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EAST END Beachy, but sophisticated in ideal location. Walk to Ocean Dr. shops, restaurants and Farmer’s Market. Bright end unit. 4BR/4.5BA oceanfront townhome. Built in 2015 with exquisite detail and finishes. Dan Downey & Anne Wallace 772.713.6314 | MLS# 179885 | $2,995,000

THE MOORINGS Beautifully updated home in The Anchor on .51 acre on the water. Deep water dock with gorgeous water views. 4BR/4BA, Master on 1st floor, Family room, Wine room, 3 car garage, Outdoor summer kitchen, Pool. Andrew Harper & Gena Grove 772.633.6336 | MLS# 178007 | $1,695,000

RIVER CLUB Spacious 3BR/3.5BA luxury condo. Light & bright. Beautiful terraces. Impact windows and doors. Granite island kitchen with white Shaker cabinets. Sub Zero. Porcelain & Marble floors. Private elevator. Gas fireplace. Debbie Bell 772.473.7255 | MLS# 179592 | $899,000

S I LV E R S A N D S Artist’s own gorgeous Nantucket-style Oceanfront residence. 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath with 4000 square feet. 112 ft of oceanfront. Master suite on 1st floor. Gorgeous ocean views. Jim Haigney 772.696.4444 | MLS# 168304 | $2,990,000

INDIAN RIVER CLUB Great Palm Coast built home on 1.24 acres with golf & pool views. 4BR/5BA, pool & spa. Large family room w/fireplace & bookcases. Office/ den & exercise room. Generator. 3 car garage & golf cart garage. New roof. Brenda Dwight 772.643.1144 | MLS#177453 | $950,000

C E N T R A L B E AC H Rare Find! Estate Size lot on Deep River, Central location, Spacious 3/2.5/2 home, Great views, Mid Century Modern, Terrazzo...More Gretchen Hanson 772.713.6450 | MLS# 176416 | $845,000

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C A S TAWAY C OV E V Direct Riverfront with spectacular views from every major room. Watch the dolphins & manatees from your own back yard! Private Beach Access. Cheryl Burge 772.538.0063 | MLS# 177946 | $1,850,000

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Best location on Ocean Drive! Walk to restaurants and shops. 1BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, or 3BR+Den Penthouse Double Unit available styles. Floor to ceiling impact sliders. Agent is resident expert! Call Today. Beth Livers 772.559.6958 | $378,000 - $1,695,000

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2001 Custom lakefront 4500 SF 5BR/4.5BA, pool & spa, 4-car garage, boat slip. Lucy Hendricks/Jane Schwiering 772.559.8812 | MLS# 180275 | $1,295,000

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Beautiful 4BR/3.5BA, Featuring the finest finishes throughout. Private beach access, clubhouse and Tennis. Near shops & restaurants. Cheryl Burge 772.538.0063 | MLS# 181042 | $1,285,000

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Situated on a high lot with the magnificent St. Sebastian river views from all rooms. Easy access to the lagoon and inlet. Perfect sunrises from balconies, porches or vaulted interior rooms. 3BR/2.5BA. Gretchen Hanson 772.713.6450 | MLS# 170626 | $796,000

Sunrise/sunset/ocean breezes exquisite updated condo with enclosed garage. Conveniently located close to island amenities. Sue Yahraes 772.532.8822 | MLS# 188491 | $525,000

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Scott Oberlink, Broker | Heidi Levy, Broker-Associate Exclusively Selling Properties in Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club One Beachside Drive, Vero Beach, Florida (772) 388-3888 | info@orchidislandrealty.com | www.OrchidIslandRealty.com

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Tropical living

means guests galore. In Mi Casa, Su Casa an interior designer shares ways to make guest rooms cozy and welcoming.

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Color is key when

decorating any home, especially one perched in a lush garden in The Heart of Rio. Picture palms, pools and bright patterns.

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Artist Yana Scalamadré Bitter

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Health & Wellness Getting fit in a steamy climate and filling your home with good vibrations.

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Refreshing mango recipes and white wines with colorful stories.

The Excursionist

Tips on how to plan a trip to Thailand, the “land of smiles.�

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Alex MacWilliam Ocean Ridge luxury and serenity at Grand Harbor

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stunning water views and boater-friendly amenities

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Daley & Company Walk to Ocean Drive from coveted Old Riomar

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John’s Island Real Estate Company Waterfront retreats and a masterpiece on the fairways

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The Moorings Realty Sales Co. Endless views from riverfront jewels in The Anchor

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Orchid Island Realty Suberb craftsmanship and Caribbean-inspired estates

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Treasure Coast Sotheby’s

Captivating oceanfront to riverfront in Ambersand Beach

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4091 Ocean invites you to a limited collection of six single-floor, oceanfront residences featuring expansive ocean views and top-grade interior finishes, all within walking distance of Vero Beach’s restaurants and entertainment. Opportunities starting at $1,395,000. For more information, call 772.206.2244

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A NOTE FROM OUR CEO Welcome to Tropical Home

Finding Joy In The Jungle

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ver 30 years ago, I was drawn into the world of international architecture and interior design through a program at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. As one of two graphic design students, I was matched up with a team of future architects, interior designers, landscape architects and industrial designers to work

on a series of projects together. And so began a lifelong obsession with design. Tropical Home is a special view of the architecture and design specific to a climate without winter, with the unique challenges of heat and humidity. The magazine not only focuses on interior design and architecture, but also on the soul of spaces. After all, the essence of design is to create spaces that influence emotions — and in Tropical Home, we are all about joy. Our maxim “live in the light” is a rallying cry to let the sun shine into both our homes and our hearts. In this issue, you will visit inspirational homes in Florida and Brazil, catch up with textile icon Adriana Scalamandré Bitter, get professional advice for your guest rooms, and travel to Thailand for a look deep into the tropics. We’ll bring you the latest news from High Point Spring Furniture Market, new hightech products designed for our climate and the latest design book releases. Since finding joy in a tropical (or sub-tropical) home usually involves food and wine, you will learn to cook with mangoes and explore colorful white wines. Health and wellness advice for your mind and body is also offered here. Our home base is in beautiful Vero Beach, so we have included a collection ON THE COVER 692 Ocean Road — A luxurious estate on one of the largest oceanfront lots in John’s Island PG 97

of our best local properties in the Real Estate Registry. I hope you enjoy it all! Meanwhile, our team is enthusiastically working on the next issue of Tropical Home, due on newsstands November 1, with expanded editorial that includes landscape design and so much more. Thank you for reading Tropical Home, and remember to “live in the light!”

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Tropical Home Vero Beach Magazine 956 20th Street, Vero Beach, Fl 32960 Phone: 772-234-8871 | Fax: 772-231-9534 hello@verobeachmagazine.com

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ANI RICH Lifestyle Editor

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HOT NEWS High Point

High Point Highlights Design trends, collections and collaborations unveiled at High Point Spring Market

At the heart of High Point Market is a gathering place with outdoor furniture on display. In the background is a free shuttle terminal for the 75,000 attendees.

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very spring and fall the sleepy town of High Point, North Carolina, awakens and becomes an important destination for serious interior designers and corporate buyers to review new home furnishings and design trends. Although this may sound like a fun-filled week, it is also grueling work for designers — the market hosts over 2,000 furniture, lighting and rug manufacturers in over 11.5 million square feet of show space.

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Christopher Guy Opens Showroom In High Point The most dramatic news at High Point was the unveiling of British furniture designer Christopher Guy’s magnificent 20,000-square-foot flagship showroom, designed with bold modern style and flanked by reflecting pools.

Lee Industries Features Luxury Trundle Bed

Space is the breath of art. – FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Words rarely paired are “luxury” and “trundle bed,” yet furniture designers at the venerable Lee Industries have created the Huxley, displayed at High Point. Disguised as a button-tufted bench, the base pulls out and up to create a double bed. Leave the base at the lower level to use as two twin beds. The bed is available through interior designers in a wide array of fabrics or with custom upholstery.

Modern Dot 13-inch Rotating Floor Lamp In Matte Black

Visual Comfort Unveils Lighting By Industrial Designer Peter Bristol Industrial designer Peter Bristol has partnered with lighting giant Visual Comfort to create the Modern Dot lighting collection, introduced at High Point. The collection includes pendant, wall, accent table and floor lamp designs in three finishes. Bristol is also the director of industrial design at virtual reality company Oculus.

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HOT NEWS High Point

IBMirror’s Lighted Mirrors Now Brighten Up Home Interiors Formerly only seen in luxury hotel rooms and spas, LED lighted mirrors have joined the list of new products in use by home designers. Ideal over a bathroom vanity, lighted mirrors can be custom-sized and configured with magnification zones and various patterns and color of LED light. Another variation is the backlit mirror, with a glowing edge.

Dimmable lighted and backlit mirror

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday Sparks New Collection

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Schumacher and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have partnered to create a new collection of fabric based on legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s original designs. The Applied Architecture collection includes fabrics created for landmark projects like the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (now demolished) and the Price House in Arizona. The collection also features upholstery fabrics, sheers and decorative trims inspired by Wright’s drawings and sketches.

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Drexel Launches Jo Sampson Collection Furniture manufacturer Drexel Heritage, now know as just Drexel, has announced a new alliance with British luxury product designer Jo Sampson. The collection offers more than 50 pieces of wood, metal and upholstered furniture with a sleek, contemporary design that is also warm and timeless.

Maggie Cruz Home Collection Celebrates Cuban Heritage Miami-based designer Maggie Cruz has created her own accent furniture line, Maggie Cruz Home, inspired by her Cuban heritage. High-impact color and natural materials like cane and linen are the signature elements of the collection.

Badgley Mischka Brings Fashion To Furniture

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Celine Dessert Tray

Fashion icon Badgley Mischka recently announced new home collections featuring furniture and accessories with its signature vintage California theme. In addition to a wide array of furniture designs, the collections also offer home decor products including picture frames, sculpture and scented candles.

