouse, but also Orlando City’s “B” team and Elite Youth Academy. Orlando City joins the United States Tennis Association (USTA), United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and USTA Florida Section in the newly created Sports & Performance District. The USTA is slated to open their 62-acre, 102-court “National Campus” in November of 2016. SPRING | SUMMER 2016



Area designers share details about some of their favorite rooms.

L I V IN G R O OM The inspiration for the room was the clients’ needs for their kids. The room needed to be a functional space to accommodate two children and a teenager to study, and act as a second family room and media center. With the help of custom cabinetry, a sectional from Four Hands, a Candice Olson rug and hand-painted art from Disney, two worlds came together to be the perfect teenage/children area.

DESIGNER: All in One Decorating Solutions by Francia Fusik Photograph by Terrain Buckner



BE D R O OM We adore this guest bedroom for its minimally modern, yet inviting statement. Both the bed and bookcase are finished in a glossy white lacquer, contrasting sharply with the tonal “greige” walls, and further off-set by the industrial-chic riveted nightstand. The entire headboard wall showcases a very on-trend “agate geode” wallpaper, creating the room’s focal point and punctuating the modern-meets-nature vibe.

DESIGNER: Masterpiece Design Group




K I TC H E N Classic lines and a blend of textures imbue simplistic elegance in this award-winning kitchen design. Geometric shapes create an open concept with plenty of work space for preparing delicious meals. Cleverly concealed appliances add mystique to the room and provide an inviting gathering place for guests, while eliminating unsightly clutter. The well-balanced palette in this stunning design brings volume and personality to the space, taking it from utilitarian to fabulous.

DESIGNER: C L Studio, Inc. by Jose J. Cabrera Photograph by Stephen Allen



BAT H R O OM For this ocean-inspired bathroom located on the New Smyrna Beach Intracoastal Waterway, our client was seeking a space that was casual, yet sophisticated. Our vision began with a modern, freestanding bathtub with an eye-catching, floor-mounted chrome faucet. Walls tiled with wave-like, white and gray pieces from Ceramic Matrix imitates the calming serenity of ocean waves, allowing the blue-toned focal piece from Leftbank Art to really stand out. The light wood floors completed the room by providing the sense of casual, beach-living the client was searching for.

DESIGNER: Anne Rue Interiors by Anne Rue Photograph by Katie Georgelos SPRING | SUMMER 2016



ARTS & E N T E RTA I N M E N T R O OM This room is a main focal point of a whole-home renovation, where collections of contemporary art and a more classic Spanish architecture were combined. The room features a chorused wood ceiling — built on-site by Farina & Sons craftsmen and designed by interior designer Grant Gribble — in an inverted pyramid style. Special lighting was key to the success of this project. Walls were kept a “museum” white to keep the gallery feel and truly highlight the artwork. It’s a marriage of modern and hacienda with a little mid-century thrown in.

DESIGNERS: Gribble Interior Group and Farina & Sons, Inc. Photograph by Everett & Soulé



DI N I N G R O OM The objective was to create a dining space that is casual yet stunning in this indoor/outdoor dining room that opens to a lanai and takes full advantage of the home’s picturesque lake views. Retractable screens protect from insects, hold in up to 90 percent of the conditioned air and protect the area from solar glare. The walnut slab dining table is handmade from, and the dining chairs are covered with an easy-to-clean vinyl that looks like satin. Natural limestone flooring and quartz ledgestone round out this organic, elegant room that blends the indoors with the out.

