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FEATURES

INTERIOR

NATIVE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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A second vacation home for a couple who wanted to capture the magic of Disney melds beautiful elegance with the whimsy of some beloved characters.

Creating a home for a big blended family with loads of style and a bold personality was nothing out of the ordinary for designer John McClain.

LYDIA PATERSON

The main living areas in a two-story home in Winter Park with dark and outdated finishes and details got a much-needed update by designer Mary Margaret Vasquez.

A brand-new home built right on the edge of the Winter Park Golf Course is a meticulously constructed oasis of serenity, greenery and privacy.

cover: The Peter Pan bedroom in a Golden Oaks home designed by Francia Fusik. Photograph by Lydia Paterson. Story on page 62.

BOB SNOW IMAGES

What to do when the property is perfect, but the house is not? The answer for a retired Winter Springs couple was to take it down to build their dream home.

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WELCOME

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FIRST LOOK

A fashionable designer duo expands into home furnishings.

10 TRENDS

2019 Designs: Gazing into the crystal ball. With the new year, it might be time for a home refresh, so we asked area professionals what trends they see emerging and continuing.

16 ARTIST’S STUDIO

Lisa Anderton’s paintings evoke a sense of serenity, with easy-on-the-eyes colors and strokes. Jewelry designer Almut Belote recently opened her beautiful new boutique and work space.

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28 DESIGN DILEMMA

50 IN THE KITCHEN

For more than 40 years Poe’s has been the place to go for beautiful wallcoverings. Mark Bebermeyer redesigns a kitchen to fulfill the wishes of a gourmet chef and wine aficionado.

34 EYE ON ARTS

A look at current and upcoming exhibits at the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

36 HISTORIC TREASURES

Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural legacy on the campus of Florida Southern College.

Chef Jamie McFadden shares the latest trends in food, cocktails and wine along with recipes. The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is a powerful, lowprofile, pizzeria-style oven that will make entertaining a breeze.

52 ON THE MARKET

Highlights from real estate properties around Central Florida.

56 ROOM BY ROOM

Six designers showcase their work and discuss the details and inspirations behind these stunning spaces.

96 LAST LOOK

A work of art in process, the stunning addition to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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WELCOME

power of the flower

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hat is it about nature’s gift that can bring a smile to the saddest of faces or brighten the dreariest rooms? Flowers have been part of our décor DNA forever. The form, colors and scents have the ability to bring joy, congratulations and even the occasional apology.

I admit for much of my life I have taken after my artistic yet practical mother, insisting that I don’t need to buy them for myself and no one needs to send them to me. However, whenever I entertain, I instinctively hustle to replace my drooping orchids and put together an arrangement for the dining table. So why don’t I do it for myself? I think it’s that the short-lived enjoyment inevitably makes me pause and wince when I have to finally take the past-its-prime blooms to the trash. I am only beginning to see the true value in surrounding myself with beautiful things just because they are beautiful. At a recent Orange Appeal luncheon, Sally Kobylinski, owner (along with her husband) of In Bloom Florist, shared her story. But before the program began, we admired the table arrangements that highlighted different blooms — bold peonies, pin cushion protea and shampoo ginger (when gently squeezed, it does, indeed, smell like a hair cleanser). She shared how flowers can enhance a moment, a day, a week, or in her case, a life. It’s little wonder stop and smell the roses is such a popular sentiment. Flowers do invite us to take a minute and revel in their presence. Sometimes it even takes us back to simpler memories. When I was about 9 or 10, we would cut gardenias from the yard, carefully wrapping the stem in aluminum foil and protecting the petals from our fingers so they didn’t turn brown. We clutched them tightly as we ran for the bus and when we arrived at school, we would give them to our teachers. Hopefully, the sight and oh-so-fragrant smell brought them a little joy.

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fIRST LooK

va-va-va-voom Rooms Hollywood vintage glamour and California cool coastal define the growing home furnishing collections from fashion designers to the stars Mark Badgley and James Mischka — Badgley Mischka Home. Five new collections were recently presented to the trade and the more than 200 pieces include luxurious details such as lush fabrics, gilded and hand-leafed metal finishes and polished wood. Part of the Marmont Collection is shown here.

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TReNDS

Massoud

2019 DESIGNS:

Gazing into the Crystal Ball Blues are still going strong! However, we are starting to see some other splashes of color such as greens, yellows and reds. As far as metals go, brass is still happening, and as I call it, Bungalow 5

gilver — silver and gold mixed — continues to be prominent as well. Jason Baird, General Manager/Partner, Saxon Clark Furniture Patio Design

Mixed media artists, with their roots in graffiti and street art, have become highly

With the new year, it might be time for a home refresh, so we asked area

collectible with increased exposure in galleries and museum exhibitions. Works by artists such as Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Invader and Swoon continue to increase in value at international auctions. We expect

professionals what trends

this trend in the art world to rise and we

they see emerging and

our showroom, courtesy of Taglialatella

continuing.

are proud to offer works by these artists in Gallery, NYC. Ted Maines & Julie Koran, Ted Maines Interiors Mr. Brainwash, Mickie & Minnie, 64x48, 2018

Warmer finishes on plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware. People are moving to the brushed golds and bronze colors in the kitchen for their faucets and cabinet hardware. They are mixing this with stainless appliances, creating the always popular two-tone look. White undermount cast-iron kitchen sinks are still the popular choice. Bathrooms are still showcasing white tubs, showers and toilets, and chrome and brushed nickel faucet finishes remain the choice, but matte black is starting to make its presence and more manufacturers are producing this finish. Brushed golds are slowly finding their way to the bathroom but has not dominated the market yet. Kelly McFall, Showroom Manager, Artisan Kitchen & Bath Gallery Artisan Kitchen & Bath Gallery 10

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TReNDS Sculptural influences in lighting, furnishings and accessories — where the item actually becomes art itself. Here is a made-to-order dining room chandelier that we’re installing in a Winter Park residence. It will serve not only as principle source of lighting, but also as an artistic, sculptural aesthetic in the room. Eric Horner, Eric Horner Interiors Serip Nenufar Horizontal Chandelier

S&W Kitchens

Perhaps a return to mid-century modern. Simple, clean furniture — more curves and new woods; new and improved terrazzo for floors, walls and countertops; and of course, more eco-friendly designs and materials. Andrew Meeder, Designer, S&W Kitchens

Darker colors, more wood grains and warmer spaces. Still a lot of gold and black metals in keeping with the warmer, richer feel. Krista Agapito, Designer & Director of Sales, S&W Kitchens S&W Kitchens

Light, airy spaces that include white and light wood finishes. Finding resources for beautiful, unique materials is always thrilling and personalizes a space further, whether it’s granite slab, special cabinetry details, architectural trim, lighting, etc. Jaya Rose, ASID, AKBD, Project Designer, S&W Kitchens We see many more modern and contemporary style choices, but also a growing trend toward vintage looks that is particularly effective when the home is older. Farmhouse style for the kitchen has exploded — especially combining white upper cabinets with more colorful lower cabinets or on an island. Joe Steenbeke, Owner/Partner, S&W Kitchens

For kitchens, I see a continued trend of white or gray cabinets, with either dark/ vibrant wood accents; also with some very bold and bright color pops (backsplash or appliances). Bathrooms continue to trend toward a European feel — very clean and simple. Chris Druschel, Designer, Winter Park Showroom Manager, S&W Kitchens

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TReNDS

Large printed wallpaper that can serve as an artful addition. Blush is everywhere! We love this color and see it here used as an accent wall to complement smaller accents in the same color. Brass accents look so refined and give a space that extra splash of glam and a high-end feel. Anne Rue, Anne Rue Interiors All rooms from Anne Rue Interiors

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aRTIST’S sTUDIO

serene&spiritual strokes LISA ANDERTON’S

Lisa Anderton’s paintings evoke a sense of serenity, with easy-on-the-eyes colors and strokes. She’s an Orlando native who chose creating art as her career along with raising her three children. Painting commissioned work for about 20 years now, she’s looking to expand her business with a new e-commerce website, reproduction prints, textiles and more

“I REALLY HAVE JUST LET IT EVOLVE AS IT’S HAPPENED. I’ve been wanting to grow and expand but I’ve been trying to find the right person to help me do that. For four or five years, I’ve been envisioning doing fabrics, wallpaper and some textiles, along with my art,” Lisa explains. She’s always been an artist, taking lessons as a child, and getting a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. “When I first got out of college I taught art at The First Academy. I was the high school and middle school art teacher there for three years. And then I got pregnant with my first child and decided to stay at home,” she says. She painted a mural in her daughter’s room and soon friends started asking her to do the same in their homes. During this time, she also continued to hone her skills, taking lessons with long-time Winter Park artist Barbara Bassett. “It just turned into a business naturally. After about three or four years, we had another child and it got too hard to pack up all my stuff and go to people’s houses, so I started doing canvases,” Lisa explains. Love Lives Here. 30" x 30" acrylic with mixed media

Inspired by nature, especially the water — Lisa lives on a lake and frequents the beach with her family — she paints landscapes and abstracts, mostly acrylics on canvas. She’s also become quite known locally for her faith-based paintings that incorporate feathers and angels. About seven years ago her dad passed away suddenly and she had some very spiritual moments through that, which shifted her art. “The day after my dad passed away, there was a double rainbow in the sky and I had gone outside to see it. I was looking up, just so sad, crying and praying, and a white feather landed on my robe. So, feathers are a big part of my art and inspiration. And that’s also when I started painting the angels,” she explains. Currently, she is working in her house. “I’m painting almost daily right now, especially this time of year. The holidays are a busy season. It’s probably 30 hours a week that I’m off-and-on painting,” she says. For now, she likes being at her home, so she can check in with her two sons when they get home from school.

