A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation {A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation} – English

A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation {A Lake Washington Home Gets A Fresh Renovation} – English

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Jeffrey Taylor visited the house on a hill overlooking Lake Washington, he was off the clock. Taylor was there not as an architect, but as a boyfriend, helping the woman he was dating search for a new home for herself and her three children. While the residence itself didn’t fit her needs, the property was stunning, and his girlfriend, who was seeking a fresh start, knew she had finally found the one.

Upon deciding to tear down the original structure and start from scratch, the next order of business was to hire an architect. “It wasn’t a given that I would hire Jeffrey,” she says. “But ultimately, I knew he was the right person because he believes in building the house that his clients are asking for, not the one that feeds his ego.” The client was clear on three points: She wanted the dwelling to be family-friendly, to maximize natural light and to include a dance studio, where she could invite her friends over for weekly dance or yoga classes, a tradition she had enjoyed in her previous home. “I told myself, I’m going to treat her like any other client,” says Taylor, who asked her to fill out an extensive questionnaire and to peruse inspirational photos to identify the styles she found most appealing. “What’s fascinating is he was able to translate all my abstract responses into specifics,” the client recalls.

They ultimately decided upon a traditional-style home with a modern twist. For his design, Taylor drew inspiration from the work of architect Robert A.M. Stern, as well as local legends Arthur Loveless and Carl Gould. Extensive millwork and moldings and dark-oak floors bring a classic vibe to the airy, open-plan interior, which features high ceilings, wide hallways, white walls and tons of windows to let in the light. “It’s kind of like a guy in a tux with tennis shoes on–less stuffy, a little more playful,” quips Taylor.

The architect recruited two of his frequent collaborators, general contractor Klaus Toth and designer Deena Rauen, to join the team. “We packed in lots of gingerbread details on the exterior, and box beam ceilings and paneling on the inside,” notes Toth. “It all had a warming effect.” For Rauen’s part, she brought a subtle hand to the home’s hard finishes, using the ample light and lake views as a starting point. “I wanted to keep it very timeless and classic,” she says of the surfaces appearing throughout the home, from marble tiles with a hint of blue on the master bath’s walls and shower to the charcoal-hued limestone flooring in the entryway.

Designer Graciela Rutkowski, a friend of the homeowner for many years, who also worked on her former residence, tackled the soft furnishings. Because she knows the client and her lifestyle so well, she was able to hit the ground running, aiming above all else to make the house conducive to both family living and entertaining. “My philosophy is that anything that’s going to be touched and sat on a lot needs to be a workhorse,” she says. “So, we chose mostly indoor-outdoor fabrics and high commercial-grade double rubs.”

For the palette, Rutkowski also took her cues from the lake, washing the interior in whites, blues and grays with the occasional pop of orange. “Instead of competing with the outdoors, we decided to bring the outside in,” she notes. As for the furnishings, she mixed family heirlooms, mostly Asian antiques, with newer pieces, like a backless sofa that cleverly integrates the kitchen and family room, a piece which has since become a family favorite.

Rounding out the team was landscape architect Kenneth Philp. Among his notable contributions to the program is a striking pedestrian procession that leads from the street up to the front door. “I wanted it to feel like a series of movements rather than one long stretch of stairs, which can feel overbearing and uninviting,” he says.

From outside to in, the finished house and its surroundings are completely inviting. Perhaps that ineffable quality that only some homes possess has something to do with the love and friendship that went into creating it. While Taylor vowed to treat the project like any other, he poured himself into it. “I just really wanted to do something special for her,” says the architect. Adds Toth: “Their relationship was the central theme of the project. We all knew the undercurrent was that they were falling in love right in front of us, and it was fun to be part of that.”

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A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance {A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance} – English

A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance {A Miami Condo Emanates Playful Elegance} – English

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Luciana Fragali to transform their newly built getaway overlooking the ocean. “They wanted a modern, clean and neutral retreat that was cozy and welcoming,” says the interior designer. Working with CH Construction Group on the structural modifications, Fragali followed her clients’ cue by creating a luxurious space with customized millwork, thoughtful lighting and European design that encourages relaxation while taking advantage of the pristine views.