DESIGNER: Rob Turner, Phil Kean Design Group


ARCHITECT: Phil Kean, Phil Kean Design Group

Photograph by Michael Lowry Photography




Bridget Ray, Ray Interior Design


Stephen Allen Photography

Interior designer Bridget Ray, NCIDQ, layered muted tones of blue, green, coral and off-white to transform a dark, heavy Old World décor into a lighter, Old Florida elegance at a Winter Park home. She also re-designed the first floor of

A traditional Southern elegance

the house with custom accent pieces

style was carried over to the dining

and new wall, floor and window cov-

room as well. Here, the old wallpa-

erings. This helped to creatively and

per was removed and the walls were

fully integrate the existing furniture

re-papered in a faint, chinoiserie-

and artwork of the homeowners,

inspired blue with copper colored

architect Bill Platts and his wife,

veining that created a marbled

Heather, into the overall color scheme.

effect on the walls. The beautiful

To keep the couple’s baby grand

existing chandelier shines above the

piano as the focal point of the living

dining table. Bridget had the chairs

room, she custom designed layered

upholstered in a Kravet Fabrics vivid

shades of draperies for the four win-

geometric pattern of blue and coral

dows in the room. “The draperies

over a cream background for an

complement the light blue wall color

added punch.

that resembles pale blue silk,” she

A custom-made area rug by Mil-

says. “A glass bead trim was added for

liken has a faint blue and cream lat-

detail on the tiebacks, and the hard-

tice pattern. Custom drapes in a

ware on the drapery rods brings out

subtle tone-on-tone pattern with

the silvery tones in the upholstery.”

coral and copper threads, and bronze

Living room walls “were painted

drapery rods and finials show off the

in layered shades of blue and the

original white wainscoting on the

chairs were covered in a medium

walls. To complete the luxurious

blue with a formal silver finish on the side tables and lamps from

dining atmosphere, the Platts’ existing traditional buffet echoes

Wildwood Lamps,” the designer notes. The round, custom-made

the room’s colors with a large ceramic coral urn and a collection

area rug with a shimmer in its weave adds a contemporary

of blue and white Chinese-inspired ceramics.

touch. The custom ottoman was covered in a B. Berger fabric with fringe for formality.

The homeowners have two young sons so the family room was designed to be a more casual space with durable fabrics and

The dining room design utilized the existing chandelier and furniture, but the chairs were re-upholstered in a bolder geometric fabric from Kravet. The contrasting drapes add some color to the pale blue tones while the subtle rug anchors the main furniture.







finishes while still retaining the Old Florida feel. Plantation shutters were used here and throughout the house, mimicking the home’s traditional exterior style with shutters and white siding. In the relaxed family room, built-in window seats with new dusty blue cushions and bolster pillows flank the fireplace and built-in bookshelves. The pillows were covered in a solid blue fabric, an orange cheetah print, and a dusty blue and cream tiger print. The ceiling was painted in a pale peach shade to complement the coral tones in the room. There is a Dolcetti chandelier by Corbett Lighting that has beautiful, colored glass strands arranged in tiers reflecting the soft hues used in the room. “I wanted to add an element of spunk to the room using nontraditional colors with these fabrics, and they worked well with In the living room, more like a traditional parlor, the baby grand piano is the focus with soft colors for the fabrics and details in the upholstery, drapery, seating, pillows and custom area rug. Accessories in platinum and silver tones complement all the blue tones in the space. The centerpiece ottoman is dressed in a B. Berger fabric with a luxurious trim.



the overall style,” she says. For an accent, the custom-covered wing chair was upholstered in dual fabrics — an abstract tropical coral print and a solid blue. The custom sofa and loveseat are in a durable, subtle pattern of blue, green and cream tones and the custom drapes are a soft chenille. “Special curtain rods were made for the French doors that overlook the lanai,” Bridget explains. “The molding that frames the doors was too small to mount traditional rods, so we customized a rod with finials that enables stationery draperies to be attached to it.” A custom nylon area rug was made for the room that resembles natural jute but is more durable. Details like these, along with Bridget’s professional adherence to traditional elegance and her creative use of that style, all contributed to the beauty of this home. More pops of orange are found in the friendly family room. There is a tiger print by Duralee and a cheetah print by B. Berger. The wing chair gets an update with two fabrics, the blue is Baker Lifestyle and the print is from Walfab. A custom sofa and loveseat by Masterfield Furniture is upholstered in a Kravet fabric.