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aRTIST’S sTUDIO and other home décor items. She’s also producing Florida-themed prints and doing a partnership with Corkcicle, where items will feature her designs. “Amy has really helped me take it to the next level,” Lisa says. When reflecting on her journey she shares: “Art was something that I always loved, not knowing that it’s what I would end up doing for a living. Every time that But she hopes to find studio space nearby in College Park that can also house inventory. She admits she became overwhelmed when trying to expand her business, but with the help of her business partner Amy Orzo, she’s launching a new website that will allow consumers to buy directly off the site. In addition to commissioned canvases, she’s working on designing fabrics, pillows

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someone buys a painting or says they have a painting in their house, whether it’s the smallest painting or a big commission, it just warms my heart. It’s so humbling to me. I mean, I’m going to start crying. It’s amazing that I’m able to do something that I love and people enjoy it.”

LISA ANDERTON ART lisaandertonart.com Instagram: lisaandertonart



aRTIST’S sTUDIO

Jewelry Designer

Almut Belote She just opened her beautiful new boutique, Almut Belote Jewelry on West Church Street in Thornton Park, that is filled with exquisite pieces in yellow, rose and white gold, often accented with bold colored gemstones and sparkling diamonds. But the most interesting thing you may see is the jewelry being handcrafted by Almut and her team of craftsmen/goldsmiths.

Two of Almut’s favorite pieces are shown here. About the Flower Ring, she says, “This is the ultimate ring for me. It’s gentle and bold at the same time – and feels amazing on my hand.” Of the Rondo Clip Bracelet, she says, “It’s 18k gold with diamonds. Soft, round and solid, it’s a piece for every day.”

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L

etting customers see our pro-

something I would like to wear and feel I

cess gives them a better under-

need. I live, breath and dream about mak-

standing of who we are. We are

ing jewelry,” she adds.

fueled by the passion and dedi-

In addition to the novel designs, Almut

cation to craftsmanship and to capturing

strives to create high-quality pieces utiliz-

perfect proportions. It is authentic. I want

ing the finest materials. “We only work

customers to see and feel that,” she says.

with the most precious metals like plati-

Almut has been designing and craft-

num, gold and palladium. We also use

ing fine jewelry for most of her adult life

recycled metals. Fine, quality diamonds and

and she has a keen eye for creating dis-

beautiful, precious colored gems adorn

tinctive items. “Many things inspire my

our creations,” she explains. Almut often

creativity — it is never just one source.

works with clients on custom designs that

Inspiration can happen while I am sitting

are destined to become heirlooms.

at my worktable, it can come from a cus-

When talking about her work she is all

tomer’s style, or be an idea I think of in the

smiles. The actual work can be tedious and

middle of the night. Sometimes it’s simply

laborious, but she loves the entire process.



aRTIST’S sTUDIO “Most rewarding is designing and creating at the same time. A piece of jewelry I draw on a sheet of paper comes to life in my hands – it’s the most satisfying experience and a major source of my happiness,” she says. Her team, Geramy Layug and Diamond Payne, is lucky to learn from such a dedicated professional. “I am now experiencing how rewarding it is to pass my knowledge on to Diamond and Gery. Watching them learn and seeing how they have become passionate about their work has been amazing. They are extremely talented,” she explains.

ALMUT BELOTE JEWELRY 420 E. Church St., Suite 113, Orlando 32801 407-203-0909 | almutebelotejewelry.com

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sHOWROOM sHOPPING

eNHANCING YOUR eNVIRONMENT by Christi Ashby

David Poe loves what he has been doing for 40 years — providing clients with an amazing array of high-quality wallcoverings along with expert advice. He says there are only three things needed to ensure success: You have to like your selection at his store; you have to like it when you get home; and it has to be properly installed. That’s what makes Poe’s Fine Wallcoverings a favorite spot of locals as well as international customers.

W

ith thousands of rolls in

He got interested in the design busi-

what I am selling is environment, so that

stock and hundreds of books

ness due to an art teacher who made an

when you come into a room you go, ‘Ah’

from which to order, any-

impression on him when he was 12. “I feel

and take a deep breath and forget your woes of the day,” he explains.

thing and everything you

that is what steered me to his. I grew up in

can imagine can be found. “The show-

distribution, manufacturing and studios. I

David believes the quality of the wall-

room is the largest [wallcovering] show-

have been doing this for 50 years,” he adds.

covering including mill weights, dyes, etc.,

room in the United States. We have about

He does not really believe in trends

is crucial, which is why they spend quite a

6,000 square feet, plus a full warehouse.

because wallcoverings are very lasting.

bit of time with each client. He even

We have about $1.2 million in inventory

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You

designed a stand that allows customers to

here,” David says.

think I am selling wallcoverings but really

see several feet of the roll to get a better idea

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sHOWROOM sHOPPING of how it will look on their walls. They also

the woman called David and said she did

recommend expert installers — and even

pick something herself and after it was

wallpaper strippers — to make the process

installed, she really loved it.

convenient. “This is a specialty company. Not a place you come in with a shopping

POE’S FINE WALLCOVERINGS

cart and start pulling rolls,” he adds.

632 Maguire Blvd., Suite B, Orlando 32803

Poe’s provides services and materials for commercial as well as residential projects. He was waiting for a designer who is working on a hotel as we spoke. “We work on any size project. Whether it’s big or small, we are personally involved with it,” he says. He tells the story of a woman who came in with her friend to find something for her bathroom. As she pointed to different patterns, the friend rejected each one. David told the customer that she should pick what she liked. The ladies ended up walking out with a selection. Months later

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DESIGNdilemma

KITCHEN FOR A

King

The challenge for designer Mark Bebermeyer, owner of Gallery B Designs, was to take an inefficient, outdated, but large (18' x 18') space and turn it into a modern masterpiece for a gourmet chef and wine aficionado.

THIS WAS THE SECOND HOME MARK HAD DONE FOR THE CLIENT. The first project was a low-ceiling, very tight, confined bungalow in downtown Orlando. This home had an existing kitchen that was nice, but the previous owners had never really lived in the house — the kitchen had never even been used. “When I saw the space there was a huge tower in the corner that felt very heavy and the vent hood was under-scaled

— overall the proportions felt off and there was no drama to the kitchen; no exciteThe stunning brushed stainless hood is the center of attention. The massive island topped in Calcutta marble features a curved edge that mimics the hood and ceiling detail.

ment. The hood, centered between the two windows, was the first thing I noticed. That was coupled with really tall (12') ceilings that had no special treatment, so I knew we needed to address that as well,” Mark explains. He designed a large custom brushed stainless hood as the focal point with its unusual curved edges. Instead of just doing tile to a standard height, he had the backsplash (from Trinity Tile) continue

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DESIGNdilemma all the way up the wall. By eliminating

incorporated. It went from a non-working

away so they are not the first thing you see

upper cabinets as well, the new hood really

kitchen to a very hard-working kitchen.

when you enter the room. The kitchen

stands out.

There are roll-outs and more appliances

reveals itself when you walk in and start

Segmented arched detailing overhead

in every nook and cranny — every gadget

to explore. You walk toward the hood and

enhances and warms the space. “The

imaginable. There are knife drawers and

turn around to see the wine serving sta-

curve is matched by the curve on the

places for foil — everything has a home,”

tion with a slot-bar sink. There’s a little

island where you enter the room, so it also

Mark explains.

tasteful bling with the backsplash tile.

helped with the traffic pattern,” he adds.

“In order to keep the back wall clean we

The countertop is very subtle granite that

National Woodworks did the custom

did pop-up outlets on either side of the stove

picks up on the grays in the Calcutta mar-

cabinetry. The homeowner had a connec-

to meet code. The refrigerators kind of tuck

ble on the island,” he continues.

tion with them, so they collaborated on the white-banded shaker cabinets and the stained oak island with Calcutta select book matched countertop. “The husband is a gourmet chef and had lots of appliances from Aggressive Appliances. So, we had to get them all

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Mark’s initial sketch for the new design of the kitchen. The wine bar provides plenty of storage and counter space for entertaining.



