This serene and ordered central foyer and sitting room perfectly introduce the Lutyens-like character of the large river valley home recently built for this family of four. The indigenous Canadian St-Marc-des-Carrieres stone flooring, and custom-designed bronze trim create a rich, deep, masculine solidity, brightened by smoked mirror insets and the mosaic jewellery ottoman fringe handmade by artist Nancy Zboch in precious crystal, found glass, ceramic, wood and metal.
This richly coloured and textured room is the warm heart of a family home. In keeping with the overall robust, yet refined, approach to the interiors, it is replete with unique elements and materials. The fireplace mantel is St-Marc-des-Carrieres limestone. Below the exquisitely detailed oak ceiling panelling, the massive waterfall island is Brazilian Saturnia granite. Oak flooring grounds the space; the cabinetry is mahogany. Under the custom oil-rubbed bronze range hood is a contemporary mosaic “painting” by artist Nancy Zboch. Capturing and reflecting light and movement, its transparent and opaque glass, mirror, ceramic and copper leaf are sealed, making a perfectly functional backsplash.
Skillful layering can be seen where the sitting room opens into the expansive great room. The local Eremosa stone tile walls establish remarkable warmth and richness and the smooth stone surfaces contrast with the lush, strié chenille upholstery and soft wool drapery treatments. The vertical piercing of the archway columns provides a striking counterpoint to the cadenced horizontal pattern of the wall panels
The formal dining room’s simple elegance is deceptive; founded as it is on layer upon layer of unusual details. Matching a wall alcove opposite, the D-shaped window on the end wall comprises thermopane lights in an iron frame. The reveal line around the recessed centre panel emphasizes the gentle curve of the sculptural transition to the oval ceiling. In the mahogany wall panels, recessed fixtures in the shortened reveals accentuate the resulting crenellation, while washing the ceiling curve with light. Above, floating iron rings frame the Fortuny silk pendant lamps.
Texture is a key design element in this stately home, as seen in the double-rail-and-reveal detail of the contemporary painted wooden wall panelling, the wooden cladding on the steel stair structure into which stone steps have been set and the contemporary bronzed iron railing.
The large window in the stairwell presented a challenge, met by meticulous planning of a slightly twisted series of steps to establish a landing in front of it, while providing comfortable ascent and descent. The sinuous curve and drum of the stair structure underscore the skillful solution.
The barrel vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting emphasizes the serene and orderly nature of this peaceful retreat. Bronze-framed frosted glass partitions conceal the shower and toilet room. Top down/bottom up, bronze-toned fabric blinds create privacy while preserving the view of the lush landscape surrounding this river valley home. Grasscloth covering the foreground storage cabinet adds an unexpected textural element.
Cleverly integrating ventilation ducts, the painted wood panelled ceiling emphasizes the gracious expansiveness of this tranquil room. Extra-full pale silk drapery flanks the large mahogany framed windows overlooking the forest landscape. Mahogany also completes the St-Marc-des-Carrieres limestone in the custom fireplace surround. The walls are covered in pale grey grass cloth.
In this much-used lower level room, perimeter bulkheads conceal plumbing and ventilating services, while giving the illusion of greater ceiling height. The wall to wall mirror also serves to visually expand it. The recycled rubber flooring and highly textured stone walls were practical and acoustic choices.
This lower level relaxation space is much used by the family of four and their friends, whose lives are documented in the colourful collage of photos that is an important element of the décor. Simple, comfortable furnishings are set against a contemporary board and batten wall treatment. Beside the huge ethanol-burning fireplace, a structural niche was filled with a whimsical custom upholstered banquette, its sleek microfiber upholstery contrasting with the highly textured Japanese porcelain face of the fireplace. Together they create a functional and striking focal point.
This client wanted his new home to celebrate his North American achievements and European heritage. After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. The exquisitely detailed rotunda is typical of the graceful balance achieved throughout.
The long upper hall’s rhythmic pattern of doorways, arches and sconces is bathed in light from one custom polished nickel high lens. To achieve symmetry, the three windows were draped to look like two.