The living room views are expanded with the use of mirrored panels flanking the fireplace that features a green marble surround. The symmetry of the chests and large vases provide calm, while adding some color. Comfortable seating and a casual air make this a livable room. 76






Godfrey Design Consultants, Inc. BUILDER:


Jeff Harrell Architects PHOTOGRAPHY:

Lori Hamilton Photography SPRING | SUMMER 2016




The richly appointed family room features a soaring tongue and groove ceiling that really opens up the space. Furnishings are kept fairly clean and simple with soothing greens and blues in the pillows and accessories adding some color.

his home was designed to be built on a difficult, narrow

“Our starting point for the design was to maximize views, but

waterfront lot. But the architect was able to achieve a two-and-a-

to create a beautiful, comfortable interior. Every room is designed

half story residence while staying within height restrictions,”

for family use and ease,” Lauri says. The owners love the kitchen

designer Lauri Godfrey explains.

area and their large master bedroom as it’s perfect for watching

The formality and symmetry on the exterior of the house, in a

golf or enjoying the water views.

Charleston low-country style with island plantation features, is

From the first step inside, the architectural and interior

taller than wide, creating a striking entrance that fits well

detailing makes its own statement. “The foyer floor is a combi-

among larger footprints in the neighborhood. It has monumental

nation of three types of slab marble and mosaic tile. The pattern

presence on approach, but is cozy and extremely livable inside.

really creates an important space,” she explains.

“The interior is an open plan, but it discreetly maintains

And those details make a huge difference in creating the

enough room to have been built a century ago. This is critical for

warmth and overall feel that melds with the interior furnish-

unification of exterior and interior architecture, which is always

ings. “The background colors are all neutral. Colors come into

a concern when historical reference is the basis of design,”

play with throw pillows and decorative accessories throughout,”

she adds.

she says.

The homeowners are a couple in their early 60s, who are

This is really evident in the living room where there are layers

active with many part-time interests, so the overall plan included

and depth, but also a sense of serenity. “So many living rooms are

a large screened patio, pool, and plenty of outdoor living spaces

just pretty rooms. This one is made to use and enjoy with com-

for enjoying family and entertaining friends.

fortable seating and a large expanse of glass looking to the



There is a good-sized bar located between the kitchen, dining room and living room accessible from any of these areas. Glass upper cabinets allow storage while keeping the space open and inviting for entertaining.

view. Green slab marble surrounds the fireplace and the beamed ceiling details are highlighted with a darker shade of paint,” Lauri explains. The formal dining room is both elegant and simple in its design. It’s sophisticated, but livable. Moldings prevail throughout this home and they provide a counterpoint to the beautiful hardwood floors. The stair railing was also designed by the interior designers. The richly appointed family room features a soaring ceiling that really opens up the space. Furnishings are kept fairly clean and simple with soothing greens and blues in the pillows and accessories adding some color. “The ceiling was designed by our interior detailers. We like the idea of painting the tongue and groove ceiling to maintain a lightness to the room, while accenting the dramatic architecture with stained beams,” she adds.

The striking open kitchen has high-gloss maple cabinets that are the focal point and marble countertops and backsplash. It is warm and inviting with a more modern feel.



In the kitchen, which is open to the family room, the stunning cabinets are made of quarter-sawn maple, finished with a very high glaze. Back splashes and countertops are dark marble slabs. A sense of warmth and coolness collaborate to keep it inviting and interesting. In keeping with the intent of the home’s use, an upstairs media room was designed for the adult children coming home for visits. A large wall of wood is accented with detailed moldings and the ceiling is accented with painted beams. There is a large flat screen TV in the room, making it perfect for lounging. The large rug and striped fabric on the chair and pillow provide some subtle color. “My favorite area in the house has to be the family room/ kitchen. It’s so inviting, comfortable and is perfect for family meals, watching TV or enjoying views of the water,” Lauri concludes.

The dramatic details in the entry floor created from three types of marble and mosaic tile hint at what’s to come inside.



The master bedroom is a large space that includes two recliner chairs in the sitting area. All windows are covered with blackout blinds and motorized operable drapes for a darkened sleeping area. The layered textures are all in the same tones creating a serene space.

