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  Issue 20-3

  SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE IN THIS ORLANDO DREAM HOME
When One-Half Of A Couple Thrilled To A Hamptons-Style House And The Other Half Wanted Modern, A Winter Park Design Team Came Up With The Perfect Solution

 


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DESIGN
Abigail Rizor and Hattie Wolfe, Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc., Winter Park, FL

BUILDER
Anthony Lightman, Osprey Custom Homes, Inc., Orlando, FL

ARCHITECTURE
Bobby Morales, Morales Design Studio, Inc., Orlando, FL

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Scott Redmon, Redmon Design Company, P.A., Maitland, FL

TEXT
Marina Brown

PHOTOGRAPHY
Stephen Allen, Winter Park, FL


 

The wife wasn’t the first, nor the last, movie-goer to take one look at Diane Keaton’s Hamptons-style beach house in “Something’s Gotta Give” and decide that the elegance, comfort and casual panache portrayed there was exactly what she was looking for. With three Standard poodles and four active boys under the age of 13, the movie set design was all about warm and functional living with style — perfect.

The husband is a practical man with tastes that run to sleek contemporary. His dream? A place where he and his boys, and all of their family and friends, could feel at home with several televisions tuned to the NBA amidst a no-fuss, no-chintz style that would be causal as well as sophisticated — also perfect.

Enter the mother-daughter design duo of Hattie Wolfe and Abigail Rizor. Their job was to help the couple meld their individual styles into one congruent whole. And they had a large drawing board upon which to work.

Osprey Custom Homes would build the expansive seven-bedroom, six-car garage residence on one-and-a-half acres in Isleworth, the exclusive golf community built on the Butler Chain of Lakes in Windermere, Fla. Situated on one of the smaller lakes within the chain of 14 lakes, the home would grow to approximately 11,000 square feet, with an additional four verandas and a pool house.

“This isn’t a transitional home,” builder Anthony Lightman says. “With children ages 7 to 13, the house was designed to be the place where form and function come together to create a cozy, comfortable and beautiful place to live and grow.”

“While we love continuity, we love the unexpected,” designer Hattie Wolfe says. “Every now and then a little incongruity makes a room sing.”

“We chose the designers after our first meeting,” the husband says. Wolfe and Rizor were selected even as the blueprints were being done. “No doubt we were on the same page,” Rizor says. “And though there was certainly agreement, there were also some hurdles."

The couple knew they didn’t want a formal living room. Instead of that sometimes isolated parlor atmosphere, the major living space became a multiuse media room. Behind a concealed cabinet of dark walnut, five televisions await the next sporting event, while a moveable, half-wall divider-on-wheels can redefine the living area to accommodate the occasion. “It’s perfect if some of the guests want to watch television, while others gather around a library or game table nearby for a coffee klatch,” Rizor says. Nearby, a sleek, Parsons-style bar anchors one end of the room.

With a huge rotunda entry and skylight, and views through the media room to the lake, twin galleries divide the home. One end empties into the dining room, kitchen and breakfast cafe, while the other end houses two bedrooms, an exercise area and the office — one of the smallest spaces in the home yet certainly one of the most unique.

African masks hang in the office, where a bold leap of cultural integration combines some treasured Inuit sculptures with the art of the Dark Continent. A zebra skin area rug adds to the ambiance.

In contrast, relative formality defines the dining room topped by a whimsically modern chandelier — a family treasure. The chocolate-brown leather of the chairs lends a sobriety not seen in other rooms.

Sleek simplicity reigns in the kitchen decorated with the drama of veined granite atop three islands that serve as bases for homework, cooking and good conversation. With a pale palette, the designers brought together the light-flooded breakfast area, the tranquilly taupe cabinetry of the kitchen and the eclectic family room, which opens to a screened lanai. “They all flow together like a living entity,” Rizor says.

Just outside, a palatial stairway majestically steps down to a sprawling backyard and a 1,000-square-foot pool house that accommodates one of two summer kitchens. “Sometimes it’s good just to sit on those stairs,” the couple says, “where a view of the trees and the lake and the stars brings everything into perspective."