After conceiving all the interior volumes and spaces, we used a variety of motifs, textures and patterns so that each room has its own mood, yet a common richness unites the home. Here, the inviting living room combines contemporary furnishings with a stunning, traditional limestone fireplace.
The warm family room features a large modern limestone fireplace and thoughtfully designed cabinetry housing children’s toys, home theatre equipment and other items supporting the owner’s family-and entertainment-oriented lifestyle.
The Chippendale inspired ceiling and millwork details subtly contrast with the contemporary mid-century furnishings.
The generous kitchen’s traditional styling in the deeply coffered ceiling and elegantly detailed walnut cabinetry contrasts with gleaming glass tile and stone surfaces and contemporary seating.
Rich wooden furnishings alternating with art work and palely gleaming millwork details create an appealing rhythm along this passageway.
In the centrepiece of her bath, the vanity’s graceful curves and fine detailing add classical yet feminine character.
In his luxury spa, the compressed glass and glass mosaic tile floor glistens as does the dramatically-lit frosted glass divider that demarcates the teak-floored wet area. The wall-to-wall glass partition at left is frosted for privacy at toilet and shower areas and is clear at the steam room where it parallels the frosted glass divider.
This lower level spa is introduced by a narrow, spot-lit crevasse waterfall slot. We asked the architect to lower the waterfall space by two feet to allow for under-floor services. The centre panel of teak flooring lifts out for easy access to pump, plumbing and electrical. We also dropped the ceiling in this area for proportion and to hide the angle of the stairs above.
Combining sophisticated masculinity with classical detailing, his bath features rich, dark woods in a custom furniture-like vanity and a crisp window blind in chocolate and taupe.
Filled with bright colour and reflective surfaces, the guest bath in the bar area of this home reflects the entertainment area. The sleek, wall-hung, stainless steel vanity was custom-designed for the space and features a red glass counter top with integrated towelette dispenser and waste container.
Here, strong colours, high gloss surfaces and light make its “fire and ice” themed lower level lounge an exciting entertainment space.
In the lower level lounge of this new home, we asked brilliant glass artist Jeff Goodman to create a collage of pieces that would suggest “fire and ice”, a reference to the owner’s fun-loving personality.
Designed to provide the perfect backdrop for a growing modern art collection, the orderly living room of this new 3-storey family home is simply furnished with both classic pieces and unique custom-designed items. Seen from above, the 2-storey great room features rich natural materials and finishes, accented with sleek glass and stainless steel details, all masterfully lit.
In its 2-storey great room, a stunning fireplace wall emphasizes the floating stair and 3-storey stone wall at the home’s core. A custom light fills the open volume.
We developed important details early so the builder could incorporate the necessary supporting requirements, such as the huge light-washed stone wall at the core. The sleek metal and glass stair floats two inches away from it in striking contrast with its rough texture, washed by high-intensity spotlights concealed in a second floor ceiling slot.
The central steel stair floats against the stone wall, connecting seamlessly with wood landings on one continuous stringer, which incorporates LED lighting. The finely detailed glass and steel railing creates a visual lightness to the massive, yet elegant, structure.
This new, modern, minimalist family home is simply furnished with both classic pieces and unique custom-designed items; the room shapes and details providing the most dramatic impact. An extraordinary single line of dark metal stair rises through all three storeys. Careful detailing ensure a continuous, graceful sweep of rail without goosenecks.
The orderly living room of this new 3-storey family home is simply furnished with both classic pieces and unique custom-designed items. Highly textured wool carpet and drapery in earthy tones, pale stone flooring and warm white walls provide a soft, neutral setting for the interesting group of pencil sketches.
In the kitchen, key to both family life and entertaining, the dark woods, warm grey-brown stone and sophisticated lighting creates warmth, depth and richness.
In the dining room, these are enhanced by layers of lighting, with pendants dropping from a ceiling slot reflected in the custom-designed table’s centre recess, amplified by graceful perimeter cove lighting.
In the dramatic and welcoming entry, curved walls embrace visitors and break up the long hall, while repeated pendants provide continuity and rhythm.