The oval-shaped dining table can accommodate eight with plush upholstered chairs. Details can be seen everywhere from the paneled columns and crown molding to the arched niche that houses a buffet. Custom-designed stair rails add more interest.

The home’s exterior was designed in a Charleston low-country style and includes island plantation architectural features as well with the shutters and trim detail.

The upstairs media room features a large wall of wood accented with detailed moldings, while the large rug and striped fabric on the chair and pillow provide some subtle color.



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Interiors: Ted Maines, Ted Maines Interiors Building: Star Tower Photography: Michael Pelzer, Uneek Photography

A totally raw penthouse in an established downtown tower is a rare find. But it means the design possibilities are virtually limitless and very customizable. When the designer is right at home — Ted Maines had designed the common areas of the building when it first opened almost 10 years ago — it gets even better.



The open main living room features floor-to-ceiling draperies that filter light and add warmth to the room. A Knoll Platner table and chairs provides just one of the many seating areas and the large light fixture overhead adds a good dose of drama to the room. The sofa is Knoll Barber Osgerby and the chairs are Knoll D’Urso swivels.



In the family room a USM console and shelf unit are perfect for storage. Wallpaper and a Chanel-inspired art piece add some color to the simply-designed room. The striking foyer is punctuated by the Marcel Wanders Sky Garden fixture with plaster flowers, Phillip Jefferies wallpaper, a custom granite inlay on the floor and bronzed mirrors. Kimberly and Dan Dias relax in their inviting kitchen with a cascading marble island and backsplash with beautiful European lacquered wood cabinet towers by Cabinetry Dynamics surrounding the ovens and coffee bar and Knoll Bertoia barstools. The signature light fixture by David Weeks Studio was placed prominently where everyone gathers.


heir Realtor Shelby Norwich referred the owners to me and I met them when they were closing on the raw space. It was not a finished unit — no walls, no plumbing fixtures — I mean, nothing. It was windows and a concrete slab,” Ted recalls.

The couple, Kimberly and Dan Dias, who moved to Orlando in

2014, had been looking for a penthouse downtown, but had just not found anything they were ready to move into without having to renovate. By choosing the shell space they could get exactly what they wanted. They closed on the Star Tower penthouse in March 2014 and moved in March 2015. “They said they wanted their new home to be light and airy with an emphasis on comfort. Modern but warm. They wanted the colors to be in a warmer palette. It was all about how they wanted to use the space. We actually got rid of a second master suite and turned it into a secondary informal living room. That is in addition to their home theater,” he explains. The primary living room is for entertaining. It has a bar but no TV. It was planned with various seating zones and is contemporary but not cold or minimalist — there are lots of color pops in the furnishings and bold artwork. The formal dining room is a smaller space, but is visually expanded with the smoked glass walls that reflect the gorgeous city views.



Kimberly & Dan Dias



“We definitely wanted to make sure it was what they wanted,” Ted says. “Their direction was to create somewhat of a classic look that would age well. So we used some classic pieces like the Saarinen dining table and the Platner table and chairs. Then we mixed in some wood and upholstered pieces — some of them we custom designed and had built locally. We added some really great textiles, especially in the fabrics. They wanted a lot of texture. That’s why draperies are layered. We used lots of soft velvets and beautiful wools — very luxe fabrics. Everything is new other than a few pieces of art. This was a new look for them and they wanted to start fresh.” There are lots of windows — floor-to-ceiling glass in many areas — that look out to the downtown skyline. The expansive layered draperies and motorized blinds soften the rooms, especially in the

The closet was designed to resemble a retail space. Shoes and handbags are protected by glass but easy to see and access. The master bathroom is in a classic design with lots of white marble in different pattern with a hexagonal tile floor. There’s a TV behind the mirror so you can watch while you take a bath. Warm and cozy describes the theater with walls covered in suede wallpaper paired with a comfortable custom-designed sofa and ottomans with two Knoll Womb chairs.



evenings. Spectacular and very sculptural lighting can be found throughout. And more texture comes into the rooms through the use of luxurious wallpapers. The floors are covered in 24" x 48" tiles that have more of a slab look. “They were dream clients — two of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. We have become friends with them,” Ted adds. “They really embraced the idea of a designer presenting things to them. They had a lot of trust and confidence in our ability to get things done for them. They have exquisite taste themselves and understood the value of investing in finer things that would last. They did not see it for the last couple of months before it was completed. So they had a big reveal that we videoed. It was one of the most amazing days of my life.”

