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INTERIOR APPEAL WINTER 2022

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It was a family affair for this condo renovation in The Alabama in Winter Park. Zane and Emily Williams of Z Properties transformed this two-unit condo into a luxurious living space for some relatives. And it includes a Z Properties signature — hidden paneled doorways in the foyer, kitchen and main bedroom.

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PRESERVATION RENOVATION

Tackling the renovation of a revered James Gamble Rogers II Winter Park architectural work was no small task. Undertaking the bold interior revision while remaining true to the original exterior was a challenge met by a collaborative team — Michael Wenrich Architects, Charles Clayton Construction, Steele Street Studios and landscape architect Joe Knight — who all wanted the Miller family to live comfortably within the home’s historic character.

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MATUSAK PHOTOGRAPHY

CONDO RENO

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FEATURES

GABRIEL VOLPI

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LAKESHORE LEVELS

For this totally renovated multi-level lakeside retreat, the design focus was a clean approach to midcentury modern living with a slight nod to the home’s 1970s roots. Rob Smith, E2 Homes, and Rob Turner, CRT Studio, teamed up on the 2021 New American Remodel.

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AMALIE ORRANGE, BRANDED BOSS LADY

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FIRST LOOK Plant Riverside District in Savannah is the latest property transformation from hotelier Richard Kessler featuring the museum-quality Generator Hall filled with colorful geodes and three buildings comprising a JW Marriott.

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TRADE SECRETS Karen LeBlanc met with designers and industry experts to report the latest trends from High Point Market.

14 DESIGNING MINDS Lauren Grabak, owner and principal designer of Studio Piacere, shared insights on assisting friend Karen Moreno with downsizing to a condo and making the space feel grand and ensuring there was enough storage.

20 ENTERTAINING Starting the new year on the right track can be as simple as following your mom’s plea to eat your vegetables. Chef Jamie McFadden shares vegetarian dishes that are easy for family meals and equally elevated for dinner parties.

28 AGENDA It was a busy fall season with glamorous galas and new-concept fundraisers… Support Our Scholars She Shed Extravaganza; Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s Fur Ball; Country for a Cause and Holiday Bridge Tournament both benefiting Foundation for Foster Children; and the 35th Annual Festival of Trees Opening Night Gala.

39 WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE This issue’s Professional Profiles advertorial series features leading women in real estate, from mortgage lenders to Realtors.

42 ROOM BY ROOM Three designers showcase their work and discuss the details and inspirations behind these stunning spaces.

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repurposed with purpose The the latest property transformation from hotelier Richard Kessler (Grand Bohemian hotels and galleries now around the Southeast) is a brilliant reuse project with the museum-quality Generator Hall filled with colorful geodes and three buildings comprising a JW Marriott. “We transformed an abandoned 1912 power plant with 1,100 linear feet overlooking the Savannah River into an exceptional asset for local residents and visitors, offering live music, inspiring art, international cuisine and incredible entertainment throughout the year. I’m thrilled that Plant Riverside District has become a symbol of hospitality in Savannah,” he says. The JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District has received numerous accolades, including the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 2021 International Charter Awards Grand Prize, the Urban Land Institute’s 2021 Americas Awards for Excellence, the Urban Land Institute’s 2021 Global Awards for Excellence, and 2021 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation, and will be featured in-depth in the next issue.

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TrADE sECrETS

Fava Design Group

HIGH POINT MARKET REPORT:

THE LATEST TREND IN HOME STYLE IS TRENDLESS by Karen LeBlanc

Style is the ultimate storyteller whether it’s clothes worn as sartorial statements or decor that personifies your living space. 2022 is the year to untether from trends and freely express yourself. Design is at a major pivot

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point. No longer boxed in by the rules of set styles, the latest looks defy labels.

t’s about making spaces tell your story. It’s not so much about following the

Karen with Thom Filicia

ing neutrals and wanting to be in lockdown mode. Now that we are emerging in

latest trend. The trend is about follow-

the world, I feel like pattern and color are

ing your point of view and embracing

going to be huge,” says Vern Yip, star of

your lifestyle. Decorate to create a back-

Trading Spaces and HGTV Design Star.