Taking on the project as a decorator-ready unit–raw from the developer with basic lighting, unfinished flooring in the main areas and primed walls–Fragali worked within the existing floor plan, later tying together modern and relaxed details seamlessly throughout. Centrally located, the kitchen anchors the apartment with a large living area and adjacent master bedroom, both with water vistas. On the opposite end lives a breakfast area and two other bedrooms–one for the homeowners’ two children and another for guests. Having the ability to work within a newly constructed unit allowed the interior designer the freedom to thoughtfully plan out each room and incorporate detail.

Each space was designed with the family’s needs and lifestyle in mind: “The homeowners told me instead of hosting dinners, they prefer to dine out,” explains Fragali regarding her decision to forgo a formal dining area. The living room was quite large, so dividing it into two spaces carved out a casual side for watching television near the windows and a more intimate sitting area near the kitchen. In the master bedroom, rather than placing the bed parallel with the window, as was recommended by the building’s plan, she opted to have it facing the incredible view. “We wanted them to be able to wake up, raise the blackout curtains and see the ocean,” says Fragali.

Throughout the condo, the ceiling was dropped and the lighting was arranged according to the planned furniture layouts. For the length of the living area, a modern concrete wall with niche LED-lit shelving was constructed that is both stylish and functional–it showcases books, objets d’art and a collection of Murano glass. Like the shelving’s hidden LED lighting, the door off of the living area that leads to the master bedroom was concealed by enveloping it in wallpaper and adding hidden retractable door handles to eliminate clunky hardware. “We didn’t like the idea of having the entrance to the master off the living area,” says Fragali. “So my solution was to make the space flow better visually–you don’t see unnecessary hinges anywhere.”

As a contrast to the apartment’s concrete walls in the main living area, the remaining surfaces are swathed in either textured wallcoverings or covered with wooden panels. For example, behind the master bed, carpenter Diego Fulia built and installed one of Fragali’s custom linear designs that adds depth and dimension to the bedroom’s muted tones. And underfoot, wide-plank flooring made out of engineered hardwood in a matte walnut-gray offers “great balance to the decoration,” says the designer. “It’s rustic and adds warmth.”

Staying within the homeowners’ request for a relatively subdued color palette, the interior designer knew she could have some fun with the furnishings. “My clients really know design,” says Fragali. “Their main residence is very modern, and they move often, so their taste evolves as designs change.” As a result, iconic European pieces punctuate the large living area. Along the concrete wall, two low-slung gray modular sofas ground each of the two spaces, with a custom caramel-colored tuftedleather ottoman resting between. A cluster of tables form a geometric composition near two white-leather Italian armchairs, and diagonally, a bold blue modern lounge chair overlooks the patio. This piece, says Fragali, informed the direction of the entire living room. “They wanted very modern and neutral. While gray is their preferred choice, I gave them two options, and they chose blue,” says the interior designer.

Arriving at the finished home now, a sense of calm settles in, and it’s clear that no detail has been overlooked. “One thing we pride ourselves on is that we really listen to our clients,” says Fragali. “When we design, we do it based on the client’s needs, specifications and budget, always.”

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An Eclectic, Worldly Design Shines In Miami Beach {An Eclectic, Worldly Design Shines In Miami Beach} – English

An Eclectic, Worldly Design Shines In Miami Beach {An Eclectic, Worldly Design Shines In Miami Beach} – English

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Having worked together on six other homes, the homeowner entrusted the designer to take the reins. “It is a privilege to have a client that allows that level of creative freedom,” Butera says.

The designer, from Newport Beach, California, worked with a local team — architect Antonio E. Rodriguez, builders David Wilson and Gary Shear, and landscape architect Orlando Comas — to produce a modern homage to vibrant worldly designs in a lush, tropical setting.

He created a rich envelope for his interiors with hand-painted tile and exotic lighting but left the walls white for his client’s art collection. “Normally, we use a lot more wallpaper and color, but I knew this would be a walking gallery,” he says.

The color, instead, comes in through tile and deeply hued fabrics and rugs, layered with varieties of finishes in the lighting and hardware–just as one might see while strolling through a Moroccan souk.

“When you walk into a space, it feels worldly, and that’s the kind of feeling we wanted–a well-collected home,” Butera says.

