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  Issue 20-2

  A TWIST OF FATE
One Designer’s Spec Home Style Works Perfectly For A South Florida Couple’s Sophisticated Yet Casual Tastes

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Eloise Kubli, Collective Construction & Design, Inc., Plantation, FL

ARCHITECTURE
Krsto Stamatovski, Studio K Architects,
Boca Raton, FL

TEXT
Kellie Green

PHOTOGRAPHY
Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL


 

 When interior designer Eloise Kubli was hired on spec by the builder to design this 6,500-square-foot home in Plantation, Fla., she had no particular owner in mind. But when all was finished, and eventual owners Martine and Jeffery Sween first laid eyes on this five-bedroom, two-story house, Kubli was paid the ultimate compliment when fashioning a spec home — the Sweens fell in love with Kubli’s style and enlisted her to see the design through to the end.


As if by fate, Kubli, inspired by a turret that she saw on the home’s original drawings, felt a need to embellish the interiors with a European feel — a design that fused perfectly with the wife’s French background. Using hues of taupe, champagne, cream, truffle, chocolate and cognac, the designer shaped a polished palette of luxurious finishes and Art Deco elements, resulting in a sophisticated, classical-modern style that seemed destined for these owners. “When we first looked at the house I was immediately drawn to its understated European elegance,” says Martine, who had lived in Paris until she was 8. “Eloise was instrumental in its vision and so it was natural to have her guide us through the rest of the journey.”

“While we weren’t trying to create a Paris apartment, some of the pieces we did choose seem a bit reminiscent of Parisian elegance,” homeowner Martine Sween says.

Starting in the dining room, Kubli filled the home with sculptural yet comfortable furnishings that are at once sophisticated and relaxed. Here, a mahogany and ebony solid-wood table with marquetry detailing and bronze feet centers chairs with nailhead trim, a running theme throughout the house. An ebony breakfront with silver leaf “sits in a niche like it was born to be there,” Kubli says, while linen draperies custom made for the room’s European rods with copper finials follow the curve of the windows. Brushed crema marfil limestone flooring flows into the living room, where a pair of wing chairs in patent leather and linen add an unexpected contrast. The room holds a French lounge look with a taupe tufted-velvet sofa, bronze cocktail table with gold leaf stenciling and a mirror that rises 108 inches high.

In the adjoining hallway, faux-finished detailing on the ceiling features a slightly darker metallic hue than the walls. This same look repeats in the ceiling of the office, where a high-gloss Macassar ebony desk, rosewood and gold leaf console, and a starburst chandelier make strong, sculptural statements. Drapery pockets custom designed by Kubli within maple-wood molding hide motorized sunshades.

Kubli kept the nearby family room comfortable with a deep-seated chenille sofa and chaise. A custom-designed zebrawood and anigre console hides television, audio and the Creston Automation System components, which controls all of the home’s lighting, AC, security, draperies and music. A custom surround with stained speakers frames the television. “It’s the little details that make all the difference,” Kubli says.

Upstairs, the designer turned the large master bedroom into a soothing retreat using luxurious fabrics of mohair, silk, satin and velvet. In an alcove of the room sits a chenille love seat and ottoman that create a cozy sitting area. Embroidered silk drapery fabric and plush area rugs add texture. Sophisticated yet relaxing, what started as a spec home turned into a casually elegant home that feels as if it were truly made for its owners.