drop that elevates your life. I think that’s

The celebrity interior designer debuted

exciting and a really authentic moment in

his latest fabric and trim collections at the

design,” says Thom Filicia, celebrity interi-

Fabricut showroom.

or designer, star of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and shows on the Style Network,

The biggest home decor trend coming turnout since the start of COVID.

out of High Point 2021 Fall Market is no

HGTV and Bravo. Filicia was one of sev-

“I see things looking much more hope-

trend. “There is no such thing as true,

eral notable names attending High Point

ful. I think for a period of time we were

pure styles anymore because styles are

Fall Market 2021, which saw its largest

feeling super safe, everybody was embrac-

mixing. It’s rare to see matching furniture

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TrADE sECrETS pieces with fabrics, furs, woods, metals,

tonal combinations provide sensory coun-

glass and stone. Four Hands showcased

terpoints to these heavier textures.

“materials-driven statement pieces” such

“The look and feel of the room is warmer,

as petrified and reclaimed woods with

more layered, less clinical and cold. People

cracked textures and pine in modern

are layering with beautiful carpets and

sculptural styles. “What we do well is pair

tactile elements to surround themselves

up our materials with shapes,” says Adam

in comfort,” Rensi adds.+

Dunn, vice president of design, Four

“I’m seeing a lot of mixing fabric with

Hands. Progressive Furniture’s latest col-

stone, metal and wood with an emphasis

lections embraced real woods with raw

on different textures. For those who don’t

finishes revealing their natural graining

want a lot of color, they want texture,” says

and character.

Joe Fava of Fava Design Group, a Miami

Bungalow 5 debuted a new collection

interior design firm.

with cat’s eye veneer in its case goods collection. The graining resembles ovals or eyes in the wood caused by a tree disease. A navy stain in the case goods collection highlights the shading and patterning of Karen with Vern Yip

Bibianna dining table, Four Hands

the cat’s eye veneer. “Cat’s eye veneer fits with sophisticated, urbane, modern, coastal

sets,” says Julie Carpenter, merchandise

and masculine styles,” Rensi explains. The

manager with Progressive Furniture.

collection is also available in taupe and

As we free ourselves to create authen-

black.

SCULPTURAL STATEMENTS:

tic spaces, new color palettes, materials,

Boucle is having a moment in upholstery

Exaggerated sculptural moments are show-

shapes and combinations capture our

and accent pieces with the heavy looped

ing up as the punctuation points in a room.

imagination. The pursuit of perfection in

fabric showing up on sofas, chairs, ottomans

Four Hands injects sculpture into practical

decorating defers to the beauty of imper-

and pillows. Furry textures are resurfacing

pieces, such as the Bibianna dining table

fection to create a warm, authentic, func-

in design with fresh looks, including Mon-

anchored by a blush-colored marble ball

tional home.

golian shearling paired with artisanal

to its base. “It’s cool and unexpected in the

“If you want to have a home that looks

weaving such as macrame, crochets and

way we can pull in elements that surprise

truly sophisticated and warm, make it

chunky knits. Soft, natural, nude leathers in

you,” Dunn says. These attention-getting pieces are gaining traction as customers

appear as if you have been collecting things over time. Decorate with a few things that don’t match. I don’t think you

Boucle chair, Bungalow 5

look to buy fewer yet higher quality heirloom or statement pieces.

should have a room that looks like you

The Miranda Kerr Home Collection for

hired a designer to do it all at once where

Universal Furniture celebrates sculptural

everything is overly fresh and new,” says

curves in soft, sensuous shapes punctuated

Luca Rensi, deputy general manager of

by rose quartz crystal accents and surfaces.

Bungalow 5. As we seek to personalize our living spaces, here are some influences at play.