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Permission Granted To Embrace Your Playful Side At This Florida Keys Vacation Home {Permission Granted To Embrace Your Playful Side At This Florida Keys Vacation Home} – English

Permission Granted To Embrace Your Playful Side At This Florida Keys Vacation Home {Permission Granted To Embrace Your Playful Side At This Florida Keys Vacation Home} – English

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A bathroom table in the shape of a life-size sheep could be considered an unusual design choice—but designers James and Miriam Duncan knew it was exactly the kind of lighthearted eccentricity their clients wanted in their Key Largo, Florida, vacation home.

The owners, whose primary residence is in Canada, happily gave the husband-and-wife team complete creative freedom for the project. But there was a caveat: The result couldn’t be too precious. The Duncans could do whatever they wanted, so long as it was fresh, fun and a home that could be lived in.

Although the unit in the Ocean Reef Club didn’t require many structural changes, it was lacking a certain character. “We needed to give it a little bit of personality,” James Duncan says. “It had a lot of drywall and porcelain, so we wanted to warm it up and make it friendly.”

To add visual depth to the condo, general contractor Fabio Cisternino crafted wood moldings and customized natural wood shiplap for parts of the dwelling, such as the living area and hallways. “We tried to make it really fresh,” he says. “I like the combination of nice furniture and finishes with more rustic details. It’s sophisticated but also has warmth.”

The change established a backdrop for just the atmosphere the owners desired. “Being a vacation home, they wanted it to feel more casual,” Miriam Duncan says. “They want to be able to walk in with the sand on their feet and not worry about anything.” This meant choosing furniture and fabrics that resist the carefree holiday antics of the family’s several generations. “The clients have grandchildren, so we were looking for bulletproof finishes,” James Duncan says. To that end, the designers’ use of vinyl wallpaper in hallways as well as outdoor fabrics and rugs throughout mean the apartment is easy to clean up after a festive gathering. “The owners aren’t trying to impress people; they’re just trying to have a good time,” James Duncan says. “You don’t want a design to look straight out of the showroom—it should feel like a life, a collected story.”

Of course, a good vacation home is one that also conveys a sense of wanderlust. For that, the Duncans dug into their own collection of curios they have amassed from extensive global journeys, having dedicated two months a year to traveling. One hall displays wooden tribal masks from Mali and a sculpture from Papua New Guinea, the dining area has a console table from Vietnam, and the living area is furnished with antique chairs from Prague and smokestacks, once part of an old French ship, transformed into lights. “Good interiors are a bit of storytelling,” James Duncan says. “With our spaces, we try to make it feel like this is a home, a collection of experiences.”

Amid the international mix of findings, the Duncans made sure to also incorporate a local sense of place. In the bedrooms, they incorporated board and batten walls as a tribute to a signature building exterior in the Florida Keys. And unsurprisingly, there are plenty of references to the ocean, from a custom gold chrome surfboard in a bedroom to a driftwood console in a hallway and beachy fabrics throughout. Combined, the rustic, organic textures add an extra touch of soul, with just the right patina to look as though they’ve been lovingly weathered over the years by salty sea breezes.

The coastal vibe is deepened through the unit’s striking artworks. A dreamy abstract in soothing blues and grays sits above a weathered wooden bench in a hall, while large-scale photographs capture nautical vignettes: a majestic tricolor spinnaker blooming from a sailboat in a corridor; a seabird folding its elegant neck into its plumage in a hallway; a solitary white lifeguard stand surveying the azure waters in the master bathroom.

As for the sheep, Miriam Duncan says it is a testament to the homeowners’ easygoing spirit—and trust in the designers’ creative direction. “When you suggest a client have a sheep in their master bathroom to hold their soap, a lot of people would be very hesitant,” she laughs. “But if you have the freedom to just do it, then it’s a nice surprise and it’s playful.”

It’s exactly those design details with a twist that imbue the waterfront property with the kind of laid-back, cheerful vibe inherent to a good beachside getaway. “It feels very light and bright,” Miriam Duncan says. “You just want to be happy there.”

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A Florida Winter Retreat Is All About Tropical Vibes {A Florida Winter Retreat Is All About Tropical Vibes} – English

A Florida Winter Retreat Is All About Tropical Vibes {A Florida Winter Retreat Is All About Tropical Vibes} – English

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“I wanted our home to feel integrated, alive and warm,” Barbara says of the hacienda-style residence they purchased in Hobe Sound, Florida.

