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Rethinking South Florida design


timeless taste Interiors by Steven G. continues to expand, delivering high style to condos at Fort Lauderdale’s Auberge Beach Residences PHOTOGRAPHY BY BARRY GROSSMAN

When discussing interior design in South Florida, Steven G. is one name that inevitably comes to mind for its unparalleled quality and expansive reach. The firm’s endless list of luxury design projects ranges from sales centers and furnished model apartments, to public spaces, hospitality design, and private residential homes. And while there’s an array of predictions for the Florida real estate market for the upcoming year, the team at Interiors by Steven G. shows no sign of slowing down. Steven Gurowitz, the owner, interior designer, and mastermind behind the team at Interiors by Steven G., follows the market and takes necessary measures to prepare for the future. During the 2008 recession, Gurowitz and his team moved into a new location, tripling in size. “I had many sleepless nights wondering if I was losing my mind for taking on a bigger space,” he says. “If I was going to truly fulfill my dream, I knew I had to go big or go home.” Recently celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary, the company continues to grow, and this past year Steven G. expanded its showroom to a space that’s more than 110,000 square feet. Always a step ahead of the ever-changing design world, the renowned design firm is currently in the process of remodeling the showroom, adding a bathroom gallery of products

Custom millwork in Anthracite Mountain Larch displays a synchronized visual effect in natural gray tones.


timeless taste Interiors by Steven G. continues to expand, delivering high style to condos at Fort Lauderdale’s Auberge Beach Residences PHOTOGRAPHY BY BARRY GROSSMAN

When discussing interior design in South Florida, Steven G. is one name that inevitably comes to mind for its unparalleled quality and expansive reach. The firm’s endless list of luxury design projects ranges from sales centers and furnished model apartments, to public spaces, hospitality design, and private residential homes. And while there’s an array of predictions for the Florida real estate market for the upcoming year, the team at Interiors by Steven G. shows no sign of slowing down. Steven Gurowitz, the owner, interior designer, and mastermind behind the team at Interiors by Steven G., follows the market and takes necessary measures to prepare for the future. During the 2008 recession, Gurowitz and his team moved into a new location, tripling in size. “I had many sleepless nights wondering if I was losing my mind for taking on a bigger space,” he says. “If I was going to truly fulfill my dream, I knew I had to go big or go home.” Recently celebrating its thirty-fifth anniversary, the company continues to grow, and this past year Steven G. expanded its showroom to a space that’s more than 110,000 square feet. Always a step ahead of the ever-changing design world, the renowned design firm is currently in the process of remodeling the showroom, adding a bathroom gallery of products

Custom millwork in Anthracite Mountain Larch displays a synchronized visual effect in natural gray tones.


timeless taste

A dramatic walnut wood alcove decorated with pendant lights frames the bed in the master suite.

from Italy that have never before been seen in the United States, and enhancing existing inventory with many new product lines. These new brands, many of which are only available at the Steven G. showroom, keep things fresh for Gurowitz’s prestigious clientele that expects to see the best lines from across the world. “We have designed our clients’ third, fourth, and fifth homes, and homes for their children and grandchildren,” Gurowitz says. “We are not the typical design firm. We are a full-service firm that offers construction to completion. We do it all.” As a result, he’s come to be known as the “Condo King,” designing in just about every condominium building in South Florida. So, when The Related Companies contacted Interiors by Steven G. to collaborate on another project, the Auberge Beach Residences in Fort Lauderdale, Gurowitz was flattered. “To be working with the Related team and to be commissioned to present their design work in the most breathtaking, five-star luxury oceanfront condominium building in Broward County’s history is a huge honor.” The design team was selected to design and install four furnished model apartments. Then, the success of Gurowitz’s furnished models selling in record time awarded the design team two additional furnished models to outfit.