DESIGNdilemma The large lighting fixtures fill the space without impeding the view. “They were the right scale and we didn’t want a chandelier with crystals or anything too busy. They are a clean way to add some detail to the room without distracting from it,” he says. And the floors were redone in wood. Of the five-month project, Mark also really loved the way the full-wall backsplash turned out. “It was a nice way to take a break from cabinets. The room was 18 square feet. A good-sized space to work with and the Calcutta is just such a beautiful material to work with. The owners appreciated a more modern design that was efficient,” he explains. Mark also did some renovating in the adjacent family room. It had large drywall built-ins with a fireplace. “We added the detailed paneling and one side opens up to a true wine cellar. Above the crown molding hides the air return. I would definitely do another surround in this bolection-style molding that is very clean,” he adds. Ironically, the owners moved in and two months later the wife was transferred to California. Hopefully the new owners can take full advantage of the chef’s dream kitchen and wine aficionado’s bar and cellar.

The redone family room includes custom paneling with one side opening to a wine cellar, and a new fireplace surround with art by Alan Pepin hanging above.

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EYEonARTS

Exciting Exhibits at Area Museums The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska

Mennello Museum of American Art January 25 – May 12

Lawrence Lebduska, Self Portrait, Asleep with Creatures, 1943, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Museum Purchase, N0012.2000. Photo by Richard Walker.

De La Torre Brothers: Rococolab Cornell Fine Arts Museum January 17 – May 12

Collaborating artists-brothers Einar and

This exhibition presents the rare oppor-

Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadala-

tunity to experience the notable paintings

jara, México. They live and work in

of Lawrence Lebduska, one of the most

Ensenada, México, and San Diego, Califor-

popular modern folk-art painters of 1930s

nia, and their dynamic, complex and

America. His dreamlands and invented

baroque-inspired sculptures and lenticu-

gardens teem extraordinarily with life

lars are a product of a bi-cultural existence.

and optimism in a nostalgic, uncorrupted

Rococolab features a selection of works

style that captured the admiration of the

that bring together historical imagery,

American public. These intrinsically

religious symbolism and pop culture in

painted Edens propelled the artist and

unexpected dialogue. This grouping of

his work to celebrity status among galler-

intricate images and objects articulates

ies, collectors and museums during the rise of the avant-garde movement taking hold of

social commentary through humor and

the art world in New York and abroad.

unlikely juxtapositions.

“I am delighted to be sharing the wonderful world of Lawrence Lebduska with our De la Torre Brothers, Quinceañera Milenial, 2012, Lenticular print with mixed media, 39 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 4 1/2 in., Image courtesy of the artists and Traver Gallery

audiences. Especially in a time of conflict, Lebduska takes us away to magical spaces full of respite and folly, harmony and nature. This exhibition revisits Lebduska’s remarkable place in art history, at a time when ‘self-taught’ was not even considered a term in the art market, and in that way, the artist’s work was radical — how exciting is that?” Shannon Fitzgerald, Mennello Museum executive director, says.

Nick Cave: Feat.

Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), through December 31 On one level, Cave’s creations, bursting with color and texture,

Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes

are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. On another, they speak to issues of identity responsibility. Cave’s practice largely developed in response to

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, through January 27.

Rodney King’s beating by members of the Los Angeles Police

Many American painters of the late 19th

Department more than 25 years ago. His soundsuits, made

century withdrew from cities to the pristine

from upcycled everyday materials such as buttons, plastic hair-

beauty of forests, rivers and rural life. In this

beads, old toys and domestic textiles, can be viewed as playful,

exhibition, the Morse presents a selection

but began as a form of social critique. They were originally con-

of landscape paintings from its collection

ceived as a protective type of armor when Cave felt particularly

that illustrate the affinity between the

and social justice — specifically race, gun violence and civic

vulnerable as an African-American man. “Nick Cave is one of the most provocative artists to be presented at the Orlando Museum of Art. His work crosses disciplines with intense finesse and beautifully exposes many of the deep social issues of our times,” says OMA Director and CEO Glen Gentele. 34

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Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2015, mixed media, including enameled can lids, macramé, shoelaces, plastic beads, metal, and mannequin, 99 x 32 x 27 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. ©Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography.

ideas of the French Barbizon School (1830–1870) and American painting at the turn of the 20th century. Objects on view will include landscapes by Otto Heinigke (1850–1915), Lockwood de Forest (1850– 1932), and George Inness (1825–1894).



historicTREASURES

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY IN LAKELAND by Karen LeBlanc

WHEN FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT VISITED FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE TO SURVEY THE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS OF HIS CAMPUS DESIGN, THE FAMED ARCHITECT KEPT BUMPING INTO LARGE GLASS PANES, HIS SIGNATURE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT. AS A TRIBUTE, WRIGHT DESIGNED THE COLLEGE’S LOGO, AN ESPLANADE COLUMN REFERENCING THE BELFRY OF THE ANNIE PFEIFFER CHAPEL, AND EMBLAZONED IT ON ALL OF THE SHEETS OF GLASS THAT DRINK IN NATURAL SUNLIGHT THROUGHOUT HIS 13 DESIGNED BUILDINGS.

O

n the day I toured the world’s

ground into the light,” hence its moniker

thought it took away from the free-thought

largest single-site collection

“Child of the Sun.”

process. He felt students learn best by

of structures designed by

Wright’s second act of his prolific

doing,” Mark says.

Frank Lloyd Wright, the sun

career is embodied in Florida’s oldest pri-

To learn by doing is one of the found-

shone brightly on this Lakeland, Florida,

vate, comprehensive college in an unex-

ing principles of Wright’s school, The

campus Wright nicknamed “A Child of

pected alliance between higher education

Taliesin Fellowship in Wisconsin, where

the Sun.” My guide Mark Tlachac, retired

and Wright’s for-the-masses brand of

his earliest students apprenticed without

director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor

organic architecture. Wright was not a

earning a formal degree. Wright’s work at

Program at Florida Southern College,

fan of higher education, believing it stifled

Taliesin caught the attention of Florida

tells me that Wright designed the campus

creativity and ingenuity. “This is the only

Southern College’s President Dr. Ludd M.

buildings on the sloping, sandy site of a

college campus Wright designed. He

Spivey, who in 1938 visited Wright’s cam-

former orange grove “to grow out of the

wasn’t in favor of higher education and

pus with a vision to turn the college into a

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Opposite: THE ANNIE PFEIFFER CHAPEL, photo by Calvin Knight

national showplace. Dr. Spivey was a forward thinker with a marketing vision to expand the campus with dynamic architecture that would attract worldwide attention. He chose Frank Lloyd Wright, who was 70 years old when he accepted the commission. Wright spent the last 20 years of his life designing and building the campus. To fully appreciate this modernist architecture marvel, consider its context. Dr. Spivey had offered Wright a bold architectural commission in the midst of the Great Depression with no funds to build the structures. The project required a leap of faith on the part of both men, and ingenious solutions for labor and materials. “At this time, the school didn’t have the money to build the buildings so Dr. Spivey recruited students to help build Wright’s vision, offsetting part of their tuition in return for manual labor,” Mark says. Originally, Wright designed 18 structures for the college and of those, 12 were built between 1938 and 1958. Now 60 years later, Wright’s presence is omnipresent: The street aptly named Frank Lloyd Wright Way leads to the visitor’s center where organized tours depart, and gift and books are available for sale. The campus is a living, functioning architectural museum with all of the requisite credentials: Florida Southern College is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the World Monument Fund’s 2008 World Watch List. “The site of this campus is a perfect setting for Frank Lloyd Wright with its gently sloping hillside. He wanted the buildings to blend with the landscape and to build out of materials native to the site,” WINTER 2019

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Mark says. Wright built each structure out of concrete blocks fabricated from local sands and crushed shells in wooden molds. This tapestry concrete-block system is used throughout the campus. “He stacked the blocks on top of each other, instead of staggering them, and threaded a steel bar secured with mortar down a small circle in the blocks to bind them together as walls, two blocks thick with an airspace in between,” Mark explains. Blocks crafted before World War II have colored glass inserts that shine like embedded jewels in the daylight. After the war, the blocks became a simpler construction without the glass inserts. “Wright used geometry to design the campus. He laid out all the land in six-foot squares with grid lines that run north and

campus. Every building lines up perfectly

Our first stop is the heart of campus,

south and east and west, so he built six-

with one of his gridlines, geometrically to

the iconic Water Dome, the largest water

foot cubes of space throughout the entire

perfection,” Mark adds.

feature Wright ever designed. Symboliz-

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ing the fountain of knowledge, the Water

designed. “Wright designed nine churches

supervisor for the chapel and several other

Dome shoots arched water 60 feet high

and synagogues and none had windows at

structures.

and spans 120 feet in diameter. Mark

eye level to distract. Instead, Wright

To connect most of his structures,

explains that the Water Dome represents

designed skylights to fill the chapel with

Wright designed an esplanade edged by

elevation zero in Wright’s master plan of

light from above, like God shining down

copper banding in a natural green patina

the campus and all other structural eleva-

on his people. All of the seats face toward

that winds more than a mile through

tions are either below or above it. In 2007,

each other bringing people together,”

campus. The covered walkways are sup-

the Water Dome became the first Wright-

Mark shares.

ported by poured concrete columns that

designed structure to be fully restored

Wright designed a second chapel, the

resemble abstract orange trees with geo-

back to its original intention after serving

William H. Danforth Chapel, as a place of

as a concrete plaza with a pool of water.

meditation with a large-leaded stained-

Our next stop is the E.T. Roux Library

metric cutouts in some of the roofs.