Coco Chanel art with diamond dust by Russell Young is on the powder room wall. Kim loves Chanel and her dog is named Coco. The guest bedroom has British artist Jessica Zube’s ethereal wallpaper by Romo and matching fabric for the drapes and bedding. Lacquered wood by Cabinetry Dynamics enhances the bar and the “vases” are actually a Phillipe Starck by Flos light fixture.



A Curated Classic INTERIORS:

Kristen LeSchander, Kristen LeSchander Interiors BUILDER:

Charles Clayton Construction ARCHITECT:

Jeana Golden Burt PHOTOGRAPHY:

Eric Cucciaioni



In the formal living room, the custom sofas are by Interiors by Beverly with WalFab fabric and pillows in Holland & Sherry fabrics. The Grafton Furniture custom chairs by the fireplace are in a Kravet fabric and Cowtan & Tour trim. The metal and antique mirror cocktail table is from Murray’s Iron Works. Artwork is from HG Arts.

Like a fairy-tale swan this beauty on Lake Maitland was not always so attractive. It took some very visionary collaborators to look beyond the surface and see the potential. This was more than a remodel — it was basically rebuilt to take advantage of the setting, a 1.76-acre, high lakefront lot on an established Winter Park street. SPRING | SUMMER 2016



wners Annette and Gavin Ford are enjoying their happy ending in the 13,000-square-foot home that features a main house with five bedrooms and a basement, plus a guest home with two more bedrooms, a pool cabana with

summer kitchen, and even a putting green and tennis court. With a new classical Georgian design — two-story columns

and whitewashed brick façade — the exterior was poised for grandeur. For the interior, things would need to be refined yet relaxed. “The builder, Charlie [Clayton], actually introduced me to the Fords. Annette always wanted something really fresh and crisp feeling — nothing too heavy or dark. A really light, bright space that felt old but real. She wanted blues — she obviously has a love of that color,” designer Kristen LeSchander says. There was a lot of space to fill, especially since the Fords brought only a few pieces from their former residence. But Kristen got plenty of ideas on what Annette wanted. “It was so perfect working with Annette because she literally handed me a couple of books with marks on the pages indicating the looks she liked. She also had a stack of ripped-out magazine pages. That’s pretty much how we started. She wanted me to know what she had in her head,” she explains. They also wanted a very livable house, and how they would use the rooms was a very important consideration. The Fords have grown children and grandchildren who visit, and they also entertain often. “We wanted a beautiful home, but also wanted everyone to be comfortable,” Kristen adds.



The dining room features a custom table from Erez Talmor Inc. with J. Nelson chairs in an Antoine d’Albiousse and Kravet trim. The draperies are in a Ralph Lauren fabric with Mariner Pacific trim. The lighting is by Myran Allan and the antique buffet is from Elephant Walk. Artwork is from HG Arts.



The Ford’s existing sofas were re-covered in a Great Plains fabric. A pair of Lexington chairs is covered in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. The Vanguard leather cocktail ottoman and Baker ottomans in an F. Schumacher & Co. fabric provide extra seating. The lighting is from Visual Comfort and the TV console is Taracea. The kitchen looks out to the breakfast room with a Lorts table and Lee host and hostess chairs in a Great Plains fabric. The Zentique side chairs are covered in a Holland & Sherry fabric. The lighting is by Troy.



The gentleman’s lounge is party-perfect with Baker wing chairs, Holly Hunt custom leather cocktail ottoman, Hickory Chair barstools in Holly Hunt leather and lighting by Kofski Antiques. The carpet is from Carpet Source.