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HOT NEWS High Point

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JAB Anstoetz Announces New Fabric For Outdoor Living Bunny Williams Announces An Inspired Lighting Collection World-renowned interior designer, Bunny Williams has designed a new lighting collection for Currey & Company. The collection comprises approximately 25 pieces including flush mounts, pendants, chandeliers and sconces. Inspiration for the collection comes from antique fixtures Bunny has sourced for her design clients over the years. The collection is bold in scale and makes a statement in its broad range of materials from spun metal and brass to rope and carved wood.

Mabley Handler’s Collection For Sophisticated Beach Lovers

To love beauty is to see light. – VICTOR HUGO

A growing trend in 2017 is outdoor spaces with (what appear to be) interior fabrics. In reality, outdoor fabrics are constructed to withstand the challenges of weather and temperature, like the new collection offered by German manufacturer JAB Anstoetz. The collection of indoor/outdoor upholstery fabrics are UV, salt water, chlorine and mildew resistant. The fabrics are available through interior designers.

Hamptons-based design firm Mabley Handler have partnered with home furnishings leader Kravet Furniture to introduce a 35-piece furniture collection designed for the sophisticated beach dweller. To complement the collection, Mabley Handler has also gathered a selection of grasscloth wallpaper and fabrics in a harmonizing color palette. Available through interior designers. ❂ North Haven Grasscloth Sideboard

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HOME TECH Efficiency + Sustainability

Exterior view of Lakewood Pointe homes by Mohle Design Inc. with Autodesk Revit software

Technology Breakthroughs Bringing efficiency and sustainability to new home construction WRITTEN BY AMY ROBINSON

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drawing the actual parts and pieces for all the trades. The design can be worked out with true layouts for each duct, pipe and electrical device.” From mouse click to reality, home design and construction is getting a futuristic makeover. Architects can now step inside their own designs and make the vision come to life for the homeowner using Revit Live from Autodesk. A subscription-based service for architects and engineers, Revit Live takes the user into virtual reality mode in just two clicks. Walking through rooms to see doors opening and lights coming on, as well as understanding how light and shadow affects the rooms at different times of the day, gives a whole new meaning to “try before you buy.”

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HOME TECH Efficiency + Sustainability

If you want creativity, take a zero off your budget. If you want sustainability, take off two zeros. – JAIME LERNER

Revit Live screenshot from student and beta tester Igor Macedo Barros Bahiense. The software allows the user to design in 3D and then experience the design in a virtual reality environment.

AZEK composite replaces wood as trim and molding on this home’s porch. The material comes in two textures and is easily milled, shaped and molded using standard woodworking tools.

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weather, which is perfect for homeowners living near the water in the Florida sun,” said Loi McLoughlin, general manager of Trim at AZEK Building Products. The material is impervious to rot, insects, and won’t yellow, but it will accept stain

or paint for a custom look. “The use of AZEK in lieu of typical wood products increases the life cycle, reduces maintenance, and from an ecological perspective is saving trees,” notes Robert C. Lyles Jr. of RCL Development Inc.

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Energy-efficient, low-E Solarban R 100 glass has a slight gray-blue tint that provides privacy and complies with sea turtle lighting regulations for oceanfront homes.

Traditional sliding glass doors are giving way to high performance folding glass walls to allow for the largest opening to the outside.

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A 1926 historic home retrofitted with the Universal Hybrid Roof Tile System. The solar array lies under the barrel tiles and is not visible from the ground.

Solar Roof System For The Sunshine State

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A Florida home showing the Universal Hybrid Roof Tile System. In many cases, existing vintage barrel tiles can be recycled and installed with the new system.

integrated solar absorber tube or PV solar panel without invasive penetration of the roof that qualifies the homeowner for a 30 percent federal tax credit on the entire cost of the project,” says Arguelles.

Once off-limits to many homeowners due to structural requirements, these lightweight hybrid tile roofs are long-lasting and have the highest wind rating in the industry.

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their product choices,” notes Beck Besecker, CEO and co-founder of Marxent. ❂

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Botanicum is a stunningly curated guide to plant life from the Kew, Royal Botanic Garden ­— almost like a museum exhibition. From perennials to bulbs to tropical exotica, this book is a feast of knowledge complete with superb cross sections of how plants work. Candlewick Press, $25

Designer Tara Bernerd amazes page after page in this compilation of her favorite projects, aptly named Place. Her intelligent use of spatial planning, color and texture are what make her one of the most sought-after designers in the world. Rizzoli, $55

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In Sustainable Luxury, Dr. Paul McGillick presents 27 recent residential projects created by Singapore’s most talented architects and addresses the many interconnected aspects of sustainability. Each residence is developed from a holistic point of view. Tuttle Publishing, $40

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Whether it’s award-winning architecture or the spectacular views, the collection in Coastal Homes of the World will inspire you to create your own tranquil retreat. As an amusing addition, the author also included recipes typical of the region for each home. New Holland Publishers, $40 ❂

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The spacious great room features areas for conversation, cocktails and dining. Compatible furnishings, with side chairs upholstered in a brilliant tropical floral fabric, are easily rearranged to accommodate additional guests when needed.

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Hawaiian Modern in Ocean Reef When typical tropical wouldn’t do, designer Marcia Larson looked to the Polynesian islands for inspiration WRITTEN BY ANN TAYLOR ❂ PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM SARGENT

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he location was perfect. So was the house. Set high on a peninsula in Ocean Reef, with views of a deepwater canal on one side and Card Sound on the other, the new owners couldn’t wait to settle in. There was one small problem — they were moving from a small two-bedroom condominium nearby into a 6,000-plus square foot residence with five bedrooms. Not only did they need furnishings and decorating advice, they wanted to update the great room, kitchen and master bedroom. Fortunately, their real estate agent referred them to interior designer Marcia Larson ASID, owner of Island Interiors at Ocean Reef Inc. It was a match made in heaven. After meeting with the owners and discussing their likes, dislikes and lifestyle, as well as taking into consideration the existing architectural and spatial characteristics of their home, Larson suggested following a “Hawaiian modern” theme. “This is an active couple who love to travel and entertain. This is their seasonal home, and they definitely didn’t want a typical ‘Florida look,’ so I did some research and came up with idea books that showed them the gen-

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The cocktail area opens to an outdoor terrace with additional dining and lounge spaces.

eral feel and character of Hawaiian-style decor. They loved the look. It became a basis for planning, and off we went,” Larson enthuses. That was four years ago. The planning process began in late 2013 and continued into the following year as Larson, Key Largo architect Timothy Slawson, Frank Lawson of Stathis Construction and Don Trezona of GardenScapes and Services from Homestead joined forces. “The major renovation part of the project was completed during 2014 and furnished so the homeowners and their family could arrive to see it completed for the first time just after Christmas that year,” says Larson. “The second phase of interior furnishing continued into 2015 and was finally completed for the 2015-2016 winter season.” The project was not without its challenges as what had started as a three-room renovation grew to include the entire residence. Upon close inspection, the roof structure above the great room had to be rebuilt, not just altered cosmetically as originally planned. Then there was the kitchen and family room ceiling, a series of skylights with louvered panels that filled the space with sunshine during the day; however, additional light sources were needed at night and when skies became overcast. That wasn’t all. As Larson explains, “It was decided to redesign the pool, changing it from a typical rectangle to a more natural shape that would fit in with the concept of a tropical oasis within a mid-century Hawaii modern design style.” Smart decision. Another was Larson’s concept for the great room, a large, generous space that could have become overwhelming had it not been for Larson’s skill at designing areas for conversation, cocktails and dining. Compatible furnishings, with side chairs upholstered in a brilliant tropical floral fabric, can be easily rearranged to accommodate additional guests wherever needed. A perfect example: this past January the owners hosted a chamber music event during which 80 guests were seated for the musical portion of the evening. The

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The bar with high-back stools stands ready to serve the thirsty. A hidden television behind mirrored panels behind the bar keeps sports fans smiling.

standing ovation wasn’t only for the musicians, as those in the audience celebrated a setting that literally transports you to Maui and back again. So let’s take a tour and see what all the applause is about. It begins upon arrival. Contemporary architecture, complemented with lush tropical plantings and palm trees that reach for the sky set the stage. Three levels of stairs bordered by crushed coral rock ledges lead to a covered entry where double mahogany doors welcome you inside the courtyard terrace. This is where it gets interesting; with no formal foyer to set the stage, how best to create a sense of arrival? Taking a cue from the floor plans she knows works so well in courtyard homes, Larson suggested placing the dining room near the entry. “I think everyone on the team, including the owners, thought I had lost my mind,” she laughs. “I explained that the dining room is the one room that is least often used, therefore is often the most presentable. Plus, it would make a natural divider. Suddenly, everyone was on board with the concept and the rest easily fell into place.” On one side, a long bar with high-back stools stands ready to serve the thirsty. A hidden television behind mirrored panels in the custom cabinetry behind 34

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Skylights with louvered panels fill the kitchen and adjoining family room with sunshine during the day. Additional light sources were added for night time and when skies become overcast.

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In the guest wing foyer twin chairs upholstered in a tropical print linen welcome. The mirror, console table and small “martini table” from the owners’ condo found a new home.

the bar keeps the sports fans happy. Close by a long dining table, its top a single piece of Chamcha wood with an unfinished edge, is supported by two contemporary brass bases in a bronze finish. Maguire chairs provide seating. Six were in the owners’ former dining room; two additional chairs were ordered unfinished and custom detailed locally to make for a perfect match. As Larson notes, the impressive twin chandeliers overhead deserve special mention. “A single light fixture, unless it were long and linear, which I felt would unnecessarily compete with the lines of the table and the adjacent bar, wouldn’t do. So we decided to use a pair of matching chandeliers ­­— but not just any chandeliers. These are formed from a hammered metal frame and feature polished horn. They make a striking centerpiece,” she points out, delighting in the desired results. Between the bar and water-facing sliding glass doors, Larson created a cocktail area that opens to an outdoor terrace with additional dining and lounge spaces. In another part of the great room she designed a cozy, comfortable setting centered on the gas fireplace. And last, but certainly not least, a large corner space with views of the waterway boasts two generous-sized sofas, a pair of wood-framed lounge chairs, a grouping of tables that can serve as additional seating, plus a pull-up chair that 36

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can do double duty at the dining table when necessary. The family room adjacent to the kitchen offers additional seating opportunities, thanks to double sofas and side chairs. Custom cabinetry houses a large screen TV and other electronics. The colorful glass sculptures on the wall were a find from The Laughing Dog Gallery in Vero Beach. When it came time to introduce the bedroom wing of the house, Larson created a small entry foyer with twin chairs upholstered in a tropical print linen fabric. Here a mirror and console table from the owners’ former condo were repurposed, as was a small “martini table.” A hallway leads to the powder room where Larson selected a honey onyx vessel sink, placing it on a wooden beam that serves as a vanity counter. As with so many other design details, there is a tale to tell. “The beam was actually created by the contractor-builder’s carpenters and hand-distressed to look old, like it could have been one of the original ceiling timbers,” says Larson, who enthusiastically adds, “I was given the opportunity one day when visiting the job site during construction and actually took a couple of whacks at the piece myself with a hammer to contribute to the distressing. It was a great stress reliever!” Between the couple’s three children, seven grandchildren, not to mention several friends, the four

Larson selected a honey onyx vessel sink for the powder room, placing it on a wooden beam that serves as a vanity counter.

