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Located in an established neighborhood north of downtown Orlando, the 5,000+ square-foot home honors the past, embraces the present and celebrates the future in both grand gestures, intricate design details and the latest technologies. Renovated by Farina & Sons, Inc., and a team of experts, this was a standout show home for the National Association of Home Builders, recently on tour during the International Builders’ Show.



Central Florida’s geographic trade-off— year-round outdoor-worthy weather in lieu of topography — has a few anomalies, including the homesite of The New American Home 2018, also showcased at the International Builders’ Show. Located in Bella Collina, the 6,662-square-foot home sits on a ridge overlooking Lake Apopka with sweeping vistas of rolling terrain that melt into the horizon.











For this vacation home in Winter Park, designer John McClain created a fresh, light and airy aesthetic for the new homeowners. He describes the project as a dream assignment that successfully melded some existing furnishings with new low-maintenance pieces to create comfortable spaces with a touch of sophistication.

78 cover: The family room and kitchen of The New American Remodel 2018. Photograph by Jeffrey A. Davis Photography, Inc. Story on page 68.





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Julie Heffernan’s solo exhibition, When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan at the Mennello Museum of American Art, explores alternative watery habitats.


Nouveau Neutrals — perfect for a color break yet far from ho-hum, these hues, from greige and taupe to soft gold and brushed black, are full of form and texture.


The next big thing in bathroom design from KBIS — a modern-ish style trajectory of bathrooms.









A return to Palm Springs Modernism Week reveals even more reasons to love mid-century designs. Quest Village opens as an innovative residential community for independent adults with developmental disabilities. Aundrea Brown advises homeowners to bring a designer in early during a home building or renovation project. AXIOM Gallery opens with a special exhibit: Certainty of the Tides; exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Morse Museum; special events: In the Artist’s Studio and Winter Park Paint Out.

S&W Kitchens hosts an internal competition to determine its “Best of the Best” design projects. Chef Jamie McFadden shares some history, insights and recipes related to the beloved brunch. Five designers showcase their work and discuss the details and inspirations behind these stunning spaces. Add a touch of whimsy to your favorite spot with patterns and colorful accessories.

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extraordinary ordinary

hat was going to be the title of

Many times, I discover later that some

my first coffee table book — after

of the “bad” shots are actually my favorite

the two novels and countless oth-

camera roll images. Slight movement can

er projects and diversions. The

create unintended abstracts — some wor-

concept was focusing on the tiniest of

thy of canvas or framing. Utilizing my

details that are often overlooked in this

phone camera also allows for limitless

mega-busy, uber-connected world. It is

sources of inspiration. A couple of evenings

easy to isolate ordinary things with a cam-

ago while perusing the textural, colorful

era lens. It forces you to crop into the most

furnishings at Washburn Imports in San-

interesting details that emerge as extraor-

ford, my accidental bump while clicking

dinary subjects.

produced this vivid picture that may just find its way onto a wall in the near future.

I admit to being a diehard camera devotee who thought it absurd that people

it is always with me. The quality is often

would go to exotic locales and rely only on

quite good, and, in some cases, better than

a cell phone for precious memories. Fast

a camera. For example, tricky food shots

forward a few years and I now find myself

that required an overhead angle can be

capturing moments on my phone because

managed with precision.



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watery world

Julie Heffernan, Standing My Ground, 2016, oil on canvas, 68 x 66 inches. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery.

Julie Heffernan’s solo exhibition When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan, at the Mennello Museum of American Art through June 10, creates alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition — its feckless activity, violence, failure and redemption. 8



NOUVEAU NEUTRALS Perfect for a color break yet far from ho-hum these hues, from greige and taupe to soft gold and brushed black, are full of form and texture.

Background: Provence and Alpes French white oak herringbone parquet, $8.95 sq. ft. ($16.50 installed), The Flooring Center. Clockwise from top: Tom Dixon Tank whiskey decanter, $110, Ted Maines Interiors; woven charger, $12.95, Pier 1; Calaison hand-woven basket, $37, Owen Allen; MacKenzie-Childs set of four coasters, $24, Owen Allen; small wood bowl, $5.95, Pier 1; small gold tray, $31, Owen Allen; linen napkin, $4.95, Pier 1; gold napkin ring, $3.95, Pier 1. 10




Background: wp handmade concrete tiles, $16 sq. ft., The Flooring Center. Clockwise from top: oversized coffee mugs, $3.99, Home Goods; linen whip stitched napkin, $4.95, Pier 1; mother of pearl napkin ring, $4.95, Pier 1; Mario Trimarchi for Alessi La Stanza dello Scirocco basket, $56, Ted Maines Interiors. 12




Background: Mohawk Silver Ash glazed porcelain tile, 24 x 24, $5.99 sq. ft., The Flooring Center. Clockwise from top: Magnolia Home small ceramic vase, $12.95, Pier 1; handmade glass vase, $14.99, Home Goods; small gold bowl, $50, Owen Allen; Paul Loebach for Areaware Distortion candlestick, $30, Ted Maines Interiors; Bodrum napkin, $19, and chain napkin ring, $12, Owen Allen; Daniel Ballou for Areaware Cargo container, $30 for set of 2, Ted Maines Interiors; linen napkin, $4.95, Pier 1; napkin ring, $3.95, Pier 1. 14




The next Big Thing in Bathroom Design from KBIS

by Karen LeBlanc

Self-care is the 2018 buzzword in home design, influencing the way we decorate living spaces, especially the bathroom. No longer just a practical space for daily grooming, the 21st-century bathroom is a wellness with sensorial elements that nurture the body and mind. The latest design trends report from the National Kitchen and With photo below, the 2018 NKBA Design Competition 1st Place Best Bath by Designer Shea Pumarejo.

Bath Association (NKBA) affirms the modern-ish style trajectory of


used to create a huge impact, allowing the

Mother Nature as the muse is an emerg-

veining of stone to create major drama in

ing design concept that incorporates nat-

a space,” Elle says. Large-format tiles con-

aesthetics, according to the designers,

ural materials as artwork. In a recent

tinue to gain traction and the latest itera-

architects, dealers and manufacturers

NKBA news conference, Elle H. Millard,

tion showcases large-scale pattern and

polled. The report released in January

CKD, industry relations manager of

texture. A blending of different marble

NKBA, noted the popularity of large-scale

types, colors and veining also creates

natural stone, cut and book matched. “Art

artistic composition in the latest looks.

bathrooms with transitional and contemporary trumping traditional

during the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), held in Orlando,

using natural elements is popping up in

“Configurations of various shapes of tile

notes: “clean, minimal and spa-like

bathrooms to create a unique spa-like

create a variety of scale and harmony;

elements are beginning to dominate

experience that is easy to maintain. Book-

however, texture has everyone’s atten-

the American bathroom scene,

matching natural stone is one technique

tion,” she adds.


therapeutic place of water and

Within this style, a new design ethos is emerging, taking cues from the self-care concept of healthy homes and happy living spaces. Here’s a look at what’s next in bathroom design and style in 2018. 18


Designer Shea Pumarejo incorporated a steam shower and bathtub into the space with rain head, and added earthy, organic elements.


overtaking more traditional designs.”

TrEND rEPOrT DECADENT POWDER ROOMS The once taken-for-granted powder room gains design priority as a show- off space where guests can glimpse a homeowner’s personal style with high-end finishes, mate-

DXV soaking tub filler, the St. George Collection

rials and features. “Aesthetic excess is now on display in

VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL STYLING On the heels of transitional styles, vintage industrial is emerging in the bathroom with a softer, less industrial look that translates as unkempt finishes and roughhewn edges polished away. In fixtures and fittings, Jeffrey R. Dross, Kichler corporate director, education and industry trends, says the style embraces clear glass

powder rooms. Their small size allows for the use of extravagant



will wow family and friends,” Jeffrey says. The idea is evident in the 2018 NKBA powder room design competition winners



decadence prevailed.

over chrome. “Black is emerging as a strong alternative. Natural brass is showing signs of adoption; and the addition of wood (real or faux) has become immedi-

2018 NKBA powder room design competition first place winner by Lori Carroll

ately popular,” he adds.

