Coastal Ambiance

One Design Team Creates An Indoor-Outdoor Waterfront Home With A Striking Caribbean Edge For The Family Of Professional Hockey Player Ed Jovanovski

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For months, Kirstin Jovanovski scoured design magazines seeking ideas for her dream home overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton's Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. The wife of professional hockey player Ed Jovanovski wanted to find examples of the Caribbean/British West Indian influence for their 13,000-square-foot home.

Her desire was to create a fun and festive space that could translate to formality when necessary. “I come from a large Florida family ... and now with four children of our own, we wanted a casual and comfortable home with a grand feeling that flows through,” Kirstin says. “I was involved in the design and architectural detail. I really like the plantation style, and wanted color and energy for our indoor-outdoor life which includes watching the beautiful boat action on the water.”

The couple commissioned interior designer Susan Connor along with her team at P&H Interiors to design their two-story home, which took 16 months to complete. They bought the existing house, knocked it down, and rebuilt it totally because the structure was too formal for their tastes. “Kirstin likes the Hamptons beach house used in the ABC-TV drama, Revenge, and wanted lots of dark woodworking, durable floors and painted panels,” says Susan Connor, who designed the home with Julie Harris. “Kirstin and Ed’s direction was clear. They like color.”

Kirstin wanted an overall “beachy” feel but also a sense of vibrancy and whimsy. Using a black and white backdrop infused with bold pops of aqua and coral hues, and an eclectic mix of both sleek and coastal inspired furnishings, the designers created a look that reflects the playful personality of the family. “The interior integrates well with the outdoors,” Connor says. “And they love the Florida lifestyle.”

After a successful collaboration on the first turnkey residence for the Canadian-bred hockey star and his family in the exclusive Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, the designers challenge was to make this home even better. The owners wanted a large home with a Caribbean edge and coastal feel.

“It had to be functional, family friendly, and full of life and color,” says Connor, noting that the family also owns a pet Doberman.

Utilizing many of Kirstin’s ideas, the house, with a clean white exterior, has both a relaxed and sophisticated feel. The mahogany entrance doors open to a stunning foyer. Polished white and silver checkerboard marble flooring shines amidst strong, powerful art and dark wood accents to create a striking contrast.

The foyer flanks the home library that functions as an office for Ed on one side and as computer work stations for the children on the other. Across the way, the relaxed and informal living room is designed for enjoyment. A magnificent custom-designed black-wood, marble tile fireplace dominates the space, where natural light flows through floor-to-ceiling windows. Above the mantle, a strong piece of flamingo art bursts with a coral hue in complement to the sofa’s array of accent pillows.

The bar area reflects the lifestyle of a modern men’s club with pendant lights hanging over a sleek earth-toned bar that seats five. Custom cabinetry showcases a dozen of Ed’s colorful hockey jerseys mounted in neat rows, while several flat-screen televisions and a dark wood billiards table invite fun and games.

“Our club room is a definite showcase for Ed and his career,” Kirstin says. “We arranged the space for a comfortable walkthrough so we never have to worry about anything when we are home with the family or entertaining a large group of friends.”

In fact, entertaining friends and family is one of the primary functions of the low-key, elegant loggia and pool area. With a flat-screen television above a large fireplace, wicker furniture and an aqua area rug covering marble flooring, this indoor-outdoor space is designed for easy South Florida living. “Synthetic woven finishes look natural yet are more durable,” Connor says. “And the mosaic-tiled pool — visible from the loggia beyond the white stucco columns — is exquisite.”

With entertainment on one end of the house and living on the other, the rooms function well for the Jovanovski family. “They love the water views and enjoy watching the parade of colorful boats buzz by,” Connor says. “Kirstin and Ed are pleased that the home feels young, fresh, playful and livable, yet sophisticated and spectacular.” And most important, the couple’s new home reflects their personal vision of the good life in coastal South Florida.

Interior Design
Susan Connor, Julie Harris, Suzanne Coles and Joyce Leung, P&H Interiors, Inc., Coral Springs, FL

Michael Wall, Pompano Beach, FL

John D. Conway, John D. Conway Architect, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

Scott Dingle and Steve Dingle, SRD Building Corp., Boca Raton, FL

Text by
Linda Marx