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Florida Designer Homes Volume 4 Number 1

New Video Feature This Issue

Welcome to the sizzling summer issue of Florida Designer Homes magazine. This edition marks the first time we have incorporated a video into the publication via a link to the Vimeo platform player. The four minute video contains considerably more photographs and visual content than what we can publish in the pages of this magazine.

Villa By The Sea is a visual story of a magnificent ocean front villa style home at Sailfish Point on beautiful Hutchinson Island. Designed by Architect Roger Janssen of Dailey Janssen Architects of West Palm Beach this Mediterranean style villa is a benchmark of design for this architectural genre that has stood the test of time.  The home is now on the market looking for a new owner to enjoy the stunning Atlantic Ocean views this property has to offer in a classic villa environment. Offered by Sailfish Point Realty.

Our opening feature is a waterfront home with an amazing design by Carlos Bonilla and Irma Torregroza of Bonilla-Torregroza Architecture of Jupiter Florida. The interior features a casual island beach design by Lucy McIlvaine Berckmans of Palm Beach Gardens. The home is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary elements designed specifically for the lifestyle of its owner. This waterfront home provides its owners with captivating views and immediate access to fun on the water.

Photography and Video by: Ron Rosenzweig Architectural Photographer



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Florida Luxury Living

Volume 3 Number 10

Through a series of happenstance incidents the owner of this new construction met up with Kit Haas of Caron Kelly Interiors and the rest, as they say, is history, as four bare walls and a roof took on a life of its own and became the welcoming home it is today.
Kit’s background includes two of the most formidable career choices: international and retail relations, and mother and homemaker. Interior design is her third, and equally demanding, pursuit.
Haas’ careful use of color is superb as is seen in the harmonious tones of blue, brown and beige that collaborate flawlessly throughout the interior and exterior of the house. Shades of coral, mauve and aqua jump in here and there, adding delightful bursts of color to the various schemes of the four bedrooms and six bathrooms, which make this home a family and entertainment beach retreat.
Interior design is, in part, textbook application. However, finding the right resources for any project relies on the designer being part educated graduate and part sleuth! The artwork in the living room is by Susan Roberts, also known as the “Turtle Lady Artist.” Her paintings are seen flanking the living room mantle facing the handsome blue Kravet sectional sofa.
Beautifully crafted exterior furnishings were chosen as the counterparts to the dining and living room furniture – color and style wise – extensions of the home’s interior on both upper and lower landings.
Kit enjoyed shopping for her client’s lighting fixtures and found some great designs at Currey and Co., as is seen in the laundry room’s carriage house style lantern and the wagon-wheel chandelier hanging in the upper landing.
The unimpeded, majestic view from the master bedroom is the piece de resistance. The tightly button-tufted custom headboard, a request of the homeowner, is the perfect backdrop to the sleek bedding and window treatments in hues of warm dove gray. Great to lean up against, this is where he starts his day, enjoying a cup of coffee, watching the morning sun make its appearance, and appreciating white tipped blue waves lapping at the shore.

By Deborah Desser-Herchan

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Florida Intracoastal Home

Florida Designer Homes Vol 3 No 9

With summer right around the corner we are showcasing outdoor living ideas to inspire your next renovation or new construction project. Whether you call them veranda’s, patios, porches or lanai’s these outdoor spaces are the hub for living the Florida lifestyle while entertaining or just relaxing after a long day. Swimming pools abound in personal outdoor playgrounds custom designed and built to each owners preference. The outdoor environment is something that can be enjoyed year round in South Florida. I hope you enjoy our outdoor pictorial of design, furniture fashion and architecture.

The intracoastal waterfront dream home featured in this issue is a collaborative effort between architect Mitch Miller of Village Architects AIA, Eve Beres of Beres Design Group and Onshore Construction & Development, Inc. Designed from the beginning to bring the outdoors inside the home features hurricane resistant sliding glass doors that pocket out of sight for uninterrupted views of the Indian River and Jupiter Island beyond. Eve Beres worked closely with the owners in creating a stunning interior that includes extensive millwork details throughout. Dan Reedy and his company of dedicated professionals brought their experience and resources together to create a masterpiece and showcase of a home for Onshore Construction.

