Editor's Message

furnishings, fabrics and accessories are just some of the many facets of design. But to get to the true bones of a home, one must start with its architecture. From striking stairways to custom-designed cabinetry, these homes show just what it takes to mix interior design and construction to create the home of one’s dreams.

When one family asked for a spa-like getaway, architectural firm Garcia Stromberg, along with interior designers from RTKL Associates, created a contemporary retreat on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, Fla. Using a boutique-hotel concept, a renovation ensued to take advantage of the water views and surrounding scenery. A stairway forms a sculptural piece, while custom-designed cabinetry appears as art. A bi-level pool follows the curves of this home to complete the look.

From boutique hotel to a lodge-like ranch, interior designer Cindy Alander and architect Thomas M. Kruempelstaedter shaped a 6,743-square-foot residence in Sarasota, Fla. The pair took from the home’s natural environment to create a subdued decor of neutral tones and organic materials. Craftsman-style architecture permeates the home with stone walls, soaring ceilings and rustic wood detailing.

Interior design team Steven Gurowitz and Harry Martinez applied their architectural prowess to the interior of a three-story modern penthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.’s Las Olas River House. A dramatic spiral stairway commands this 9,000-square-foot space, intertwining rooms of custom-designed niches, towering columns, coffered ceilings and an elliptical powder room for a clean and structural design.

Start to finish, a home is the result of both its interior and architectural design, making each one as individual as its owner.

Barbara Lichtenstein