Cover of Florida Design Magazine

IN THIS ISSUE

Tis the season for entertaining, so it’s only fitting that many of the homes in this issue were designed for get-togethers with family and friends. Even after the holidays, Florida’s sunny skies and balmy breezes invite a steady stream of company.

Since entertaining comes with the territory, providing guests with the amenities of home has become a key design consideration. Steven M. Hefner’s clients, for instance, wanted several spaces for dinner parties, plus enough guest suites to accommodate several visitors at once. His design includes a sitting room just for the guest suites, complete with conversation, bar and game areas.

Guests who enter a residence in Bonita Springs, Fla., will find harmony and balance. Inspired by Japanese style, Howard Litton and his team designed soothing guestrooms that rejuvenate the senses.

For the dining room, which is featured on our cover, Litton “wanted to create the feel of a Japanese tea garden,” he says.
Eastern and Western elements intermingle with contemporary art in a home renovated by designer Sherry Endelson. In addition to needing more display space, her clients desired an interior that “was both comfortable for everyday living and ideal for entertaining guests,” Endelson says.


Art also influenced Barbara R. Westbrook’s design of a house in Gainesville, Fla. Working with the owners’ art consultant, Budd Harris Bishop, the former director of the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Westbrook gives the art prominence within the context of a 1930s and ’40s Moderne theme.

And speaking of art, this issue profiles Mira Lehr, whose abstract paintings reflect her love of nature. Lehr, who graciously invited us to visit her studio, is as warm and engaging as her paintings.
Best wishes for a happy holiday.

Karen B. King McCallum
Managing Editor

 
TABLE of CONTENTS
Vol. 13 No. 4
 
COVER STORY
TEAHOUSE OF THE SETTING SUN
Howard Litton harmonizes a condominium’s tranquil watercolor views
with a calming, Japanese aesthetic. Photography by Dan Forer, Miami, FL
FEATURES
RIVERFRONT MODERN
Lined with glass, designer Michael Brosché’s contemporary house takes in a clear view of Fort Lauderdale’s New River.

PROVENCE MEETS PALM BEACH INDOORS AND OUT
Joy Guernsey captures the charm of a cottage in the South of France with antiques, collectibles and fine appointments.

THE ART OF REFINEMENT
Composed by Barbara R. Westbrook, a classic yet comfortable interior gives prominence to its owners’ impressive collection of art.

FASHIONABLY AU COURANT

Mixing elements of French and Italian classicism, architect James M. Hollingsworth brings owner Stephen Turner’s vision of a “mini-mansion” to life.

SAVVY EUROPEAN STYLE
An owner’s discerning taste and designer Wendy Costa’s creative placement result in a refined, sophisticated home with international appeal.

A CANVAS FOR THE ART
Sherry Endelson’s design approach keeps the focus on a couple’s eclectic paintings, sculptures and Asian antiques.

ADDING AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
Rococo, Neoclassic and Romanesque touches meld together in unexpected ways in a Bal Harbour retreat designed by Juan Montoya and Shaler Ladd III.

MEDITERRANEAN MOSAIC
Inspired by motifs from around the world, Steven M. Hefner integrates Italian, French, English and Art Deco themes in a waterfront estate.

QUARTERBACKING A NEW GAME PLAN
Football great Bob Griese hands the ball off to wife Shay and designer Dianne Davant to create a warm, welcoming home.

FLORIDA SHOWHOUSES: PALM BEACH TO THE PANHANDLE
The areas’ top designers join forces to help benefit the American Red Cross Palm Beach County Chapter and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

A RETURN TO THE CLASSICS
Architect Randall Stofft and designer Jeanne Manetti’s collaboration blends dramatic architectural details with timeless, elegant furnishings..”
SOURCES

DCOTA Spotlight

Prestigious Properties

Palm Beach Panache

New York Design

Fabrics, Wall Coverings, and Windows

Focus On Art

James Magni: A Modern-Day Classic

Norton Museum Of Art

Mira Lehr: Visual Imprints

Neocon 2003

AIA Florida 2003 Design Awards

Cornell Museum Of Art & History


The Sundy House