A brushed bronze metal chandelier and a bronze mirror add warmth to the room’s neutral palette.


timeless taste

A dramatic walnut wood alcove decorated with pendant lights frames the bed in the master suite.

from Italy that have never before been seen in the United States, and enhancing existing inventory with many new product lines. These new brands, many of which are only available at the Steven G. showroom, keep things fresh for Gurowitz’s prestigious clientele that expects to see the best lines from across the world. “We have designed our clients’ third, fourth, and fifth homes, and homes for their children and grandchildren,” Gurowitz says. “We are not the typical design firm. We are a full-service firm that offers construction to completion. We do it all.” As a result, he’s come to be known as the “Condo King,” designing in just about every condominium building in South Florida. So, when The Related Companies contacted Interiors by Steven G. to collaborate on another project, the Auberge Beach Residences in Fort Lauderdale, Gurowitz was flattered. “To be working with the Related team and to be commissioned to present their design work in the most breathtaking, five-star luxury oceanfront condominium building in Broward County’s history is a huge honor.” The design team was selected to design and install four furnished model apartments. Then, the success of Gurowitz’s furnished models selling in record time awarded the design team two additional furnished models to outfit.

A brushed bronze metal chandelier and a bronze mirror add warmth to the room’s neutral palette.


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“Designing in such a sophisticated waterfront building gave us the ability to add our design flair, incorporating an ambiance of elegance and luxury design in an upscale lifestyle setting,” he says. Auberge Beach Residence owners exhibited an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the models, which resulted in 28 residents engaging the team at Interiors by Steven G. to custom design their units within the building. Every private residence and furnished unit that was designed by Interiors by Steven G. is proposed with the owner’s lifestyle as the foundation for the design theme. For example, the team at Steven G. worked closely with a private owner’s desire to enhance the waterfront aspect in a custom-designed unit. They fulfilled his wants, down to matching the hues of blues in the living room rug to portray the gliding waves of the ocean. The custom buffet

Rift-cut oak wood with satin nickel reveals adorns the walls, while ceiling soffits with LED lights illuminate the room.


timeless taste

“Designing in such a sophisticated waterfront building gave us the ability to add our design flair, incorporating an ambiance of elegance and luxury design in an upscale lifestyle setting,” he says. Auberge Beach Residence owners exhibited an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the models, which resulted in 28 residents engaging the team at Interiors by Steven G. to custom design their units within the building. Every private residence and furnished unit that was designed by Interiors by Steven G. is proposed with the owner’s lifestyle as the foundation for the design theme. For example, the team at Steven G. worked closely with a private owner’s desire to enhance the waterfront aspect in a custom-designed unit. They fulfilled his wants, down to matching the hues of blues in the living room rug to portray the gliding waves of the ocean. The custom buffet

Rift-cut oak wood with satin nickel reveals adorns the walls, while ceiling soffits with LED lights illuminate the room.


timeless taste

Above and opposite page: A whitewashed porcelain plank floor brings a soothing continuity throughout the condo.

Left: A custom viscose linen headboard adds texture to an elaborate built-in.

behind the imported Italian sofa was positioned in a way so that the ocean views are visible from the dining and kitchen areas. Steven G. reconfigured the master bedroom by adding a feature wall with a flow-through bottom to allow natural light to filter through the opposing side of the wall. The vibrant colors of the artwork in the master echo the vibrant gold set against soft gray and black tones in the area rug. Artwork and custom touches also played a

large role in the design of unit 1203, where dramatic flower installations give a splash of color to a neutral palette. Hanging pendants on either side of the bed cast a shadow of romance and add ambiance to the room. The organic, cozy feel carries through the living and dining areas with wood built-ins and a glass dining table featuring live-edge wood. The furniture is all imported from Italy, part of a private collection available exclusively at

the Steven G. showroom. On the more formal end of the spectrum, another unit, 1204, employed custom treatments to convey an elegant, bright, and airy feel. A custom etched mirror wall creates a grand illusion of space and adds a bit of a formal flair to the dining area. Meanwhile, a pair of bronze life-size sculptures positioned to overlook the family room give a feeling of grandeur. The matching art on both sides of

the walls brings the blue tones of the ocean into the room. The simple but elegant vignette follows Gurowitz’s primary rule: Less is more. “This project was exciting, to say the least,” he says. “Celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary in July was a huge accomplishment. Not only does our company continue to grow, but our passion for sharing our talent and our ability to deliver the best timeless design and products to clients does as well.” (interiorsbysteveng.com)


timeless taste

Above and opposite page: A whitewashed porcelain plank floor brings a soothing continuity throughout the condo.