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SOURCES
Rear Exterior
Stairway railings fabricated by
Osprey Custom Homes, Inc.,
Orlando, FL
Shutters - Atlantic Premium Shutters, Wixom, MI
Foyer
Parsons table - Barbara Barry Collection, Baker Furniture, Grand Rapids, MI
Stools - Lee Industries, Inc.,
Newton, NC
Fabric - Larsen, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Table lamp - Baker Knapp & Tubbs, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Inuit sculpture - Elephant Walk Interiors & Antiques, Orlando, FL
Artwork - Owners’ Collection
Media Room
Sofas, ottoman/cocktail table and side chairs - Custom designed by
Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc.,
Winter Park, FL
Sofa and ottoman fabric - Orient Express, Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Side chair fabric - Mokum Textiles, Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL
Cabinetry and bar - Custom designed by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc., Winter Park, FL
Cabinetry and bar fabricated by Millwork International, Inc., Sanford, FL
Accent pillows - Koplavitch & Zimmer, Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Card table - Hickory Chair, Michigan Design Center, Troy, MI
Stools - Lee Industries, Inc., Newton, NC
Occasional tables - Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Table lamps - Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX
Sculpture - Owners’ Collection
LED combo lights - Xenon Architectural Lighting, New York, NY
Recessed square cans - Spectrum Lighting, Inc., Fall River, MA
Ceiling grid fabricated by Osprey Custom Homes, Orlando, FL
Carpet - Godfrey Hirst USA, Inc., Roswell, GA
Office
Print slipper chair and shelving - Custom designed by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc., Winter Park, FL
Chair fabric - B. Berger, Macedonia, OH
Shelving - Custom designed by
Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc., Winter Park, FL
Shelving fabricated by Millwork International, Inc., Sanford, FL
Armchair - Lee Industries, Inc.,
Newton, NC
Occasional table - Barbara Barry Collection, Baker Furniture,
Grand Rapids, MI
Table lamp - Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX
Window shades - Norbar Fabrics,
Boca Raton, FL
Trim fabric - Rogers & Goffigon, Ltd., Boston Design Center, Boston, MA
African mask collection and
area rug - Owners’ Collection
Dining Room
Dining chairs - Hickory Chair, Michigan Design Center, Troy, MI
Dining table - Barbara Barry Collection,
Henredon Furniture Industries, Michigan Design Center, Troy, MI
Fabric - Larsen, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Cabinetry - Custom designed by
Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc., Winter Park, FL
Fabricated by Millwork International, Sanford, FL
Floor and wall lamps - Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX
Chandelier - Owners’ Collection
Drapery fabric - Brunschwig & Fils, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug - Merida Meridian, Boston, MA
Breakfast Area
Table and bench - Custom by
Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc., Winter Park, FL
Chairs - JANUS et Cie, Los Angeles, CA
Cushion fabric - Sanderson, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Stonegate Designs, Lightstyle of Orlando,
Orlando, FL
Drapery fabric - Kravet, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Kitchen
Cabinetry, island, countertops and
backsplash - Custom designed
by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors, Inc.,
Winter Park, FL
Cabinetry and island fabricated
by Central Kitchen & Bath,
Winter Park, FL
Countertops and backsplash
fabricated by - ADP Surfaces, Inc., Orlando, FL
Double ovens, microwave,
and steamer and warming
drawer - Miele, Inc., Aggressive Appliances, Orlando, FL
Cooktop - Dacor, Aggressive Appliances, Orlando, FL
Hood - Viking, Aggressive Appliances, Orlando, FL
Light fixture - Stonegate Designs, Lightstyle of Orlando,
Orlando, FL
Pool Area
Pool and spa fabricated by Champagne Pools and Spas, Sanford, FL
Deck - fabricated by Artistic Pavers, Miami, FL
Chaise lounges - Pavilion,
Casual Environs Luxury
Outdoor Living, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Cushions - Rogers & Goffigon, Ltd.,
Boston Design Center,
Boston, MA
Occasional table - Emissary
Home & Garden, Atlanta, GA
Wicker chaises, cushions and lantern sconces - Restoration Hardware,
Winter Park, FL
Planters - Bocelli, Winter Park, FL
Throughout
Builder - Anthony Lightman,
Osprey Custom Homes, Inc., Orlando, FL
Landscape architect - Scott Redmon, Redmon Design Company, P.A., Maitland, FL
Windows and french doors - Weather Shield Windows & Doors,
Medford, WI
Lighting design - Lighting Partners
of Central Florida, Inc.,
Orlando, FL

 

 

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