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In one of the guest bedrooms, woven wallpaper in a warm pink-taupe shade the color of a Keys sunset adds warmth and texture.

In another bedroom, bursts of tropical colors coordinate with the flowers and plants that can be seen just outside the room.

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All bedrooms, including the master, feature sitting areas perfect for reading, writing and, in some cases, savoring a meal while taking in the view.

spacious guest bedrooms are more often than not “booked solid.” One has a king size bed; two have queens; and another has twin beds. All feature custom furnishings with tropical touches, textured floor coverings, and postcard-perfect water views. The master bedroom outshines them all with a panoramic view of the deepwater canal where the owner’s boat awaits the next open water adventure. Again, custom furnishings and accessories set the stage, especially in the cozy sitting area. Thanks to Larson’s penchant for repurposing, a sofa, twin side chairs that had been in the living room of the owners’ former condo, have been given a fresh new role to play. “This is a perfect demonstration of what I consider to be one of my strongest assets, using the client’s existing furnishings in new ways, sometimes refinished or recovered, and blended in with new items to create a completely different look,” she says, understandably pleased with the end result. Larson has had plenty of experience doing just that, thanks to a professional career that spans 30 years. She joined Island Interiors at Ocean Reef 20 years ago as senior designer and manager of the firm’s Vero Beach design studio, and two years ago she took the leap and purchased the company headquartered in Ocean Reef 38

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since 1975. She loves what she does, and it shows. “When I was a young girl my father introduced me to the architecture, design and art section of books in the local library and I would spend hour after hour there leafing through the volumes. Also, it wasn’t unusual for me to wander through the local furniture store while my parents were shopping at the neighboring grocery store,” Larson muses. By the time she was a pre-teen she had made her initial venture into what she calls “designing with my own drumbeat” by overruling her parents’ choice of green carpeting for her bedroom, insisting on royal blue. Royal blue it was. With the choice of Hawaii modern, her designing drumbeat not only met the homeowners’ vision and a tight timeline. “As the designer on a project you play the role of creative director, determining what the vision the client has and then finding the tools, be it fabric, furniture, tradesmen, to make that vision become a livable reality and how to creatively but practically solve those challenges that arise,” says Larson. “My personal reward comes from knowing that a project I have worked on has given someone else joy, happiness, safety, pleasure and a place they can proudly call their own.” ❂

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A guest room with custom twin beds is a favorite of the younger set, with the owners’ grandchildren calling “dibs” on it as soon as they rush in the door.

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Mi Casa, Su Casa Creating beautiful spaces that say welcome in any language WRITTEN BY ANN TAYLOR ❂ PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM SARGENT

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hen you live in the land of sun, sand and surf, friends and family love to come and savor the tropical surroundings you enjoy year round. Making visitors feel welcome beyond the initial happy-you’re-here hugs means creating guest bedrooms that are not only inviting but provide all the comforts of home. Which is not always easy. Seeking the advice of professional designers such as Spectrum Interior Design’s Susan Schuyler Smith ASID and project manager Natalie Holtom can make all the difference between basic and beautiful, functional and fabulous. Over the years the Spectrum team has designed and furnished guest bedrooms that not only boast a “wow” look, they feature amenities even the most thoughtful hostess might not think to include. That’s why taking time to think about ways to make house guests feel right at home can up the enjoyment level. “The guest bedroom is not a step child,” Smith points out. “There’s really no difference in how we would furnish one as the décor should flow with the rest of the house. It’s important to be in tune with the family, knowing their decorating style and the colors they like.” Reflecting the homeowner’s personality and pref40

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Bold colors have this guest bedroom sizzling with a tropical vibe. The king size bed with custom headboard and plush bedding are sure to prompt sweet dreams, and a wicker chair with color-coordinated cushions, fresh flowers on the nightstand and shells in twin frames add to the charm.

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The dÊcor not only reflects the homeowner’s personality; care has been taken to provide a bedside lamp for nighttime reading and a beachside painting that reminds guests that sea and sand are steps away.

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erences while accommodating the needs of those most likely to spend time in the guest bedroom helps guide the choice of furnishings. As Holtom says, “It all starts with the bed, and the hardest thing to decide is what size. Is it going to be a king, queen, full or twins? A lot depends on the size of the bedroom. If space is tight maybe bunk beds or a trundle bed would work best.” Spectrum’s extensive design portfolio is full of eye-catching examples of guest bedrooms. Whether the décor is tailored or casual, what they all have in common is beautiful bedding and plenty of plump pillows. Enhancements include custom headboards, footboards and bed skirts with borders and trims. Textural touches make an appearance in floor coverings, woven blinds, a rattan or wicker side chair. Page after page of photographs show bedrooms that say “Come on in and make yourself at home — we’re glad you’re here.” To make sure guests get that at-home feeling, Smith notes the need to have a bedside table or chest with a lamp that sheds sufficient lighting for reading. “We always try to put books in the room that tell about the history of the area, such as the story of McKee (Botanical Garden) and Patrick Smith’s A Land Remembered. “We also include reference materials like the Vero Beach Handbook that have information about where to go, what to see, things to do. We often include a recent novel or two, and if a guest hasn’t finished reading it, he or she can take it with them, which makes for a nice farewell gift.” When it comes to additional amenities, Smith recommends having a chair where guests can sit, read, relax, perhaps tie or strap on their shoes as today’s higher beds, with pillow-top mattresses can make such a simple everyday task a challenge. Smith also suggests, if room allows, placing a bench at the foot of the bed for the same purpose or for putting folded bedding. Including a few treasured touches is sure to receive appreciative applause — a glass vase with fresh flowers on the nightstand, a cluster of shells in a ceramic bowl on the dresser top, a colorful painting of a beach scene on the wall. All add charm and can easily be moved about or replaced depending on the season or mood. “If we’re working with a client who has been living in the house for some time and wants a fresh, new look, the entire feeling of the room can be changed by painting the walls another color and getting new bedding. Sometimes

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THAT AT-HOME FEELING SOME ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN A GUEST BEDROOM • Carafe and drinking glasses • Alarm clock • Luggage rack • Plenty of hangers • Small hamper for dirty laundry • Nightlight or flashlight • Box of tissues • Trash can • Wi-fi password • Note pad and pen And don’t forget to include a spare set of house keys on an oversize key chain so they are easy to find and hard to lose.

we will do a simple duvet and pillow change and pop in a new color. These are quick, easy upgrades anyone can do, and they make a big difference,” Holtom smiles. While window treatments can be an addition to any bedroom, it’s wise to remember that their principle function is to provide privacy and keep light out, especially at night. Roman shades, blinds, plantation shutters and lined draperies are among the many options to consider. “I tell homeowners they should stay in the guest bedroom overnight to see just how the bed feels, if there’s enough light for reading, and if the room is dark enough to get a good night’s sleep,” says Holtom. For Smith, creating a beautiful guest bedroom goes hand in hand with making sure the guest bath is beautiful as well. “The colors of the bedroom should be brought into the bathroom,” she notes. “This is where you want to create a spa-like look with toiletries similar to what you would find in a fine hotel and lots of fresh fluffy towels. We like white ones, and we always include one or two dark washcloths for removing makeup.” Soap, shampoo and conditioner (Spectrum recommends the pump variety), a hairdryer, magnifying mirror, as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste are other items to add to the list of thoughtful touches. If you follow Smith and Holtom’s advice, you can be sure that when it comes time for your guests to say goodbye they will leave with wonderful memories you helped create. The farewell hugs guarantee they’ll be back. ❂ 44

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This spacious guest suite takes on a tailored look. With plenty of seating and side tables, visitors will be tempted to stay a few days longer than originally planned.

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A bright chartreuse accent wall brings life and focus to the room.

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In The Heart Of Rio Color is the key to decorating this Brazilian home WRITTEN BY Z. DES AUBRIS ❂ PHOTOGRAPHY BY HENRI DEL OLMO

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f you think Rio de Janeiro is only Copacabana and the monumental Christ the Redeemer statue atop Sugarloaf Mountain, think again. Rio is also tropical gardens in a quiet neighborhood with panoramic vistas from the windows of a turn-of-the-century villa fitted out with all modern conveniences and simply exploding with color. The French designer Laurent Gélis discovered this property on one of his trips to Brazil, looking for inspiration for his iconoclastic fashion and accessories lines. It was the villa’s old-fashioned and derelict look as well as the vicinity to the bohemian and artistic studios of the neighborhood that influenced his decision to buy it. He had been searching for a place where he and his friends could go to relax, disconnect from the hectic European lifestyle and be inspired by the exuberant surroundings. In Rio de Janeiro he found the perfect combination. The neighborhood of Santa Teresa had always had

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Each room has a unique atmosphere, largely defined by its size and color scheme. Natural green accents add a textural element.

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Fabric patterns with bold colors in a style described as “blossom pop” can be found throughout the home.

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The casual and friendly atmosphere includes bright colors from top to bottom. Even the doors are painted a cheerful green and open to lush landscapes filled with mature palms and other exotic greenery.