This serene and orderly master bedroom is finely detailed. The coffee table reflects the ceiling arch; the ceiling slot houses continuous strip uplighting; the headwall and nightstand units conceal lighting, A/V and security controls.
A vestibule defining the homework area, closet and bath breaks up and adds intimacy to this large bedroom for a 10 year-old boy. Leather handles on custom chests, along with the corduroy bed upholstery and denim spread will work well long after the toy collection is replace by teenage interests.
Their master bath seems infinitely spacious with its many reflective surfaces and sleek fittings. The stainless steel water column between the tub and steam shower visually expands the space as do the floor-to-ceiling enclosures. The custom skylight enclosure with dropped lens adds interest and height.
In the cool, resort-style “cabana” serving the adjacent covered porch and outdoor entertainment area beyond, the dropped ceiling hides duct work as well as track lights in slots and connects the false columns bringing services to the bar to the actual building columns at perimeter.
The unique design of this custom made rolling fireplace screen won an ARIDO award for Product Design.
At the core of this home is a central 3-storey circulation spine, combining angular and curved sculptural shapes, materials repetition and dramatic “surprises” to singular effect. Beyond the entry, the sconce curves are repeated in deep stair base steps; a grid pattern appears in the 2-storey wall panelling and in the floating rail of a light-filled stair way.
In the entry hall, a mirror insert in the stone flooring reflects the glass panel lighting unit above; the wall mirrors provide glimpses of the living room and introduce a grid pattern, which, like the curves of the French sconces, will be re-interpreted throughout the home.
Both gracious entertaining and intimate family life are supported and enhanced by this modern but warm and timeless surrounding. Opening to the dining room and front hall, perfect for entertaining, this living room demonstrates the owners’ passion for art and music.
Both gracious entertaining and intimate family life are supported and enhanced by this modern but warm and timeless surrounding. The gathered sticks table base, twisted metal pendant and art finished walls animate this minimalist dining room, separated from the living room by double layered sliding doors, which simulate an unbroken wall when closed.
In the generous, light-filled kitchen’s asymmetrical layout, the sink, cook top and ovens align on a single dark wall; the storage / refrigeration on a white one. The whole family can gather at the large, square island.
The generous and comfortable family room is awash with natural light in daytime and bathed in the glow of the backlit onyx fireplace later when the blinds fully drop from their concealed housing.
Deep tones add intimacy and richness to this bedroom, in which the fireplace, TV and fabric-wrapped bench form one functional, cohesive unit tucked below ceiling slope.
Below this room’s loft play area there’s plenty of storage for clothes and toys, all surrounded by a racing super graphics theme in the 4 year-old boy’s favourite sports teams’ colours.
This 7 year-old boy’s furnishings will work for several years as he grows. Right now, Curious George’s jungle is inhabited by Blue Jays, reflecting his current favourites.
This 9 year-old girl’s garden room employs bright colour, exuberant graphics, handy storage and an offbeat feathered pendant light fixture that will still appeal when she is 13.
The serene master ensuite reflects those tastes, with its sophisticated milk chocolate palette and interesting textures. Custom fittings include the large double vanity with stacked and staggered drawers, make-up area and tub with a view.
Repetition of curved or staggered and stacked shapes was a key element in our design for this young family’s new home. Glossy black stacked and staggered vanity layers contrast dramatically against the shimmering glass bead and mirror surfaces in this glamorous powder room.
This clean, open and contemporary interior responds to this young family’s modern tastes, but references the traditional exterior elements, grey-brown stone / black-brown trim, in elements such as the flooring material and stair’s dark steel patina. The stair structure floats from and contrasts with the wall panels, floating glass panels float within its railing.
Careful detailing top to bottom make the central vertical circulation at the spine of this home its most powerful design element. Here, the gracefully sculpted wooden newel post emphasizes the change from the base step’s curves to the straight lines of the stair rail.
Originally 5 feet deeper, this dining room was awkwardly capacious and square. Creating a more functional layout, the 5 feet was taken to create a butler’s pantry, closet and powder room, which are normally rare features for homes in the surrounding historic neighbourhood.