Also at the center of campus is the

glass window in a slanted parallelogram

with its rounded reading room interrupted

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, the first Wright-

design at the pulpit. The floor-to-ceiling

by an irregular oblong section. Clerestory

designed structure built and the tallest on

stained glass juts out at an angle visible

windows encircle the reading room evok-

campus. The cantilevered wings form

from the southwest facade. Framed in

ing a spaceship silhouette. The library is

interior balconies. The main level has no

native Florida tidewater red-cypress, the

now used for meetings and office space

side windows, with rays of colored light

chapel still contains the original pews and

and the original clerestory windows have

piercing the concrete walls through spar-

cushions Wright designed and students

been glazed over to block out sunlight. In

kling cut-glass inserts. The chapel’s tower

built. An interesting side note: Wright

the meeting room, several original pieces of

has cutouts in the figurative shape of a

chose Florida modernist architect Nils

furniture Wright designed for the campus

bowtie echoed in the college logo Wright

Schweizer as his on-site construction

are on view, including three-legged chairs

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and roundtables, all crafted of plywood,

At The Three Seminar Buildings,

Wright’s material of choice for furniture.

Wright’s experiment with finding suitable

“He experimented with building materi-

sands for block building material is on

als and he loved plywood because it was

view in a wall of gray, tan and pink con-

inexpensive, and you could cut it and mold

crete blocks. “Wright experimented with

it and make all sorts of shapes,” Mark adds.

sand from throughout Central Florida,

As we leave the library, I notice a slim

eventually settling on a sand that gives

metal pole attached with light bulbs ris-

the blocks a tan color,” Mark explains.

ing from the administration building.

Originally three separate buildings lit by

“Wright called this decorative light needle

skylights instead of windows and linked

the beacon to education,” Mark says, as we

by courtyards, today the outdoor areas are

make our way inside the Emile E. Watson

enclosed to serve as a single building,

and Benjamin Fine Administration build-

housing offices.

ings. The interior ceiling is a square situ-

Purportedly Wright’s favorite building

ated on a 90-degree angle trimmed with

on campus, The Ordway Arts Building con-

copper and Wright’s signature narrow,

structed in 1952 has retained its original

waterfall-style steps visibly leading to the

courtyard that connects two parallel arms

second story. The building is two separate

and a theater-in-the-round. The Fletcher

structures connected by the Esplanade

Theater is located at the north end of the

with an interior courtyard.

west section with its rounded ceiling

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historicTREASURES designed for perfect acoustics and illuminated by Wright’s signature clerestory windows. The Polk County Science Building was the last of Wright’s designed structures built, completed in 1958. It houses the only CALVIN KNIGHT

planetarium that Wright designed in his career. Comprised of four distinct sections that function as one structure, the long, low

The Ordway Arts Building

profile exemplifies Wright’s organic style. Today, large laboratory ventilators dot the

ceiling that opens to the main living space

be the architect for the common man,”

rooftop, a necessity to bring the structure

illuminated by a flood of natural light

Mark says. The floorplan features a small

in compliance with building codes.

coming through the floor-to-ceiling glass

kitchen with high ceilings lined with

We end our tour at The Usonian House

windows. Constructed of approximately

windows above for air circulation.

designed by Wright in 1939 as faculty

2,000 interlocking concrete blocks, the

The kitchen opens to the main living

housing. Originally, Wright designed 20

home has two bedrooms and a single

spaces, a living room with a large fireplace

such houses for the campus that were nev-

bathroom, but feels and functions as a

and dining room, surfaced in Wright’s sig-

er built. In 2013, the college built the pro-

larger living space. “Wright developed his

nature Cherokee Red concrete floors.

totype of The Usonian House, which is

Usonian design style during the Great

“Wright was the first architect to open up

open for public tours. We enter the

Depression as an affordable structure for

a kitchen to the living room,” Mark

1,200-square-foot home through a low

the average American. Wright wanted to

reveals. He tells me that Usonian houses

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historicTREASURES His vision of organic architecture “free-form The Usonian House

grandomania” remains largely intact as a subtle teacher in this place of higher learning about beauty, harmony, environmental stewardship and humanity. To learn more or book a tour, go to flsouthern.edu/visitors.

are built with screws instead of nails

matured into an architectural legacy that

because Wright believed screws are stron-

even today holds lessons about our rela-

ger. “Every architectural element of the

tionship to the landscape and the built envi-

home lines up with precision accuracy in

ronment. Over the years, Wright’s buildings

a gridlike design,” he adds.

have weathered the harsh extremes of

During my walking tour, I thought

Florida’s climate, necessitating an on-

about how Wright’s “Child of the Sun” has

going preservation and restoration effort.

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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 thedesigntourist.com.



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eing asked to predict what may be the next big food or beverage craze in 2019 is quite a compliment. On one hand it’s telling

that people have come to trust my experience in the hospitality industry over the last three decades; it also is a reminder that true wisdom comes with age. I prefer to keep my head wrapped around my overall work experience and not get hung up on the numbers game, however. Either way it’s

2019 Food Finds, Cocktail Culture Wine Wisdom

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still a challenge for one to surmise people’s palates in this fast-moving world we live in. Almost any ingredient you could imagine, or perhaps even recognize, is available to you immediately, either at your favorite supermarket, gourmet food store or online. The accessibility to international food products is quickly changing the way Americans eat and will continue to do so over the next decade. It is my hunch that over the next year you will find yourself purchasing spices and vegetables that you have never heard of before but have definitely tasted in a restaurant dish or perhaps have been inspired to try at home after reading an intriguing recipe in a favorite magazine. And speaking of home, as restaurants continue to pay their employees a fairer and well-deserved wage, overall pricing will continue to creep up at our favorite dining establishments. This may lead to a slight decrease in the number of times we dine out per week, which will in turn

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increase our meals at home. Not necessarily a bad thing and definitely a gentle push to step outside your comfort zone and begin purchasing and preparing foods that you are less familiar with. A product you are sure to see more and more of in 2019 are natural wines. Extremely popular in Europe over the past several years, the rage has finally crossed the pond to America. Many of these natural

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wine producers claim that consuming their juice will keep you hangover-free and that they are a much healthier choice. So, what is natural wine? It is wine made with minimal chemical and technological intervention, both in growing grapes and making them into wine. The term is used to distinguish such wine from organic wine and biodynamic wine because of differences in cellar practices. Natural wines are known for their funkier, yeastier characteristics and a cloudy appearance. They are often much less fruity and much yeastier in their aroma profile than a typical wine, smelling almost like German Hefeweizen. Some natural wines are quite clean and fruity; however once you taste a few you’ll discover most lean toward the sour, yeasty end of the spectrum. The bottom line is if you are looking for some alternatives to your crisp and clean sauvignon blanc, natural wines may be a fun and interesting alternative. Personally, I will be continuing to enjoy my favorite classic varietals, however, where I am intrigued to switch it up is in the new craze of alcohol-free cocktails. Yes, this is a thing and extremely popular in large metropolitan areas where mixologists are always trying to creatively outdo their neighboring barkeep. In the last 15 years, cocktails have evolved at an unbelievable pace — from barrel-aged Negronis and force-carbonated Cosmos to drinks spun in centrifuges. Meanwhile, options for non-drinkers have pretty much stalled, but that is quickly changing. Think No-gronis made with citrus peels, juniper, lime, ginger and Sichuan peppercorns; or how about a cold-brewed Korean buckwheat tea that’s carbonated, served in a flute and topped with Meyer-lemon foam, which adds acidity and mimics champagne? If you think these sound intriguingly delicious, you would be correct. WINTER 2019

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EnTERTAINING I’ve discovered a product called Seedlip, a distilled non-alcoholic spirit that mimics a fine gin. A refreshing and insightful blend of Mediterranean orange, lemon peel, ginger and lemongrass with a dash of Sansho peppercorns. Shaken with ice and your favorite tonic and garnished with a sprig of thyme, you actually would believe you were consuming a liquor-based cocktail... but you’re not. So as much as I am honored to do some predicting on what you should be noshing on in 2019, I would like to offer this advice: Allow yourself to experiment with new flavors in the upcoming year, however, don’t ever be embarrassed or intimidated to continue to enjoy and share what’s familiar and delicious to your palate. You never know when a food item that may be “old school” to you turns out to be new and intriguing to one of your friends.

Dukkah Spice Blend YIELD: MAKES ABOUT 1 1/4 CUP A blend of nuts, seeds and spices, the Mediterranean spice mix dukkah (dook-ah) is warm, complex, savory and rich. Although not widely available, its components are, so it’s easy to make from scratch. Delicious on fish and pork, it’s also excellent sprinkled over mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or mixed with oil as a dipping sauce. 1/4 cup hazelnuts 1/4 cup pistachios 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds 3/4 teaspoons whole black peppercorns 2 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the hazelnuts and pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet and mix the spices on another rimmed baking sheet. Toast the nuts and spices (and the sesame seeds, if not already toasted) until fragrant and lightly golden, about 8 minutes for the hazelnuts and about 4 minutes for the seeds and spices. Let cool on the baking sheets, and then combine everything but the sesame seeds in a spice or coffee grinder. Pulse until medium grind. Stir in the sesame seeds. Store in an airtight container or in the refrigerator.