MOOD-BOOSTING BATHS & SHOWERS At KBIS, many manufacturers debuted holistic, customized and digitized bathing and showering experiences, powered by the latest smart home, voice-command technology. Kohler’s Real Rain shower panel emulates a “summer rainstorm” with a deluge setting. The shower panel digitally connects to

Serenity Chromatherapy Rainhead by Thermasol

Kohler’s DTV+ system for pre-programmed spa experiences, including well-being, energy and relaxation-detox settings. Thermasol sets the mood with the creative use of light, sound and falling water using LEDs that gradually change color. Shower touchscreens with multimedia entertainment options and multisensory controls create personal spa experiences with video, music and steam capabilities. “Steam is the way of the future, whether in the kitchen or bath. The culture is shifting with a focus on wellness, especially the millennial generaKohler’s Real Rain shower panel



tion. Steam showers help remove toxins, clarify skin, improve circulation, help with joint pain, and also help increase our metabolisms,” Elle notes.

TrEND rEPOrT Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror by Kohler

SMART MIRRORS & TOILETS “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Remember that line from Snow White? It’s no longer the stuff of fairy

debuts at KBIS and the Consumer Elec-

digital smarts with technology that per-

tales as now you can talk to the vanity

tronics Show in Las Vegas as the first in

forms a multitude of tasks from self-

mirror and it responds to your commands.

the bath products marketplace. Häfele’s

cleaning to seat heating and scent dis-

One example is Kohler’s Verdera Voice

Multidimensional Bathroom Mirror can

pensing. “The smart toilet is now available

Lighted Mirror with voice command pow-

play music and switch from warm to cool

as just a seat that can retrofit an existing

ered by Amazon’s Alexa that can dim the

makeup lighting or background lighting

toilet, so everyone can enjoy all of the com-

lights, play music, and perform any of the

for ambiance with a digital touchscreen

forts of living in the future,” says Elle, who

tens of thousands of Alexa skills. Kohler’s

and Bluetooth-enabled sound system.

points out its health benefits, cost savings

voice-activated mirror made simultaneous

Consumers also want their toilets to have

and convenience factors.



TrEND rEPOrT WALLPAPER One surprising emerging trend is the use of large-scale wallpaper in the bathroom, a popular design element evident in the 2018 NKBA bath design competition winners. “The concept of maximalism is here and going strong using a mix of bold patterns in a very posh way,” Elle says. She notes the use of large-scale patterns on focal walls or accent walls for energy and movement to the bathroom. “The Euro-


pean market is heavily saturated with



wallpaper textures, including bold geometric prints, leaves and animals, which is making more of an appearance in the states,” she adds.

2018 NKBA Design Competition 2nd Place Powder Room by designer Nar Bustamante features a metallic peeling rust wall application.

Contemporary Penthouse Bath designed by Alison Habermehl for DXV Design Panel

Clyde Lighting Collection from Kichler Lighting

MIXED METAL FINISHES Popular brushed nickel, satin nickel and polished chrome faucet and lighting fixture finishes are mixing in rose gold, copper and matte black in lieu of the matchy-matchy look. “Matte black finish is perhaps the hottest color in lighting right now as oil rubbed bronze declines in importance,” says Jeffrey, who predicts the popularity of brass will continue evolving. “I also expect the return of polished brass, albeit in a denser, deeper coloration.”





2018 NKBA Design Competition 2nd Place Large Bathroom by designer Raul Saldivar

As design and wellness converge, consumers can expect more from materials and products, namely lighting. “There is a growing understanding of how our bodies respond and react to lighting. Expect to hear more about what our bodies need and how good lighting can help us lead healthier lives,” Jeffrey says. 2018 will continue to unleash the bathroom’s therapeutic potential through aesthetics and technology in a design ethos that embraces the mind and body.

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



This spacious living room features the stacked, cinder block wall found in many of the homes in A. Quincy Jones’ Country Club Estates.



After attending Modernism Week in Palm Springs last year (Interior Appeal Spring/Summer 2017), we knew that we had to make a return trip as there was simply too much left undone and unseen. So, this year we headed back — armed with careful pre-planning, advance tickets, and a few extra days — to palm trees, sunshine, majestic mountains and all things mid-century modern.

Lush and colorful, this patio boasts a perfect, and somewhat secluded, poolside view.

M Some owners opted for minimalist décor themes, making the spaces feel more refreshing and serene. 28


odernism Week, held this year

ties and live music, walking and bike

from February 15-25, began in

tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic

2006 as a way to celebrate the

cars, modern garden tours, a vintage trav-

design, architecture, art, fash-

el trailer exhibition, and more.

ion and culture of the late ‘50s

This year we were able to tour several

and early ‘60s. More than 100,000 visitors

homes in developments by famed Palm

from all over the world were expected to

Springs architects Donald Wexler and A.

take advantage of the more than 350

Quincy Jones. Some distinct features

events including the Modernism Show &

included clerestory windows, interior

Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lec-

atriums and walls of glass; spacious rooms

tures, Premier Double Decker Architec-

that featured stacked, square cinderblocks;

tural Bus Tours (our favorite), nightly par-

terrazzo or polished concrete floors; and

DESIGNdestination bathrooms as part of the master bedroom. Both enclaves were situated on several acres that showcased shaded walkways, lush green foliage and breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Even though each home was less than 2,000 square feet, it felt like every inch was livable as the indoor-outdoor connection made them feel so much larger. We toured 14 homes in the two developments and were able to meet almost all the owners. It was interesting to see how each of them incorporated their individual design tastes — some were MCM purists,

The interior atrium provides natural light to the adjoining rooms that are furnished in muted tones with a touch of orange.

The original kitchen and bright colors in the living area complement the large poster depicting the original development, Donald Wexler’s Royal Hawaiian Estates.

Even though the kitchen has been updated, the wallpaper is the original design by noted Southern California artist Shag.

keeping everything authentic to the time period, from painted kitchen cabinets to fully functional appliances from the early ’60s; while some put a more updated spin on their designs from high-tech lighting fixtures to marble-topped, floating bathroom vanities. Whatever the individual tastes of the owners, the end result reflected: homes that reinforce the timeless beauty and features instilled by their visionary architects. Photos on pages 28 and 30 by Wendy Tramell 30



MOROCCAN MODERN was this year’s Showcase Home, a one-of-a-kind, custom-built home from 1975 by architect Hal Lacy, recently renovated by Thomboy Properties, owned by the female duo of Jackie Thomas and DeeAnn McCoy. They have renovated more than 20 homes

The elaborately designed walkway leading up to the vibrant pink doors give you an early hint of what’s to come.

in the Palm Springs area, but this one is their primary residence. The cool, white exterior with the majestic custom-carved, 10-foot-high, double entry pink doors

The vibrant colors of the objects in the glass shelving and the eye-catching artwork, perfectly framed by the green wall, are a nice balance to the warm, neutral tones of the dining room’s furniture and area rug.

beckon you into this Moroccan oasis full of vibrant color and luxurious finishes. While the house is thoroughly modern, the architect created tremendous drama by adding magnificent touches that harken back to Morocco — from the details in the entry and master doors to the decorative medallion cutouts and the metal screens visible from the street to the geometry of the angled walls. By day, it is simply stunning, and by night, with the evening sunset and the mountains as a backdrop, it is absolutely breathtaking. Photos by Fred Moser

Large, blue double-entry doors welcome you into the cozy and comfortable den/media room.



Descend into this sunken living room and you feel the grandness of the high, exposed beam ceiling anchored by the distinctly intimate conversation area. Sputnik style lighting, whitewashed paneling and white brick around the fireplace.

The resort-style backyard, complete with outdoor kitchen, firepit area and stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains, makes for a relaxing day poolside.

In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the Fall Preview weekend in October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to kick-off the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs. Modernism Week is also a charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations and neighborhood groups in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.