Carrying through the home’s eclectic mix of old and new, 1940’s office chairs provide restful seating around a custom designed smoked glass dining table with molten bronze legs. A unique, custom light fixture from Jeff Goodman Studio provides a soft glow, while reclaimed European oak flooring adds warmth to the room.
From the previous renovation, the only thing preserved was the original zero-clearance, wood burning fireplace. A custom designed mantle was hand-carved with solid stone and finished with a beaver motif. The openings in the cabinetry housing the firewood are made of durable Caesarstone, eliminating scuffing, while matching the painted finish of the surrounding cabinets. The custom designed sofa provides seating around an original Noguchi coffee table. Family heirlooms and treasured accessories add a personal touch.
Working with a long and narrow space, a galley-style kitchen was created with integrated, hidden appliances. A 16” wide custom designed island is the perfect plating size for 6 dinner guests. Upper cabinets flip up and out of the way for easy access while cooking. Lower pull-out cabinets have integrated handles for a streamlined look. The richness of the charcoal colour, combined with the oak floors, creates a warm cozy feel. Clean lines are complemented with a striking custom light fixture by Zac Ridgely.
This cozy and functional breakfast nook nests at the end of a galley-style kitchen. A skipping-stone table top was custom designed, pivoting to allow for ease of access to the bench while maximizing seating space. Original 1950’s chairs are juxtaposed with a contemporary Gerard Gauci still-life painting.
This butler’s pantry may be small in size, but does not compromise on functionality and luxury. Glass cabinet doors give a feeling of openness and are reminiscent of the kitchen design. Silverwave marble used for the countertops proves to be a particularly beautiful and serviceable material. The marble was leathered through a brushing process, raising the grain to make a dramatic striated statement.
In this previously badly renovated Victorian century home, we wanted to create a contemporary interior while respecting the architecture and historic interest of the home. Preserving the original stained glass, we transformed an old drywall box foyer into an open, light-filled entry vestibule. Recessed panels and glass block cold air while letting light flow freely, with views from one end of the home to the other.
In this Victorian century home, the decision was made to remove the stairs and rebuild larger, more comfortable steps. Historic treatment was applied in a contemporary way, using forged iron with a hammered finish for the railing. A wax coating eliminates rust and tarnish while a crystal ball adds a unique touch at the end of the newel post.
As a 2,200 sq.ft. rowhouse sandwiched between two properties, it was necessary to get creative in designing the most functional space possible. A small, narrow space was converted into a study with a loft for guests. A steep incline to the loft required a clever solution. Staggered blocks and a parabolic railing shape lend to the style, but also to the comfort and safety. Walnut panelled walls and stairs not only house laundry facilities but a ton of hidden storage.
When designing the master bathroom, we wanted to create a space with both a tub and shower, but there was limited room to work with. The idea came forward to have a cantilevered tub, positioned sideways, and projecting from the glass-enclosed shower. Providing the most direct solution, water fills the tub from the ceiling. Heated porcelain flooring perfectly mimics the reclaimed European oak wood flooring throughout the main floor of this Victorian home.
Creating a clean and fresh space, the sink and vanity in this master bathroom nestle into the Ceasarstone top. The mirrored medicine cabinets are configured around the lights and open from a lip at the bottom, segmented in a “Mondrian” pattern to conceal the joints. Each cabinet divisions the mirror and opens at a slightly different shape. The sconces are mounted directly onto the mirror, without sacrificing storage space. Custom cabinet pulls add to the clean and contemporary feel.
A small powder room required a little ingenuity. To save space and make it feel larger, a custom sink was built with water delivered directly from the wall. The stone sink, designed with an elevated base, allows water to cascade over the side while concealing the drain. Adjacent cut-outs house tissues and a garbage as well as hidden storage. Artist Nancy Zboch created a stunning mosaic tile wall.
In this Neo-Victorian home, the architecture was integrated with a contemporary interior, creating a natural transition. Board and batten style walnut panelling surrounds the bed and conceals a chimney flue as well as a pull-out shoe closet. Vaulted ceilings add an element of architectural interest and grandeur to the room.