To foster that feeling, the couple tapped interior designers Jackie Armour and Marcus Schult who incorporated lively patterns, vibrant colors and worldly pieces that reflect the couple’s passion for travel into the home.

“My mantra is more is more,” Armour explains. “This is them with a Florida twist.”

The dining room’s nature-inspired wall covering, featuring blue, white and coral hues, sets the direction for the entire interior, with the colors reverberating in different combinations throughout the house. “The rooms sort of waterfall into each other,” Schult explains.

“I wanted them to have a little fun with it, and they did a very good job,” Barbara says. “I’m sure we’ll have a lot of friends visiting.”

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A Compact Miami Condo Makes a Bold Statement {A Compact Miami Condo Makes a Bold Statement} – English

A Compact Miami Condo Makes a Bold Statement {A Compact Miami Condo Makes a Bold Statement} – English

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With the help of designer Maite Granda, the homeowners, an award-winning cookbook author and a retired aeronautics engineer, carefully culled a few things to display in their new digs. “Incorporating souvenirs from their travels, we picked items that were fun and colorful,” says Granda, who designed the apartment with broad brush strokes of black and white, and bold interjections reminiscent of a chic pied-a-terre.

Knowing she had to make every inch of the 900-square-foot space usable, Granda eliminated a row of upper kitchen cabinets to establish a more social flow between the adjacent dining room, and tucked a desk into one corner of the living room to serve as Allan’s home office. Even the balcony functions at a high level. As Granda explains, “There’s a comfortable swivel chair on one end just for Robyn where she can work on her computer while enjoying the ocean views.”

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Earthy Materials Warm A Coconut Grove High-Rise {Earthy Materials Warm A Coconut Grove High-Rise} – English

Earthy Materials Warm A Coconut Grove High-Rise {Earthy Materials Warm A Coconut Grove High-Rise} – English

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The owners bought the residence before the building was erected and called upon Chicharo to review floor plans, which she modified for the family’s needs–creating six bedrooms instead of five, for instance. Even so, when the build-out was done, she recalls, “The owners didn’t like the finishes other than the marble in the master bathroom.” So the transformation continued, leading to an expansive space that achieves a sense of chic coziness through earthy tones and natural materials.

The first thing to go was the plaster wall that enclosed the large entry hall. “The space was square and very bare, and we didn’t need such a big hall,” Chicharo explains. “I wanted to bring in light so it felt comfortable, not like you’re in a box.” She reduced the square footage of the space by one-third, thereby enlarging the nearby living area, and replaced the barrier with gracefully curved translucent glass balanced by touches of walnut. “I love mixing materials and combining handcrafted work with industrial work,” the designer says. General contractor Carlos Cortes and his brother, builder Juan Cortes, fabricated a walnut front door and installed walnut paneling in the living area, connecting it to a marble wall. “Ensuring the glass, walnut and marble all joined smoothly and seamlessly was a challenge,” Carlos says. The paneling, while adding warmth, also cleverly disguises a door to the master suite, offering form and function.

More wood appears underfoot via herringbone flooring the brothers meticulously installed throughout the apartment, ensuring the design flowed easily–“especially where rooms meet,” Juan notes. The pattern was essential to add detail to the open-plan areas, Chicharo says. “If we had something interesting on the floor, then rugs could anchor individual spaces,” she explains.

The designer’s strategy is evident in the airy living area, which is divided in two: an entertainment space marked by a brown leather sectional atop a gray rug near the walnut paneling, and a sitting area defined by a blue rug that matches the adjacent wall color. In both spaces, Chicharo mixed in various textures, including a cowhide-upholstered sofa, leather pillows, a glass-and-metal coffee table, an oak bench and a chandelier made of steel cables that resembles a delicate mesh net. Between the two, she created an intimate dining area using a round ceramic table surrounded by steel-and-leather chairs.

Mixed materials even show up in the clients’ art collection, which features works by prominent Brazilian and Portuguese artists. A hallway displays a sculpture made of cherrywood veneer and bronze wire by Frida Baranek as well as a colorful painting of horizontal stripes by Jose Loureiro. One of Abraham Palatnik’s geometric paintings decorates the blue wall in the sitting area, while bedrooms show off various works such as a Gray Malin photograph and an ink-on-paper piece by Manoel Novello.