MODERNISM WEEK Fall Preview — October 18 – 21, 2018 February 14 – 24, 2019 For more information, visit



Community Project

Quest Village Designed for


As a nonprofit that makes a significant difference in our community, Quest, Inc., recently embarked on a project that will have a long-term impact — an innovative residential community for independent adults with developmental disabilities.


he organization helps people

Suzanne Nichols Design Group com-

The design firm provided interior and

with disabilities achieve their

pleted the extensive interior design ser-

exterior design specifications, interior fin-

dreams to live, learn, work

vices with a bold, contemporary style for

ishes, lighting, cabinetry, countertops and

and play. As Central Florida’s

the 4,500-square-foot clubhouse and a

appliances for all spaces at the complex.

premier provider of these services, Quest,

629-square-foot model apartment. The

For the model unit and the clubhouse, the

Inc., affects the lives of more than 1,000

design firm also gave the entire complex a

firm selected, purchased and installed all

individuals each day and has been part of

young-spirited, artsy, boutique-hotel look

the furniture, artwork, window treat-

this community for more than 50 years.

and feel. The overall project cost approxi-

ments and decorative accents.

The project, Quest Village, is an apartment complex that contains 48 units, a community center, basketball court and gazebo. Each single-story building contains a modern apartment design with laminate wood floors, one bedroom, one bathroom, a dine-in kitchen, a living room, a washer and dryer, a covered porch, extra storage space and Wi-Fi capabilities. “Quest Village is a transformational project for the developmentally disabled community and for the community at large,” says John R. Gill, president and CEO, Quest, Inc. “For the first time in Central Florida, individuals served by Quest Village are able to experience life in a fashion so many of us take for granted.”



mately $12.7 million, including $175,000 in interior design services.

“Quest Village represented a relevant and innovative commercial project for us,”

Community Project

says Suzanne Nichols, NCIDQ, owner of

tal and intellectual disabilities in Orlando

the Winter Park-based design firm. “It

and Tampa. Services are tailored to meet

was a wonderful opportunity and a source

individual needs and range from $200 to

of pride partnering with the Quest team

$2,400 a month, on top of the sliding-scale

to design a state-of-the-art community.”

rent of $379 to $597 a month.

Suzanne and her design team also

Quest Village is owned by Quest Vil-

assisted in project management with the

lage GP, LLC, a partnership composed of

project architect, PQH Group Design,

Alden Torch Financial and Quest, Inc.

Inc., of Jacksonville, and the general con-

Quest Village was developed through an

tractor, Roger B. Kennedy Construction of

alliance composed of Quest Village Devel-

Altamonte Springs. In addition, Suzanne

oper, LLC, and The Vestcor Companies of

Nichols Design Group donated materials

Jacksonville. Significant start-up support

and labor to artfully clad a logo wall in the

for the development of this project was

community’s office with very on-trend

provided by Florida Housing Finance

repurposed wood planking.

Corp., Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation,

The community is located off Woodbury Road, at 12799 Robin Cherney Way, named in memory of an individual served at Quest Training Center in Orlando. “Quest Village fills a gap for people with developmental disabilities who are ready to live independently,” says Brooke Eakins, chief operating officer, Quest, Inc. “The community allows residents to thrive with unparalleled access to employment, entertainment, education, and other community activities while gaining friendships and living in a positive environment with neighbors who share similar interests.” On- and off-site support services are offered through Quest, Inc., a nonprofit that serves individuals with developmen38


Robin’s Nest, and The Cherney Family Foundation and Stearns Weaver Miller.


Hire A Designer Early for Custom Projects by Aundrea Brown

Photography by Studio Peck Photography



rofessional designers do much

struction documents, timetables and bud-

more than just help you select

gets, can make the difference between a

At the start, a good designer will inter-

colors and furnishings. They

fulfilling, hassle-free project and one that

view you at length about your lifestyle and

can work as a liaison with

results in an overspending of time, money

needs, guide you through the maze of

your builder and architect to ensure that

and labor. As a member of the project

choosing interior finishes, help you estab-

your vision and budget stay on track

team, the designer also can assist with

lish how much money you want to spend,

throughout the construction process.

floorplan reviews during construction to

and inform you about timeframes for

Hiring a design professional who has

make sure the house will flow properly,

ordering upholstered furnishings and

expertise in space planning and architec-

creating a cohesive, functional and aes-

custom pieces.

tural detailing, and who understands con-

thetically pleasing space.


She or he will have resources that are

For example, if you are

“to the trade only� and can help you save

building a new craftsman

money and find the perfect piece that you

style home, there should be a

might otherwise not have available to you.

blending of style between the

Providing lighting packages, flooring

exterior and the interior of

and window treatments that ensure proper

the dwelling.

flow; making sure doors, lights and light

Other important consid-

switches are placed both for adherence to

erations for your future com-

building codes and for safety and conve-

fort in the home are having

nience, and choosing specialty lighting

enough closet space, and

are other skills of an expert designer.

properly locating rooms, win-


or noise, or lack of privacy.

So how do you choose the right one?

dows and staircases to take

Ask for a list of former clients to check

advantage of outdoor views

references and find out what their experi-

without excessive sunlight

ence was with a certain designer. Be sure

to show a designer the magazine clippings, photos and fabric swatches you really love, and talk openly about your home environment likes and dislikes. Also, look at a designer’s website, published work, ads and social media postings before you meet. A knowledgeable interior designer who listens carefully, liaisons as part of your construction team, and delivers the style and look that defines your vision is integral to achieving the dream home you desire.

Aundrea Brown is vice president at Intermark Design Group. The Orlandobased, 25-year-old firm has numerous residential and commercial design projects throughout the United States. Its acclaimed interiors at the 2018 ReNEWable Living Home were seen by attendees at the International Builders’ Show. Aundrea can be reached at 407-426-9975 or




AXIOM: Accessible, Approachable Art THE FINE ART SCENE CONTINUES TO GROW with the opening of AXIOM Gallery

New York-based Madison Bloch. Curated

history degree and MBA, who previously

by Gallery Director Sorcha Baty, the show

enjoyed a long career in the art business

in Winter Park. Situated across from

represents AXIOM’s commitment to cater-

beginning as a framer and moving into a

AXIOM Fine Art Consulting, the space’s

ing to collectors and art lovers, as well as

large international art source before let-

initial exhibit, Certainty of Tides, is a power-

hosting community groups and events.

ting his passion for consulting lead him

ful tribute to the expression of women art-

President and CEO Russell Glotfelty is

into this new venture. “We want art to be

ists featuring Orlando-based PJ Sveda and

a graduate of Rollins College with an art

accessible to all regardless of budget or art education. Art should be approachable

Madison Bloch with her 5'x7' Forget Me Not rug

and experienced by everyone,” he says. At the opening event, guests were able to mingle throughout the consulting offices where Marlene London’s latest works were hanging on the walls. Throughout the working spaces a variety of art pieces are displayed and available for sale. A few steps away (in the former Capricci Ricci salon), the gallery quickly filled with arts aficionados who were chatting with both the artists as well as the staff. PJ Sveda’s striking oil paintings included Mother Nature, which she notes: “The woman in the painting is contemporary and non-conformist. She is in unity with herself, plants and animals. She is strong and confident and carries the weight of all

CEO and President Russell Glotfelty AXIOM Fine Art Consulting offices



life with her. Through a mutual respect a harmonious balance is achieved.” PJ received a master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design and is very involved in animal activism and women’s rights — both of which are expressed in her works. Madison Bloch’s use of color and form

Artist PJ Sveda and Gallery Director Sorcha Baty

in her paintings was translated into a rich carpet with her Forget Me Not hand-tufted rug made of bamboo silk and New Zealand wool. Her thoughts on the wall between paintings expresses, “Abstraction may seem to alter reality but for me abstraction is just another way to describe it.” Certainty of Tides will be featured through June 30. Gallery Director Sorcha Baty wanted to make a strong statement

Artist Marlene London

with this first exhibit that “highlights two women who demonstrate strength, passion, creativity, innovation and intelligence.”