Left: A custom viscose linen headboard adds texture to an elaborate built-in.

behind the imported Italian sofa was positioned in a way so that the ocean views are visible from the dining and kitchen areas. Steven G. reconfigured the master bedroom by adding a feature wall with a flow-through bottom to allow natural light to filter through the opposing side of the wall. The vibrant colors of the artwork in the master echo the vibrant gold set against soft gray and black tones in the area rug. Artwork and custom touches also played a

large role in the design of unit 1203, where dramatic flower installations give a splash of color to a neutral palette. Hanging pendants on either side of the bed cast a shadow of romance and add ambiance to the room. The organic, cozy feel carries through the living and dining areas with wood built-ins and a glass dining table featuring live-edge wood. The furniture is all imported from Italy, part of a private collection available exclusively at

the Steven G. showroom. On the more formal end of the spectrum, another unit, 1204, employed custom treatments to convey an elegant, bright, and airy feel. A custom etched mirror wall creates a grand illusion of space and adds a bit of a formal flair to the dining area. Meanwhile, a pair of bronze life-size sculptures positioned to overlook the family room give a feeling of grandeur. The matching art on both sides of

the walls brings the blue tones of the ocean into the room. The simple but elegant vignette follows Gurowitz’s primary rule: Less is more. “This project was exciting, to say the least,” he says. “Celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary in July was a huge accomplishment. Not only does our company continue to grow, but our passion for sharing our talent and our ability to deliver the best timeless design and products to clients does as well.” (interiorsbysteveng.com)


rustic elegance A sprawling ranch set on more than 40 acres in Pine Creek Sporting Club fuses unbridled nature with refined aesthetics BY MARINA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANTLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

The expansive shared spaces, including the kitchen and dining area, echo the property’s emphasis on family and retreating from the hustle and bustle. Rebecca Masterson, and Christina Villlonga, knew relaxed entertaining would be the highest priority for owners of the four-bedroom, fourbath ranch. Not only might muddy hunters be returning with game, but large dinner parties would be celebrated as well. “We chose neutral colors, easy-care fabrics, and designed plenty of seating where groups could ‘get away,’ but still remain together,” says Arok. The custom trestle dining table is surrounded by 12 leather chairs, while burlap and wicker make maintenance easy. “Instead of art, in the mud room we chose a herringbone tile pattern for its beauty and practicality,” says Arok. And the designers let themselves revel in wood. From the peaked ceiling of the master bedroom to the cabinetry of the bath and media rooms, wood grain shines through. “On the veranda the natural wood of ceiling and walls provides its own informal aesthetic.” Still, even a hunter likes beautiful things. Draped wooden beads on the kitchen island chandeliers and an elegant four-poster bed in the master are stylish bonuses. Whether evenings are spent enjoying a fire on the veranda or pouring wine at the living room’s bar to complement a dinner of just-caught quail, who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? For more information, contact John Reynolds at 561346-9365. (pinecreeksportingclub.com)

Retire from the many amenities Pine Creek offers—such as miles of hiking and canoe trails—in casual yet chic surrounds.

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Though workdays may be spent at a high-powered job in a towering skyscraper, the developers of Pine Creek Sporting Club saw no reason playdays shouldn’t be spent in a stress-free, natural environment. The 3,000-acre combination hunting plantation and adult “day camp” features 25 exclusive ranches, each on its own 40 acres and with a private lake. Other attractions include some of the “best upland bird hunting south of Georgia.” “For each ranch, we’ve kept the architecture and building materials a lot like Old Florida,” says builder John Wilcox. Here in the 11,371-squarefoot Ranch 25, a soaring central gathering room is the focal point. Sleeping wings extend outward in a friendly embrace. Exposed wood beams and natural wood finishes recall an earlier time, and yet every amenity, from the home’s three-car garage to its media room, to the hundreds of feet of screened veranda, are all practical and skillfully built for how we live today. In homage to the early settlers’ use of nature-found materials, Wilcox points to the raw stone fireplace, the white oak interior flooring, and the galvanized metal roof—all summoning a rustic feel but providing state-of-the-art construction. Front porch pillars suggest a more contemporary Craftsman profile against the warm cypress log veneer. The Marc-Michaels team of interior designers, including Valerie Arok,