MORE IS MORE IN DECOR: Maximalism returns emboldened by this no-rules approach to design. Style icon

TACTILE TOUCHES:

and octogenarian Iris Apfel expresses her

Sensory-rich materials make a strong

“more is more” approach with a new tex-

showing in home furnishings and accent

tiles and trims collection for Fabricut. The

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TrADE sECrETS mal motifs figure prominently in decor such as crocodiles, parrots and lemurs on accent pillows and layered with florals.

WARMER COLOR PALETTES: Color palettes are warming up in shades of autumn leaves and sun-kissed hues. Vern Yip’s latest collection of fabrics called Trend for Fabricut features citrines, blushes, hennas and oranges. “These are Miranda Kerr Home Collection for Universal Furniture

colors we haven’t seen in a while. It’s real-

The Met Collection, Ann Gish, Hudson River pillows

ly about mixing, matching and celebrat-

upholstery and drapery fabrics celebrate

ing color,” Yip says. His collection delivers

The Met Collection by designer Ann

maximalism with bold colors and detailed

upholstery fabrics with easy to clean fin-

Gish reinterprets art and artifacts from

patterns. “Fabricut appreciates Iris Apfel’s

ishes in solids, colors and patterns. It also

the Metropolitan Museum of Art into

ethos that design should be fun, exciting,

includes a range of blues, including navy

home decor accents. “The Met has 5,000

invigorating, and layered. Her collection is

and sapphires, plus neutral palettes.

years in its art and artifacts collection and

very much like jewelry for the home,” says

Bungalow 5 is ramping up production

more than two million pieces. We took 30

Danica Jones, marketing director of Fab-

on case goods in the color red. “Red is

pieces from most curatorial departments

ricut. The Iris Apfel collection includes

coming back because what’s warmer than

and interpreted them into designs for this

large-scale embroideries, cut velvets, and

a great red? We haven’t seen red in a long

initial collection. We have everything

patterns in saturated colors and jewel

time after years of greys and blues domi-

from pillows with designs inspired by the

tones mixed with ornate trims. “You can

nating home interiors,” Rensi says.

Hudson River School Valley painters to

layer pattern on pattern or in combination

“Clients today are coming to designers

with vivid solids and add a pop of trim to

with an interest in color. They are asking

knobs,” says Jane Gish, daughter of Ann

dress up the space,” Jones suggests.

for warmer and brighter colors instead of

Gish, and director of the brand, Ann Gish,

white, grey, and black,” Fava notes.

The Art of Home.

ANIMAL PRINTS:

ancient

Babylonian

decorative

door-

Trendwatch sees earthy tones gaining

Popular themes, motifs, patterns and

Animal instincts surface in home decor

popularity into 2022, drawing inspiration

colors coming out of High Point Fall 2021

with popular tiger prints showing up in

from the natural world. “We’re starting to

Market provide inspiration to design and

fabrics and accent pieces, including col-

see these warmer earthy tones come

decorate. The resounding takeaway from

lections by celebrity designers Thom Fili-

through and we’re starting to see some

this furniture market is to unleash your

cia and Vern Yip.

intriguing applications of natural materi-

inner muse and take creative license to

als,” says Julie Smith Vincenti, editorial

elevate your lifestyle.

According to the Fall 2021 Trendwatch report by International Market Centers

director for Nine Muses Media.

(IMC), naturalist animal patterns and ani-

Animal print fabrics, Vern Yip

the lifestyle of your home so you can work,

COLLECTED ARTIFACTS

relax, entertain and exercise. When it

The curated look in living spaces doesn’t

comes to style, look inside yourself for

mimic a particular style. It’s about deco-

inspiration,” Filicia says.

rating with what you hold near and dear, such as mementos from travels, family heirlooms, personal paraphernalia, and artifacts. Designers and brands have their pulse on this personalization of space with their latest collections.

