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Florida Designer Homes Magazine

Contemporary and Old World designs highlight opposing ends of the design spectrum in this issue of Florida Designer Homes magazine. Hobgood Construction Inc of North Palm Beach has brought to life a Tuscan Farm House design by Affiniti Architects of Boca Raton with interior design by Rogers Design Group of Palm Beach Gardens. A contemporary makeover of an Juno Beach condominium by LS Interiors Group of Jupiter showcases red color accents with an open airy modern design with oceanfront views. Diversity in design keeps us asking for more.

We also welcome Andrew “Change” Huang to our editorial staff as an intern studying interior design with a passion for dance, poetry and writing. Andrew is bringing interior design concepts and ideas to us through a series of articles and blog posts that feature new and cutting edge design subjects. In this issue Andrew talks about “Living In The View” where we blur the boundaries of home interiors with outdoor living spaces, particularly those with a view.

We invite you to visit our Florida Designer Homes magazine website to view our new Resources page with a growing number of resources for your next new construction, renovation or design project. All listed Resources are hyper linked to their respective websites. Give them a visit, only the finest Resources qualify to be included in Florida Designer Homes magazine. Bookmark that web page for future reference.



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By Andrew Huang

Sustainable architecture is more than just finding ways to reduce our carbon footprints. Many interior
architects are bringing back the natural elements, by merging the natural with the man-made, into the
comfort and the aesthetic to create a healthier living. To achieve this, interior architects are breaking
the walls that separate the two environments. In the modern residential design, floor-to-ceiling style
glide windows are added to connect the patio or deck to the adjacent room, usually to the kitchen or
the living room. Without the intrusion of walls, the glide windows provide a full view of the outdoor
and provide a sustain way to receive natural light and fresh air.
The extended space is additional area for relaxation. The deck or patio can easily be converted into
a dining space or a living space, great for large company. The glide windows and doors also address many
problems that the floor-to-ceiling windows may have. Floor-to-ceiling windows are typically fixed; they
generally don’t open to allow air flow. Beside the circulation issue, glass materials are poor insulators. By
giving the windows the mobility to open and to close, the function allows cool breeze to travel
through the home. Replacing the wall that once separated the indoor and the outdoor environment,
this style of design is perfect for creating a warm and welcoming setting.

Here are some images of the opened space.

Open The Interior To outdoorsOpening Walls To The OutdoorsLiving In The View

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By Andrew Huang,
Summer kitchens are a popular design trend in the 21st century vernacular architecture, mainly found in country houses and villas. It is also a favorable trend for vernacular architecture in the coastal region, where warm weather plays an important role in living.

Originated in the 18th century, summer kitchen was found mostly in farms.2 Thanks to the advance in technology, coal-stove became a modern convenience. But, the stove had huge drawback. Heat generated by the stove would warm the main house. The summer kitchen was designed to solve that problem. Foods were prepared in the summer kitchen before carried over to the main house. Therefore, the facility was accessed only by servants and women. The style became popular until World War II. Due to the technological and cultural development, summer kitchens became obsoleted.

The revival style is popular to the modern taste, especially in Florida homes. Summer
kitchens became an entertainment area. In some cases the summer kitchen is not just limited to being a kitchen. It is a hybrid of a lounge, a dining room, and a kitchen; and, it is usually located by a pool. Traditionally, the summer kitchen would look like a building of its own, closely resembling the main house. The modern summer kitchen tends to be an open structure and is more homogeneous with the main house—like an artwork—in unity and wholeness.

Here are some images of traditional and modern summer kitchen.
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Florida Waterfront Home

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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