In this old Victorian rowhouse, it was important to create functional storage space wherever possible. Concealed behind walnut panelling, and leaving a pocket for the adjacent drapery, a pull-out vertical closet houses 42 pairs of shoes.
Leading into the master bedroom, this ante room was painted a dark, rich colour to diffuse the glow from a neighbouring skylight. Paneling conceals clothing storage and hampers.
In this pared down, yet welcoming space, the limestone flooring pattern is made even more prominent by the contrast with the simplicity of the kitchen cabinetry. The ceiling detail, “stacked and wrapped” counter units and breakfast table reflect the layering and sculpting throughout the home.
Within its austere modern context, this family home is filled with warm and inviting spaces such as this breakfast nook tucked into the kitchen window area.
Seen from the family room, this kitchen contributes to the inviting, cozy, family-oriented environment created within a pared down, modern context. The tight, regulated horizontal grained walnut of the cabinetry creates a warm grounding for the busiest room of the home.
This room epitomizes the inviting, cozy, family-oriented environment created within a pared down, modern context. Its layering and sculpting includes seating and storage units tucked under the windows, below carefully planned bulkheads and a coffered ceiling and custom light fixture.
This long-awaited, custom-designed dream home balances the couple’s love of pared down, austere, modern environments with their desire for an inviting, cozy, family-oriented environment. Bronzed mirror panels set into the dining room’s painted panel walls with ½ inch reveals, reflect the furnishings, art and playful pendant lights. Those highly reflective fixtures themselves create infinite layers of colour and shape, in which is actually a very simply finished room.
One of the objectives for this long-awaited, custom-designed dream home was that it would suit all aspects of the family’s lifestyle. On the lower level, this indoor virtual golf simulator room was created for an avid golfer, but will easily transition to a home theatre as his young family grows.
This couple are both geologists, inspiring the innovative use of stone throughout the home custom built for their active family of five and eight pets. In this entry hall, limestone is used on both the floor and walls, providing a striking and practical backdrop for the exquisite antique furnishings. The mirror was in the owners’ collection; the marble and gilt 19th C reproduction console table was sourced in France; the sconces were handcrafted in antique brass to complete the vignette.
This couple are avid collectors of antique carpets, fabrics and furnishing, and of course Canadian art as perfectly combined in this gracious dining room. Bounded by carefully thought out wall panelling and coffered ceiling details, their existing chairs surround a newly acquired fine mahogany pedestal table with matching server under a specialty handcrafted gold leaf and crystal chandelier. A fine c.1880 Bakshaish Persian carpet grounds the setting, while the silk drapery and floral overprinted grass cloth wall covering were chosen for their combination of lushness and simplicity. The large painting, “Winter Road” is by noted Canadian Western artist John McKee.
This warm and gracious living room epitomizes the casual comfort that was created in a traditional home designed for a large and active family. Throughout it, the design and decoration incorporate a remarkable interplay of colour, pattern and texture, an important collection of Canadian art as well as antique and contemporary furnishings from around the world. Here, “Boyhood” by Northern Ontario artist, Valerie Palmer is featured as well as an Sultanabad Persian carpet from the late 19th century. Toss cushions and an upholstered side chair reference the rich colours and pattern of the carpet.
Adding a subtle rhythm to the space, the ceiling is just part of the masterfully planned detailing for this cozy room. The pale plush wool carpet and warm apple green paint finished cabinetry create a subtle background for the fine wood block print by Yoshitori Mori, dean f Japan’s modern print makers, which is flanked by drapery in a playful pagoda print. The existing chairs were reshaped an upholstered for this space.
Placing the owners’ collectibles to best advantage was one of the great pleasures in designing this home. Here, in a small space just outside the study, an eclectic combination of pieces creates an arresting display. On a little antique Canadian table, a traditional bronze elephant bell from India sits below “Winter, Beaupre”, by Maurice Cullen, a historical Canadian artist from Montreal.
The exquisitely scaled paneling and stair details were carefully designed to reference the Georgian design of the exterior of this home and to create a graceful connection between the windows and landings. The simplicity of the flat-woven grass cloth carpet compliments this airy, light-filled space and is a practical choice in a home with eight pets.