Greenery serves as the prominent art piece in the white marble master bathroom, where Ana Roma of Ana Roma Floral Design created a stunning floor-to-ceiling garden wall next to the shower. And the highlight of the serene gray-and-white master bedroom is a raised X pattern Chicharo created on the walls using painted wood, introducing shadows and interest. “I love to use wallpaper with texture on walls,” she says. “It warms spaces and creates subtle contrast.” The master suite connects to a large terrace, which the designer partitioned into a private area for the couple and a social spot outfitted with a durable sofa, chairs and coffee tables.

Despite its substantial size, the residence maintains an intimate feeling through its collection of eclectic materials and earthy tones–an extreme departure from its origins. “This apartment was white and huge,” Chicharo recalls. “I tried to create sensations that make people feel good, rather than lost in a vast space.”

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Zen Out In A Beautifully Layered Palm Beach Retreat With A Connection To The Outdoors {Zen Out In A Beautifully Layered Palm Beach Retreat With A Connection To The Outdoors} – English

Zen Out In A Beautifully Layered Palm Beach Retreat With A Connection To The Outdoors {Zen Out In A Beautifully Layered Palm Beach Retreat With A Connection To The Outdoors} – English

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Deborah Houston first met Anna Polk some 20 years ago while vacationing in Jamaica. Both mothers of young children at the time, the two quickly bonded and got together whenever plans allowed. This included more overseas adventures, as Houston joined Anna on travels with her husband, Louis, better known as “Bo.” Coming full circle, it’s fitting the friends’ first collaboration as designer and client would be in another tropical locale: Palm Beach, Florida. Deciding to split their time between New York and South Florida, the Polks had considered several move-in-ready homes in the town but ultimately purchased a residence that required a renovation, allowing them to adjust it for their lifestyle. “We liked the cozy feel of the property and the size of the house,” Anna says. “The actual house was not my style, but I had a vision of what it could be with a lot of work.” For help, naturally, they turned to Houston.

As a blank slate, the Polks’ new home needed plenty of vision to personalize it. “We had to make the spaces flow, be functional and not feel cavernous,” Houston says. “My job was to create a sanctuary that was calming and elegant, yet casual in nature.” To do so, she teamed up with residential designer Michael Perry, general contractor Tim Givens and landscape designer Keith Williams. While the traditional Palm Beach-style aesthetic on the façade remains intact, everything else has been thoroughly reimagined to yield fluid connections between inside and outside.

As a first impression, “it was a terrific little house that could be saved,” Perry says. “The bones were great, and its scale on the property fit perfectly. It gave us the opportunity to bring the landscape inside.” One such key move involved relocating the entrance, creating a direct line of sight from the front door to the garden beyond—something the previous entry lacked. Williams worked magic at the newly conceived front by incorporating raised planter walls and placing espaliered jasmine and gardenia near the door for a fragrant welcome. “We wanted the house to feel slightly elevated from the street, giving it more of a dominant presence,” the landscape designer says.

Like the entrance, Perry reworked all the spaces within so every axis leads directly to the outside. He also relocated the dining area and kitchen for a better flow. Off the master bedroom, the residential designer centered the pool, one of the show-stopping elements on the property (a must, given Bo is an avid swimmer). “The clients wanted something special,” Williams says, “so the pool water is at the same level as the paving. We also tiled it with blue glass, so it looks like it almost disappears.”

For Houston’s part, she was driven by ambience, taking to heart Anna’s request for “calm, beachy, Zen spaces where we could come down and be hermits.” The designer began as she always does: with the interior architecture, detailing spaces before any furniture was even conceived. “I had the most fun doing the millwork,” she says. “It was where I wanted to bring in the details.” In the living area, Houston set the tone with a tray ceiling paneled with wood stained a driftwood tone. The feature complements the fireplace, made of stone shot through with gray, cream and taupe shades. “The stone was an elegant piece that pulled the look together,” she says. “I had seen a slab of it and thought there was something very calming about it.” Another paneled ceiling appears in the kitchen, its crisp white hue harmonizing with the cabinetry. The ingenious island, meanwhile, contains a generous banquette that faces the garden’s dining area, all the better for fostering those important indoor-outdoor connections.