Price: $5,995,000 fully furnished and outfitted Realtor: John Reynolds, Pine Creek Realty, 561-346-9365, jreynolds@ pinecreeksportingclub.com Architect and Builder: Wilcox Builders (ja-wilcox.com) Interior Design: Marc-Michaels (marc-michaels.com)


rustic elegance A sprawling ranch set on more than 40 acres in Pine Creek Sporting Club fuses unbridled nature with refined aesthetics BY MARINA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANTLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

The expansive shared spaces, including the kitchen and dining area, echo the property’s emphasis on family and retreating from the hustle and bustle. Rebecca Masterson, and Christina Villlonga, knew relaxed entertaining would be the highest priority for owners of the four-bedroom, fourbath ranch. Not only might muddy hunters be returning with game, but large dinner parties would be celebrated as well. “We chose neutral colors, easy-care fabrics, and designed plenty of seating where groups could ‘get away,’ but still remain together,” says Arok. The custom trestle dining table is surrounded by 12 leather chairs, while burlap and wicker make maintenance easy. “Instead of art, in the mud room we chose a herringbone tile pattern for its beauty and practicality,” says Arok. And the designers let themselves revel in wood. From the peaked ceiling of the master bedroom to the cabinetry of the bath and media rooms, wood grain shines through. “On the veranda the natural wood of ceiling and walls provides its own informal aesthetic.” Still, even a hunter likes beautiful things. Draped wooden beads on the kitchen island chandeliers and an elegant four-poster bed in the master are stylish bonuses. Whether evenings are spent enjoying a fire on the veranda or pouring wine at the living room’s bar to complement a dinner of just-caught quail, who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? For more information, contact John Reynolds at 561346-9365. (pinecreeksportingclub.com)

Retire from the many amenities Pine Creek offers—such as miles of hiking and canoe trails—in casual yet chic surrounds.

home file

Though workdays may be spent at a high-powered job in a towering skyscraper, the developers of Pine Creek Sporting Club saw no reason playdays shouldn’t be spent in a stress-free, natural environment. The 3,000-acre combination hunting plantation and adult “day camp” features 25 exclusive ranches, each on its own 40 acres and with a private lake. Other attractions include some of the “best upland bird hunting south of Georgia.” “For each ranch, we’ve kept the architecture and building materials a lot like Old Florida,” says builder John Wilcox. Here in the 11,371-squarefoot Ranch 25, a soaring central gathering room is the focal point. Sleeping wings extend outward in a friendly embrace. Exposed wood beams and natural wood finishes recall an earlier time, and yet every amenity, from the home’s three-car garage to its media room, to the hundreds of feet of screened veranda, are all practical and skillfully built for how we live today. In homage to the early settlers’ use of nature-found materials, Wilcox points to the raw stone fireplace, the white oak interior flooring, and the galvanized metal roof—all summoning a rustic feel but providing state-of-the-art construction. Front porch pillars suggest a more contemporary Craftsman profile against the warm cypress log veneer. The Marc-Michaels team of interior designers, including Valerie Arok,

Price: $5,995,000 fully furnished and outfitted Realtor: John Reynolds, Pine Creek Realty, 561-346-9365, jreynolds@ pinecreeksportingclub.com Architect and Builder: Wilcox Builders (ja-wilcox.com) Interior Design: Marc-Michaels (marc-michaels.com)


hidden

gem

Danmark Development helps a 93-year-old “cottage” retain its authentic charm

BY MARINA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY BY RON ROSENZWEIG One man’s beach cottage may not be that of another. In the case of this period jewel secluded on four verdant lots hugging the edge of Bon Air beach on the north end of Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, any suggestion of sand-strewn floors or shabby-chic interiors is out of the question. Instead, the owners and Dan Morrow of Danmark Development orchestrated a dramatic renovation that would make the original famed architect of the 1926 “cottage” proud. Designed by Maurice Fatio at a time when South Florida was enchanted with all things Neo-Mediterranean, the arched cypress doors and their extravagant carved stone surrounds, the hidden courtyards, and the clay-tile roof all remained elegant. Dan Morrow’s group was commissioned to address major structural problems that over the years had left only the external charm of the 2,000-square-foot home intact. Inside, time, additions, and poorly done renovations had left their marks. Danmark, charged with bringing the home to modern standards while respecting the integrity and period beauty of Fatio’s original design, brought in architect Denis Rainho of YRA Design to complement the architecture. “The fireplace in the living room had actually been walled up and a