Please check out the HOT Links throughout the magazine that will lead you to all of the resources showcased throughout Florida Designer Homes magazine.

Best Regards,
Ron Rosenzweig
Editor & Co-Publisher

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A Cool Miami Beach Bungalow Sizzles

There’s a sense of nostalgia in many cities and towns across America, as highways taper into avenues lined with post-war architecture, comingles with modern facades. The old with the new. Preservation efforts of historical buildings with provenance have increased over the years. For properties that have good bones, but no distinguishable history, makeovers are shaking up communities and increasing property values.
From the front of the house through to the backyard, which boasts a magnificent ponytail palm, this little gem of a bungalow (circa 1945) is an inspiration for future homeowners wishing to purchase and pretty up an older property.
Architect and property developer, William (Bill) Fleck, has a good eye and an innate way of spotting a diamond in the rough. The transformation begins at the front curb where Bill gives the owners a little privacy, and a lot of parking space for guests.
Whites and Brights that Go Pop!
The interior of the house is a perfect mix and match of white and catchy colors, as is immediately noticed in the kitchen/dining area. Bill intentionally painted the walls white – the perfect backdrop for artwork and accessories to stand out. Recycled glass countertops, and mosaic glass tile work, counterbalance the warm tones of the sycamore cabinetry. The “Red Pepper” fixture over the dining table, as well as the multi-colored ones in the living room, are Robert Kuster’s creations.
Each room is tied together with the fluid element of Italian vein cut travertine floors, adding a feeling of open spaciousness. However, each room of the house shows off an individual personality as hot, bold and cool tones define furnishings and art.
Residential Love Affair
Bill’s years in this industry have taken him on just about every architectural journey a professional with his experience can have, yet he expressed to us, “I fell in love with architecture and have a fondness in my heart for residential.”
As you walk through and admire the transformation you get a sense of how much Bill loves his work. Each element is built upon the integrity of the structure, while incorporating design genres of modern and art deco to add pizzazz to Bill’s recreation of the Miami bungalow

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Bedroom Interior Design 2014

Colorful Bedroom Designs To Cheer Up Your Boudoir !


The month of March is a wonderful time to think about redecorating. With the better part of winter behind us, and the advent of spring in all her awakening glory beckoning to us, thoughts turn to sprucing up living spaces with vibrant colors that cast off winter’s starker hues.

The palette? The rainbow: Primary reds, blues and yellows; and secondary shades of green, purple and orange. If you can imagine it, it can be done. And quite gloriously at that!

Florida Designer Homes delved into the archives and pulled up some inspirational bedroom design photos that incorporate both layered color and color paired with white.

Combining the warmth of yellow and the coolness of blue, green is a popular choice in the bedroom. In this suite the homeowner and designer pulled together a palette of avocado and lime greens, sunny yellow and a warm and cheerful coral. Fabrics are decorated with floral and flamingo patterns, as well as solid tones. The coral painted bedside dresser and bookcase are classic examples of mixing-it-up!

In another bedroom, a cheery coat of yellow paint adorns the walls, causing touches of yellow in the patterned cotton draperies and pillows to pop. The provincial furnishings in antique vanilla add even more flavor to this cozy palette of yellow, red and green.

Royal tones of red are the main backdrop to two of these master suites, one of which splashes tole fabrics over walls, window treatments and upholstered furniture. Its incorporation of repetitive elements, along with beautifully finished mahogany brown furniture, makes a bold, and successful statement

Tole, this time in a vibrant blue, shows up again, as it covers the walls, draperies and upholstered headboard. The gingham and solid blue furniture and dust ruffle; and ethereal white duvet and pillows complete this bedroom, that breathes freshness into every corner of the room. The white night tables, adorned with dark bronze hardware, allow ample space for understated lighting and framed family photographs.

Article by: Deborah Desser-Herchan



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