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  Issue 19-4

  A GRACIOUS MANOR
18th-Century England Meets Old Florida At This Refined Georgian-Style Lakeside Residence

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Terence S. Leet, Leet, Inc.
Clearwater, FL

CONTRACTOR
Rudy Brown, Rudy Brown Construction, Inc.
Lakeland, FL

LANDSCAPE
Weber Environmental Services, Inc.
Winter Haven, FL

TEXT
Robin Gelfand

PHOTOGRAPHY
Troy Campbell, Miami, FL


 

"When looking for a new primary residence in Winter Haven, Fla., owner Don Smith was poised for a more traditional departure from the contemporary style of his former home. However, his wife Jean had grown so accustomed to the openness of their previous dwelling that, were it possible, she would have liked to just move the old house to another location. Still, upon discovering this stately 9,384-square-foot Georgian home along Florida’s “Chain of Lakes,” distanced from the road by 600 feet of verdant lawn and cradled by lovely Lake Eloise, even she couldn’t help but succumb to its charms.

Enlisting the talents of interior designer Terry Leet, together they confronted the challenge that the home’s enclosed layout presented: elevating the standards of the interior to match the exterior. “We had to alter the space to create a volume that was gracious, welcoming and really stood up to the architecture,” Leet says.

A fresh squeeze of florida citrus in the master bedroom adds zest to an
otherwise soothing palette found throughout the rest of the home.

Amplifying the foyer, a new doorway stands where once was a wall. To further promote the spacious feel, a balcony level tops the mahogany stairway, which leads to a wall lined with bookshelves. Animal prints mark both the area rug and stair runner — a nod to the Smiths’ sporting lifestyle. “They are highly eclectic,” Leet says of the untamed accents. “It makes for a more exciting entry.”

The foyer’s dusty orange walls flow into the living room, where two club chairs upholstered in terra cotta chenille mimic the rooftop hues found in a painting by local artist Ken Perenyi. Leet’s intended “curve appeal” is consistent throughout with a twisted-metal cocktail table and swirl-patterned area rug that create illusions of movement. The renovated limestone fireplace is deliberately subdued. “I didn’t want to get into an English mantle, so I just restrained it using bolection molding,” Leet says. Conversely, butterflies run free in the powder room, which is aflutter with the delicate insects by way of several Seba prints. An antique console adapts to accommodate the sink.

A hand-painted paper wall mural holds an element of surprise in the nearby dining room, custom colored in taupe, cream and sepia, with the riders’ coats highlighted in tomato red for a punch of color. Diners feel as if participating in a hunt along the English countryside, all the while stationed around the antique, inlaid mahogany table. Overhead, a parcel-gilt, Empire crystal chandelier glistens.

Flooded in cheery hues, the master bedroom radiates with Florida sunshine thanks to a generous helping of golden, melon and tangerine tones. The centerpiece is a black, hand-painted four-poster bed. The sunny disposition continues into the sitting room, where English and chinoiserie are interplayed in typical Georgian style including a 19th-century Chippendale chair paired with a lacquered Chinese Coromandel screen and an English cocktail table featuring Asian bamboo accents.

Gracious living includes sharing one’s home with others, and on weekends, the Smith residence becomes a family retreat. The grandchildren awaken the waters by powering the jet skis, while Don captains a 10-person deck boat. As nighttime falls upon Lake Eloise, dinner in the boathouse concludes another exquisite day of life on the waterfront.

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Foyer
Columns and shelving on landing - Custom designed by Leet, Inc., Clearwater, FL
Columns, shelving and stairway railings fabricated by Rudy Brown Construction, Inc., Lakeland, FL
Armchair - Minton Spidell, Tui Pranich & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Brunschwig & Fils, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Pedestal table - Lewis Mittman, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Masterpiece Lighting, Atlanta, GA Artwork - The Old Print Shop, Inc., New York, NY
Zebra-hide area rug - The Hemingway African Gallery, New York, NY
Stairway runner - Glen Eden Wool Carpet, Inc., Calhoun, GA
Limestone and marble flooring - Stone Mart LLC, Tampa, FL

Front Exterior
Planters - Authentic Provence, West Palm Beach, FL

Living Room
Fireplace fabricated by Custom Marble Works, Inc., Tampa, FL
Shelving and cabinetry fabricated by Rudy Brown Construction, Inc., Lakeland, FL
Sofa and club chairs - Edward Ferrell, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric on sofa and club chairs, and table and floor lamps - Brunschwig & Fils, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sofa trim fabric - Houlès, Brunschwig & Fils, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillow fabric - Nobilis, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accent pillow and club chair trim fabric - Samuel & Sons, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Patterned lounge chairs - Minton Spidell, Tui Pranich & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Groundworks, Lee Jofa, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cocktail table and rug - Stark Carpet Corp., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Occasional tables flanking sofa and fire screen - Decorative Crafts, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Artwork above fireplace - Ken Perenyi Gallery, Maderia Beach, FL

Powder Room
Wall covering - Nobilis, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cabinet - Owners’ Collection Wall lamps - Vaughan Lighting, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Mirror - The Framing Source, Clearwater, FL
Prints - Leet, Inc., Clearwater, FL

Dining Room
Mural - de Gournay, New York, NY
Fireplace mantel and mirror over fireplace - Louis J. Solomon, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fireplace marbleized by David Sibbitt, Tampa, FL
Dining table and Staffordshire decorative plates - Poston’s Antiques, Sarasota, FL
Chairs and vase on table - Baker Knapp & Tubbs, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Chair fabric - Osbourne & Little, Ammon Hickson, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Chests - Agostino Antiques, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Chandelier - Julia Gray, Ltd., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Table lamps - Decorative Crafts, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Baccarat candlesticks - Neiman Marcus, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Master Bedroom
Bed - Amy Howard, Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Bed covering - Lee Jofa, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Quilt, console and bedside table - Custom designed by Leet, Inc., Clearwater, FL
Quilt fabricated by Gail Berkler, Clearwater, FL
Lounge chair - Edward Ferrell, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Jeffrey Michaels, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Bench - Louis J. Solomon, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL]
Fabric - Jane Shelton, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Occasional table next to lounge chair - Brunschwig & Fils, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Wall lamps - Hinson Lighting, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Table lamp on cabinet - Vaughn Lighting, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Table lamp on bedside table - Decorative Crafts, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Chest on console - John Rosselli, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Drapery fabric - Dedar, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Drapery trim - Nobilis, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Artwork - The Old Print Shop, Inc., New York, NY
Carpet - Stark Carpet Corp., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Master Bedroom Sitting Area
Sofa and chaise - Edward Ferrell, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Orange accent pillow fabric - Koplavitch Zimmer Textile, Culver City, CA
Desk, armchair, desk chair and horse sculpture - Owners’ Collection
Fabric on sofa and chaise, trim fabric on orange accent pillow, armchair cushion fabric and desk chair fabric - Brunschwig & Fils, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Patterned accent pillow fabric - Wayne Lagana & Co., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cocktail table and decorative screen - Payne Street, Evanston, IL
Floor and table lamps - Vaughn Lighting, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Planter - Monica James & Co., Miami, FL
Drapery fabric - Dedar, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug - Resource Partners LLC, Sarasota, FL
Carpet - Stark Carpet Corp., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Boathouse
Table and chairs in boathouse, and lounge chair on grass - Walters Wicker, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Chair cushion fabric - Perennials Outdoor Fabrics, David Sutherland Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floor lanterns - Pottery Barn, Lakeland, FL

 

 

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