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Mosaic tiling and decorative windows with colorful glass reveal the European art-nouveau origins of the early-1900s home.

an air of exclusivity about it. This is where the established society built their homes at the beginning of the last century, adapting their often European ideals of beauty to their new South American surroundings. That meant using mosaic tiling in a winter garden, exotic local woods for the parquet flooring and high ceilings for ample air circulation. 52

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The grounds, a tropical paradise full of mature palm trees, also assure total privacy from the urban goings on outside the gates. A steep “belle époque” staircase leads to the swimming pool and its mottled-green ceramic tiled veranda, from which one can glimpse the skyline of bustling Rio de Janeiro in the distance and yet be surrounded by bird song and floral bounty.

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Tall and narrow hallways adorned with geometric crown molding offer an intriguing perspective.

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The home’s casual atmosphere offers splashes of color juxtaposed with the simplicity of white.

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uilt in 1904, the house boasts elements that were the height of architectural art-nouveau fashion in Europe at the time: windows with decorative colored glass inserts, mosaic tiling, a square tower and orna-

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mental balustrades. There is even a century-old elevator, still in working condition, intended to embody the values of innovation, luxury and comfort at the time. Since this was to be the new owner’s holiday place,

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The owner’s own fabric collection enlivens each room, bringing a personal sense of joy throughout the home.

where friends could come and go as they pleased in a casual and friendly atmosphere, he wanted to create large open communal spaces. This meant some major structural changes on the main floor. Two walls were taken down in order to create the large living room – now an open space with ample casual seating with direct access to the winter garden. In addition to a new kitchen, the main structural changes took place in the sleeping area. There are now five bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. As an interior designer and owner of a range of home accessories, Gélis made sure that each room has a unique atmosphere, largely defined by its location and color scheme: a room in the tower with a gabled roof and 56

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A mix of architectural design and interior style combines the best of old and new and creates an uplifting atmosphere.

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Carefree living at its best includes an upstairs pool and veranda from which one can glimpse the Rio skyline.

half-moon windows; a couple of rooms with direct access onto the outdoor veranda; and one with a view of the city in the distance. The fun was just starting, however, when the owner and designer started juxtaposing strong colors with the simplicity of white, playing with surfaces and structures. The Xian blue and the star anise, zinc gray and hawthorn all coordinated to underline the base colors of the designer’s own fabric collection. The decoration of the bedrooms is best described as “blossom pop” — that multi-colored fresh mix of shades inspired by the seventies. Bold orange covers for a sofa, poetic abstract flowers for

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Ornamental elements from the original building that were allowed to survive the thorough renovation are painted white.

bed cushions, stringent stripes on a tang chaise lounge – these are the pieces that catch the eye. Many of the furniture pieces were made in Brazil and were given a second life after they were found in antique stores or the local flea market. Side by side, in complete harmony, is a coffee table in jacaranda wood by the renowned Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues and an ebony wooden console, a heritage piece of the former owner, a baroque crystal chandelier in the hallway and newly upholstered dining room chairs under a Japanese paper lantern. Small sculptures and paintings by local artists are 60

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the designer’s finds from the studios in his neighborhood. The colors of the walls and ceilings are an integral part of the décor and add to the feeling of freshness and joy throughout. Those ornamental elements from the original building that were allowed to survive the thorough renovation are painted white – the arches over the hallway doors, for example, add an element of playfulness to the space. Overall, this oasis embodies the best of the old and the new by bringing boldness through color and allows its visitors to enjoy the carefree lifestyle promised by the Carioca capital. ❂

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INTERVIEW Adriana Scalamandré Bitter

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INTERVIEW Adriana Scalamandré Bitter

Capturing Moments In Time Adriana “Yana” Scalamandré Bitter finds joy as an artist WRITTEN BY ANN TAYLOR ❂ PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTINA TANNERY

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At home in her “little cottage on a lake,” Yana reflects on the artistic journey that began when she was a young girl of six.

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n a picture-perfect spring morning, Adriana “Yana” Scalamandré Bitter looks out the windows of her garden room and smiles. Even though clusters of palm trees, flowering shrubs and sparkling lake waters are familiar sights, they never fail to inspire her creative muse. “An artist once told me: if you cannot find something outside your front or back door to paint, then you’re not an artist. There’s always something — a tree, a flower, a building just waiting for you,” says Yana, gesturing towards an easel where the painting of a weathered barn awaits final brush strokes. “I love to record the way things are today, for tomorrow they could be gone,” says the lifelong artist who delights in capturing moments in time. “At this year’s Art by the Sea show I sold a painting I did of Peterson’s Grove. The groves with all their orange trees are slowly disappearing and I would like to think that the person who bought my painting wanted to remember what the land once looked like.” Many of Yana’s moments in time will be forever linked with Scalamandré, the textile firm famous for designing and weaving silks, wools, linens, cottons and elaborate trims that her father Franco founded in 1929. Yana was just 8 years old when her painting of angels and ribbons inspired the creation of a new fabric design. By the time she turned 10 she was hand-painting designs on textiles and her father presented her with her first commission. However, not all of the young girl’s artistic inspirations were commission worthy. Yana’s brown eyes sparkle as she tells of a well-intended embellishment gone wrong. “I was about 6 years old when my parents got their first Zenith television set. It was a beautiful piece of furniture and they were so proud of it,” she recalls. “I looked at the doors and thought they would look so much better if they had a design on them, so I decided

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Pavilions in the park not far from Vero Beach Museum of Art. Yana wanted to capture the touch of red blossoms and the bright yellow behind the hedge.

to carve one. I could never understand why when my mother got home and took one look at what I had done, she sat down and cried.” Not to be deterred from her artistic pursuits, Yana continued drawing as images of deer and circus horses flew from her lively imagination on to paper, then fabric. “I never stopped drawing or painting,” she muses. “We had a beach cottage and my father had an Italian artist come to work with me when I was about 7. I remember he told my father don’t give her too many lessons. Let her be creative and learn by herself.” And learn she did, not only about art, but also about history, as Scalamandré’s portfolio of historical renovations grew to include hundreds of high-profile restorations such as the Metropolitan Opera House, William Randolph Heart’s castle in San Simeon, California, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. If and when Franco was told none of the original textiles were to be found, he knew just where to search. “My father saw a mouse hole at Mount Vernon and recommended that it should be opened with the possi64

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Yana feels fortunate that the museum has an open studio with models. This one looked a bit sad so she added a box of oil paints and a gentleman behind her bringing flowers to another lady, not to her.

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Plein air painting captured Yana’s fancy years ago thanks to an invitation from an artist friend, and whenever possible, nature becomes her inspiration.

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INTERVIEW Adriana Scalamandré Bitter

Ever since she was a child in New York, Yana has been filling sketchbooks with her drawings.

bility that original scraps of fabrics could be found in the hole. Mice are known for stealing bits of materials to use for their nests,” says Yana. “Sure enough, they opened walls and found layers of fabric inside, as well as a silver spoon. We reproduced a piece of original dimity that was found.” Yana and the Scalamandré story wouldn’t be complete without a romantic twist that had a happy ending. She had just turned 19 when she met and fell in love with a young man by the name of Edwin Bitter. There was a problem, however: Edwin was in the Navy, and marrying him would mean leaving her family and the business that had become such an integral part of her life. “When Ed asked my father for permission to marry me my father told him, ‘No, not unless you come and work with me for one year,’” Yana says with a knowing smile. “Ed’s father was a collector who was always into American history, and once Ed saw what we were doing with all of the historic restorations, he loved it, left the Navy and came into the business.” Three years later the two were married. And that posed another problem. “I literally didn’t know how to boil an egg,” admits Yana, who turned to her mother for help. Ed never suspected a thing, as his young bride was a fast learner. “To me, cooking is an art. It’s like creating a painting where you say to yourself, oh, maybe I need a little 66

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bit more purple, or red, or maybe yellow,” Yana laughs as her hands add imaginary ingredients to what she calls her “refrigerator salad.” The same can be said for her homemade soups as she culls through the contents of the refrigerator for tasty and eye-pleasing ingredients. While Yana focused on product design in her studio at Scalmandré’s mill in New York City, Ed oversaw sales. The couple worked hard, and the company thrived. When time allowed they would head south to their rest and relaxation home in Ocean Reef, Key Largo. After they retired, the couple settled there until Ed’s deteriorating health led them to Vero Beach. “We knew we needed to be closer to good medical facilities, and we had often visited friends here. Ed and I loved everything about Vero — the culture, the theatre, the art museum — and we found the perfect place,” says Yana, describing what she fondly refers to as “our little cottage on a lake.” “The house was perfect. The only thing wrong was there wasn’t a place for me to have an art studio, and I really wanted one. Where we live there are strict architectural rules and requirements and you’re not able to add to the footprint, so I found this little niche. I pushed out the wall and created a small studio where I do my watercolors and sketches.” One would never know the space off a hallway

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INTERVIEW Adriana Scalamandré Bitter

Yana designed this Scalamandré pattern about 65 years ago. It is silk and textured cotton woven in the company’s New York mill, which no longer exists.