In 2019, try something out of your ordinary. Happy New Year and entertain deliciously!

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Avocado Chips Sure to be your favorite new “chip to dip.” 1 large ripe avocado 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mash avocado with a fork until smooth. Stir in Parmesan, lemon juice, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. Place heaping teaspoon-sized scoops of mixture on baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches between each scoop. Flatten each scoop with the back of a spoon or measuring cup sprayed with pan release spray. Bake until crisp and golden, 15 to 18 minutes, then let cool completely. Serve at room temperature.


Smoked Oyster Aioli 8 SERVINGS 3 large egg yolks 3 tablespoons white vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil 3/4 cup canned large smoked oysters, drained 7 each oil-packed anchovy fillets, rinsed and dried 1 tablespoon lemon juice Pinch Kosher salt and pepper In a food processor with blade attachment, place egg yolks. Turn on machine and very slowly incorporate oil. The mixture will quickly resemble a paste. Add remaining ingredients and purée until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve immediately as an accompaniment to a grilled steak or piece of fish, or simply spread on grilled bread.

Peppermint Panna Cotta with Cranberry Coulis A delicious winter dessert reacquainting you with the simplicity of gelatin. 16 SERVINGS FOR THE COULIS 1 pound frozen cranberries 2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 cup Chambord liqueur Bring cranberries, sugar, water and lime juice to a boil in a medium-size saucepan. Simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, purée until smooth. Strain and once cooled, add the liqueur. Pour a layer in glasses of choice, ideally mini wine or cordial glasses and place in a refrigerator. FOR THE PANNA COTTA 16 oz vitamin D milk 6 oz sugar 16 oz heavy cream 4 teaspoons gelatin 1 teaspoon peppermint extract Bloom the gelatin in the cold heavy cream and set aside. Bring the milk and sugar to a boil and remove from heat. Add the heavy cream. Cover with plastic food wrap and allow to cool for 20 minutes. Strain and gently pour over the cranberry coulis. Place in the refrigerator and allow to set 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with fresh mint and shaved white chocolate.

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iN THE kITCHEN

COUNTERTOP CONVENIENCE Salmon Sweet Potato Croquettes SERVINGS: 10 CROQUETTES 1 pound sweet potatoes 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets 1/3 cup parsley, chopped

Having guests over can be intimidating and time consuming

2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon onion, finely minced

but there is a new appliance that

1-2 tablespoons jalapeño, finely minced depending on heat

could be as good as a personal sous

3/4 teaspoons sea salt

chef. The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven, available at Southeast Steel, is a powerful, low-profile, pizzeria-style oven. The innovation is simply that steam can reach higher temperatures and cook better. The combination of super-heated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes makes food to be crispy and browned on the outside, but moist and delicious on the inside. Large enough for a 12-inch pizza or 9 slices of toast, the oven also includes a broiling pan and crisper tray (12.5" x 12.5"), which provides more cooking area than a standard quarter-size sheet pan. Here’s an example of what you can create.

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1 egg 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs Peel and slice sweet potatoes and add to a baking tray along with salmon fillets. In the Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven, bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. (In a conventional oven, bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.) Once the potatoes and salmon are baked, add the sweet potatoes, herbs, lemon juice, onion, jalapeño and sea salt to a food processor, and process until the potato is broken up. Add the baked salmon and pulse until the salmon is mixed in, but still in chunks. Don’t over-process. Whisk an egg in a bowl and add breadcrumbs to a second bowl. Form 1/4 cup-sized patties. The mixture is soft and a bit sticky but form them delicately. The mixture is easier to form into patties if it’s chilled. Dip each patty into the egg and then coat in breadcrumbs. Bake croquettes in the Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven on broil/grill at 425 degrees for 12 minutes, and then flip and continue baking for another 4 minutes. (In a conventional oven, bake on 425 degrees for 15 minutes, and then flip and continue baking another 6 minutes.)



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Area designers share details about some of their favorite rooms.

FAM I LY R O OM Easy family living is what this elegant, comfortable space is all about. Whether you’re lingering at the dining table or lounging on these custom sofas, you’ll be part of the experience. We used luxurious yet durable fabrics on the sofas, a cowhide on the oversized tufted bench, and large, rustic coffee tables so everyone can lie back, put their feet up and relax.

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MA ST E R BAT H R O OM This fully remodeled Winter Park residence features a spa-like master bathroom with the popular “wet room” concept including an oversized shower and freestanding bathtub, plenty of storage, and an abundance of natural light. This cabinet and trough sink sits below a 72" back-lit round mirror, as well as a recessed LED light bar that wraps the side walls and ceiling. We used 10-foot long sheets of Dekton throughout the project, as seen here in the book matched floor and wall coverings.

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MA STE R BAT H R O OM The client wanted a total renovation of a 25-year-old space. They needed a spa-feel with contemporary materials. The biggest challenge was to give the space height and texture without weighing it down. This was a wonderful project that exceeded the client’s expectations. Design ideas came to life as the plan was constructed. The plumbing wall in the shower is an especially pleasing item, bringing height and weight to the room. The client selected a freestanding tub composed of natural materials to match the feel of the rest of the items. The travertine and porcelain mixed linear mosaic reflects the organic nature of the design.

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L I V IN G R O OM Once the exterior porch of a historic 1930s Winter Park home, we transformed this space into an inviting and sun-filled living room. The brick walls and the beautifully patterned brick floors were left as a charming reminder of the room’s original purpose and history. Taking a cue from the custom labyrinth patterned wool rug, only hints of soft blue were used as accents throughout. Keeping within our traditional-modern (Tra-MOD) design concept, a contemporary two-tone ceramic vase makes a statement on top of a hand-painted chest of drawers. Completing the look, a stone top hand-forged iron end table balances the room, while a horn mirror brings an organic element to this corner space, reflecting even more light into this year-round “room for all seasons.”

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O F F IC E We designed this sleek, contemporary office by creating a blend of organic wood tones, lacquered custom cabinets and stainless-steel finishes. Anchored by a chic aeronautic-inspired desk, this room exudes attention to detail from the custom shelving and unique wallpaper ceiling accent to the expansive wine room. The spectacular wine room offers a luxurious backdrop to the office, providing function and an intimate space for entertaining.

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FA M I LY R O OM The cozy corner of this family room exudes sun-kissed, enduring charm with interesting architectural detailing, lighting and simple comfort. The contemporary table and chairs make it the perfect spot for playing games, studying or working, or enjoying a casual meal.

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dream

THEME BY

KATE SLENTZ INTERIOR DESIGN:

FRANCIA FUSIK, ALL IN ONE DECORATING SOLUTIONS BUILDER:

ISSA HOMES PHOTOGRAPHY:

LYDIA PATERSON

A second vacation home for a couple who wanted to capture the magic of Disney, this brand-new build in Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort melds beautiful elegance with the whimsy of some beloved characters. Francia Fusik, owner of All in One Decorating Solutions, brought the clients’ requests to life, creating luxuriously themed spaces through her eyes.

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The great room blends neutrals and metallics in a variety of textures and finishes. The Elegant Lighting chandeliers tie the different spaces together as well as the wood beam ceiling detail.

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T

hey wanted it to be more sophisticated and elegant with a touch of Disney,” Francia

explains,

who

worked directly with the builder to select finishes

for the home, including tile, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, beams, baseboards and crown moldings. One of Francia’s biggest challenges was creating harmony among the different spaces of this large, open floorplan home. She made the kitchen the jewel with its

In the foyer, Francia directed the artist to create a painting that reflected the colors in the John Richard Cosmos four-door cabinet. The Disney characters are meant to welcome guests to the home.

architectural details, chandeliers, custom cabinetry and backsplash. “It had to be defined, almost like an art piece. When you walk in the front door, there is about eight feet and then the dining room table is right there. That’s why I did the panels to create a seamless division between the foyer and dining area. And we made the [dining] chairs statement pieces as well since they are the first thing you see when you walk in,” she says. The main living area features a neutral palette with hints of metallics. All the fabrics coordinated but varied in color, textures and patterns. The lighting fixtures also tie the three (kitchen, dining area and living area) spaces together. The clients gave Francia a lot of free range to make fabric, furnishing and accessory selections as everything in the home was new. Each bedroom of the home had a different Disney movie theme as directed by the clients. It’s all about the subtle details

out the home,” Francia says. “He said,

not happening. We’re going to do Andy’s

in the stunning Peter Pan room, befitting

what if we do the headboard as the Lon-

room through my eyes because Andy’s

a grown-up Wendy, punctuated by a green

don Tower? I was like, done! From there,

room is not very attractive. We’re going to

Cyan Design chandelier. The drapes,

it was picking the right colors to keep it

take it to the next level,” she reveals.

Hancock & Moore leather bench and

elegant. It’s a room where you don’t have

Aviva Stanoff Design bedding add to the

to be a child to enjoy it.”