An Italianate nod blends with 1926 charm to warm a comfortable hearthside grouping in the living room.


hidden

gem

Danmark Development helps a 93-year-old “cottage” retain its authentic charm

BY MARINA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY BY RON ROSENZWEIG One man’s beach cottage may not be that of another. In the case of this period jewel secluded on four verdant lots hugging the edge of Bon Air beach on the north end of Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, any suggestion of sand-strewn floors or shabby-chic interiors is out of the question. Instead, the owners and Dan Morrow of Danmark Development orchestrated a dramatic renovation that would make the original famed architect of the 1926 “cottage” proud. Designed by Maurice Fatio at a time when South Florida was enchanted with all things Neo-Mediterranean, the arched cypress doors and their extravagant carved stone surrounds, the hidden courtyards, and the clay-tile roof all remained elegant. Dan Morrow’s group was commissioned to address major structural problems that over the years had left only the external charm of the 2,000-square-foot home intact. Inside, time, additions, and poorly done renovations had left their marks. Danmark, charged with bringing the home to modern standards while respecting the integrity and period beauty of Fatio’s original design, brought in architect Denis Rainho of YRA Design to complement the architecture. “The fireplace in the living room had actually been walled up and a

An Italianate nod blends with 1926 charm to warm a comfortable hearthside grouping in the living room.


hidden gem

Opposite page: Lead glass partition doors, new wainscoting, and a neutral palette create the dining room’s period look in perfect complement to the architectural details.

plywood painting of a glowing fire was nailed across the front,” Morrow says. In fact, the original sweeping shoulders of the chimney had been boxed off and there was no flue. Today, an Italianate nod to the past is seen in the restored and functional architecture. “Where we could, we also wanted to maintain the original feel of the plaster, the rough impasto finish of Venetian villas,” Morrow says. In the music room off of the living room, that finish is interrupted by double sets of French doors opening to one of four separate courtyards, each walled and private. Yet it is in the nuances that the period statement is made. Maintaining the original cypress planking, YRA Design preserved the original pale color of the wood, matching it to that of the Italian-arched doors. Floors in wide-plank hickory add a rich glow. Though the dining room’s wainscoting is new, it offers a period look

beneath the elegant pendant lanterns. Softly neutral wall coloring provides the perfect backdrop to the architectural details. “Everywhere possible, the owners wanted to keep what was original,” Morrow says. “They are true preservationists and very much respect the history of a structure and what goes in it.” The kitchen, once a garage, received a new vaulted ceiling and elegant double bay windows that look out into a Brazilian courtyard and the pool. A deep farmer’s sink and glistening soapstone counters add sparkle to the space. The vintage pendant lamps have followed the homeowners from one residence to another over many years. One of four bedrooms, the master suite is an interlude in soft grays. Yet creating such tranquility necessitated Danmark building a “room” beside the bed. “I noticed the original design allowed for a direct line of

Above and right: The kitchen’s elegant double bay windows overlook a

Brazilian courtyard, while garden views and natural light refresh the sunroom.


hidden gem

Opposite page: Lead glass partition doors, new wainscoting, and a neutral palette create the dining room’s period look in perfect complement to the architectural details.