A small but bright art studio is perfect for watercolor painting.

between bedrooms was never part of the original structure. This is where Yana’s drawing table, painting and drawing supplies, and a wall covered with sketches, designs and art awards reside. Sun filters in through louvered French doors that open to a lanai where carefully tended orchids bloom. Yana wasted no time in joining Vero Beach Art Club and signing up to take art classes at Vero Beach Museum of Art. “I thought I’d died and had wakened in artist’s heaven,” Yana smiles. “The art club is wonderful because you have a commonality with other members and there are meetings, presentations and exhibits.” When a fellow artist invited her to join her group of plein air painters, Yana was hooked. “I love painting out of doors. Every Wednesday I paint with a group of artists, and we go somewhere — McKee, Rock City, often they come here and we paint in my back yard. I have my little cart and I’ll tuck in a couple of canvases, paints, brushes, a sketchbook and pencils. “I prefer to paint on site; I rarely work from a photograph, except maybe on the beach, where children can run free and play. They move so quickly it’s sometimes hard to capture them. Last year I sold a painting called ‘The Red Bucket.’ It was of a little boy on the beach with his red bucket. He was everywhere with that bucket and reminded me of my own son,” says the mother of four,

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grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother to 12. Even though Yana paints mostly with oils, she is also adept at watercolor, which she notes takes much more discipline. “With oil I might want to move the tree from here to there, or maybe I decide I don’t want a blue sky after all, I want a purple one, and I can make the changes. You can’t do that in watercolor.” Yet above all, a simple pencil and sketchbook are favored tools. “They’re always with me, especially when I travel. I never know what I will see. For example, if I’m waiting for someone or at an airport I can start drawing. I love the pencil because it’s so easy to carry.” It was Yana’s pencil drawings that prompted her elementary school principal to take interest and make a special request. “When I was in first grade, PS131 in Jamaica Estates (New York), the principal called me into her office and handed me a notebook. She said just fill this with your drawings and give it back to me when you’ve finished, so I did. Years later when she was retiring, she gave it back to me. She had kept it all that time,” says Yana, savoring a special memory. Perhaps that is why she is rarely without her sketchbook and pencil. Even though Ed has passed away and Scalamandré is a thing of the past for Yana, her days are full. “I have wonderful memories, a beautiful family, many friends, and I enjoy golf, music, and travel with my special new friend Bob, while I continue to find time to paint,” Yana enthuses. “Before I was working in textile design, which I loved, now I can express myself the way I want to. “I was born an artist. Even though I don’t recall anyone putting a crayon or pencil in my hand, I just remember that as a child I would sit down and draw every day for hours. I’m able do the same thing now, and it’s wonderful.” ❂

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Summer In The Tropics Tips for getting fit and healthy in our steamy climate

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the best equipment right here. Whatever your goal, you can get there inside or out. Florida boasts numerous gyms and salons, plus miles of paths for bikes or skates and even more miles of uncrowded beaches for walking or jogging. The great outdoors can be great for you, but be smart. Moderation and common sense are the only way to achieve your beauty and fitness goals. Fad diets and furious fits of sporadic exercise will wear you out without paring you down. Rule Number 1: Don’t even think about going outside without sunscreen — even on cloudy days. SPF of 15 or higher will protect your skin from that ultimate villain, melanoma causer and rapid wrinkler: ultraviolet light. Don’t only slather up when you’re headed for the beach or a tennis game; you can get plenty of sun just walking to your car across a parking lot. And don't forget about umbrellas, wide-brimmed hats and good, old-fashioned shade for sun protection. Tommy Dorsey made a mint on Sunny Side of The Street, but you’re better off avoiding it whenever possible.

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summer, that doesn’t mean you’ll be all alone. Whiterumped sandpipers, American oyster catchers and Wilson’s plovers scurry along the water’s edge looking for coquina clams and tiny crustaceans. Brown pelicans and graceful least terns dive for their dinner while laughing gulls are shoreline scavengers, as anyone who has ever opened a picnic basket knows. Way up you may see a soaring osprey and watch him swoop into the sea to grab his lunch. Scan past the surf and you may spot a dolphin or a leaping manta ray. Schools of bait fish turn the surface silver. (That’s when you stay out of the water because the big fish may be following.) Beach combing is best after a storm. Look for sea beans, interesting shells, sand dollars, maybe even a message in a bottle or shipwreck booty. If you find plastic or styrofoam objects washed up, please do the wildlife a favor and take the trash home to throw it away.

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. – THOMAS CARLYLE

fter you’ve cleared your plan with your doctor (although it seems that most doctors will do anything to make you exercise rather than tell you not to), set yourself a schedule. It’s so easy to get into a habit and so hard to break one — except of course if it’s a habit that's good for you, like exercise. It’s easier to keep to a program if you do it regularly. There are many would-be workout wonders who are so skeptical of their self-discipline that they must attend scheduled classes or work out with a personal trainer in order to exercise at all. High-intensity interval training, spinning and step aerobics, in descending order of intensity, are all good calorie burners and excellent cardiovascular training. Because they are lessons in perpetual motion, they are true aerobic exercises — nonstop, as opposed to kick boxing and the like, which are anaerobic, or start and stop. They’re great for the heart and for strengthening but not as calorie consuming as the others. A high-intensity interval training class will burn about 600 calories in 45 minutes. A 45-minute spinning class, in which participants ride stationary bicycles at their own speed and intensity, will burn up about 500 calories. (You won't find it hard to pedal fast with a throbbing disco beat and shouted encouragement from the teacher.) Step aerobics is just a bit less intense, burning 300 to 500 calories an hour.

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older men who perform high-intensity training don’t increase risk to their coronary arteries and that aerobic capacity does not necessarily decrease with age as previously thought. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed that elderly men and women, who had been so frail that most depended on walkers to get around, increased their mobility substantially after only 10 weeks of strength training. One hundred men and women in their 80s and 90s, all of whom had at least one chronic illness, improved their strength by 118 percent, resulting in increased ability to walk quickly and to climb stairs more easily. A long-held belief that after a certain age the human body is unable to exercise strenuously has been debunked, and the observation has been made that people who do not do weight-bearing exercises lose muscle mass quickly. The 10-week program increased the subject’s ability to climb stairs by 28 percent and increased their walking speed by 12 percent. One 85-year-old who was lifting 5 pounds at the beginning of the program was lifting 15 by the end. Dr. Maria Fiatarone, who conducted the study at Tufts University, says, “If you do nothing, muscle will decline rapidly and this impacts functioning in a variety of ways — flexibility, balance and cardiovascular well-being. Muscle training can prevent loss of independence and prevent people from becoming chair- or bed-bound.” A 10-year investigation of death rates among more than 800 Dutch men over the age of 64 at the commencement of the study reports that men with the highest activity levels had a 30 percent lower death rate than the men in the lowest activity group. Reductions in death risk seemed to rise along with increases in exercise intensity. For example, the study showed that overall risks for fatal stroke were 60 percent lower among men who took part in high-energy workouts regularly compared with less strenuous routines. The life-prolonging program of 20 minutes of exercise at least three times a week can be extrapolated to elderly women. Another study report in USA Today showed that Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese martial art, cuts the risk of dangerous falls among the elderly by almost one half. The body motions are slow and measured and improved balance and stability, reducing the risk of falls, the biggest health hazard for older people. 70

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Excellent Vibes in Your Home: How and Why You Should Make Them Flow BY BRIDGET WEBBER

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our emotions arise due to thoughts that can be stimulated by your environment. Walk into a house that’s cluttered and has an unpleasant smell, and you won’t feel good. You’ll entertain negative thoughts, and your built-in disgust response will kick in. Humans are designed to enjoy pleasant surroundings. They respond to a safe, fresh, pleasing environment by producing feel-good chemicals. Junk, stale air and dark colors create a bad atmosphere that makes you uncomfortable. Recent research into the effect of the environment on emotions involved hooking up a volunteer to an EEG machine. It showed brainwaves change when someone’s in a room that’s been subject to feng shui. According to the principles of feng shui, object placement in rooms influences wellness. When the volunteer in the experiment was in a room designed to create a pleasant atmosphere, her brainwaves entered the alpha state. Her mind was in a state of peace because her environment was pleasing. When the subject entered a room where feng shui hadn’t been applied, her brainwaves went into a beta state. Beta thinking, although fine for everyday tasks, isn’t conducive to creativity or getting in the zone. It’s associated with logic and dealing with problems. While in beta, you might worry as your mind attempts to find solutions, making you stressed. The alpha brainwaves created by being in a pleasant

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he first step to creating excellent vibes at home or work involves getting rid of clutter. According to feng shui, junk and rubbish stop healthy energy circulating. They also create mental unease because they make life difficult. You have to move around piles of clutter, or you may trip. Additionally, finding things under mountains of stuff is hard. Don’t only reduce clutter, however. Get rid of anything that’s not useful, meaningful or beautiful. The thoughts attached to objects influence your mood. Thus, that clumpy piece of furniture you’ve meant to throw out makes you tense. Also, the books you don’t read

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from yesteryear don’t reflect your current taste. They remind you of the past and subconsciously hold you back from being who you are now. Next, use mirrors to reflect light from windows, change the air in rooms and consider the color scheme. Dark colors can create dark moods, while light ones generate light emotions. Avoid dark red and black, which can make people feel hostile, and favor sky blue, white, or pale green. The next step is to consider your taste with regards to what makes you feel terrific. Some people like incense, crystals, cushions and soft throws. Others like minimalism, along with modern technology. Use what you already find uplifting rather than letting others suggest what will make you produce happy thoughts. Bring excellent vibes into your home, and you will feel different. Your mood will be good, despite what’s happening around you. Even if your emotions slip, you can breathe in the atmosphere of the environment and cope well. Seeing objects and colors you enjoy will inspire you, helping you produce alpha brainwaves. As a result, you’ll be creative, innovative and calm. ❂

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The home should be the treasure chest of living. – LE CORBUSIER

environment generated a stress-busting, meditative, creative state. Although there are times when you don’t mind having beta brainwaves, out-of-the-box thinking, which creates unique solutions, only happens when you switch mental states. Shifting to an alpha state will relieve anxiety, leaving you tranquil, while also helping you come up with ideas. Thus, ensuring your home or office encourages alpha brainwaves can help you relax and be innovative.

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TABLE TALK Mangoes

Backyard Bounty Cool, refreshing and abundant in the tropics this time of year, mangoes are the perfect ingredient to sweeten up your summer

Cold Mango “Cappuccino” MAKES 3 COCKTAILS PREP TIME: 45 MIN

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cup whipping cream, chilled tablespoon confectioners sugar cups peeled and coarsely chopped mangoes cup lime juice teaspoons grated fresh ginger teaspoon finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 1 cup orange juice ½ teaspoon salt 1. For whipped cream: chill a metal or glass mixing bowl and beaters from an electric mixer in the freezer for about 10 minutes. 2. To chilled bowl add whipping cream and sugar. Using electric mixer beat the cream and sugar well, until stiff peaks form. Cover and chill. 3. Place the mango, lime juice, ginger, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce in a blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth. Add orange juice and salt and transfer to a very large nonmetallic container. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. 4. When ready to serve, stir mango mixture again, pour into glasses and top with fresh chilled whipped cream and any desired garnish.