AXIOM Fine Art Consulting and Gallery 268 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 32789 407-543-2550 |

Art consultant Lael DeWahl and designer Marilee McGinn

Sara Segal with Neil and Francine Newberg




EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS Enduring Beauty: Seminole Art & Culture, Orlando Museum of Art Through July 8 The Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) presents Enduring Beauty: Seminole Art and Culture, an exhibition drawn from the collection of I.S.K. “Keith” Reeves, V, and Sara W. Reeves, considered to be the largest private collection of Florida Seminole material. culture with works of art, adornment

OMA Gifted 24 “Angel” Paintings by Internationally Renowned Artist Purvis Young

Enduring Beauty celebrates Seminole Seminole Finger Woven Sash

Purvis Young, Two Angels, early 1990s, paint on wood, 23 1/2 x 35 in. Gift of Daniel Aubry. © Purvis Young. Image courtesy of the Orlando Museum of Art; Image of Purvis Young courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

and domestic crafts dating from the

The Orlando Museum of Art was recently

early 19th century to the mid-20th century. These objects are not only beautiful and sig-

gifted 24 paintings by native Floridian and

nificant, they are expressions of the Seminole’s extraordinary history as the Native Amer-

internationally renowned artist Purvis

ican people of Florida.

Young. In addition to this extraordinary

Included in the exhibition are an embroidered and beaded bandolier bag; men’s shirts,

gift, which will be added to OMA’s perma-

women’s and children’s clothing decorated with appliqué, embroidery and patchwork

nent collection, an additional 10 paintings

motifs; beaded necklaces; woven baskets and costumed dolls. Accompanying these objects

will be on long-term loan to the Museum,

are historic paintings, prints and photographs that document important individuals, fam-

courtesy of Daniel Aubry, a New York

ilies and the Seminole way of life during the past two centuries.

based collector.

The Domes of Yosemite, Morse Museum | Through July 8 The largest existing painting by American

commissioned The Domes for his new home

purchased it at auction and founded the

artist Albert Bierstadt (1830 – 1902) will be

in Norwalk, Connecticut. Upon his death

Athenaeum in 1871.

exhibited at the Morse Museum in Winter

in 1872, Horace Fairbanks of the E. and T.

The 1867 oil-on-canvas, which under-

Park through a special loan by the St.

Fairbanks Company in St. Johnsbury

went conservation treatment in Miami, has

Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont, thanks

not been shown out-

to a connection with Charles Hosmer

side the Athenaeum

Morse, the industrialist and philanthro-

since its first installa-

pist for whom the Morse is named, who is

tion in 1873. Measur-

a native of St. Johnsbury.

ing almost 10 feet by 15

Bierstadt, a German-American artist was lauded for grandiose landscape paintings, particularly those that captured the newly accessible American West. At the height of Bierstadt’s popularity, American financier LeGrand Lockwood (1820–72)



feet, the monumental painting will be on display at the Morse through July 8. The Domes of Yosemite, Albert Bierstadt

EYEonARTS In the Artist’s Studio with Derrick Adams

in its many forms. The program is designed

Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and 2014

to engage, inform, enlighten and enter-

S.J. Weiler Award, Adams received his

Friday, April 20

tain Orlando’s community. Adams joins

MFA from Columbia University, BFA

In the Artist’s Studio is a visiting artist

past participants including Life magazine

from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan

program produced by the Downtown Arts

photographer Douglas Kirkland; Ripley’s

and Marie Walsh Sharpe alumni.

District that celebrates the diversity of art

Believe it or Not mosaic artist Doug Powell;

The event will be held on Friday, April

painter and sculptor Aithan Shapira;

20, at The MEZZ in downtown Orlando

actress and activist Morgan Fairchild; and

from 6 – 9:30pm. Student admission is $25

Project Runway All Star fashion designer

and general admission is $50. Ticket blocks

Merline Labissière. The program will be

are also available. Admission includes

moderated by television and radio person-

hors d’oueurves and two complimentary

ality Marc McEwen, who is best known

drink tickets. For tickets and more infor-

for his role on CBS This Morning and as an

mation, visit

anchor for WKMG-TV, Local 6 News.


Derrick Adams



Also, join the Downtown Arts District

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary

and special guest Derrick Adams for the

New York-based artist working in perfor-

launch of a new concept in the Star Gallery

mance, video, sound, and 2D and 3D

at City Arts Factory. On Third Thursday,

realms. His practice focuses on the frag-

April 19 at 7:30pm, DAD will dedicate

mentation and manipulation of structure

a space to emerging artists of diverse back-

and surface, exploring self-image and for-

grounds and community engagement. For

ward projection. A recipient of a 2009

more information, visit


Winter Park Paint Out April 22 – 28 The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will host its 10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out, featuring 25 professionally acclaimed plein air (a French term meaning “in the open air”) artists, who will roam across Winter Park capturing many popular landscapes and landmarks with oils, watercolors and pastels. In addition, the museum, sculpture gardens and gallery will be open free to the public throughout the week-long event. Completed paintings by the plein air artists will be promptly hung in the gallery’s “Wet Room,” and available for purchase.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Plein Air Family Day — Demos and Hands-on Art Sunday, April 22, 1 – 4pm Sunset “Paint-In” — Winter Park Racquet Club on Lake Maitland Wednesday, April 25, 6 – 8:30pm Happy Hour Portrait Demo at The Polasek Friday, April 27, 5 – 8pm Paint Out Garden Party at The Polasek Saturday, April 28, 6 – 9pm For a full schedule of events and more information, visit 48



S&W Kitchens Competition by Kate Slentz


Photos by Rickie Agapito

Every year S&W Kitchens hosts a competition to determine its internal “Best of the Best” kitchens, bathrooms and other niche areas of the home. They utilize the images of the selected spaces in their marketing as well as submit the projects for local and national competitions. Chris Druschal designed this large, modern kitchen utilizing Poggenpohl cabinetry and lots of specialty touches, such as the built-in beer tap and coffee station.

Designer Gayle McCaughin translated the clients’ vision — inspired by a seaside painting — to this kitchen with its rich, dark cabinetry, blue walls and lighting fixtures, and a ripple detail on the tile backsplash.

This coastal-inspired kitchen, designed by Larissa Hicks, features several shades of blue, including the island, walls, and glass tile backsplash that wraps around the room.




e strive to create the most beautiful and functional




kinds of customers, big

and small. Four years ago, our designers wanted a bit of competition amongst themselves: the best designs for kitchens and baths. To make sure it was impartial, we asked a few of our contacts in the industry to judge the projects submitted. It was a huge success and we’ve made it an annual event. Designers eagerly anticipate the results, which come with a monetary incentive for the winners and the chance for glory among their peers. The contest encourages the designers to do their best for each and every customer,” explains Lori Bragg, director of marketing, S&W Kitchens. I was invited to participate as a judge this year, along with Roxane Martinez, of Crossville Studios, and Trina Simkins, of Cox Media Group. Together we poured over dozens of submissions to select our top three (or four) in each category – large and small (based on square footage) kitchens, master and guest bathrooms, and other spaces, such as laundry rooms, wine rooms and outdoor kitchens — discussing the details, finishes, and overall aesthetic of the spaces. From modern to more traditional, here are some of the standout kitchens in both the large and small categories. Some of them were quite the transformations and utilize the latest in materials and technology, which inspired all of us judges to consider some updates to our own kitchens.




S&W Kitchens Competition Mary Burkhammer delivered an on-trend, uber-modern kitchen design with ample storage, large wine refrigerator, and waterfall counter that appears to float.

A more traditional design with a touch of opulence, this white kitchen shines with detailed cabinetry with glass-inlay upper cabinets, quartz backsplash and beautiful barstools. Designed by Larissa Hicks.