The color blue is prevalent throughout. It is very cohesive and calming, but also created somewhat of a design dilemma. “The most challenging part [of the project] was the use of blue in the fabrics. By the time we got to the guest house I did not know if I could find any more blue fabrics — based on the quantity and the fact that we wanted the rooms to be different,” she says. Those shades of blue range from a pale, watery hue, with no green or periwinkle, in the more formal spaces to deeper navy in the family room, bunk room and basement club room. The kitchen may be one of the few rooms absent of blue but it does have a view of the lake. Art also played an important role throughout the house and the couple really built an impressive collection of pieces ranging from traditional to contemporary. And details abound, even in the smaller spaces. A powder bath between the

A powder bath between the formal living room and gentleman’s lounge has painted walls by artist Mindy Sherman and Niermann Weeks lighting.



gentleman’s lounge and formal living room combined aspects of both. “It started with the sink which is carved out of a solid piece of stone. It had an antique feel, but we wanted to glam it up a bit with the more feminine walls and delicate beaded sconces as a contrast to the rustic stone,” she explains. In the stunning master bath, more was definitely more. “Annette wanted the cabinetry to feel like furniture. She likes things with curvy lines so we have that detail on the backsplash and valances over the vanity. We started with marble, plumbing, and the gold and crystal fixtures. We were trying to figure out how An opulent master bath has onyx countertops with the vanity and wall finishes by Mindy Sherman. Hardware is from Architectural Elegance and the custom Grafton Furniture vanity stool is in a Holly Hunt and Ralph Lauren fabric with Janey Yonaty trim.

much gold leaf we wanted to do but we decided to keep it strong and make the entire crown unit gold,” she says.

An Erez Talmor Inc. bed is flanked by Taracea chests in the master bedroom. The Italianate antique Venetian mirror is from James & Jeffrey Antiques and the chandelier is from Currey & Co.

In the library existing wing chairs were re-covered in a Nancy Corzine fabric. The lighting is from Visual Comfort and the gold leafing on the millwork is by Mindy Sherman.



A game room and wine bar in the basement features a Boynton Billiards table, custom built-in seating by Interiors by Beverly and Grafton Furniture custom ottomans in Randolph & Hein leather. The pendants are from Arteriors Home and the barstools are from Vanguard. A Ralph Lauren wall covering adds more texture to the space.

With all of the striking rooms — bedrooms, baths, family room, dining room, living room, kitchen, breakfast room, gentleman’s lounge as well as the basement’s theater, billiard room, wine room and bar — it would be difficult to choose a favorite. And even the designer was reluctant, but finally made an admission. “I love a lot of the rooms, but the dining room would have to be my favorite. The inspiration for the mirroring and panels came from one of Annette’s pages she had marked for the moldings. We addressed the room in stages. Once all the moldings were up, the decorative artist began applying the specialty finishes and leafing. After it all started to take form we selected

Outdoor dining is relaxed with a Janus et Cie table, Lane Venture chairs and custom bench by Interiors by Beverly. Antique fragments on the fireplace are from Elephant Walk.

the antique mirror. The room has great layers but is not over the top,” she says.

On the home’s lakefront exterior is the magnificent pool area with cabana, putting green and tennis court.





ince 1996, in the spacious

gallery space in historic downtown Sanford, Jeanine Taylor Folk Art has specialized in showcasing locally and regionally sourced contemporary folk art. The spring show at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art will focus on artists who express their unique humor through their artwork in an invitational show called Funny Bones: A Collection of Folk Art Wit. The opening reception will be held Saturday, April 30 from 6-8pm and the show will run through Sunday, May 29. To preview examples of the participating artist’s work or to learn more, visit Showcased in this photo taken on a recent visit is artwork by Theresa Disney.



Interior Appeal Spring/Summer 2016  

A luxury home, design and entertaining publication in Central Florida. Produced by Orange Appeal magazine.

Interior Appeal Spring/Summer 2016  

A luxury home, design and entertaining publication in Central Florida. Produced by Orange Appeal magazine.