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Shared dining fortifies us. – DENG MING-DAO

Chicken, Mango and Mint Skewers MAKES 24 SKEWERS PREP TIME: 35 MIN

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cup water cup brown sugar tablespoons lime juice tablespoons Thai fish sauce slices deli chicken teaspoon salt teaspoon pepper wooden skewers mint leaves mangoes, diced large cups sweet and sour dipping sauce

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1. In a small pot, on high heat bring water to a boil. Then turn heat down to simmer. Add brown sugar. Stir until fully dissolved. Add lime juice. Simmer for 5 minutes. Next add the fish sauce and remove from heat. Taste the sauce for a balance of sweet, sour and salty flavors. Add more fish sauce if too bland, more sugar if too tart, etc. Put in a bowl and place in refrigerator to cool quickly, or simply set aside to come to room temperature. 2. Place the chicken deli meat in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. 3. To make the chicken skewers, start with a slice of chicken topped with a large mint leave or two smaller mint leaves. Weave the wooden skewer through the chicken and the mint stopping halfway to add a piece of mango before weaving the skewer all the way through. Serve the skewers with sweet and sour dipping sauce.

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Avocado and Mango Salad with Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes MAKES 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 15 MIN VINAIGRETTE

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tablespoons lime juice tablespoon champagne vinegar tablespoons grape seed oil tablespoons olive oil teaspoon honey teaspoon Dijon mustard Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Add all ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid.

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1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. 2. Pour in the vinaigrette and toss until everything is coated. 3. Portion onto individual serving plates to serve.

2. Shake until completely incorporated.

Pork Chops with Mango Salsa MAKES 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 35 MIN

1. Preheat broiler and position the oven rack 4-inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place pork on prepared baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Brush with adobo sauce; sprinkle with brown sugar. 2. Broil for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest

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part of the pork chop, avoiding bone, registers 155 degrees. Let rest 5 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine mango, onion, jalapeño and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Spoon mango salsa over the pork chops and serve with a side salad, if desired.

4 bone-in pork loin chops, trimmed of fat Coarse salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon adobo sauce 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into a ½-inch dice ½ small red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 small jalapeño pepper, rinsed, trimmed, seeds removed and finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

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Grilled Scallops with Mango Salad MAKES 6 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 68 MIN MANGO SALAD

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Food should be fun. – THOMAS KELLER

medium ripe mangoes, peeled and seeded tablespoon fresh lime juice tablespoons good quality olive oil tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1. Chop the mangoes and place in a bowl. Using a separate bowl, whisk the lime juice and olive oil together. 2. Season with cilantro, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, whisking to incorporate. 3. Drizzle over mangoes, gently stirring to thoroughly coat. 4. Cover and chill for about 30 minutes to incorporate the flavors.

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6 cups sea scallops, tough tendon removed ½ cup butter 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1. Prepare the grill for direct grilling. Preheat to high heat. Rinse the scallops under cold running water, drain and pat dry with paper towels.

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2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the cilantro, garlic and sesame seeds. Cook until fragrant but not brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. 3. Brush the scallops with about 1/2 of the butter mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place

scallops on skewers or in a grill skillet or fish grate. Grill until just cooked, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not over cook. 4. Drizzle remaining butter mixture over scallops. Serve immediately with mango salad.

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White Wines With Color WRITTEN BY CHRIS FASOLINO

Mastroberardino's vineyard near Mount Vesuvius

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hen you think of a great location for a vineyard, an active volcano may not be the first place that springs to mind. However, that is precisely where one classic and distinctive variety of white wine is produced. Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy, is a wine with vibrant flavors to match its unusual background. It’s one of several exotic white wine varieties that I will be focusing on in this issue’s column. Any of these wines would be a refreshing choice for a tropical summer evening.

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On the Volcano

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efore Mount Vesuvius erupted in the first century, the Romans knew it as a rich agricultural area. On its slopes, they built villas — and they planted vineyards. What they did not know was the richness of the soil came at a price. Yes, volcanic ash does make for incredibly fertile soil, but Vesuvius erupted in the year 79, destroying Pompeii and other nearby cities. An eyewitness account from an ancient Roman writer related how “on Mount Vesuvius broad sheets of fire and leaping flames blazed at several points, their bright glare emphasized by the darkness of night.” Today, although we know that Vesuvius is an active volcano, winemakers are still tending vineyards on its slopes — perhaps in keeping with another Roman proverb which claims that “fortune favors

the bold.” A bold, swashbuckling spirit is also in keeping with the culture of nearby Naples, where the ever-present sight of the blue cone of Vesuvius on the horizon is a dramatic backdrop to the theatrical flair of one of Italy’s great cities. The grapes that grow from the rich volcanic soil are used by the winemakers at a vineyard known as Mastroberardino to make the unique white wine Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco. Mastroberardino’s website remarks that “it is impossible to ignore such a force of nature in the expression of aromas and flavors,” and sure enough, Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco is a vibrant wine. Its color is pale gold, and the wine is rich with aromas as fresh and green as new spring grass and with bright, refreshing flavors reminiscent of lemon and other citrus fruits. Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio is a unique wine because of its place of origin; it’s also unusual in that the white (bianco) is more renowned than the red. The name “Lacryma Christi,” which translates as “the tears of Christ,” refers to an old story with several variations, wherein Christ is weeping over the wickedness he has seen, and the vines grow from his tears.

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Flowers of the Andes

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raveling from the Old World to the New, a delightful white wine variety from South America is torrontés. Torrontés is distinctive to Argentina, which is an increasingly important country in the world of wine. Just take note of the increasing popularity of Malbec, Argentina’s signature red variety, which is grown at high-elevation vineyards in the Andes. There, the vines produce yields which are small, but which have very concentrated flavors, making Andean Malbec a rich red wine. Malbec’s counterpart, in a sense, is torrontés, a white variety which also thrives in Andean vineyards. Torrontés tends to be flowery and can also have flavors reminiscent of tropical fruit. A particularly vibrant example that I tried recently is Piattelli Reserve Torrontés, from a vineyard with an elevation of 5,900 feet. The label features an artistic image of mountain slopes and cacti. This wine is intensely fruity with flavors that reminded me slightly of fresh pineapple. There is also a slight effervescence to Piatelli Reserve Torrontés, which is not necessarily characteristic of the grape variety, but which gives this example a festive air.

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ot only are all of these wines refreshing in hot weather, but they also have another quality that makes them well-suited to coastal life: they all pair very well with seafood. The flavor of grouper, snapper, or any other fresh Treasure Coast fish would be enhanced by a glass of one of these white wines. The same is true of shellfish dishes. A platter of fresh fruit would make for an equally tropical vegetarian option. The torrontés could also complement spicy Asian dishes (which can be notoriously tricky to match with a wine). Each of these white wines has a colorful background, and each one has vibrant flavors to offer. Any one of them would be a fine choice for a tropical summer evening. ❂

Wine is bottled poetry. – ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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A beach in Phuket, Thailand, invites visitors to relax among coconut palms and calm turquoise water.

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THE EXCURSIONIST Thailand

Soujorn to Siam Paradise takes planning — here’s a helpful guide to visiting Thailand

WRITTEN BY WARREN DAVIES

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he Kingdom of Thailand receives around 30 million tourists per year and its capital, Bangkok, was the second most-visited city in the world in 2015. There’s a long list of reasons for Thailand’s popularity, including its rich culinary heritage, tropical climate, sun-kissed beaches, ancient archaeological sites, exotic wildlife, lively festivals, thriving nightlife and relatively inexpensive living costs. Before you pack your bags, take a little time to prepare for this trip of a lifetime.

Vaccinations Make sure all of your normal vaccinations are complete and up-to-date, then get hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus shots. Additional vaccinations may be advised, depending on the specific area you want to visit and what activities you plan to engage in; speak to your doctor for more details. Note that some vaccinations are given over a period of weeks or months, so go to your doctor about this as soon as you begin to plan your travels.

Visa Note: visa requirements can change without notice, so check with the Thai embassy for confirmation prior to traveling. According to the Thai embassy website, citizens of many countries can apply for a visa-on-arrival, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and most of Europe. This grants you 30 days if you arrive by air, 15 if by land and can be extended up to 60 additional days if you receive permission from the Thai embassy. You must have cash or traveler’s checks equivalent to 20,000 Thai Baht (approximately U.S. $600) upon arrival, as well as proof of onward travel within the allotted time period.

Getting There It is a long journey from the United States, but once you arrive you will find the lengthy flights were well worth it. As there are no direct flights from the United States, ensuring that you travel with a reliable and comfortable airline is important. Mary Lane, owner of Eileen’s Travel based in West Palm Beach, reccomends Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple in the Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

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Colorful boats tie up at a Krabi beach, where the temperature is always tropical.

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Cathay Pacific Airlines with a stop over in Hong Kong. At Hong Kong’s airport (HKG) you will not have to clear customs; there is no terminal change to continue to Bangkok; and you will find some of the best business and first-class lounges in the world. The airport also has delicious noodle bars to keep you satisfied during the three-hour flight to your final destination.

Exploring Knowing a bit about local customs and other ins and outs when traveling is part of the trip preparation process. Here are a few suggestions to guide you in Thailand: • Haggling at the markets is the norm. Those who love a good deal will not want to miss shopping at the night markets, which offer a carnival-like atmosphere. • Even conservative eaters shouldn’t hold back from enjoying Bangkok’s 24-hour street-side food stalls. • Dress appropriately when visiting sacred sites such as temples. Shoes must be removed before entering, and shoulders, knees and ankles must be covered. • The country is filled with world-renowned spas. A refreshing spa treatment can be a relaxing way to end a day of sightseeing.

A boardwalk leads through the forest at Ang Ka Nature Trail in Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest summit in Thailand.

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A mahout, or elephant tender, bathes an elephant in the river in Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand.