Selecting and designing the rest of the details inside, “my intent was to keep things beautifully layered,” Houston says. “Anna has beautiful objects, and they are all displayed in layered ways.” She hewed close to a neutral palette and wove in textural elements, choosing linens for upholstery and jute for carpets. The furnishings themselves are simple and understated, and many are of Houston’s own design, like the master bedroom’s streamlined nightstands and bed. “It wasn’t about the pieces but the overall effect,” she explains. Lighting was the one spot where the designer opted for a few statement items. She hung a collection of wood pendants in the living area and, shining above a center table in the entry, displayed a sculptural fixture that consists of handcrafted bronze leaves.

As testament to a job well done, “Bo will occasionally call to tell me how much he loves the house,” Houston reports. And, while she and her clients’ two-decade friendship might have been the foundation for the project, the designer gained more meaningful connections as a result. “Michael and the rest of the team were so collaborative,” she says. “We shared ideas and became good friends. It was a great experience because of that.”

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That Seaside Feeling: Enjoy The Beach Without Stepping Outside Of This California Abode {That Seaside Feeling: Enjoy The Beach Without Stepping Outside Of This California Abode} – English

That Seaside Feeling: Enjoy The Beach Without Stepping Outside Of This California Abode {That Seaside Feeling: Enjoy The Beach Without Stepping Outside Of This California Abode} – English

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My parents have always been drawn to the water,” says a Marin County executive who has fond memories of growing up on New York’s Long Island, also spending lakeside summers in New Hampshire and going to the beach in Southern California. Although he still visits his mother at her waterfront home in Santa Barbara, he’s always wanted his own place by the shore. He found it in the small town of Stinson Beach, just 40 minutes away from the full-time residence he shares with his wife. “It was a dream of mine to have a beach house—and to be right on the water is all the more special,” he says.

Designer Eugenia Jesberg was thrilled to be tapped for the project shortly after she’d finished decorating the couple’s more formal, Colonial-style home on the other side of Mount Tamalpais. In this case, the style would be decidedly more casual yet no less sophisticated. “We designed everything to bring in the views, colors and textures and to achieve the look and feel of what was outside,” Jesberg says.

The project involved taking down a 1950s-era house, and modern storm-safety codes required part of the new structure to be elevated. The higher vantage point, however, provided excellent design opportunities. “That view got amplified,” Jesberg says. “It’s pretty magical out there.” To maintain the focus outside, Jesberg and architect Steve Wisenbaker decided on a modernized version of a simple New England-style residence, punctuating traditional tongue-and-groove paneling with floor-to-ceiling steel-framed glass doors and huge plate-glass windows.

Wisenbaker’s first consideration was siting the outdoor living space. He then designed the house, and general contractor Larry Hadley and his team would build around it. “We found the sweet spot and left that area open. The outdoor connection enriches the spaces you live in,” Wisenbaker explains. That “sweet spot” is now the deck that intersects with the main living spaces and the master bedroom; it’s placed on an axis with the entry where Jesberg employed limestone to go up the steps, through the glass-enclosed foyer and out the other side. “It’s like a sky bridge,” she says, describing it as a place where the barriers between inside and outside seem to melt away.

Jesberg maintained a largely neutral palette within the main house and focused on texture to tell the story of its seaside surroundings. A tall fireplace is clad in marble with blue-gray veins, for example. “It has this rippled feel to it, and that was deliberate because the house is so linear and structural,” she says, noting that the feature also emulates the water. Crackled, pale blue backsplash tile in the kitchen reinforces that sentiment. The floor tile in the master bathroom resembles the cable knit of a fisherman’s sweater, and knotty oak accents throughout the house interpret the home’s rustic landscape.

The designer crafted a different narrative for the ground-level guesthouse. It’s a colorful extension of the owner’s art collection that includes pop art works by Ed Ruscha. “Color gives it some personality,” Jesberg says. “It doesn’t have the views, but it’s still a fun and light-filled space.” The structure opens into a courtyard that includes a large spa and bocce ball court. Landscape architect Corey Brooks transformed the flat area into a bas-relief of features that reach varying heights. He played to the narrow, rectangular space with a cedar-framed bocce court—a choice meaningful to the owner, who remembers playing the similar game of pétanque as a young exchange student in France. A few steps up from the court is a large spa with a prominent back wall and fountain. “To get the scale right, the spa had to have some substance so it would stand out from the garden,” Brooks says. “I did it to minimize its appearance as a hot tub and maximize its appearance as a water feature.”

