Contemporary Charm

Nothing Is Left To Be Desired In A Vero Beach Home That Is Abound With Every Amenity Imaginable Along With Spaces That Are Defined With Harmony, Integrity And Immeasurable Style

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Magical moments are made forever as architect and designer Brad Lynch goes above and beyond with a cutting-edge approach that gives rise to this showcase home. It was an easy decision for homeowners Juan and Alejandra (Ale) Podesta who were no strangers to Lynch’s remarkable results from their Chicago home renovation. Back in 2008, it all started with an empty lot in the Windsor community of Vero Beach, Fla., a stylish yet unpretentious community that is delineated as its own little village by the sea with sparkling ponds, a country club and an abundance of recreation. Soon thereafter, the Podestas’ lot blossomed into an 8,000-square-foot home along with a graciously sized guesthouse. “It is a very rationalist style home, one reflective of an Italian village,” Lynch says.

It was a perfect collaboration with Lynch focusing his efforts on the architectural structure while the homeowners concentrated on the furnishings — highlighting an affinity for modern design. The mantra was low maintenance with a lot of architectural character that allows the indoors and outdoors to seamlessly flow together. The exterior offers a clean appearance and limited color with an exception of the tropical foliage that sweeps around the premises. It’s an artistic blend of classic southern charm paired with a contemporary island motif using steeply pitched roofs, cantilevered balconies and warm neutral colors to create a signature style.

The main living space is styled with natural textures and splashes of color to offer a level of comfort that is utterly inviting. Furnishings of all shapes and sizes fit together proportionally yet equally commanding the attention they deserve. “I wanted to create an indoor-outdoor relationship,” says Lynch of the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the pool. “We wanted the pool to be part of the home.”

Crisp white walls, large sheets of high-polished white limestone flooring and Paola Lenti’s soft gray textured area rug set the stage for excellence in the living area. A classic modern sofa and cube poufs have a natural appeal while a brilliant blue “Egg chair” by Fritz Hansen, circa 1960, stimulates a sense of history.

Just beyond, the dining area is a place where sophistication meets architectural illusion with a floating dining console that also serves as a room divider. Fine craftsmanship invariably shows off the natural beauty of the acacia wood. While the furnishings punctuate the essence of a modern contemporary era, the lighting is kept simple and soft with a row of single, glass dome-shaped, optical pendants from Lumina. And, could anyone have a better dining experience than one with the calmness and serenity of water? “Reflections and ripples from the subtly illuminated pool at night are captivating,” Juan says.

Designed not only for style but for function, the kitchen is one of supreme elegance. It’s casual yet striking from Boffi’s white matte lacquer, restrained finger grip cabinetry to the snow white polished stone countertops. “I wanted coconut-color cabinets, which Brad took to mean the inside color of the coconut … he persuaded me and I am thrilled with our stunning white kitchen,” Ale says. With the mood being contemporary, the hardware was intentionally eliminated to promote simplicity. “Since everything is white — including our china — the food is what brings out the colors,” she says.

Warmth and softness are played up in the family room. With the home designed in an L-shape, the space is swept around the corner residing on the opposite side of the reflecting pool. Tailoring the room with deep earthy colors was a rakish approach in effort to initiate a true domestic setting for comfort while listening to music and watching movies with friends. A simple, straight-edge wood occasional table collaborates with the deep-seated sofa and counterbalances a wavy, bright yellow chair and ottoman. “We wanted to add soft lines to the straight edges which makes the space more fun,” Lynch says.

Every home should have a quiet space for reading and study. Designed to resemble a library, built-in matte lacquer bookshelves are set into the wood millwork wall and the metal ladder promotes a studious setting. “Paired with the wood, the shelving offers amazing contrast and depth,” the designer says. Black leather and chrome chairs pull up to an oversized wood desk from Porro that is reminiscent of a butcher-block table “We use the table to play cards, work and read,” Juan says.

“We’re extremely happy with Brad’s artful and functionally versatile layout. We can share with friends and family an open plan that affords privacy if need be,” the couple says. “Words do not describe how much we enjoy the calmness of our Windsor home.”

Architecture and Design
Brininstool + Lynch, Chicago, IL

Christopher Barrett, Berwyn, IL

Huryn Construction, Vero Beach, FL

Text by
Regina Kaylie