The custom headboard features the signature sky motif that covers the walls

dreamy feel, but the custom headboard is

Another challenge for Francia was the

in Andy’s room in the movie. “We were

what make this room’s theme come to life.

Toy Story room as the clients wanted to

going to do that color all around the room,

“I worked with an artist who used to work

recreate Andy’s room from the movie.

but it was going to be way too much so

at Disney to create several pieces through-

“When I saw Andy’s room I was like, that’s

it’s only in the headboard,” Francia says.

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The formal living room was done in creams and silvers to differentiate it from the living and dining area. The fabric panels further define this luxurious space.

Guests enter the home right into the dining area, so the dining chairs really had to make a statement. All are done in leather with a baroque metallic design on the host chairs.

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To really bring the space and theme together, characters were applied to the ceiling; the ABC blocks in the corner add whimsy and functional storage; and the television was transformed into an Etch A Sketch with a custom surround. Elegance and opulence continue in the Mickey-inspired master bedroom and bathroom. “They wanted their room to be the traditional Mickey Mouse motif and colors,” Francia says, who balanced the black, red and yellow accents with grays and silvers. The Christopher Guy bed with custom Aviva bedding becomes the focal point of the room, with an Elegant Lighting chandelier overhead. And just beyond, Francia created a cozy sitting area highlighted by Hancock & Moore chairs that are covered in a metallic leather. Custom Mickey and Minnie art prints hang on the walls throughout the bedroom and bathroom. A landing space at the top of the stairs was turned into a 1950s-style theater. “It’s an area where it connects a few rooms and the clients decided that the theme was going to be a theater, but it wasn’t really a theater. We had to make it work as a theater, so the artist that I was working with had the idea to create a 1950s style, like when you walk down Main Street [at Magic Kingdom],” Francia explains.

Top: Out of a fairytale, the Peter Pan themed room exudes elegance with the plush Aviva Stanoff Design bedding, Hancock & Moore leather bench and Cyan Design chandelier. The custom headboard mimics the London Tower scene from the movie. Center: Inspired by Andy’s room in the movie Toy Story, Francia elevated the space while still incorporating the toy characters and details from the movie. Woody and Buzz Lightyear appear to be flying off the custom headboard. Bottom: Francia transformed an upstairs loft space into a 1950s style theater with dramatic drapery, raised seating and custom entertainment stand. “The ticket booth is a secret door. It used to be a closet, but we opened it up so it connected to the rooms on the other side,” she says. 66

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The same artist did all the Disney art prints throughout the home. “All the prints tie into each room as well. In the master bath, there is a print of Minnie taking a bath, and in the kitchen, Donald Duck is cooking with utensils. With every painting that he did, I gave him the guidance of what it should depict,” she says. “The little details are what really brought this home together,” Francia adds, who successfully created the clients’ vision of an elegant estate with a touch of Disney whimsy.

Top left: In the master bedroom sitting area, Francia found these modern Hancock & Moore leather chairs that have a slight sheen. Top right: More touches of Mickey and Minnie can be found in the master bathroom, which has a his and hers side. Shown here, her side features a clean-lined freestanding tub and cascading fixture by Elegant Lighting. Left: Drama and fun define the master bedroom, which incorporates the classic colors and likeness of Mickey and Minnie. The eye is first drawn to the black crystal Elegant Lighting chandelier overhead and then down to the curved, tufted headboard by Christopher Guy and plush, custom bedding by Aviva Stanoff Design.

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For a family fairly new to Central Florida, a large — more than 7,000 square feet — two-story home in Winter Park was a great fit. But the dark and outdated finishes and details were not. So, they reached out to designer Mary Margaret Vasquez for a much-needed makeover. DESIGNER: Mary Margaret Vasquez,

Casa V Interiors

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THIS PAGE: THE INCLUSION OF THE ALTAR WAS ANOTHER WAY TO ADD AGE AND PATINA TO THIS NEW SPACE. IT IS AN 18TH CENTURY PORTUGESE ALTAR FACADE FEATURING A BISHOP’S MITRE AND THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM. THE UPHOLSTERED CHAIR AND THE EXTRA-WIDE LEATHER CHAIR WERE EXISTING. NEW TRIM WAS ADDED TO THE PILLOW ON THE LEFT AND THE NEWLY PURCHASED BLUE VELVET PILLOW HIGHLIGHTS THE BLUE ON THE ALTAR. THERE IS A METALLIC EMBROIDERED MEDALLION IN THE CENTER OF THE PILLOW THAT ADDS AN ECCLESIASTICAL ELEMENT. OPPOSITE PAGE: THE REDESIGNED FIREPLACE INCLUDES A NEW PLASTER SURROUND ACCENTED WITH AN 18TH CENTURY SPANISH SUNBURST ABOVE THE OPENING.


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he client had recently moved to town. She came from a gorgeous historic home that she hated to leave. She wasn’t sure if she would stay in town or be relocated. Or if they stayed in town, they were not sure they would stay in this house. So, we worked together to make the most-used area — the kitchen and family room —

work for them in the interim,” Mary Margaret says. Now, the downstairs living areas are filled with light that bounces off the walls, done in

a clean, white plaster that unifies the adjacent spaces and lets the outdoor views in. With Moorish and European influences, it has a timeless feel. “The owner is pretty traditional and has a lot of antiques, so we wanted to incorporate those. They already had most of the furniture and art,” she adds.

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OPPOSITE PAGE: THE FAMILY ROOM FURNITURE WAS ALSO EXISTING. THE CLIENT CAME WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM, SO SHE AND MARY MARGARET DECIDED ON A NEW PLACEMENT AND ONLY NEEDED TO ADD PILLOWS TO THE FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT.Â

THIS PAGE: IN THE KITCHEN, A SERENE PALETTE WAS CHOSEN FOR CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT TONES AND FINISHES IN MORE OF A EUROPEAN STYLE. THE STUNNING LANTERNS ARE FROM 1STDIBS AND THE HARDWARE WAS LEFT UNLACQUERED SO IT WILL DEVELOP A PATINA OVER TIME. THE INSET SHOWS THE KITCHEN BEFORE THE REMODEL.

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In the family room, the fireplace surround was completely redone with dramatic detailing. “There was a cast stone fireplace surround that was heavy and did not fit into the scheme we wanted. My client and I both love the understated look of plaster surrounds that you often see in Spanish and Spanish Revival architecture. Also, we wanted to relate back to the plaster hood. An 18th century Spanish sunburst hangs above the fireplace opening. The goal was to create a light, airy space. Gauzy curtains add softness,” she explains. The light neutrals are enhanced with some blues, including the altar piece on the front of the kitchen island and in embellished pillows. The client already owned one of the large lanterns in the family room but ordered a second for added interest. Although the owners were not crazy about the existing tile floors that skew a little gold, Mary Margaret was able to tone them down through the furnishings and accessories.

IN THE REDONE BUTLER’S PANTRY, WHICH WAS ONCE DARK, RED BRICK WITH A LOW CEILING, ANOTHER PLASTER CURVED OPENING RELATES BACK TO THE KITCHEN/ FAMILY ROOM. THE WHITE LINEN CURTAINS PULL BACK TO REVEAL A WALL OF SHELVES FOR MAJOR STORAGE NEEDS. THE OPPOSITE WALL REPEATS THE COLOR SCHEME OF THE KITCHEN (LIMED WOOD AND HONED MARBLE). REFRIGERATOR DRAWERS, WINE COOLER AND WARMING DRAWERS MAKE THE AREA VERY FUNCTIONAL FOR ENTERTAINING. BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES ADD A FEELING OF AGE AND REFLECT THE OWNERS’ PERSONALITY.

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The kitchen layout did not work for the flow of the house, so it was totally redone. “My client has an old-world sensibility with an appreciation of materials that age with dignity. She has loved white marble

THE POWDER BATH VANITY IS A CHEST OF DRAWERS WITH A PRETTY WHITEWASHED FINISH. THE TOP IS MORE HONED WHITE MARBLE WITH A WHITE VESSEL SINK AND UNLACQUERED BRASS FAUCET. THE BACKSPLASH HINTS AGAIN AT SOME OF THE CURVES HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN AND FAMILY ROOM. IN PLACE OF A MIRROR IS AN INTERESTING MIRRORED NICHE/ SHELF THAT THE OWNER FOUND.

countertops long before the current craze for them. These have a honed finish as we did not want shine. The perimeter cabinets have a limed finish to bring out the wood grain as well as cooling off the warm tones. The stone floor has a lot of warmth that we were trying get away from. The island has a painted finish. We were trying to achieve a look seen in Europe where the kitchens are less matched than in the States. The hood separates the two rooms. It needed to be attractive with the proper scale so as not to dominate one’s focus,” Mary Margaret says. The tall upper cabinets are painted the same color as the island — a barely blue gray color. Other details include two white ceramic sinks — one an apron style and the other an undermount. The faucets are unlacquered brass that will develop a beautiful patina over time. The hardware was stripped so it will also age with time. “Every element was carefully researched and considered in this project. Many custom and rarely seen [in Orlando] elements such as registers and light switches,” she explains. Another transformation is the butler’s pantry that features more storage and functionality for entertaining. It was previously very dated — dark, red brick with a low ceiling and iron gates with a grapevine motif that led to wine storage. Mary Margaret says her clients just love their new spaces and that was the best part of the project for her.