Let’s Do BRUNCH! by Chef

Jamie McFadden



EnTERTAINING When one thinks or dreams of brunch, it is not uncommon that our thoughts carry us to a place near the crashing sounds of the ocean or perhaps to the sights and sounds of a sidewalk café in a bustling metropolitan neighborhood. Sun shining, birds chirping, energizing conversations; an escape perhaps for some, or quite possibly a weekly ritual. As we sip on freshly squeezed juice cocktails, or indulge in swirling the trendiest rosé, we briefly allow ourselves to forget the troubles of the past week and focus on what is truly important… friends, family and food.


he midday dining phenomenon known as brunch began taking shape more than 120 years ago, long before folks waited in line at their favorite restaurants to dine on eggs benedict and French toast. The word brunch appeared in print for the first time in the United States decades ago. The New Oxford, an old Pennsylvania newspaper, penned the following: “The

latest ‘fad’ is to issue invitations for a meal called ‘brunch’... a repast at 11 o’clock a.m.” Just like many of our dining habits, brunching is not new or trendy at all, quite the opposite. In 1895, Guy Beringer, a British writer, wrote a clairvoyant piece called “Brunch: A Plea” in Hunter’s Weekly. He wanted people to gather for a late breakfast on Sundays, not necessarily for the food, but for the experience. He wrote the following: “By eliminating

Pecan Fig Tarts MAKES APPROXIMATELY 24 TO START: 1/2 cup goat cheese 24 frozen mini tart shells FOR THE FILLING: 1 cup chopped fig 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives 3 tablespoons reduced balsamic vinegar syrup 2 tablespoons chopped capers 1 egg 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1/4 teaspoon salt

the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night

3/4 cup pecans, toasted at 350 degrees for 5 minutes

carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful,


sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” And for many nothing sweeps away worries at mealtime better than a well-made cocktail or glass of wine! Were you aware that the Bloody Mary and mimosa were created in the 1920s, during prohibition? Just around the time that brunch in the United States began gaining popularity. Diluting spirits with other beverages, juice for one, helped hide the fact that the alcohol hadn’t been aged quite as long. As these mixed drinks gained popularity, the stigma surrounding daytime drinking, especially for women and members of the middle class, began to lessen. In turn brunch offered a platform for people to drink during the day in a socially acceptable fashion. By 1939, The New York Times declared Sunday a two-meal day. In the 1960s, brunches’ popularity gave rise to specific cookbooks — Better Homes and Gardens and James Beard, for example — and by the 1990s, Americans started brunching on Saturdays too.



1/2 cup ground pecans 4 oz cream cheese 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened 1 cup all-purpose flour Grind pecans and then add flour. Pulse cream cheese and butter with pecan flour mix only until ball forms. You may have to work the dough a little with your hands to incorporate the remaining flour. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill 1 hour. Butter the bottoms of mini tart shells, press about a teaspoon of dough in with thumb, chill again 1 hour. Prebake shells at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Place 1/2 teaspoon of goat cheese in bottom of pre-baked tart shell. Top with 1 measuring teaspoon of filling mixture and bake 10 additional minutes or until golden brown.

EnTERTAINING I personally enjoy brunch entertaining at home. My work schedule often limits available prep time in my home kitchen, and truth be told, as much as I love dinner parties, I go to bed earlier than most, so “doing” brunch at home is a perfect balance of fun, friends and food. For those who are newish to home entertaining, brunch is a fantastic segue into gaining confidence in your host or hostess abilities. You can do much of the prep work the day before, get a full night’s sleep, and start the day energized and ready to spend quality time with your guests. I hope you find the following brunch recipes as delicious and simple as I do. As always, feel free to send me a note with any questions or comments to chefjamie@

Entertain Deliciously!



Brisket Gougeres MAKES 48 1 1/2 sticks butter 4 cups flour 2 pinches of salt 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1 pinch nutmeg 10 eggs 1 cup heavy cream, slightly warm 6 cups shredded Parmesan cheese 1 cup blue cheese crumbles 1/2 cup minced prepared short rib or brisket meat Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot; reduce heat to low and add flour, salt, cayenne and nutmeg, cooking mixture for 10-15 seconds stirring constantly until it is a thick paste and no longer sticks to the pan. Transfer to a stand mixer with paddle attachment and mix on low speed adding one egg at a time; do not add next egg until the previous is completely incorporated. Add cream and butter and then stop mixer and gently fold in cheese. Gently add in minced meat. Pipe onto lined sheet pans and bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Brunch Frittata SERVES 10

By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday,

12 eggs

brunch would make life

4 cups heavy cream

brighter for Saturday-night

1 tablespoon oregano

carousers. It would promote

1 tablespoon basil 1 tablespoon salt

human happiness in other ways

1 teaspoon white pepper

as well. Brunch is cheerful,

2 cups prepared shredded potatoes

sociable and inciting. It is

3 tablespoons diced sun-dried tomatoes

talk-compelling. It puts you

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup smoked ham, diced 1 cup mushrooms, sautéed and cooled In a deep bowl, whisk the eggs and cream until well incorporated. Next, add in the seasonings, mushrooms and ham. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking dish and place shredded potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Next, top the potatoes with the sun-dried tomatoes, followed by the cheese. Finally pour in the egg mixture. Carefully place in preheated oven and bake 75 minutes until the mixture is set and golden brown. Serve immediately.

in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.

– Guy Beringer




Sun-dried Cranberry Scones MAKES APPROXIMATELY 20 2 cups flour 1/4 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup dried cranberries Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the cream; gently mix but do not over-mix. Utilizing a small ice cream scoop drop dough onto a lined baking sheet and place in oven at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.



Jamie McFadden, 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 fresh-approach cooking style. After graduating 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 Park Hotel in County Cavan, Ireland. His 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.


Area designers share details about some of their favorite rooms.

L I V IN G R O OM Featured in the 2018 Parade of Homes Orlando, 1520 Westchester is a modern masterpiece that echoes its historic charm. Originally built in 1925, this stunning Winter Park villa has been reawakened and transformed into a fresh and contemporary living space. The original wood flooring has been refurbished throughout and welcomes guests into a living room that features a stunning built-in fireplace, surrounded by custom cabinetry. Illuminated by a contemporary glass chandelier, this living room truly stands the test of time.





B ONUS R O OM | L A N A I This space is all about the fusion of indoor and outdoor living. A cluster of woven string pendant lights defines a relaxed and inviting seating group adjacent to a dining area with a stunning summer kitchen, highlighted by a linear tile backsplash and clean-line hood. The stacked sliding doors offer a seamless transition from the covered lanai to the bonus room, featuring a reclaimed weathered wood plank accent wall with modern coastal elements and an oversized starburst chandelier.




F OY E R A beautiful foyer will instantly make guests feel welcome and can establish the spirit and style of a home. This downtown Orlando penthouse project makes a strong and modern statement the moment you step inside. Flanked by two acrylic Klismos chairs covered in a rich orange velvet, a dramatic, stacked ledge rock quarry console table, inspired by French designers Serge Roche and Emilio Terry, is the focal point of this elegant space. A bold black and white abstract panel complements the simple lines of a chartreuse Japanese porcelain vase, that when layered, gives visual tension to the cyan-blue print that rests atop. Books are used for risers and complete our signature “well-collected� aesthetic.

JOSE J. CABRERA, C L STUDIO, INC. Photograph by Stephen Allen SPRING | SUMMER 2018



GR E AT R O OM From the moment you enter this light-filled, modern home on Lake Seminary in Maitland, the eye is drawn to the water. The infinity edge pool in the distance seems to magically flow directly into the lake, creating a distinct connection between the home and its surroundings. Large-format porcelain tiles span the entire home and back patio spaces, which allows for seamless transition between the inside and outside. Although the lake view captures the eye the moment you walk in, the focal point of the living room is the custom designed and built fireplace, which is clad with extra-large one-meter by three-meter tile panels. Warm, coastal hues make up the color palette for this spacious room.

Builder: E2 HOMES | Designer: ROXANNE DE L’ETOILE



L I V IN G R O OM A remodel on Bibb Lake, this home sits on a peninsula surrounded by water and is facing a huge amount of conservation green space. This room is a two-story living room with fabulous views and a profusion of natural light. The ceiling is clad with cypress wood in a natural finish. The chandelier is by Gino Sarfatti for FLOS; the wall sconces (top) are by Justice Design and (bottom) are the Light Spring by Ron Gilad for FLOS; the Baker daybed in the foreground was re-covered in Heavens Break and Terrablizza fabrics from the Shadow Mountain Collection by Zinc Textiles; the Jehs + Laub Lounge chairs for Knoll Studio (2009) are covered in Knoll Textile (Haze) with a polished aluminum swivel base; and the coffee table is the Platner Coffee Table by Warren Platner for Knoll Studio (1966).





By Karen LeBlanc Photography by Jeffrey A. Davis Photography, Inc. Builder: Victor Farina, Farina & Sons, Inc. Architect: Nasrallah Architectural Group, Inc. Designer: Grant Gribble, Gribble Interior Group 68


The living room features an existing fireplace mantel surround with updated Absolute Black granite; reclaimed hardwood flooring in a herringbone pattern; and Prussian Blue velvet sofa and chairs of a Chippendale fretwork pattern.



