Clean-lined And Contemporary

Canadian Designer John David Edison Balances Scale, Proportion And Exceptional Style To Capture The Essence Of Sunny Florida Living
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After wintering in Vero Beach, Fla., for over 15 years, one Canadian couple, who maintains permanent residence in Toronto, purchased a waterfront lot in an exclusive community near John's Island on which to build their own vacation retreat. The stockbroker and his wife, a well-known garden designer, then hired South Florida architect Gregory Anderson and Toronto-based interior designer John David Edison. "I knew the owners through a family connection and they were familiar with some of my work in the Toronto area, but this project marked our first together," says Edison, who, from the outset, forged a perfect collaboration with the couple. "I love clients who have lots of input, and these owners were very specific about their design objectives while allowing creativity in how it all was shaped."

The 7,200-square-foot residence, with a one-and-a-half story plan that complements the scale of the neighboring two-story homes, features panoramic views overlooking a natural bay that extends into the Intracoastal Waterway. The interior approach derives from the home's strong architectural elements, with articulated details from floor to ceiling and a colorful design scheme — a vibrant blend of comfortable furnishings in hues of fuchsia, turquoise and kiwi green. Flooring was kept neutral throughout the home; a combination of three types of marble that provide the unique look of a series of "large carpets."

With an open living and dining space, the one-and-a-half-story great room serves as a bridge between the home's two wings — one containing the master suite, combined study and office, and one of three guest suites; the other comprised of the family room, open kitchen, lanai and remaining guest quarters. To accommodate the scale of the owners themselves, who are both quite tall, the designer set the whole proportion of the house at 10 feet, with everything above the 10-foot line expressed in some form of architectural detail. For example, the great room's decorative cornice gives way to an intricate tray ceiling in a stepped design of painted-wood shiplap planking. The addition of large dormer windows near the roofline allow for an abundance of natural light. "With the architecture being so crisp and strong, it gives an opportunity to make the furniture a bit more playful," Edison says.

Starting in the living area, a clean-lined fuchsia sofa pairs with a kiwi green love seat, two turquoise armchairs and a bright pink-painted sofa table with a pear-shaped cutout.

Nearby, a custom-designed, truss-base table made of three-inch-thick planks of Canadian Douglas fir anchors the dining area. The oversized, rectangular piece accommodates 10 dinner guests using comfortable, tall-backed chairs.

For Edison, the procession of space is a key design element — a deliberate transition from dark to light. This theme is most evident in the nearby foyer, an intentionally dark, enclosed space in deep espresso brown paneling that opens onto the white-walled great room.

In the family room, a relaxed version of the home's palette lends focus to the view of the bay. Strong architectural detailing continues in the tent-like tray ceiling with patterned applied moldings heavily painted out in soothing tones of gray and cream. Custom cabinetry features the home's signature espresso brown finish, while, behind the TV, a contrasting wall composed of Maya Romanoff's mother-of-pearl tiles references the shells and coral from the wife's collection.

In the kitchen, a clear glass bar "floats" above the island, providing seating for four using PierceMartin barstools with chair cushions in a Boussac fabric.

A wide band of Oakwood brown marble flooring and custom-designed millwork in a chocolate-toned finish signal the entry to the kitchen, which stands in total view of the family room. The spacious kitchen features white lacquer cabinetry and marble countertops along with top-of-the-line, integrated appliances, including a six-burner Wolf range. "The wife is an accomplished cook and had a lot of great ideas about the design," Edison says, citing the 12-foot, custom buffet near the window that works well for parties.

White continues into the master bedroom, accented by a restful palette of coral and pale mint green. Eclectic furnishings include a black lacquer-finished, plantation-style bed flanked by a pair of traditional bedside tables painted in a contrasting pale cream. A seating area near the windows features a desk centered by two deep-seated armchairs.

Outside, Edison shares that the stone selected for the pool deck — a highly durable marble specific to Florida called Olympic Stone — is what started the choice for the interior flooring; the columns were done in marble to reference the same material. A lap pool spans the length of the exterior at 12-feet-wide-by-60-foot-long.

"We went into this project as great friends and came out even stronger friends," Edison concludes. "This is the family's first winter here and the wife tells me they already feel it's home."

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Interior Design
John David Edison, John David Edison Interior Design, Inc., Toronto, ON

Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Gregory Anderson, Gregory Anderson, PA / Architectur, Deerfield Beach, FL

David San George Jr., Showcase Designer Homes, Inc., Hobe Sound, FL

Landscape Architecture
Warren E. McCormick & Associates, West Palm Beach, FL

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De Schofield