A traditional Thai pattern in Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

When To Go Thailand has three seasons: summer, winter and the wet season. February, March and April are the hottest months, with max temperatures reaching about 104 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. The wet season starts in May, bringing the highs down to around 86 degrees and averages to 77 degrees. This rainy time period runs through October, so you’ll need ponchos and umbrellas in these months. You’ll get the best weather from November to January, when the rain eases up but the temperatures stay in the same range. However, these are the most popular months to visit, so expect tourist spots to be more crowded.

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A woman sells Thai food at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, a market southwest of Bangkok highly popular among tourists.

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Crest Resort and Pool Villas, situated atop a hillside on Tri Trang Beach on Phuket Island, offers luxury and privacy.

The Heo Sin Chai cave with overhanging waterfall houses a Buddhist temple near Kaeng Tana National Park in eastern Thailand.

Phanom Rung is a temple complex built in the 10th to 13th centuries on the rim of an extinct volcano in Buriram Province.

Modern highrises flank the Chao Phraya River that runs through Bangkok, the most populated city in Thailand.

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Women dance at the Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai during the Songkran Festival, Thailand’s new year celebration in April.

Packing For Paradise Packing for a trip to Thailand can pose quite the challenge as visitors who are planning to trek in the northern region will most likely also visit the sunny beaches of the south, so you’ll need options for both areas. As a starting point, be sure to pack in a lightweight suitcase or backpack. Even if you left your backpacking days behind you long ago, lugging around a large, heavy suitcase is less than practical in this part of the world. Also, clothing is inexpensive in Thailand, so if you do underpack, a trip to the market for a few additional items is an easy fix. 86

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TOILETRIES • Sunscreen • Mosquito repellent • Imodium/other medicines • Toothbrush and toothpaste • Anti-bacterial cleaning wipes or sanitizing gel • Travel shampoo/conditioner • Bugbite relief cream DOCUMENTS • Passport and photocopies in both checked bag and carry-on • Copy of travel insurance policy • Flight tickets • Address of your hotel or directions to give to the taxi driver

CLOTHES • Shorts and long pants (generally unnecessary during the hottest months, but many temples require legs to be covered) • Lightweight T-shirts • Walking shoes and sandals • Scarf or sarong • Sunglasses • Raincoat or poncho Temples, tropical forests and a colorful mix of historical and modern architecture await. And once you experience the happy faces and rich traditions of Thailand, you, too, will call it the Land of Smiles. ❂

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The Source For Luxury Properties In Vero Beach

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1975 Ocean Ridge Circle 6 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH OCEAN RIDGE ❖ $2,800,000 ALEX MACWILLIAM REAL ESTATE MICHELE RITCHIE ❖ 772-532-7288

European luxury abounds in this custom oceanfront home. Its epicurean kitchen features two refrigerators, a six-burner range with double ovens, two dishwashers, and two islands. An adjacent eat-in area opens onto a lanai with an outdoor kitchen overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Other luxuries include a climate controlled 700+ bottle wine room, a guest kitchenette, a bunk room offering four built-in single beds and two trundles, a master suite with sitting room and private deck, and an exercise room. Architectural details include coffered ceilings, an elevator, two fireplaces and impact glass.

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5135 St. Andrew’s Drive 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH ST. ANDREW’S ISLAND, GRAND HARBOR ❖ $1,300,000 ALEX MACWILLIAM REAL ESTATE STACEY CLAWSON ❖ 772-559-7984

Find splendor and serenity in this elegant waterfront home with guest casita on St. Andrew’s Island in Grand Harbor. Enjoy formal affairs in the living room with wet bar or casual gatherings in the open gourmet kitchen with four-seat bar, wine cooler and breakfast nook. This home features a custom office, billiard room and theater room as well as a courtyard pool, spa and summer kitchen. Fine architectural details include marble floors and crown moulding. Its spacious patio overlooks the estuary, golf vistas and incredible sunsets.

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1211 Indian Mound Trail 7 BEDROOMS ❖ 5 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH CASTAWAY COVE ❖ $1,850,000 BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES CHERYL BURGE ❖ 772-538-0063

This home offers everything a family needs to live in comfort and style. Designed to maximize direct riverfront views, the first floor offers an open plan with two bedrooms. The second floor features a luxurious master suite, loft and three more bedrooms, plus a bonus two-room suite with bath and private entry. Enjoy a large pool area, dock and lift, granted beach access and guard-gated community.

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222 Rudder Road 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS THE MOORINGS ❖ $1,695,000 BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES ANDREW HARPER ❖ 772-633-6336 GENA GROVE ❖ 772-633-0106

Priced well below recent appraisal, this beautifully updated home in The Anchor lies on a half-acre lot and has a deepwater dock for two boats with a lift. Features include gorgeous water views, a first-floor master bedroom, open kitchen/family room and river views from almost every room. The house offers casual elegance with a wine room and a summer kitchen, a large pool with a hot tub and a three-car garage.

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260 Riverway Drive 5 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH SEAGROVE WEST ❖ $1,295,000 BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES LUCY HENDRICKS ❖ JANE SCHWIERING 772-538-0063

Built in 2001, this riverfront home boasts 4,500 square feet and two 2-room cabana suites with bathrooms. The house offers a luxe master/sitting area, handsome details and moldings, 12-foot coffered and tray ceilings, heated pool and spa, outdoor barbecue and a four-car garage. The house comes with slip No. 34 in SGW Marina, and the community offers a guarded gate and tennis courts.

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124 Estuary Drive 5 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH THE ESTUARY ❖ $1,199,000 BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES DEBBIE BELL ❖ 772-473-7255

Grand courtyard heated-pool home with attached twostory residence. Great light. One of the largest lots in The Estuary with lake views, lush landscaping and expanded front circular drive. First time on the market. Meticulous home has high-end features and luxury throughout. Mahogany doors, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, custom cabinetry, granite, chef’s kitchen, central vacuum, California closets and extra storage. Boat slip at the community dock, a rarity, available at a negotiated price.

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1804 Ocean Drive 6 BEDROOMS ❖ 5 FULL BATHS, 2 HALF BATHS OLD RIOMAR ❖ $6,750,000 DALEY & COMPANY REAL ESTATE SALLY DALEY ❖ 772-538-4503

The best address on Vero’s barrier island — coveted Old Riomar. This 2012 oceanfront residence with guest house on 0.63 acre has 100 feet of frontage on an accreting beach. The home features 6,732 square feet of fine finishes, exquisite millwork and built-ins, walnut and marble flooring. Main and upper masters, den with fireplace, ocean room, kitchen with 10-foot shell stone island and Wolf gas range, new pool and dune crossover. Walk or bike to Ocean Drive shops and the weekend farmers market.

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45 Dove Plum Road 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 5 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH JOHN’S ISLAND ❖ $6,475,000 JOHN’S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY 772-231-0900

This alluring waterfront retreat enjoys nearly 180 feet of river frontage, colorful sunsets and breathtaking, panoramic views. Nestled on a generous 1.49± acre homesite, the large island kitchen opens onto the vaulted ceiling family room with fireplace looking out to the lap pool and Indian River views beyond. Features include 7,027± gross square feet, dock, library with fireplace, great room with fireplace, natural stone appointments, architectural detailing, luxurious master suite and office.

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692 Ocean Road 5 BEDROOMS ❖ 6 FULL BATHS, 2 HALF BATHS JOHN’S ISLAND ❖ $12,500,000 JOHN’S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY 772-231-0900

Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac on one of the largest oceanfront lots in John’s Island, this luxurious estate enjoys breathtaking ocean views. Privacy is paramount. Designed for indoor and outdoor entertaining, this impressive and notable retreat features 14,574± gross square feet, double-height living room, gourmet island kitchen, first floor master wing, handsome library, wine bar, elevator, second level master suite with seaside balcony, guest en-suites with private balconies and a four-car garage.

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180 Sago Palm Road 3 BEDROOMS ❖ 5 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH JOHN’S ISLAND ❖ $2,550,000 JOHN’S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY 772-231-0900

Designed by Clem Schaub, this beautiful residence embraces serene pool and Lake Ream views. Exquisite architectural detailing and generous outdoor living areas complement this 6,922± gross-square-foot home offering an expansive main level with island kitchen, family room, dining room, living room with fireplace and wet bar, library and game room. Upstairs, the private master wing and two guest suites each have private balconies with unmatched views — awaiting your personal touches!

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250 Llwyd’s Lane 5 BEDROOMS ❖ 6 FULL BATHS, 2 HALF BATHS JOHN’S ISLAND ❖ $4,200,000 JOHN’S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY 772-231-0900

Truly splendid, this gorgeous masterpiece expands onto private outdoor living areas centered around the tropically landscaped pool. Sited on a quiet cul-de-sac along multiple fairways of the North Course, this 8,694± gross-square-foot retreat features a desirable central location, custom millwork, gourmet kitchen with center island, walk-in wine room, covered patio with built-in barbecue, luxurious first floor master suite, living room with fireplace, den, cabana with kitchenette and second floor guest en-suites with balconies.

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155 Anchor Drive 3 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH THE ANCHOR AT THE MOORINGS ❖ $1,900,000 THE MOORINGS REALTY SALES CO. 772-231-5131

This superb location allows for endless views of the Indian River to watch sunsets, dolphins and manatees! Offering a first floor master suite, two en suite guest bedrooms, and an updated kitchen with a breakfast room. The house has about 3,860 square feet under air and boasts a spacious living room, separate dining room, Florida room and a family room with stone fireplace. The covered lanai, pool/spa and brand new dock will allow Florida living at its best.  Other features include a new roof and a three-car garage. 

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108 Springline Drive 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS THE ANCHOR AT THE MOORINGS ❖ $1,595,000 THE MOORINGS REALTY SALES CO. 772-231-5131

This waterfront residence boasts desired southern exposure which affords lots of natural light. Offering one story living, custom millwork and finishes, a lavish master suite, screened lanai, pool, spa and a deepwater protected dock with a 6,000-pound boat lift. This jewel of a home is located in the prestigious guard-gated community of “The Anchor” and just a short distance to The Moorings private beach access, The Moorings Yacht and Country Club and Saint Edward’s School.