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“There is a real shift toward elevating

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.



designingMINDS

THEUPSIDEOFDOWNSIZING Interior Design: LAUREN GRABAK, OWNER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER,

STUDIO PIACERE Karen and Tony Moreno

Photography: AMALIE ORRANGE, BRANDED BOSS LADY

The idea of going smaller — or rightsizing — is the goal of many empty nesters, but it can be quite a challenge to make the spaces feel grand and ensure there is enough storage. Local designer Lauren Grabak happily took on the job for clients Karen and Tony Moreno in their new 1,200-square-foot condo.

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auren had worked with the couple on their longtime family home but was surprised to get a call so soon after they sold that residence.

“It was the home their kids had grown up in and she and Tony said they were going to take their time to find the right property and would just rent for a while. Karen was adamant that they were not going to rush into anything. Then two months later I got a call from Karen saying they had put an offer in on a place,” Lauren says. But for the Morenos it was almost perfect — right on the lake by the Winter Park scenic boat tour, easy walking distance to Park Avenue and a quick commute for Karen to get to her Bar Method

very enclosed when you came in. There

studio — where Lauren had been a client

were such huge, bright windows though,

and employee — in Winter Park Village.

so it really just needed to be tweaked,” she

It just needed some work to make it the

adds. Other than the flooring, it was mainly

perfect fit.

a cosmetic project.

According to Lauren, the ground-floor

Making it streamlined and clean —

unit felt dark and dim prior to the remodel.

think California modern coastal — with-

Now, light hardwood floors from Britannia

out all the ornate features was key to the

Flooring Studio and Benjamin Moore’s

update. The Morenos’ previous home was

Vanilla Milkshake are the canvas for the

a more traditional Mediterranean. They

family’s new and existing furnishings. “It

brought their sectional to the condo, but

was definitely an early 2000s design — a

everything else was brand new in the

lot of gold and crown molding. It just felt

main living space.

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The main living space with the wall of windows overlooking the lake is anchored by a large sectional and bathed in whites.

The design came from a combination of Karen’s wishes and Lauren’s execution. “She is really good at understanding what look you want. And for this we went in a very different direction from our house. She asked me to send pictures of what I liked, and she created the room plans,” Karen says.



designingMINDS The large statement mirror with texture in the dining room visually enlarges the space. Karen had found several options and this one was recommended by Lauren. A light blue material covers the chair seats. In the kitchen minor updates were made including new cabinet hardware and pendant lights. Karen says she loves cooking here and that it is better than the kitchen in her previous house.

sat 20 people,” Karen explains. As far as the relationship, Lauren calls Karen her project manager. “She was so good about keeping everyone on schedule and making sure everyone was there “We purged a lot and have a small stor-

love cooking in this kitchen. The living area

when they were supposed to be. I created

age unit that is not full. And this unit was

is actually very well designed —it’s very

the overall plans, the furnishings, the col-

mostly renovated. The kitchen is bigger and

open. We had our first big family dinner

or scheme, and making sure everything

nicer than the one I had in my house — I

for Rosh Hashanah, and we comfortably

was to scale,” Lauren says.

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designingMINDS The interior is mostly shades of white with

driftwood-inspired

greiges.

But

there is a subtle shade of blue that is repeated in the custom bar designed by Studio Piacere and built by Homefront Renovations, as well as the custom lacquered armoire in the entry from Hibiscus House (now featured at The Grove). Many of the accessories were sourced from The House on Lang. Storage was definitely an issue, so the new bar provided the perfect solution for glassware and china while the foyer armoire provided a drop spot for jackets, shoes and handbags. And there is room

The ktchen bar counter provides additional seatingand let's Karen interact with her guests. Thecustom lacquered armoire in the entry from Hibiscus House (custom pieces now available through The Grove in Winter Park) provides a hint of color and additional storage.

for the Morenos’ adult children to stay with the addition of a Murphy bed and flexible furnishings. “The second bed-

The project only took a couple of months,

month to adjust — we had lived in our

room was designed so well that all three

and everyone is pleased with the result.

house for 18 years. But now we absolutely

of my kids could sleep in there,” Karen

“Karen made it easy and fun. And we laugh

love it. It’s so fun having this lifestyle and I

adds.

a lot,” Lauren adds. “It took me about a

am really enjoying it,” Karen says.