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Dining Room
Dining table - E.J. Victor, Jessica Sidney, Hollywood, FL
Chairs - Cameron Collection, Stephen Baker Turner, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Front chair fabric - Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL
Back chair fabric - Texstyle, River Vale, NJ
Breakfront - CR Currin, Archdale, NC Console - Councill, Jessica Sidney, Hollywood, FL
Chandelier and sconce - Fine Art Lamps, Miami Lakes, FL
Decorative bowl - Oggetti, Miami, FL
Vases - John-Richard, Greenwood, MS
Drapery fabric - Kast Fabrics, Inc., Pasadena, TX
Drapery fabric trim - Mario & Marielena, Cookeville, TN
Living Room
Fireplace and surround - Custom designed by Collective Construction & Design, Inc., Plantation, FL
Fireplace, surround and columns fabricated by Simulated Key Stone, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Handcrafted glass tile mosaic above fireplace - Oceanside Glasstile, Ceramic Matrix, West Palm Beach, FL
Sofa and wing chairs - E.J. Victor, Jessica Sidney, Hollywood, FL
Blue accent pillow fabric - Prismatek, Palm Coast, FL
White accent pillows and red decorative vases on cocktail table - Owners’ Collection
Bench - Cameron Collection, Stephen Baker Turner, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Zebra-print hide on bench - Stephen Baker Turner, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Solid fabric on bench - Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL
Cocktail table - Broeshe Design, Stephen Baker Turner, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Mirror - CR Currin, Archdale, NC Planter - Oggetti, Miami, FL
Decorative accessories on cocktail table and vases on fireplace - John-Richard, Greenwood, MS
Area rug - Nourison, Creative Designs in Carpet, Pompano Beach, FL
Hallway
Light fixture - Fine Art Lamps, Miami Lakes, FL
Pedestal - Custom designed by Collective Construction & Design, Inc., Plantation, FL
Fabricated by Higher Image, Inc., Coral Springs, FL
Sculpture on pedestal - Stephen Baker Turner, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Artwork at end of hallway - Mitch Wilkins & Assoc., Inc., Coral Springs, FL
Drapery fabric - Kast Fabrics, Inc., Pasadena, TX
Drapery fabric trim - Mario & Marielena, Cookeville, TN
Office
Desk - Excelsior, Judith Norman Collection, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cabinet - ARCH, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Desk chair - Leathercraft, Jessica Sidney, Hollywood, FL
Side chair - Astoria Imports, Pompano Beach, FL
Light fixture and sconce - Fine Art Lamps, Miami Lakes, FL
Lamps - John-Richard, Greenwood, MS
Decorative horn sculptures and box - The Platt Collections, South El Monte, CA
Drapery fabric - Wesco Fabrics, Inc., Denver, CO
Area rug - Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs, Santa Ana, CA
Family Room
Cabinet and shelving under television - Custom designed by Collective Construction & Design, Inc., Plantation, FL
Cabinet, shelving and television surround fabricated by Higher Image, Inc., Coral Springs, FL
Sofa - Burton James, E.G. Cody, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sofa and accent pillow fabrics - Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cocktail table - Stone International, Judith Norman Collection, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Candlesticks on cabinet - The Platt Collections, South El Monte, CA
Sculpture on cocktail table and artwork - Owners’ Collection
Fan - Regency, Lynn Rubin & Assoc., Boca Raton, FL
Drapery fabric - Kast Fabrics, Inc., Pasadena, TX
Area rug - Nourison, Creative Designs in Carpet, Pompano Beach, FL
Master Bedroom
Bed and bedside tables - Swaim, Judith Norman Collection, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Bed covering, accent pillow fabric, throw on bed and artwork - Judith Norman Collection, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Stools at foot of bed and area rug under bed - ARCH, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Love seat and ottoman - Burton James, E.G. Cody, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Occasional table by sofa - Hickory White, Jessica Sidney, Hollywood, FL
Demilune, lamps on bedside table, vase on bedside table and planter on occasional table - John-Richard, Greenwood, MS
Table lamp on demilune, throw on ottoman and area rug under sofa setting - Owners’ Collection
Light fixture - Fine Art Lamps, Miami Lakes, FL
Fan - Ellington, Beautiful Things Lighting, Coral Springs, FL
Drapery fabric - Saletex Fabric, Ltd., Quebec, Canada
Throughout
Builder, millwork and molding - Robinette Homes, Inc., Plantation, FL
Windows and doors - Palm Aluminum and Glass, Inc., Coconut Creek, FL
Landscape architect - Israel Garden Landscaping, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pool - AAA Custom Pools, Inc., Jupiter, FL
Faux finishing - L.M. Arts, Inc., Weston, FL
Limestone flooring - Fantasy Flooring, Inc., Sunrise, FL
Wood flooring - J.R. Adams & Son, Dania Beach, FL

 

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