Historic preservation melds with modern renovation to bring an 80-year-old home into the 21st century and show other builders how it’s done.


he New American Remodel 2018, renovated by Farina & Sons, Inc., and a team of experts, began its second act as a show home for the National Association of Home Builders recently on tour during the International Builders’ Show (IBS). Located in an established neighborhood north of downtown Orlando,

the 5,000+ square-foot home honors the past, embraces the present and celebrates the future in both grand gestures, intricate design details and the latest technologies. “Our challenge was to transform an old house into a new house while preserving its character,” says Victor Farina, president, Farina & Sons, Inc. Working with Nasrallah Architectural Group, Inc., interior designer Grant Gribble, Redmon Design Company, and green build consultant Two Trails Inc., the team preserved the home’s architectural integrity while modernizing its systems and updating its décor.



(Opposite, top left): The tri-panel stainless

elevator door is retractable, allowing better access. Inside the elevator itself is a wood-paneled cabin in natural maple finish. (Opposite, left): With an expanded

“Our goal was to create a distinctive home that could be seen in any part of the countryBoston, Chicago, Nashville or LA. We wanted homeowners, designers and builders to see the latest finishes, products and technology so they could take away ideas that would work for them in their own homes,” Victor explains. The home’s curb appeal conjures up visions of the New Orleans French Quarter—a

archway, the dining room is open to the foyer and existing lyre design stair railing.

brick and stucco facade with a cast iron balcony supported by columns of ornate iron

(Above): In the dining room, a circular

total of 7,000 square feet under roof.

neo-classic ceiling detail of applied wood painted molding is punctuated by twin chandeliers over an elongate inlaid dining table. Pilasters and wainscot accent the scenic wall covering on silver leaf background.

scrollwork, and floor-to-ceiling shutters that frame French doors. New brickwork from Meridian Brick seamlessly blends new additions with the existing 1930s structure, for a

The New American Remodel 2018 is a collaboration between the NAHB, Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines, and The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Leading Suppliers Council, which supplies vendor-donated appliances, products and materials. SPRING | SUMMER 2018


Interior designer Grant Gribble skillfully blends design elements that honor the home’s heritage and embrace the latest looks. “My goal was to create a timeless interior. To be on trend, but at the same time not be trendy. To utilize today’s technology, but not to appear futuristic; and to create a home to be showcased to many, but to be an actual home for the family to reside in and generations to share,” says Grant, owner of Gribble Interior Group. He created a design language unique to the home he calls “New Classic Traditional Style” expressed through the strategic repetition of key design elements. Shape, color, pattern and texture unify the home’s transitional interior and traditional exterior.

(Above): A neutral color palette continues

in the family room featuring white tongue-and-groove vaulted ceilings with beam detail; gray wood stain furnishing and heavily textured upholstery. (Opposite, top right): A French, gold sink

console with Carrera marble top, geometric metallic wall coverings and stylized create a luxurious powder bath. (Opposite, right): Grant designed the “X”

“Every wall, floor and ceiling detail was carefully designed to develop the most interesting details that could stand alone but also accent the adjacent rooms, while maintaining a



detail in the ceiling, which is mimicked in the flooring with reclaimed wood and porcelain tile.

timeless interior,” Grant explains. He points to several examples including the circular neo-classic design elements on the front door echoed in the dining room ceiling detail. In the gallery, an “X” pattern crafted of tile and hardwood from reclaimed floors repeats on the ceiling beams as a cross pattern. A herringbone pattern in the reclaimed/engineered wood flooring repeats in the brick flooring of the summer kitchen. Grant’s interior canvas comprises a soft color palette of gray-beige tones punctuated with metallic wallpapers and pops of blues and teals grounded by driftwood finishes and furnishings. Those who pay close attention are rewarded with visual treats such as the original “lyre” design stairway railing; fashion-forward doors from TruStile embellished with distinct design elements such as ribbed glass, mottled metal inserts and embossed reptile leathers; and distinct ceiling and flooring details in every room. Key renovations include a larger kitchen with adjoining great room that melds natural design elements for a warm, sophisticated style. A custom-designed range hood of hammered zinc commands attention, anchored by double islands, Thermador appliances, cabinets from Wood-Mode, countertops by Caesarstone and steel casement-style French pantry doors. “The new kitchen, family room and outdoor living areas connect and take center stage. We also included flexible spaces that could accommodate different activities and entertaining,” Victor says.



The great room features vaulted, white tongue-and-groove ceilings accentuated with dark-stained pine beams and opens to the outdoor living spaces via pocket doors from Loewen. Outdoor living areas expand the home’s functional square footage with automated retractable screens from Phantom Screen. “Aesthetically, the outdoor living area is a favorite — it is stunning! You can see inside the home as well as the spacious backyard with the new pool/spa, garden area and fire bowl. Everyone who visits the home seems to be drawn there as well,” Victor adds. The new master suite draws inspiration from boutique hotel styling and now resides on the first floor with more storage and a larger master bath. “In the new additions, we raised the ceiling heights and made the rooms more open. Some spaces were rearranged to be more functional. Originally, the bathrooms and closets were quite small, so we addressed those areas,” Victor explains. In the master bathroom, one-meter by threemeter sheets of porcelain book match tiles from Crossville clad the master shower walls emulating Calacatta marble. An octagonal patterned wallpaper inset in the ceiling, plumbing fixtures, and cabinet hardware add geometric motifs.



(Opposite): The island barstools actually

face out into the family room, which leads the eye to the outdoor living spaces beyond.

(Top): The focal point of the kitchen is

the custom hood made of hammered zinc and silver Travetine backsplash in a stacked pattern. Multiple decorative light fixtures also hang in the kitchen, including the dual lanterns over the island. The off-white cabinets feature a “brush stroke” finish. (Opposite, right): Highlighted by reclaimed

French Oak wine barrel flooring in a parquet pattern, the home office features a custom partner’s desk.

The home’s systems are updated with full-home automation from Crestron, including motorized shades and automated lights, surround sound and closed-circuit TV security. “The smart home Crestron system and all the energy saving features make the home function efficiently and make it very comfortable,” Victor says. Expected to perform 57 percent more efficiently than the average new home, The New American Remodel 2018 boasts an improved HERS Index of 46, up from the original HERS Index of 125, earning Emerald Status — the highest of the four levels of green building recognized by the



(Top left): The guest bath includes a vanity

dresser from Kohler, interlocking molecularshaped 18-inch floor tiles and LED recessed lamps in the ceiling. (Center left): With ample storage, the

laundry room features dual stackable washers and dryers, elongated subway tiles with random gray accents and an apron-front laundry tub. (Below): The Jack and Jill bath makes a

bold statement with architectural wall coverings featuring classic building designs, and black and white pennystyle mosaic flooring.

(Opposite, both): Perfect for relaxing and

escaping, the master bath includes a pedestal tub and porcelain slab-lined shower with rain head ceiling-mount shower head.

ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Other anticipated certifications include the Department of Energy’s Energy Star, Builders Challenge qualified/Build America Program and Net Zero Energy Ready Home. “The project truly exceeded our expectations! It achieved the highest-level energy rating possible which is very exciting (especially since the ‘before’ house scored the lowest rating). It was such a pleasure to work with our local team along with new companies and products,” Victor says. For more information on this project, visit














A floating, glass-paneled staircase by Heartland Stairways provides a niche for a wine tasting room next to the foyer.



The dining room features a live edge table by Porters.

The staircase was photographed before the glass safety rail was installed.