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EnTERTAINING

Treat Your Guests to healthy, delicious dishes by

Chef Jamie McFadden

Starting the new year on the right track can be as simple as following your mom’s plea to eat your vegetables. A timeless struggle, how to convince children and sometimes significant others that vegetables not only taste good, but are good for you, these highly likeable dishes are easy for family meals and equally elevated for dinner parties. The following recipes I assure you are favorites in my family and hopefully will be in yours also. Entertain deliciously! 20

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Savory Roasted Brussels Sprouts (vegan) 10 servings 5 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts 1 cup blended oil 4 tablespoons each cracked black pepper and kosher salt Trim sprouts and cut in half through the core. Place in medium-sized bowl and toss with oil, salt and pepper, and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the following ingredients: 1 cup golden raisins

2 cups apple juice

1 cup dark raisins

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 cup pitted prunes

1 tablespoon each cracked black pepper and kosher salt

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup pistachios, reserve for garnish

On a low heat, simmer the above ingredients (except pistachios) until the fruit is extremely soft, approximately 90 minutes. If liquid evaporates before fruit is tender, add in 1 cup of water and continue to simmer. Place compote in a food processor and pulse to a slightly chunky consistency. Transfer to a small bowl and place in refrigerator uncovered. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange sprouts on a baking sheet and roast in the oven 40 minutes, until they begin to brown slightly. Remove from oven and place in a medium bowl, add in 1 cup of the prepared compote and 1 cup pistachios. Place in a serving bowl and enjoy immediately. Note: Remaining compote can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to one week and used as a garnish for a grilled pork chop or tenderloin, or as an accompaniment to your favorite cheeses.



EnTERTAINING Winter Panzanella with Radicchio and Pumpkin Seeds 8 servings 6 ounces country-style bread, torn into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups) 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 1/2 cup olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup toasted salted pumpkin seeds 1 small shallot, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 small head radicchio, cut chiffonade 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/2 cup black Greek olives, pitted, halved 3 ounces aged sheep’s-milk cheese (such as Manchego), shaved 2 each yellow and red tomatoes, chopped

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss bread with lemon zest and 1/4 cup oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Bake, tossing occasionally, until crisp on the outside but still chewy in the center, 8–10 minutes. Let cool. Whisk shallot, lemon juice, vinegar and oregano in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup oil. Add radicchio, fennel, parsley, tomatoes, olives, cheese, pumpkin seeds and bread to dressing; toss to combine, serve and enjoy.



EnTERTAINING Butternut Squash & Parsnip Soup 8 servings 2 cups diced sweet onion

3 pounds roasted butternut squash, diced

2 cups chopped parsnips

1 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 cups chopped and peeled Granny Smith apples

1 teaspoon curry powder

3 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup strained Greek yogurt

1 cup water

8 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

1 teaspoon paprika

5 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth Combine first 8 ingredients in a soup pot and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Next working in small batches, place 1/4 of the squash mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth. Pour into another soup pot. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture. Place soup back on low heat to warm and stir in whipping cream, paprika, curry powder and cumin. Ladle soup into bowls; top each serving with strained yogurt and chives, if desired.

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EnTERTAINING Sweet Potato Hash 10 Servings 5 large sweet potatoes 1/2 cup blended oil 1 cup applewood smoked bacon, cooked and chopped 4 cups Swiss chard, chopped 3 tablespoons minced shallots 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1 tablespoon each cracked black pepper and kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes and place on a baking sheet, and roast in the oven for 45 minutes. Potatoes should still be firm when removed from oven. Allow potatoes to slightly cool and remove skins. Place on cutting board and cut into medium-sized cubes. Place a large cast iron skillet on medium-low heat. Pour blended oil into pan and allow to heat. Next add in the shallots and allow these to slightly brown, followed by the sweet potato cubes and the Swiss chard and stir gently every 3-5 minutes. As the chard begins to wilt add in the garlic, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper. Finally add in the bacon and goat cheese. Stir gently and check for seasoning. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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.

