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  Issue 20-3

  UPON A GOLDEN ISLE
Inspired By Nature, A Sea Island Home’s Design Reflects The Scenic Views Of Its Surrounding Marshland Location

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
William R. Eubanks and D. Mitchell Brown, William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL, and New York, NY

TEXT
Marina Brown

PHOTOGRAPHY
Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL


 

 Sidney Lanier, a poet of the 19th century, focused his most famous poem, “The Marshes of Glynn,” on the beautiful coastal area surrounding the natural landscape of Sea Island, Ga. And it was for these same naturally inspiring reasons that owners Helen and William Benton chose this ever-changing land of grass for their second residence.

With views that expand for hundreds of acres and meandering rivers lacing through the marsh, the so-called Golden Isles off Georgia’s Atlantic coast has served as the second home for many a vacationer who simply fell in love with the scenic vistas. Such was the case with the Bentons, who have spent holidays at Sea Island since their children were small. “We’ve created so many memories here,” Helen says. “So, when Bill and I were planning our second home, I told him, ‘this is the only place we’ve been that I never want to leave.’” And while the couple maintains a primary residence in Arkansas, they are now on their second Sea Island home.

“We don’t think about feng shui, but good design simply incorporates those elements,” Eubanks says.

For the interiors, the couple once again called upon the design team of Florida and New York-based designers William R. Eubanks and D. Mitchell Brown, who, by now, had become family friends. “After having done more than five homes for us and our family, Bill and Mitch simply intuit what we want,” Helen says.

“After more than 20 years and five projects together, we have developed a mutual respect and trust,” Eubanks says. “Helen is an artist through and through when it comes to design and her instincts are never wrong.”

And what Helen, a contemporary painter in her own right, wanted was to make the home “seem as if we were living in the marsh,” she says, requesting a neutral palette so that the greens and browns of the outside would seem to grow more vibrant within. But she knew such a scaled-down look was a departure for the designers. “I realize we’re known for our highly decorated interiors,” Eubanks says. “But in this case, the sweep of clean lines was just right for the setting. So, we used the Frank Lloyd Wright concepts of allowing the inside and the outside to resonate together, using textures and shapes to tie it all together.”

Starting in the foyer of this 3,850-square-foot townhouse, the designers introduced the geometric shapes of squares and circles in the entrance doors, light fixture and stairway railings. Seeming to flow directly from the foyer towards the marsh is the living room, adorned in hues of celadon and parsnip. Here, Eubanks and Brown kept the lines simple on a pair of custom-designed sofas dressed in soft linen-velvet. A shag area rug imitates the seagrass beyond.

In the nearby dining room, the designers used the most organic of textures on their personally designed, stretched and laminated goatskin-parchment table. Beyond, a console, and its duplicate on another wall, can be nestled against the main table to make seating for up to 14 guests. Helen’s modernist acrylic painting, as with all the artwork in the house, was specifically done for the spot where it hangs. Recessed doors separate the kitchen, a space where their whole family can congregate, which is beautifully fashioned with Delicatus granite countertops.

Just off the kitchen in a loggia/study-turned-children’s hideaway, Eubanks and Brown created three oversized daybeds for the Benton’s grandchildren, ages 8 to 22. Faux-bamboo wall covering, a bamboo-print woven area rug and exotic accent pillows hint at the Serengeti while still remaining elegant.

For Helen, her own getaway rests in the dramatic sleekness of what Brown calls the “Marlene Dietrich-inspired” master bedroom. With a reflecting vinyl wall covering and reptilian patterns of celadon silk, textures and the play of light are everywhere. “I love the one-armed chaise — it’s just so glamorous as you gaze across the moving waters,” she says. And like Lanier, the artist in Helen is also moved by what she sees — and by the house she now loves to call home.

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SOURCES
Deck
Sofas, occasional table and
decking - Custom designed by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.,
Palm Beach, FL
Fabricated by F T Files Construction Co., Brunswick, GA
Sofa cushion and striped pillow fabrics, lounge chairs and ottomans - Sunbrella, Casual Environs Luxury Outdoor Living, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Foyer
Door, stairway and railings - Custom designed by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Fabricated by F T Files Construction Co., Brunswick, GA
Lantern light fixture - Formations, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Living Room
Fireplace - Renaissance Design, Inc., Lincoln, NE
Sofas and club chairs - Custom designed and fabricated by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.,
Palm Beach, FL
Sofa fabric - Rose Tarlow Melrose House, Los Angeles, CA
Club chair fabric - Great Plains,
Holly Hunt Miami, Miami, FL
Side chairs around game table - F. Schumacher & Co., DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Hickory Chair Co., Hickory, NC
Cocktail tables - J. Robert Scott, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Game table - Lucien Rollin Collection, William Switzer & Assoc., DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Occasional tables - Lorin Marsh,
D&D Building, New York, NY
Floor lamp by game table - Casella Lighting, William Switzer & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floor lamp behind sofa - Nancy Corzine, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Fire screen - S&L Designs, Dallas, TX
Decorative vases and bowl - Private Collection of William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Sheer drapery fabric - Larsen, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Solid drapery fabric - Glant, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug - Lenos, Ltd., Nashville, TN
Dining Room
Dining table and console - Custom designed by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Fabricated by Today’s Custom Design, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Dining chairs around game table - F. Schumacher & Co., DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Hickory Chair Co., Hickory, NC
Pedestal - John Boone, David Sutherland Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Formations, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Mirror - Judith Norman Collection, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Decorative bowl on table - Lorin Marsh,
D&D Building, New York, NY
Decorative vase on pedestal - Carriage House, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Decorative vases and artwork - Owners’ Collection
Drapery fabric - Glant, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Kitchen
Cabinetry, island and countertops - Custom designed by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Cabinetry and island fabricated by F T Files Construction Co., Brunswick, GA
Cabinetry finishing - Sean Catinella,
Asheville, NC
Countertops fabricated by Marble of the World, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Barstools - Artistic Frame, New York, NY
Fabric - F. Schumacher, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Hinson & Co., Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Loggia/Study
Wall covering - Stark, D&D Building, New York, NY
Daybeds - Custom designed and fabricated by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.,
Palm Beach, FL
Area rug - Jalil’s Rug Collection, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Master Bedroom
Wall covering - F. Schumacher & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Headboard, bed covering, chaise, ottoman and solid drapery
fabric - Custom designed and
fabricated by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Fabric and animal-print accent
pillow - Private Collection of William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Silver accent pillow fabric and trim on animal-print pillow - Libas, Ltd., Vernon, CA
Armoire - Artifacts International, Chula Vista, CA
Bedside table - Nancy Corzine, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Bedside table lamp - Jan Showers, David Sutherland Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sheer drapery fabric - Henry Cassen, F. Schumacher & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Drapery fringe - Cowtan & Tout, Nessen Showroom, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Carpet - Woolshire, Calhoun, GA
Upstairs Hallway
Railings and wall panels - Custom designed by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.,
Palm Beach, FL
Fabricated by F T Files Construction Co., Brunswick, GA
Artwork on mirror work - Private Collection of William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.,
Palm Beach, FL
Carpet - Woolshire, Calhoun, GA
Throughout
Landscape, millwork and molding, mirror work, bed and window
treatments, and flooring - Custom designed and fabricated by William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc., Palm Beach, FL
Landscape installation, and
millwork, molding, mirror work, window and door fabrication - F T Files Construction Co., Brunswick, GA
Flooring fabricated by Marble of the World, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wall finishing - Sean Catinella, Asheville, NC

 

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