From the dining room, a pass-through opens up views into the kitchen framed by credenza-style cabinetry facing the dining room and shaker-style white cabinetry on the kitchen side, all by Executive Cabinetry. The great room features herringbone and chevron patterns that play off the customdesigned front doors by Simpson Door Company.




entral Florida’s geographic trade-off — year-round outdoor-worthy weather in lieu of topography — has a few anomalies, including the homesite of The New American Home 2018 (TNAH). Located in Bella Collina, the 6,662-square-foot

home sits on a ridge overlooking Lake Apopka with sweeping vistas of rolling terrain that melt into the horizon. “Bella Collina is one of the only communities in Central Florida where you have that kind of topography,” says John Kolb, executive vice president of Legacy Custom Built Homes. John and his team designed the show home for the National Association of Homebuilders’ International Builders’ Show to take advantage of dramatic views from all vantage points. “It’s a very emotional experience from the moment you enter the home,” he adds. In the quiet town of Monteverde, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Bella Collina’s Tuscan architecture and vineyard-esque landscape emulate an Italian hillside village. The hip $3.975 million newcomer introduces an updated, streamlined interpretation of Tuscan architecture to this country club community. “We updated the Tuscan look by cleaning up the lines to create today’s transitional style, mixing in modern elements while preserving the community’s architectural integrity,” John says. Chiseled face stone and flat monument stone clad the façade with square openings and large expanses of glass accented with natural wood soffits. Double garages, connected by chiseled stone pavers, bookend the home, each with its own refrigerator, sink, work area and air-conditioned storage room that doubles as a safe room. The left-hand garage has a

(Above): The wine room is tucked under the staircase and features Thermador wine refrigerators. “In the original plan, the space was open to the foyer but I added a wall to create the bar area as a practical alternative to a wine cellar,” Kate notes.

dog wash and opens to both sides to pass through. Hidden

(Opposite): The upstairs loft features a lighting installation resembling floating stars, two homework areas and a large screen TV.

Interior designer Kate Clarke skillfully carries exterior

garage tracks encased in drywall keep mechanics out of sight, a recurring detail throughout the living spaces.

materials inside to create a signature style expressed in colors, furnishings and architectural details. “I believe that this transitional feel is the next 10 years in the building market. The style is warm with an edge so it feels very comfortable, like home without being intimidating,” says Kate, president of Homes Reimagined.



In the great room, Kate echoes the exterior stone on the fireplace surround with LED backlit floating shelves of walnut wood. A grid of rectangular panels form an expanse of dropped tray ceiling that extends to the dining room. Herringbone and chevron patterns on the rugs and furnishings play off the front doors Kate designed working with Simpson Door Company. “The front doors bring in the herringbone design,” says Kate, who amplifies the pattern on the foyer floor with a herringbone inlay in an X design across 8-inch by 6-foot wood plank floor tiles by Emser Tile. A cluster of nine pendant lights from Progress Lighting, which provided all the home’s lighting, coalesce on a single plate as the foyer chandelier, one of the latest looks in lighting. Art trends also reveal themselves in glittering paintings by Left Bank Art throughout the living spaces, including one at the entrance, framed by frosted backlit glass. “I didn’t want to do the typical framed piece of art, so the frame ties in with frosted glass elements


throughout the home,” Kate notes. SPRING | SUMMER 2018



wine bar resides just off the entry, tucked under the floating, glass-paneled staircase by Heartland Stairways, with a tasting table, Thermador wine refrigerators and refrigerator and freezer drawers. “In the original plan, the space was open to the foyer, but I

added a wall to create the bar area as a practical alternative to a wine cellar,” she explains. Floating, backlit steps lead upstairs, crowned by a cluster of seven pendant lights. From the dining room, a pass-through opens up to view into the kitchen, framed by credenza-style cabinetry facing the dining room and shaker-style white cabinetry on the kitchen side, all by Executive Cabinetry. “It’s an open kitchen, yet separate, with a cut-out wall overlooking the dining and family room. If you are hosting a dinner party, this is your service area,” Kate says. Panels that match the cabinets conceal a refrigerator, freezer and pantry. “The practical pantry doubles as food storage and a work space with outlets for charging smart devices,” she adds. Frosted glass detailing reveals itself in the kitchen’s backlit ceiling panel anchoring four pendant lights and in upper-cabinet fronts. The backsplash and range hood crafted of 10-inch by 30-inch porcelain tile weave in stainless steel inserts in a linear design. “The design pulls together colors from the cabinets to make a statement,” Kate explains.

(Left): The kitchen backsplash and range hood crafted of 10-inch by 30-inch porcelain tile weave in stainless steel inserts in a linear design. (Above): In the kitchen, quartz surfaces by Dupont Corian clad the counters. Kate designed a kitchen island with a section that “drops down rather than a bumps up” to better accommodate all household members. Shaker-style white cabinetry by Executive Cabinetry also clads the refrigerator and freezer for a seamless, clean aesthetic.



A Thermador range cooktop with LED-lit knobs, double


island Kate designed with a section that “drops down rather than bumps up” to better accommodate children and older



maker outfit the kitchen’s gourmet capabilities. Quartz surfaces by DuPont Corian clad the counters and a kitchen



ovens, a warming drawer, microwave drawer and coffee

people. Cabinet handles crafted of carbon fiber inlays complement new Kohler carbon fiber faucets and a pot filler.

Cabinet interiors illuminate with Hafele LED lighting and toe-kick lighting. A barn door with modern hardware by Hafele leads to the laundry room. “I wanted to show builders alternatives to pocket doors. This a sleek, clean barn door track without the wheels,” she says. The kitchen also features an elevator by Garaventa Lift finished in walnut. SPRING | SUMMER 2018



vestibule featuring more sparkling artwork by Left Bank Art leads to the master bedroom. “I wanted the master bedroom to have an organic feel,” says Kate, who designed a headboard wall out of plank wood donated by De Chateau that anchors

a floating bed, lit from beneath and above. Linen laminate cabinets in the master suite’s morning kitchen conceal a refrigerator drawer and freezer drawer and house a builtin espresso maker. The master bath showcases a tiled rug design that flows from the free-standing tub through the shower with the latest Kohler shower heads, programmable from smart devices. “You can program individual shower experiences, ranging from a rain shower to a thunderstorm, accompanied by music,” she explains. The bathroom has his and hers separate toilet areas and vanities with faucets in Kohler’s new Vibrant Titanium finish that appear gray or chrome depending on the light. “Instead of wall-mounted sconces, we have hanging pendants in the bathroom and next to the bed, a popular lighting trend,” Kate adds. Dual walk-in closets by Closet Factory feature his and hers customized details such as jewelry drawers with glass tops, Hafele LED lighting, a washer and dryer, and a safe.




(Above left): The office features 10-foot interior doors by TruStile Doors in a walnut finish. Kate designed a ceiling treatment that drops a grid of beams, backlit for a structural effect. (Above right): The downstairs powder bath features a stylish dividing wall in a walnut finish with frosted glass panels that echoes the home’s interior door designs.

Throughout the home, 10-foot interior doors by TruStile Doors in a walnut finish lead to most rooms including the office, also finished in walnut wood with a unique ceiling design that drops a grid of beams, backlit for a structural effect. The reverse tray ceilings and beams are another signature feature throughout the home that Kate designed. The first-floor powder room features floating cabinets, a quartz countertop, and mixes metallics with a silver and gold tiled wall and a rose gold faucet. “Nobody wants to look at toilets, so I’ve hidden them throughout the house,” says Kate, who designed divider walls in the bathrooms to obscure toilets and double as shelving and storage. The main floor living spaces, including a game room, open up to the outdoors with motorized retractable wall screens by Phantom Screens. “The windows and doors by Panda are lift and slide doors that allow you to seamlessly transition from inside to outside of the house without having to take a step over a big door track,” John says. A linear pool with a fire feature and stand-alone spa overlook the tiered landscaping below by Redmon Design Company. (Clockwise, from top left): The divider wall in the powder bath keeps the toilet discreetly hidden from view; the master bedroom features a headboard wall crafted out of plank wood donated by De Chateau that anchors a floating bed lit from beneath and above; a drop zone doubles as a pocket office in the entrance from the garage. SPRING | SUMMER 2018



he patio includes an outdoor dining room and summer kitchen outfitted with appliances by DCS including two grills, two side burners, a kegerator, wine storage, dishwasher and icemaker. “We used a new cabinetry by NatureKast made of resin that looks like


wood and withstands humidity,” John notes.


In the game room, signature design elements repeat, includ-


ing large-format tile in a chevron pattern, frosted glass backlit panels on the bar, and a modern barn door with a few visual surprises such as leather cabinet handles. The second floor has three en-suite rooms that embrace the latest looks, all with on-trend, free-hanging closets for adjustable shelving. The girls room has walls embellished with padded inserts that match the custom sliding door closet with two bottom drawers. “This closet is a practical alternative to the builder basic bifold closet doors,” Kate says. Meanwhile, the bathroom functions as a wet room with floor-to-ceiling tile and a jetted tub.