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ROOM by ROOM Area designers share details about some of their favorite rooms.

L I V IN G R O OM In this space, we created a focal point where diverse narratives take shape, at times drawing from the past, at times discoursing with the future, and always rooted firmly in the modern and contemporary.

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MAI N BAT H R O OM This renovated bathroom is a play on pattern and scale with varying sizes of marble: from the over-sized floor tile, to the rectangular wainscoting and mirrored-patterned upper wall tiles. Symmetry was created with a freestanding tub flanked by two custom stained wood vanities. Opposite the vanity wall is a mirrored wall inspired by the Palace of Versailles.

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E N T RY WAY Inspired by a leopard wallpaper the client found in a magazine is this wallpaper print from Schumacher — Iconic Leopard in Ink. The checkerboard flooring is Dolomite white and silver drop marble, and the painting is from a local artist — Kristy Green — the client wanted something with vibrant colors. An existing furniture console of the client’s fits nicely in the space.

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It was a family affair for this condo renovation in The Alabama in Winter Park. Zane and Emily Williams of Z Properties transformed this two-unit condo into a luxurious living space for some relatives.

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hey were looking for a lowmaintenance lifestyle and a condo in The Alabama seemed liked a great idea. From there,

they let us run with it. They had a lot of input, but they didn’t come with specific requests. We were able to show them things and give them ideas,” Emily says. Zane envisioned a New York-style apartment, which was brought to life by he and Emily. 48

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Above: The client selected the lighting fixture in the dining area and Emily kept the rest of the furnishings simple with a white lacquer oval table and rattan chairs. Opposite: The kitchen is a showstopper with an intricate black and white marble flooring, high-gloss walnut cabinetry, black Compac quartz countertop on the island, and gold metal countertops on the perimeter. A hidden paneled door leads to the TV room. Lighted paneled walls in a geometric pattern create a dramatic entrance and conceal the doorways to a guest bedroom and the main bedroom. The solarium — or TV room — is enveloped in rich colors and textures, from the black sisal carpet and Phillip Jeffries black grass cloth wall covering on the ceiling to the Moss Studio sectional covered in a vivid Osborne & Little fabric.


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Minus structural elements, the entire condo was gutted. “We treated it like a box and re-floorplanned the whole unit,” Emily says. It was two units that had been previously combined into one residence. “We had renovated in the building a few times before and it presents a lot of challenges. It brings a different set of rules and structural challenges,” she adds. But the finished result shows off a refined, well-collected look that combined colors, textures, and conversation-worthy accents to make this condo feel other-worldly. And it includes a Z Properties signature — hidden paneled doorways in the foyer, kitchen and main bedroom.

The guest bath is encapsulated in Thassos marble black and white subway tiles. The mirror and lighting are from Arteriors. High-gloss black cabinetry and stunning Modern Matter hardware highlight the main bathroom.

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In the main bedroom, the jumping off point was the rug which the client fell in love with, so from there Emily pulled the orange out for the headboard. The bed is framed by paneled doors that pass through to the main bathroom and closet. A small powder bath features a Pierre Frey worldly wallpaper and custom, antiqued mirror vanity. This staircase leads to a fourth-floor tower room that Emily transformed into an additional guest bedroom.

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PRESERVATION

RENOVATION

ARCHITECT:

Michael Wenrich Architects BUILDER:

Charles Clayton Construction INTERIOR DESIGN:

Shannon Lazic and Blair Kersenbrock, Steele Street Studios LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:

Joe Knight

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Gabriel Volpi

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ackling the renovation of a revered James Gamble Rogers II Winter Park architectural work was no small task. Undertaking

the bold interior revision while remaining true to the original exterior was a challenge met by a collaborative team who all wanted the Miller family to live comfortably within the home’s historic character.

“THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS WERE DEFINITELY TRADITIONAL, BUT THE MILLERS WANTED THE FURNITURE TO HAVE A BIT OF AN ECLECTIC FEEL. THEY LIKED TO INCORPORATE NEW PIECES WITH OLD ONES IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE SPACES FROM FEELING TOO COLD. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE ALL THE FINISHES AND MILLWORK WERE TIMELESS AND SPOKE TO THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE HOME. WORKING WITH THE LOWER CEILING HEIGHTS WAS CHALLENGING, SO WE KEPT EVERYTHING WHITE TO MAKE THE ROOMS FEEL BIGGER,” SHANNON EXPLAINS.

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“We’ve always been drawn to older homes and to this one in particular. We used to slow down as we drove by to try to get a glimpse of it. When it went on the market at the same time as we were looking for a larger home and bigger yard, we knew we had to see it. The previous owners had done an amazing job 20 years ago updating the home and adding square footage in a way that felt seamless with the original 1933 home, but the layout required updating for our family,” says homeowner Tiffani Miller. It was a full gut renovation of the interior while the exterior was lightly updated. “Modifying and updating an architecturally and historically significant structure like this is an honor and a challenge. It is important to understand the original architect’s design intentions and priorities. Replacing the windows, shutters and roof with the right materials and colors was key to maintaining the architectural and historical integrity of this house,” adds architect Michael Wenrich.

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AS THE HUB OF THE HOME, THE OPEN KITCHEN WAS KEPT LIGHT AND BRIGHT WHILE INCORPORATING ALL THE MODERN AMENITIES INCLUDING A WELCOMING BAR NEARBY. THE TIMELESS FINISHES AND MILLWORK SPEAK TO THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE HOME. COLORFUL ARTWORK, CONVENIENT STORAGE AND LOTS OF TEXTURE ADD INTEREST AND DIMENSION TO THE WORK-FROM-HOME AND HOMEWORK SPACES.


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Inside the home was a different story though as the myriad of rooms with low ceilings was just not in keeping with a modern family’s lifestyle. “Despite the exterior’s character, the floor plan on the interior was just too chopped up for the Millers and how they functioned as a family,” says Shannon Lazic, Steele Street Studios. Currently the 6,400-square-foot home, with five bedrooms, seven baths, two laundry rooms, two studies, a library and gym, is just what the family ordered and exactly what the team delivered. “This renovation was truly a collaborative project, and I just can’t say enough about our team. Charlie’s team — and George in particular — was great and their experience with complicated renovations gave us a lot of confidence. Michael was exactly the right architect for helping us to create a modern home while maintaining and enhancing the historic features of the house. Shannon understood our goals immediately. She was key in bringing it all together in a way that met our design goals but was

AS IS EVIDENCED IN THE BATHROOMS SHOWN HERE: “THE HOMEOWNERS LIKE TO INCORPORATE SOME FUN PATTERNS AND TEXTURES THROUGHOUT TO KEEP THE SPACES FEELING LIGHTHEARTED AND QUIRKY. THE KIDS ALSO LOVED SPENDING TIME IN THE UPSTAIRS LIBRARY. THEY ARE AVID READERS, SO YOU COULD ALWAYS FIND THEM IN THIS SPACE,” SHANNON SAYS. THE EXTERIOR EXUDES THE HOME’S HISTORICAL ROOTS WITH ARCHITECTURALLY APPROPRIATE UPDATES.

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also very livable. Joe did a remarkable job transforming the backyard into a space for entertaining and spending time with our family,” Tiffani elaborates. Those sentiments were echoed by builder Charlie Clayton: “Gabe and Tiffani Miller were engaged and awesome to work for as they had a vision to keep the history along with bringing a new level of sophistication to the home. The new, open floorplan from Michael allows for family interaction and vista views of Lake Osceola. His design offered exacting attention to the home’s history and then Shannon and Blair removed the colorful pastels for the more appealing whites and neutrals, adding textures with interior brick walls and trim work, implemented sparingly but strategically. The existing architectural elements coupled with the more contemporary transitional touches made the home not only one of kind but relevant and tastefully appealing.”