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Creating a home for a big blended family with loads of style and a bold personality was nothing out of the ordinary for designer John McClain. He successfully upped the ante on the glamour while keeping everything kid and adult friendly in this renovation project in Maitland.

Designer: John McClain,

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“THIS HOME WAS PURCHASED BY A REALTOR FRIEND OF MINE WHO WANTED A TOTAL TRANSFORMATION before she and her family moved in. This family is like the Brady Bunch! A combined household of five kids and two adults, so lots of individual space was very important to them. They chose this particular home because of its location in the same neighborhood of a previous home, but the size was much larger, and the overall footprint was laid out well for a big family,” says John McClain, John McClain Design. However, more importantly, this home was the first time that this blended family was to live under the same roof. “We wanted to really make everyone comfortable and at ease; that this home was truly made for all of them to live together as a new family. The homeowners wanted a blend of dark and moody but still resilient enough to withstand lots of activity from a busy household,” he adds.

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The clients only had a couple of requests. “They really wanted a sexy, metropolitan vibe, and specifically requested black interior walls, of which my team and I were very excited about. We chose a black that was, what I like to call, a complicated black — meaning it has layers and depth with undertones of green, blue and brown. The home has a ton of natural light, so the color doesn’t appear gloomy at all. We also used a semi-gloss finish so that the light reflected even more off of the beautiful walls,” John explains. The second thing the wife asked was to remove the massive and out-of-scale fireplace. “Originally it was this huge floor-toceiling stone fireplace that felt as if it was going to fall over on you as you watched TV. We completely removed the fireplace

The dining area features a Spider Chandelier from Arteriors Home, a white tulip table with vintage Herman Miller chairs, and vintage black and white Old Hollywood photographs.

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and opened up the room for more furniture and a better floorplan. We also designed a small wall extending from the bottom floor to the top floor to give the now open space a punctuated end point. Other than that, we pretty much had carte blanche. They trusted us to listen to them from our initial consultation and implement their wishes,” he adds. John labeled the home sexy traditional because there is this sexy, but comfortable design aesthetic happening on an otherwise, very traditionally built home. “This project, as in all of our projects, is a mixture of design styles from clean and modern to glamorous and a bit of rustic. The mix in this home makes for a very interesting finished design,” he says. There are a lot of masculine elements and also some sophisticated splashes. From wood and distressed leather to deep velvet and gloss finishes, comfort was the key factor. “Comfort and durability were the big priorities. The floors are a beautifully distressed oak that really grounds the rooms. To avoid being too themed or predictable, we mixed gold and silver metallics with the supple leather and black velvets,” John explains. “We were fortunate enough to be able to use a lot of furniture from my own home furnishings collection. The living room’s focal wall now showcases our most popular piece, the Charlie Credenza and gold leaf etageres, all from Gilded Home. A successful design truly marries together all of these design elements that separately might not be as powerful or distinct, as when you combine them with something unexpected. I A cozy spot to take a break in the corner of the office. An RH chaise in distressed leather and Gilded Home side table in black and gold. A designer trick: standing mirror enlarges the space and replaces artwork on that wall. WINTER 2019

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Above: Paneled walls in the master bedroom create a sophisticated spot to read a book. A zebra print rug grounds the space. Left: A small but impactful laundry room has plenty of machines for a large family, a moveable butcher block folding table on casters, and graphic black and white floor tiles.

like for the eye to be able to travel from piece to piece and find something unique in each, but when viewed as a whole, it is all one big happy family,” he adds. After the client specifically asked for black walls, John wanted all of the furniture items to stand out against that color. “The beautiful thing about black walls is that most everything will pop when placed in front of them. Black is also a timeless color choice, so these walls could stay black forever and never go out of style,” he says. The old staircase was revised with simple white railings and balusters, which add a crisp and clean contrast to the dark walls. In the home’s hub, the kitchen was dramatically opened up with the removal of an awkward arch to create a smooth transition between the kitchen and family room. “Our team lowered the bar to counter height to accommodate stools and to allow for, again, a more open flow from room to room,” John says. 80

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The powder bath is a true gem and really replicates the overall style of the house with beautiful details. “We always love to have fun in a powder bath design. The wallpaper was the initial choice to get things started. It’s a midcentury design but updated with the golds and crème colors. The vanity is actually pre-made but the style worked perfectly with the rest of the home. You open the door to this powder room and there is an instant jolt of energy in and of itself, but it also blends well with the other finishes in the rest of the home. The artwork on the wall is a vintage poster from the Lido in Paris,” he says. A major renovation, this project only took seven weeks to finish, which included a new floorplan, floors, walls, staircase and furnishings. “I really love this home and thankfully so does the family. The kids are now all moved in and very much at home. They actually came up to me to personally thank me. Now that is the highest compliment you can receive because kids do not hide their true feelings. Both Mom and Dad are extremely happy too and tell us how powerful good design is. One small change that we incorporated was simple but powerful: we added trim molding to the walls of the bedroom alcove to create the look of an upscale seating area. We also enclosed open shelving and turned it into a hidden door shoe closet. When the door is closed, the trim work continues over it and it blends in with the other walls in the space,” he explains. “I love when our clients are willing to take calculated risks. The result is a truly distinct design that will stand the test of time — and in this case five kids,” he adds.

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By ROSEMARY ANTONELLI Interior Design: SALLY WARD,

SALLY WARD INTERIOR DESIGN

Builder: FEELY CUSTOM HOMES & RENOVATIONS Architecture: DAVID RUNNELS

The living room features a tongue-and-groove ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace; eight-foot La Cantina Doors stacking door system from Mansion Windows and Doors, Winter Park; reclaimed barnwood ceiling beams from Georgia; Lee Industries sectional from Canvas Interiors, Altamonte Springs; and Restoration Hardware coffee table.

Photography: BOB SNOW IMAGES

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A

brand-new home built

Sally Ward, owner of Sally Ward Interior

their collective expertise shines through-

right on the edge of

Design in Winter Park.

out the 3,500-square-foot home.

the Winter Park Golf

“Everyone who walks inside to see the

Upon entering through a gated court-

Course is a meticu-

house wants to duplicate some part of it,”

yard and ultramodern glass and metal

lously constructed oasis of serenity, green-

adds custom builder Ryan Feely, Feely

front doors, the foyer exudes beauty and

ery and privacy. It also is a clever mélange

Custom Homes & Renovations. He and

unexpected drama with a pair of large

of rustic and modern décor.

Sally worked with architect David Run-

antique barn doors hanging on one wall,

“We mixed the really old with the really

nels from the start of the project, which

and a Swedish console table, sconces

new and created a modern farmhouse

included demolishing an existing house

made from old metals, and a palladian-

style that wonderfully combines different

on the lot. Homeowner Paula Carroll

style mirror on the opposite wall. White

design elements,” notes interior designer

describes them as her “dream team,” and

brick from the exterior was continued on

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Top: In the kitchen, custom cabinets by Kitchen Art, Orlando, are accented with a backsplash of handmade crackle ceramic tile from Alexander Morgan Tile, Winter Park. The countertops are Calcutta Classique man-made quartz from A Different Perspective, Orlando. Other details include Restoration Hardware pendants; Serena and Lily counter stools; and custom hood and pantry. Center: In the dining room, vintage and antique furnishings include the palladian mirror, glass-front buffet and wooden sconces. Bottom: The foyer’s Medallion Collection floors are from SCS Flooring, Orlando; steel front door and surround by Portello Doors, Dallas, Texas; and antique barn doors.

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a foyer wall as well. The French-style barn doors flank the doorway to the home office of Paula’s husband, Tim. He is a numismatist and buys and sells rare coins as owner of NFC. “The doors weigh 150 pounds each, are about 150 years old, and are from the South of France,” Sally says. She and Paula found them at the Scott Antique Show near Atlanta. In the office, the designer applied white plaster to give an aged look to the red brick wall behind the desk. An old bed was reupholstered to use as a daybed or as an extra bed for guests. The ceiling fixture is a stunning black metal with bronze and glass lights. Their trip to the Scott Antique Show was a true treasure hunt for the designer and homeowner, who also found reclaimed wood from an old Georgia barn that they had made into ceiling beams in the family room and used in some of the lighting fixtures. Their adventure included hitchhiking rides from one end to the other of the huge antique show. The Carrolls have four grown children and six grandchildren. An upstairs guest suite includes bunk beds, a trundle bed, and a queen-size bed with upholstered headboard all done in gray and white tones. One of the other bedrooms is used

Left: Another view of the gorgeous foyer shows the ironwork stair railing by Home From Rome, Orlando, and the brick wall from Harwood Brick, Longwood (that was painted on site), and barn door leading to the office. Opposite page, top and center: The home office is appointed with a Savoy House chandelier and antique daybed from Chic Rustique, Orlando. Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter HC-172 Opposite page, bottom: The home’s farmhouse exterior is surrounded by lush greenery from the adjacent Winter Park Golf Course.