Set against the elegantly designed traditional paneling and millwork and antique carpet, the diverse collection of furnishings at the base of the stairs emphasizes that a modern family occupies this traditional home. Flanking the traditional mirror-on-mirror centrepiece, elegant sconces fit perfectly into the paneling detail. The curves of the shades and of the contemporary, custom-made, forged iron and gilt console compliment those of the sinuous stair.
Perfectly symmetrical, the complex wall and ceiling details are both elegant and functional. The marble fireplace centres a carefully planned storage wall that flanks the windows with small niches housing gemstone specimens collected by the owners, both geologists. The painting is “Celestial Gathering” by historical Canadian artist Michael Forster. Below a historic sculpture and mask, large shelves provide storage for several antique carpets. The coffee table and seating were existing; new upholstery stands up to use by children and pets, as does the handmade Jan Kath carpet. The crewel work cushion covers reflect the owner’s love of textiles.
This hardworking space is the true heart of an active home for five people and pets. Wall, ceilings, trim and the exquisitely detailed cabinetry, all in one colour, reflect the traditional character of the home. Contemporary elements add liveliness and colour contrast. The existing Bertoia stools create a strong accent at the massive granite topped island, balanced by the bright red polycarbonate pendant fixture above the breakfast table, which, in turn, picks up the red of the stove controls and batterie de cuisine. The horsehair in the Roman blinds adds a glimmer sheen and is extremely durable, as is the oak flooring.
The carefully designed cabinetry includes a large unit designed to look like a freestanding hutch, with its furniture-like base detail, brackets, black-leaded glazing and wooden counter top.
This dressing room and closet was painstakingly detailed to accommodate multi-level hanging, many drawers, shelving and open storage. Despite the extensive cabinetry, this passageway between the master bedroom and ensuite is light, fresh and spacious.
The upholstered headboard is perfectly framed by the panelled wall, which incorporates two oval windows above extra-wide cabinets. The window casings were designed to conceal pull down blinds for privacy. The adjacent wall was built out to incorporate storage and an 11 foot long daybed under the huge window. The serene colour scheme is accented with red elements such as the bench cushion and the throw pillows’ large scale prints, which reference the antique fabrics and carpets found elsewhere in the home. Nickel finishes on the lamps and hardware add sparkle.
The barrel vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting reinforces the symmetry of this generous and elegant space. A coffered ceiling delineates the vanity area; opposite, the remarkably cleanly detailed glass partitions define the curbless shower and toilet areas. For privacy, the windows are coated with an easy-to-maintain translucent frosted film. Over the bath, a printed silk window valance extends to the ceiling, emphasizing its curve.
Traditional detailing with a contemporary touch creates a balance of glamour and comfort in this young woman’s bath. The vanity’s classic panel design has been treated to a modern art finish referencing the strong pattern in the marble flooring; the Caesar Stone top has a unique stepping detail with a plinth below the medicine chest built into the centre of the mirror triptych. Nickel finishes on the light fixtures and hardware enlivens the space.
The vaulted corridor was designed to provide access to the great room on the west side of the house and culminates at the entrance to the wine cellar iron grille. The floor and ceiling were carefully planned out so that lanterns hang directly over the complex medallions laser etched into the limestone flooring.
Although most of the furnishings were provided by a local decorator, Lisa Kahn, with whom we worked closely, we sourced certain special pieces, such as a pair of extraordinary Lyonnais walnut cured door encoignures c.1780 found in France. These 10 foot tall units were positioned in the corners of the entry from the living room to the covered loggia. Their shape softens the corners of the room and their detailing works well with the intricately detailed stonework we designed.
In addition to the 6, 000 sq. ft. Bungalow space, there is a quiet suite above the garage, to which this wooden stair leads. The tiles on risers match those inset in the limestone floor, part of the inventive design detailing throughout the home, as are the delicately cadenced iron railings. Connecting the garage, wine room and laundry room, the complex arched space in which the stair is set required significant plaster and stone detailing. The small 19th century carved tiroir unit was sourced in France.