Back on the main level, Jesberg ensured that her clients could enjoy the beach without ever having to step outside. She chose leather chairs in the living room, she says, “so you can just swivel around and get your binoculars out to watch the whales.” A furry chaise in the master bedroom provides a luxurious cradle from which to watch the waves crash beyond the deck. “It’s really about the tranquility,” Jesberg says. “You feel like you’re floating above the dunes—it’s a little compound in heaven.”

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Colorful Rooms Invigorate A Casual Sullivan’s Island Home {Colorful Rooms Invigorate A Casual Sullivan’s Island Home} – English

Colorful Rooms Invigorate A Casual Sullivan’s Island Home {Colorful Rooms Invigorate A Casual Sullivan’s Island Home} – English

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Departing a traditional white stucco residence was a dramatic change, and the couple’s mostly neutral furnishings didn’t make the transition with much grace. “It was clear the minute we moved our furniture in here that it didn’t fit,” the wife recounts. “I didn’t really know what to do.” So, she turned to the Internet, where a search introduced her to the work of designer Angie Hranowsky. “This is the only client I’ve ever had who found me through a Google search,” says Hranowsky, a Kentucky native who’s called the Charleston area home since 2001.

The project started small: The clients were eager to convert a large first-floor guest bedroom into a TV room, workout space and guest bathroom. They also hoped to have Hranowsky’s input on the downstairs office, living room and dining room. The designer’s eclectic presentations included an array of vintage finds, custom furnishings and colorful art. “I don’t do traditional beach house style,” Hranowsky explains of her globally influenced outlook. Thrilled by the designer’s ideas, the clients ultimately tapped her talents for the revamp of their entire home–from the kitchen and porch to the master bathroom and upstairs bedrooms.

A multi-hued striped runner Hranowsky discovered around the time she was hired sets the tone from the moment one steps over the threshold, and its casual cotton weave signals the home’s playful informality. “It’s really about balance,” the designer says of her ability to harness bold colors. For instance, rich jewel tones in the living room’s chairs, sofa and draperies are tamed by neutral grass-cloth walls and a sisal rug. Corresponding tones in a bright grouping on the opposite side of the adjoined living and dining room also help temper the vibrant hues.

The husband, an engineer by trade, encouraged the project, allaying his wife’s fears when creative risks–like a green faux bois wallpaper on the ceiling–felt overwhelming. His skill set solved two of the home’s most perplexing issues: how to improve the functionality of the oversize custom dining table and how to discretely incorporate a TV into their living room. His clever suggestion of insetting a marble lazy Susan into the center of the table solved the first problem. A French chest that conceals a television was likewise the result of his ingenuity.

With work on the house well underway, the owners decided the surrounding property also would need refining. They brought in landscape architect Brad Mann to sculpt an environment that would feel organic to the marsh-side setting. “It was really about simplifying the landscape,” Mann says. Because a full moon flood tide can fully submerge the backyard, Mann chose plants such as Empire Zoysia, clumping bamboo and Adagio grass that are known for their salt tolerance. Little Gem magnolia trees, Carpet roses and Vitex Chaste trees add soft washes of color. By removing the unruly plants that previously blocked the views, “we just completely opened everything up,” he explains.

The result enhances the owners’ life on the island, where they have the perfect porch from which to enjoy it. “They have views of the water all along the back,” says Hranowsky, who corralled vintage French and contemporary teak chairs around a coffee table with a custom concrete top–all beneath a classic Haint blue ceiling. On mild mornings, when salt breezes blow across the nearby inlet, it’s hard to imagine a better place to sip a cup of coffee. Nor is the location half bad in the evening, with the sun meeting the horizon as pink and golden streaks. “We both love what Angie proposed and we love the way it feels,” the wife says. “Everyone who comes to our home says how amazing it is. It fits us, and we couldn’t be happier here.”

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