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as an exercise room with workout equipment and a mirrored wall but could easily be turned into an additional guest room. A third bedroom was designed in dusty pink and blue and has a Jack-and-Jill bath. Another large, old barn door found by Sally and Paula in Georgia provides a focal point in the first-floor master suite, where it slides on a metal rod to open and close the master bathroom. The contemporary bathroom has white Calcutta quartz surrounding the tub and the shower bench. Above the double vanities are old farm beams mixed with metal farm lights. The master bedroom has a gray and white palette with pale blue accents, light wood pieces and dark wood ceiling beams, and a view of the golf course through glass-paneled doors. Furnishings throughout the home are mostly neutral tones of gray and beige with pops of green and blue in the artwork and accessories. Metal sconces with candle lights hang from the custom-made wood beams and tongue-in-groove ceilings. The medium brown, engineered oak panel flooring was installed in a herringbone pattern in the foyer, a horizontal pattern in the living and dining area, and a vertical pattern in the home office to further define those spaces. The kitchen is a crisp counterpoint with white cabinetry, white Calcutta quartz countertops, and a backsplash of white hand-painted tile with a crackle finish found in California by Sally. “She is so good for brainstorming ideas,” Paula adds. “David and Sally did an amazing job of taking my scattered descriptions and ideas and turning them into reality.” For the ultimate in laid-back outdoor living, the huge patio and terrace have several seating groups covered in a beige Sunbrella fabric. There are rustic ceiling

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fans, gas lanterns, an indoor-outdoor alu-

bought it.” It was the third home design

minum dining table, and a summer kitchen

project she and Sally have done together,

with a grill and a Green Egg smoker. Thin

and they now are working on a fourth one

motorized screens can be activated to

that will be built by Ryan for Paula’s

enclose the outdoor space but still provide

daughter. The homeowner and designer

a golf course view. A fire pit with chaises

previously collaborated on a house in the

and rose bushes borders the golf course at

Florida Keys and a beach condo.

the edge of the Carrolls’ property.

That this is a well-loved family home-

“This location is so unique and private,

stead in Winter Park is evidenced by the

yet it’s in the center of town and I can

fact that when the various large-screen

walk to Winter Park Village and beyond,”

TVs in the house are turned off, they

Paula says. “I was walking with a friend

showcase a photograph of the Carrolls’

one evening and saw the house for sale on

masterfully rustic and modern home.

this lot, and I called my husband and we

Right: The spacious wine room has antique sconces and custom cabinetry by Kitchen Art. Below: In the open dining area, there is plenty of space for guests to enjoy the views. Table and chairs are from Restoration Hardware.

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Left: The owner, Paula Carroll, with designer Sally Ward. Top: With lots of views, the master bedroom is bathed in Benjamin Moore Silvery Moon 1604. Furnishings include Restoration Hardware nightstands, lamps from Chic Rustique, and a media cabinet from Right At Home. Above: In the luxurious master bath, more custom cabinets from Kitchen Art provide plenty of storage. Other details include Restoration Hardware barn lights, Price Pfister faucets from Ferguson, and porcelain tile flooring from Trinity Surfaces, Winter Park.

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DESIGNER: BRIANNA SHEEHAN,

BRIANNA MICHELLE INTERIOR DESIGN BUILDER:

CHRISTOPHER RYAN HOMES, INC.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:

MILLS DESIGN GROUP

PHOTOGRAPHY:

STEPHEN ALLEN

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“THE CLIENTS HAD LIVED IN THE AREA FOR 20 YEARS AND JUST WANTED A HOME THAT FELT MORE LIKE A PROPERTY THAN JUST A HOUSE. They looked all over for more land but all the inventory of larger empty lots were not close to where they wanted to live. Then they realized that buying a tear-down on a larger lot within the community they already lived was the best option,” says Brianna Sheehan, design princi-

The spacious, open living room with plenty of space for entertaining family and friends features a fireplace with Isokern Firebox and limestone cladding; Verellen sofa; Jessica Charles swivel chairs; Robert James coffee table; and rug from Carpet Source.

pal of Brianna Michelle Interior Design. The home they purchased was old but in very good condition so many people in the relatively conservative community were shocked to see it torn down. “Some may have viewed it as crazy, but the owners’ decision was not made based on real estate norms of the area. It was based on what was going to work best for them and how they wanted to live the remainder of their life in retirement,” she explains. Based on the current trend toward aging in place, the couple wanted to build their dream home that had everything they wanted now but would also accommodate their needs as they grew older. “They wanted the home to be fun for children and grandchildren to come WINTER 2019

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visit, but they also wanted function and practicality. They wanted it to be onestory, have large entertaining areas, large kitchen and pantry, wide halls and doorways, and the overall feel of the home to have a sense of comfortable formality,” she adds. For the most part Brianna was given carte blanche on the design. “They knew what they liked and didn’t like, but were not sure how that translated into a final decision on the style of home they should build. Like many of our clients, the owners trusted in us to sort through their likes and dislikes and design the home to incorporate as many of the things they like, while staying relatively within the boundaries of a defined style. Projects like this are exciting to us because even though in the beginning it may seem extra challenging having such loose parameters, in the end we are able to offer an incredible amount of input and help steer the direction of the home into the best version of itself,” Brianna says. Designed as a rural European courtyard home with touches of modern detailing, Brianna’s husband was actually the

Dining room furnishings are from CFC, Palecek, Verellen and Carpet Source. The Visual Comfort chandelier in aged iron with natural paper shades is from Ferguson. And the end chairs, with a tight slipcovered seat, feature casters for ease as hosts and hostesses get up during the meal.

The strategically placed pivoting steel windows between the kitchen and great room were added so quiet conversations can happen even while the big game is on.

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In the breakfast nook, a custom banquette designed by Brianna’s company (BMID) was fabricated and installed by Grit & Grain. A Tritter Feefer table is accompanied by Palecek woven rattan chairs with upholstered cushions.

A standout feature in the kitchen is the hand-made kite-shaped glazed ceramic tile from Trinty Surfaces that spans the wall behind the stove. The tile has a glossy finish with a shiny, semi-reflective sheen, noticeable color variation, and intricately veined crackled detailing. Quartzite Chanel countertops are from Mystic Granite & Marble, and the Kichler fixtures are from Ferguson.

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Top left: The home office’s built-in was designed by BMID and fabricated and installed by National Woodworks. Furnishings include Noir desk in washed walnut, Jessica Charles chair and Carpet Source rug. Top right: In the master bath, the DVX tub and Rohl faucet are from Ferguson. The floor is covered in Waterjet gray porcelain and honed Thassos marble in a mosaic pattern from Trinity Surfaces. Left: The raised pool provides a continuous cushion of grass and provides extra seating on the edge. Opposite, top: CFC nightstands and pillows in ROMO fabrics add a subtle touch of color. The Robert James bed has an upholstered headboard with white oak frame and platform. The Hudson Valley swivel sconces in aged brass are from Ferguson. Opposite, bottom: Master bathroom cabinets were designed by BMID and fabricated and installed by National Woodworks. The floor is an engineered wire-brushed oak.

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builder. The interior features a dramatic ceiling with stained wood beams and open areas that are inviting. “We wanted to create a main living area with ample volume but also exude warmth and comfort within the room. Because the space felt so expansive with ceiling vaults extending up to 17 feet and 23 feet, we needed to use the ceiling detail to help tone down the height and help create a more intimate appeal. The stained wood planking, rake beams and two large truss beams, which span from wall to wall overhead, accomplished just that,” she explains. A large emphasis was placed on bringing in as much natural light as possible. The home has more than 60 windows, with nine clerestory windows placed in the great room and master bedroom, to allow light to filter in without adversely affecting privacy. Even though the main space is open there are strategically placed pivoting steel windows between the kitchen and great room so quiet conversations can happen even while the big game is on. The kitchen itself has steel open shelves customdesigned by Brianna’s team and fabricated by a local artisan. “The kitchen was untraditional in the sense that it only has two upper cabinets in the entire space and almost all the base cabinets are drawers instead of doors with shelving. This is one example of how we designed around the client’s wish to have the home accommodate their needs as they grew older,” she adds. Outdoors, the loggia and pool area provide even more space for entertaining. “My husband, the builder of the home, designed the pool. We have talked for years about doing a project with a partially raised pool and finally got the opportunity on this one. We loved it in this application for many reasons. The raised pool allowed us to carry the grass right up to the pool, giving the area a softness that would have otherwise seemed harsh had it been a typical stone paver pool deck. And the design turns the pool into what feels more like a large fountain. When entertaining large groups outdoors, the raised pool beam provides ample secondary seating for guests,” she says. The entire project was completed in less than two years — six months for the design and 14 months for the construction. WINTER 2019

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LAST LooK

art in process

Construction on downtown Orlando’s iconic structure — the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts — is creating the long-awaited addition of the Steinmetz Hall and the Green Room, scheduled to open Fall 2020. The multi-form theater was designed to be one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the world. It has been engineered to be ultra-quiet through the installation of 437 18-inch steel and rubber isolation pads that act as shock absorbers to deaden sound from downtown Orlando traffic, passing trains and other ambient noise.

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