Opening onto the lanai, the family room of this lovely Florida home also connects to dining room across the elegant colonnade of solid carved Syrian stone. The columns and the intricate ceiling structure were all carefully planned and detailed. So, too, was the massive 12 foot tall wall unit, which was executed in select hard white maple finished with multiple glazes that create its warm character.
In this warm and welcoming living room, the stone paneled walls and superb custom designed, carved mantelpiece called for precise and innovative detailing, as did the ceiling structure of mahogany beams and cypress panels.
Smooth textures and delicate patterns work well against the richly veined stone wall panelling that wrap this charming living room, which features “The River in Autumn” by noted Canadian artist Dorothy Knowles.
This 400 sq. ft. kitchen is a masterpiece of detailing and collaboration with the cabinet maker. Every inch of the cabinetry was custom designed for function and to integrate with the interior architectural elements. Like the large colonnades elsewhere, the small columns have a Moorish flavour. The proto-Grecian column capital reproduces one seen on the owners’ trip to Turkey. Pale painted finishes and granite reflect the glorious light that floods this Canadian couple’s Florida winter home.
Nestled into the pantry wall, the large storage and bar unit sits perfectly below the coffered ceiling. They myriad of special details in this kitchen cabinetry and architectural millwork marry flawlessly.
Below the carefully planned beamed cypress wood ceiling and surrounded by hurricane proof windows, this charming breakfast room is filled with Florida sunshine.
Seen from the master bedroom doorway, this short corridor leads to the master bath and incorporates openings to dressing rooms, toilet area and shower room on either side. The delicate archway and fine plaster finish reflect the other finishes in the home; the hickory flooring is used throughout, in diverse patterns. The gracefully detailed vanity cabinetry at the end of the corridor rises above breccia oniciata marble slab flooring.
In the Florida sunshine, peach-toned Venetian plaster glows against the hickory flooring and complex millwork details that establish the character of this elegant master bedroom.
The layered window frame design conceals hidden remotely controlled blackout blinds that slide down silently to create privacy and clock the bright sunshine in this gracious Florida home.
As in the other rooms in this exquisite Florida home, the architectural and cabinetry details were painstakingly developed to contribute to the interior design character individually and to work together beautifully. Here, the circles of the vanity mirrors reference the barrel vaulting of the ceiling and all the cabinetry was designed to enhance the volume. Venetian plaster, painted millwork and bronze fittings work well with the magnificent breccias oniciata marble slab flooring.
There is a view to a secluded courtyard from the antique French copper tub in the master bath of a remarkable Florida home, which is characterized by superbly detailed millwork.
This vacation home is replete with custom cabinetry and finely detailed millwork, as epitomized by this inviting and functional study, which is perfectly planned and executed in rich cherry wood. Hidden in the window frame, remote controlled blinds descend to block the Florida sunshine.
Being involved on the design team six months in advance of construction provided the opportunity to work closely with the local architect and builder, especially with respect to the design and detailing of the many solid limestone elements custom-carved in Syria. The relationship between interior and exterior is transparent and consistent in this magnificent holiday home, which expresses a Spanish Moorish theme.
In the welcoming lanai of this Florida home, the columns and ceiling are typical of the extensive design detailing. Here, narrow slots between the double columns conceal remote controlled widow screens.
Interior and exterior details were coordinated to create a consistent and elegant Spanish Moorish character. The columns and ceiling of this welcoming lanai are typical of the exhaustive and inventive design detailing throughout the Florida home.
The interior design of this splendid Naples, Florida home was thoughtfully harmonized with the architecture. Built on a generous pond overlooking a golf course, the sprawling structure comprises several discrete living areas, connected by gracious corridors and surrounded by courtyards and beautifully landscaped areas. Sketches and detailed drawings of special arrangements and stonework details were added into the construction drawings created by local architect Herscoe Hajjar Architects Inc.
The scale and details of the several colonnades were carefully developed to inform the architect, builder and Syrian stoneworkers. Every column is solid stone. For the front entrance, we were involved with detailing the brackets and ceiling structure, as well as the door grille.