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or this totally renovated multilevel lakeside retreat, the design focus was a clean approach to midcentury modern living with a slight nod to the home’s 1970s roots. As the 2021 New American Remodel, “The inspiration was

taken from the site, lake and reflections and is interpreted through the use of organic shapes, dramatic lighting and texturally contrasting materials. The interior environment is conducive for entertaining while being a warm comfortable family home,” says Rob Turner, CRT Studio. As the builder, Rob Smith, E2 Homes, explains, “The house started with kind of a tree house feel due to all the levels. But the owners loved the character, which is hard to define sometimes in newer homes, as well as the stunning views. We embraced the levels, but it was a challenge as there were some obstacles including low ceilings. We had to figure out how to make a home built in the ’70s feel more open and modern.”

The formal living room has dramatic charcoal walls that highlight the art and furnishings. Russell Glotfelty, Axiom Fine Art, provided and curated all the artwork throughout the home. A wine room produces vertical visual interest and connects the two main living areas. In the dramatic stairway clever niches — with sculptures by Byron Walker — create a gallery effect at each level.

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The custom kitchen is in a dark rich monochromatic palette. The inclination is horizontal and linear to reflect the proportions of the space. The palette was selected to relate to the beautiful lake view and to nest visually into its environment. The linear LED lighting helps define the horizontal nature of the space. Sandra Agurto, Cabinetry Creations, designed the custom cabinets. The bold orange sectional adds some playfulness, and Rob also incorporated the bright hue in accessories. Some of the glass pieces are from his own midcentury modern collection. Understated furniture in neutral tones keeps the lower living area feeling open and bright.

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It was a complete interior and exterior renovation of the 6,459 square-foot home with six bedrooms, six and a half baths, and luxurious outdoor living space with a summer kitchen, cabana and boat dock. The work actually began outside so the owners could enjoy their new lake life while waiting for the house to be completed. The interior would require some careful thought and creative engineering. On the first level, since there was a structure above, the team lowered the floor. “We jackhammered the slab and went down to create that extra vertical space. That level actually only had seven-foot ceilings originally. On the second level we integrated structural beams to eliminate some walls to make the rooms feel more spacious even though the ceilings were not higher. The top floor required the most work as it was not structurally sound. That enabled them to increase the ceiling heights,” Rob Smith says. Other solutions involved keeping the spaces as visually open as possible. “Rob [Turner] selected specific light fixtures so they wouldn’t be hanging down. In the kitchen we used

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The main focus in the primary bedroom is the lake with wide doors letting the outside in and comfortable chairs so the owners can enjoy their view. Upper windows provide light without taking up precious wall space. A recessed ceiling channel and a small art gallery make the entry to the room an interesting feature.

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LED strips and there were only very select pendant lights used throughout. He was really creative with the finishes to minimize the lack of height,” he adds. Recessed ceiling details and indirect lighting define the rooms and provide a soothing comfortable environment while the finishes and wall treatments define the flow of space and provide visual order. “We wanted it to be warm with a lake house feel to it, but at the same time to be a little edgy and contemporary. The owners were very much part of the process, but I pretty much had carte blanche with the design. They had just a few pieces of furniture they kept. And we communicated a lot with meetings and reviews, but they were very trusting,” Rob Turner says. Standout features include the staircase — the major vertical connection of the house where all the levels come together and illustrate the extensive layering of materials, finishes and accents — the wine room that connects the upper and lower living areas, and the kitchen in warm, dark tones with plenty of entertaining space. With such extensive renovations it would have been easy to consider tearing the house down as is a common practice these days. But everyone involved appreciated the original intent of the house. “I saw the potential — it had the right bones,” Rob Smith concludes.

The primary bath is designed and finished to be spa-like. Elegant porcelain tile was selected to replicate the finest marbles while the organic wood details add diversity and visual contrast to the space. Rich tones and striking textures were also used in another bathroom.

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