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385 Indies Drive 3 BEDROOMS ❖ 3 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH ORCHID ISLAND GOLF & BEACH CLUB ❖ $1,245,000 ORCHID ISLAND REALTY SCOTT OBERLINK - HEIDI LEVY ❖ 772-388-3888

Superb architectural details and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of this one-of-a-kind courtyard estate that is encompassed in tropical landscaping. This home offers exceptional privacy on an expansive estate homesite. The West Indies design provides light-filled ambiance in voluminous galleries, media room, and two studies. Notable interior features include 12-foot ceilings, extensive trim and crown moldings, 8-foot solid wood doors, Saturnia marble and wood flooring. The open gourmet kitchen is complete with granite surfaces and stainless steel gas appliances overlooking a captivating courtyard, custom pool, spa and summer kitchen.

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529 White Pelican Circle 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 5 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH ORCHID ISLAND GOLF & BEACH CLUB ❖ $3,150,000 ORCHID ISLAND REALTY SCOTT OBERLINK - HEIDI LEVY ❖ 772-388-3888

Designed with Caribbean architecture and perfect scale and proportion, this home is sited for maximum views and exposure on a water and golf estate. Pyramidpeaked ceilings and sky-high impact windows and doors draw light through every cool, marble-floored room. An open gourmet kitchen features granite surfaces, professional appliances and a large island. The spacious family room overlooks an infinity edge pool. The owner’s wing affords complete privacy including two full baths, dressing room, study and scenic veranda. This island retreat provides a relaxing atmosphere for all treasured celebrations with family and guests.

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50 Beachside Drive #201 3 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS ORCHID ISLAND GOLF & BEACH CLUB ❖ $1,950,000 ORCHID ISLAND REALTY SCOTT OBERLINK - HEIDI LEVY ❖ 772-388-3888

Soar above the dunes in this breathtaking oceanfront residence. A private elevator opens directly into this spacious second level condominium. Unique details include marble floors, a gas fireplace and a gourmet kitchen complete with Wood-Mode cabinetry, gas appliances and rich granite surfaces. French doors open to an expansive wraparound stone terrace with a summer kitchen and majestic ocean views. Also features a spacious owner’s suite, study, and atmospherecontrolled garage with golf cart and A/C storage.

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941 Orchid Point Way 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH ORCHID ISLAND GOLF & BEACH CLUB ❖ $1,645,000 ORCHID ISLAND REALTY SCOTT OBERLINK - HEIDI LEVY ❖ 772-388-3888

This enthralling West Indies infused estate boasts remarkable interior features designed for luxury living and entertaining. A double gourmet kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances overlooks a dining and great room with tongue-and-groove custom ceilings and gas fireplace. Large glass walls pocket away exposing meticulous tropical landscaping that surrounds a lagooninspired pool and spa. The separate two-bedroom, twobath cabana serves as a private guest sanctuary adding a finishing touch to this exceptional estate.

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12760 Florida A1A 4 BEDROOMS ❖ 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH AMBERSAND BEACH ❖ $2,600,000 TREASURE COAST SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY JANYNE KENWORTHY ❖ 772-696-5110

Built in 2007, this captivating three-story direct oceanfront to riverfront home features a gourmet kitchen, an office, elevator and a first-floor artist’s studio. Grounded by hardwood and travertine floors with soaring 14-foot ceilings, the home offers spacious rooms for relaxing and entertaining. Enjoy sitting out on the two sunrise balconies or the two sunset balconies. A pool and spa, beach access, and a private riverfront dock with a 10,000-pound boat lift provide ample opportunities for enjoying the Florida lifestyle.

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3065 Hurlingham Way 2 BEDROOMS ❖ 3 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH WINDSOR ❖ $1,650,000 WINDSOR PROPERTIES 772-388-8400

Entry to this apartment that overlooks the croquet greensward and polo field is through a tranquil, lushly landscaped private courtyard framed by a covered loggia. The apartment’s grand living room features tall ceilings, finely detailed millwork and a wood-burning fireplace. Upstairs, a cozy library separates the two bedrooms and opens to a lengthy balcony. The master bedroom takes advantage of its corner position with breathtaking northeastern views and abundant natural light.

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10570 Fife Avenue 4 BEDROOMS â?– 4 FULL BATHS, 1 HALF BATH WINDSOR â?– $2,925,000 WINDSOR PROPERTIES 772-388-8400

This Windsor home enjoys a generous private interior courtyard, incredible views of the golf course and all the benefits of a central village location. Fine millwork details and light maple flooring throughout the home create a classic look. The combined living and dining rooms open to an expansive covered loggia ideal for all outdoor entertaining occasions. This home also features a carriage house with a large open guest suite complete with kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the pool courtyard.

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ADLIST ARCHITECTURE

27 Moulton Layne P.L. 772-234-0445 www.moultonlayne.com

ART RESTORATION

61 Emery McKesson Heritage Conservation 321-345-1241 www.emerymckesson.com

AVIATION 61 Able American Jets 844-225-3538 www.ableamericanjets.com

CONSTRUCTION 11 Coastmark Construction 772-206-2244 www.coastmark.com 25 Reilly Construction 772-794-9799 www.building2last.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES 14 FBC Mortgage Lisa Amorosa 772-633-8477 www.lisaamorosa.com

GOURMET MARKETS & SPECIALTIES 15 Carmine and Lucia’s 772-999-5402 www.carmineandlucias.com 110

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ADLIST INTERIOR DESIGN & FURNISHINGS 14 Joseph Tanacs Interiors 772-532-0094 www.josephtanacsinteriors.com 7 Page 2 Design 772-492-9220 www.verointeriors.com 15 Sunshine Furniture 772-569-0460 www.sunshinefurniturecasual.com

REAL ESTATE

Back Cover Alex MacWilliam Inc. 772-231-6509 www.alexmacwilliam.com

2, 3 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 772-231-1270 www.bhhsfloridarealty.com Inside Back Cover Daley and Company Real Estate Sally Daley 772-231-9938 www.daleyandcompany.com Inside Front Cover, 1 John’s Island Real Estate 772-231-0900 www.johnsislandrealestate.com

4, 5 Orchid Island Realty Scott Oberlink and Heidi Levy 772-388-3888 www.orchidislandrealty.com

29 Renaissance Senior Living 772-562-8491 www.renaissanceverobeach.com

19 Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty Janyne Kenworthy 772-633-1472 sbrown@tcsir.com

9 Windsor 772-388-8400 www.windsorflorida.com

13 The Moorings Realty Sales Company 772-231-5131 www.themoorings.com

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IN PERSPECTIVE The Five “C”s

Selling A House? Follow the five Cs of home staging for a quick sale

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hen you’re ready to sell your house, you can help your buyers envision a full and happy life on your property with some thoughtful staging. Home staging is the practice of arranging furniture and adding decor that makes your house look less like you live there and more like an idealized showroom. Staging your house to give it the most appeal to potential buyers increases the chance of closing a sale and helps you get a better price. All real estate brokers and agents know the importance of staging a house because they see that selling a house is so much easier if the house has been staged properly. If your real estate agent suggests staging as part of getting your house ready to put on the market, here’s what you need to know. The five Cs of home staging are:

1. Curb Appeal

4. Cleaning

This is the first impression that a potential buyer has of the property. Many buyers do a drive-by to look at the house from outside before committing to a showing. Boost your curb appeal by cleaning up the front yard, making sure the lawn is cut and trimming landscape plants. You should also repaint the exterior if needed. Choose neutral tones to appeal to the most buyers.

Your house must be immaculate before opening it up for showings. In addition to a thorough dusting and sweeping of all surfaces, be sure to clean carpets and polish hardwood floors. It’s also crucial to wash windows and make sure all light bulbs function so your house is as bright and cheerful as possible. Hiring a professional cleaning service is a great idea because they’ll take care of al the nooks and crannies you might forget.

2. Clutter

5. Cosmetics

Get rid of all non-essentials by starting your packing process as early as possible and moving boxes into storage. Eliminate any personal items such as family photos and replace them with neutral decor so your buyers can easily imagine themselves living in the space.

Finally, don’t forget the finishing touches. Have a nice fragrance in the home by burning scented candles or by baking cookies just before an open house or scheduled showing. Add a vase of fresh flowers to the dining room table, and be sure to have clean, matching towels hung in the bathrooms.

3. Closet Space Remove 80 percent of the items in your closets. This will make them look more spacious. Leave only the nicest looking clothes hanging in the closets, and make sure floors and shelves are clear. This helps a buyer imagine putting their things in the closets and sells the fantasy of perfect organization. 112

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When in doubt about exactly how to stage your house, ask your real estate agent for advice. After all, they’re the ones who know exactly what the buyers in your local market are looking for. Still, the five Cs will get you started in the right direction. When you make the effort to properly stage your home, you will reap the benefits of a quick sale. ❂

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RIVER CLUB AT CARLTON 5 BR / 5.5 BA $3,470,000 Jim Knapp 772-913-0395

OCEAN RIDGE 6 BR / 4.5 BA $2,800,000 Michele Ritchie 772-532-7288

RIOMAR BAY II 3 BR / 3.5 BA $2,350,000 Alex MacWilliam, IV 772-473-6972

CASTAWAY COVE WAVE V 3 BR / 4.5 BA $2,275,000 Barbara Parent 772-633-3027

RIOMAR BAY II 3 BR / 3.5 BA $2,200,000 Charlotte Terry 772-538-2388

MARSH ISLAND 4 BR/4.5 BA $1,985,000 Pam Pendleton 772-217-1054

GRAND HARBOR – ST. ANDREW’S ISLAND 4 BR / 4.5 BA $1,300,000 Stacey Clawson 772-559-7984

SEAGROVE WEST 4 BR / 3.5 BA $1,199,000 Roger Smith 772-473-0086

MOORINGS – THE ANCHOR 4 BR / 3.5 BA $1,150,000 Roger Smith 772-473-0086

Integrity • Service • Professionalism • Results 4755 South Harbor Drive Vero Beach, FL 32967 www.GrandHarborProperties.com 772-907-6028

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Architecture, real estate, design trends and more on the Treasure Coast of Florida.

Tropical Home Summer 2017  

Architecture, real estate, design trends and more on the Treasure Coast of Florida.