All of the bedroom window blinds are motorized with tracks and mechanics hidden by dropped ceilings. Kate decorated the boys bedroom with pops of cobalt blue and chevron patterns, while the third bedroom with bunk beds has a more exotic theme with bronze and black finishes and bamboo accents. “Bronze and black are coming back in a more modern format,” she adds. The bedrooms share social space in the upstairs loft with a neighboring mini kitchen outfitted with a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator and freezer drawers, and a dishwasher. Nearby, a full laundry room stylishly tucks behind TruStile doors with leather inlays. The loft features a lighting installation resembling floating stars, two homework areas, and a largescreen television. “There are no fitted carpets in the home, only rugs and hard surfaces because clients don’t want carpet anymore,” Kate notes. Built on an aggressive timeline, TNAH 2018 sits on two acres showcasing leading-edge products, materials and appliances supplied by the NAHB’s Leading Suppliers Council. “The New American Home is like the Super Bowl of homebuilding

(Opposite, bottom left): The master bath showcases a tiled rug design that flows from the freestanding tub through the shower with the latest Kohler shower heads programmable from smart devices. (Opposite, bottom right): The laundry room is equipped with the latest Bosch 24" stackable washer and dryer.

because it’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase your work on a national level and become acquainted with new products in the industry,” says John, whose team built the home in record time despite weather delays resulting from several hurricanes. “We had about six months to build the structure and two and a half months to do the interior work on a home that

(Above): TNAH 2018 sits on two acres debuting leading-edge products, materials and appliances supplied by the NAHB’s Leading Suppliers Council. It is on the market for $3.975 million. (Below): All outdoor spaces in the home are enclosed by motorized retractable wall screens by Phantom Screens.

would typically require a year and a half to build,” he reveals. The entire home is powered by a Crestron home automation system, one of the energy-saving features that helped it achieve the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard Emerald Status for energy efficiency, the highest rating possible. “Whole-home lighting control is the future. There are no light switches because the house uses sensors to detect motion and turn the lights on and off accordingly,” John explains. Working with Two Trails Sustainable Building Consultants, TNAH 2018 also is certified with the EPA Energy Star program as well as the Indoor airPLUS program; is a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home; and is LEED for Homes certified. “From a design standpoint, we wanted The New American Home to wow people but also welcome them so that they felt at home,” John says. For more information on this project, visit



For this vacation home in Winter Park, designer John McClain created a fresh, light and airy aesthetic for the new homeowners.



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Tell us a little about the scope of the project and how you got involved. These clients live in London and have family in Winter Park, so it made perfect sense for them to purchase a vacation home here. As they were touring homes to buy, they actually toured a home that was designed by our firm. They didn’t end up buying that home, but they did remember us when they found their current home. This house was already built when our clients purchased it, so we were tasked with “freshening” up the home. Our main goal was to lighten the home with new paint, furnishings, and some minor renovation projects. The entire upstairs was carpeted, so we removed all the carpet





and installed hardwood that matched the downstairs flooring. We also removed a very traditional stair railing and carpeted stairs, and designed a custom, modern, sleek railing to coordinate with the new walnut stair treads and geometric runner. Because our clients were not even in the same country, we project managed everything for them with lots of emails, calls, videos and photos. These clients are lovely people and we were honored that they put their trust in us.

Did the owners have specific ideas or needs? The clients requested to make this home feel light, airy, sophisticated yet still “vacation-like.” Our main focus was on the downstairs spaces which were to receive all new furnishings. Upstairs, they asked us to incorporate some of their current furniture pieces that were shipped in from a former U.S. residence. Luckily, the bones of the house were great, so we just had to add components to make it the updated place it is now. They also wanted durable finishes so that they could enjoy their home when they were in town, rather than having lots of maintenance and upkeep. We chose very durable fabrics, easy-clean surfaces, and rugs with superi-

from various styles and time periods to

became the foundation of the home’s new

or durability. Our clients also wanted a

make one unique look. This, to me, is actu-

design. You will notice some additional

refresh in the outdoor space, with new

ally where today’s design aesthetic lies.

color splashes with artwork and pillows,

furniture, and an updated summer kitchen with new countertop and grill, to complement their new backyard landscaping.

but the overall scheme is still creamy

Was there a starting point from a piece of furniture, fabric or art?

whites, soothing blues and grays.

blues and off whites. The first pieces we

Can you share details on the furniture, accessories and art in the main living areas?

chose were the art pieces for the hallway.

Our clients love abstract art, so we started

Yes! You explained it perfectly. They love

From there, the many tones and shades of

with some fabulous pieces; pieces that

contemporary spaces but wanted us to

the artwork found its way into the rest of

look expensive but are actually quite

bring warmth and elegance to it as well.

the home. The wall color is Origami White,

affordable. The sofa in the den/office is a

This is actually my team’s favorite way to

which is a great “not-so-white” white. It

pull-out trundle bed for overnight guests,

design. We tend to mix lots of elements

provided the soothing background that

while the living room sofa is a luxe design

It seems to have both contemporary and traditional touches with a good dose of elegance... what was the plan?

We tend to start with a color palette in mind, and with this one, we chose grays,



from my home furnishings line, Gilded Home. Also, in the living room, the midcentury Gilded Home swivel chair adds a bit of welcome dissonance to the other furnishings. The antique brass and glass coffee table is both functional and still allows the rug pattern to show through, and the mid-century inspired media cabinet adds a bright white while still bringing warmth with the wood surround. The rustic RH dining table contrasts perfectly with the glamorous Bubble Chandelier (also from Gilded Home) while the traditional seating melds both styles together. In the kitchen, we chose acrylic 94


barstools from CB2 to provide seating

Did you have a favorite area?

with uninterrupted sight lines. We did

Hands down, a favorite area of my entire

And what was your clients’ reaction when everything was finished?

update the kitchen paint with a bright

team is the den/office. It’s functional by

We had a ball designing this home for our

white and a lovely gray for the island.

providing dual purpose, but most impor-

clients. The best part was that we had a

You will also notice lots of organic ele-

tantly, it’s cozy, warm and inviting; the

genuine reveal when they flew in from

ments in our design. This was crucial to not

perfect place to read a book with a cup of

London after we finished everything.

only coordinate with the existing wood

tea. The natural light is amazing in that

They told us that they couldn’t be happier

flooring, but also to add that much needed

room and adds instant ambience.

with their piece of vacation paradise.

warmth to contrast the white walls, and of course to bring the outdoors inside.

The foyer hallway seems very long and dramatic. Was it a challenging space to design? I immediately knew that I wanted to treat this hallway as an art gallery with oversized art that was all similar in style and color, but not duplicates of each other. We broke up the expansive space by wallpapering the niche with metallic grasscloth — the perfect backdrop for the gold-toned console table and mirror. We also knew we wanted a contemporary stair railing design to complement the hallway décor. The best part about the entry hall is that it leads your eye to the sparkling blue pool in the backyard.

Tell us about the kitchen and any specific details about finishes, fixtures, materials and furnishings. Luckily the kitchen cabinetry was already in place, so we only had to refinish them and the island with a fresh coat of paint. We also changed out the countertops from a maroon color to the bright, white Porcelanosa Krion material — it’s basically indestructible, stainless and antimicrobial. The backsplash is a simple glass subway tile for a timeless look that works with almost anything. We love the acrylic bar stools to modernize the otherwise traditional design, while the exposed metal frame accents all the metallic finishes in the home. SPRING | SUMMER 2018



Touch of whimsy

Add a little fun to your favorite spot with a fully patterned chair or festive pillow: MacKenzie-Childs Kensington wing chair, $4,995; MacKenzie-Childs On The Avenue pillow, $295; Elitis linen pillow in orange; $145; and Elitis velvet pillow in purple, $135; all from Neiman Marcus, The Mall at Millenia. 96


Interior Appeal Spring/Summer 2018  

Central Florida luxury home and design publication

Interior Appeal Spring/Summer 2018  

Central Florida luxury home and design publication