plywood painting of a glowing fire was nailed across the front,” Morrow says. In fact, the original sweeping shoulders of the chimney had been boxed off and there was no flue. Today, an Italianate nod to the past is seen in the restored and functional architecture. “Where we could, we also wanted to maintain the original feel of the plaster, the rough impasto finish of Venetian villas,” Morrow says. In the music room off of the living room, that finish is interrupted by double sets of French doors opening to one of four separate courtyards, each walled and private. Yet it is in the nuances that the period statement is made. Maintaining the original cypress planking, YRA Design preserved the original pale color of the wood, matching it to that of the Italian-arched doors. Floors in wide-plank hickory add a rich glow. Though the dining room’s wainscoting is new, it offers a period look

beneath the elegant pendant lanterns. Softly neutral wall coloring provides the perfect backdrop to the architectural details. “Everywhere possible, the owners wanted to keep what was original,” Morrow says. “They are true preservationists and very much respect the history of a structure and what goes in it.” The kitchen, once a garage, received a new vaulted ceiling and elegant double bay windows that look out into a Brazilian courtyard and the pool. A deep farmer’s sink and glistening soapstone counters add sparkle to the space. The vintage pendant lamps have followed the homeowners from one residence to another over many years. One of four bedrooms, the master suite is an interlude in soft grays. Yet creating such tranquility necessitated Danmark building a “room” beside the bed. “I noticed the original design allowed for a direct line of

Above and right: The kitchen’s elegant double bay windows overlook a

Brazilian courtyard, while garden views and natural light refresh the sunroom.


hidden gem

Simple and serene in soft grays, the master suite

Styled with period details and designer touches, the screened lanai is perfect for gatherings. Overlooking the spa, pool, and gardens, this open-air space invites guests to enjoy outdoor living with a view.

encompasses a private bath with plenty of vanity space, clean lines, and an abundance of light.

vision into the bedroom,� Morrow says. YRA Design revised the existing closet to allow for a larger wall in the dining room and fix the direct views from the gallery into the master suite. The adjoining bath was also expanded. Here, the nod to original fixtures and design was scrapped in favor of clean lines, maximum storage, and plenty of light. Another important feature is the landscaping and division of activity spaces with plantings that played a vital part in the architectural planning. Small courtyards and butterfly gardens surround the cottage, complete with a spacious screened lanai that serves as a focal point for entertaining. Added in the 1970s, it nevertheless incorporated

a tongue-and-groove ceiling and an elegant herringbone–patterned brick floor. A relaxing spa and pool area provide the perfect backdrop for family and friends dining alfresco. Danmark replaced the original clay tile roof with modern, handmade clay tiles, but the villa-like atmosphere remains. And as with all villas, a sense of mystery prevails behind the garden walls. The main front entrance is only accessed via a pathway and an arching gate, then through a latticed iron opening and finally the front door. But no mystery remains beside the 40-foot-long pool where even its hand-painted tiles were restored. A beach cottage it may be called, or perhaps a charmingly intimate villa. For the owners, it is definitely home. (danmarkdevelopment.com)


hidden gem

Simple and serene in soft grays, the master suite

Styled with period details and designer touches, the screened lanai is perfect for gatherings. Overlooking the spa, pool, and gardens, this open-air space invites guests to enjoy outdoor living with a view.

encompasses a private bath with plenty of vanity space, clean lines, and an abundance of light.

vision into the bedroom,� Morrow says. YRA Design revised the existing closet to allow for a larger wall in the dining room and fix the direct views from the gallery into the master suite. The adjoining bath was also expanded. Here, the nod to original fixtures and design was scrapped in favor of clean lines, maximum storage, and plenty of light. Another important feature is the landscaping and division of activity spaces with plantings that played a vital part in the architectural planning. Small courtyards and butterfly gardens surround the cottage, complete with a spacious screened lanai that serves as a focal point for entertaining. Added in the 1970s, it nevertheless incorporated

a tongue-and-groove ceiling and an elegant herringbone–patterned brick floor. A relaxing spa and pool area provide the perfect backdrop for family and friends dining alfresco. Danmark replaced the original clay tile roof with modern, handmade clay tiles, but the villa-like atmosphere remains. And as with all villas, a sense of mystery prevails behind the garden walls. The main front entrance is only accessed via a pathway and an arching gate, then through a latticed iron opening and finally the front door. But no mystery remains beside the 40-foot-long pool where even its hand-painted tiles were restored. A beach cottage it may be called, or perhaps a charmingly intimate villa. For the owners, it is definitely home. (danmarkdevelopment.com)

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