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Florida Designer Homes Spring 2015

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Welcome to our 5th year of publication!
The importance of staging a home for a quick sale and added value is one of three feature stories we are showcasing in this months issue. Kerry Allabastro of Allabastro Designs in Stuart Florida presents an interior design for a vacation condominium that is both relaxed yet sophisticated for entertaining. Marsha Schaffner of Interior Designs by Marsha and Palm Beach County builder Nina Panebianco of PB Built teamed up to create a one of kind winter home for a Palm Beach Garden’s client.
Florida Designer Homes has grown to be one of the leading portfolio style magazines for the luxury home industry in South Florida. We always strive to provide you with the latest interior design ideas as well as the best in custom home architecture. Our readership grows by the week as we add new subscribers by the hundreds to our online magazine.
Quarters Are Good.
For 2015 Florida Designer Homes will publish four times this year. We kicked off the year with our annual Kitchen Design Issue and are following up with this effort, the magazine you are now reading. We will publish a Fall issue in September and celebrate the end of the year with our Holiday / Fine Art issue.
Resources For You.
Our goal in showcasing some of the finest homes in South Florida and beyond is to introduce to you the Resources that have created these awesome homes. Check out our growing Resource section in the magazine. We appreciate your continued support and wish you success throughout the year.

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The opportunity of a new year gives us time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the opportunities 2015 will bring. For many, 2014 was a turning point in the home building industry with substantial increases in business, and for many a return to profitability. Our hope for you is growing business opportunities and much success in 2015.
At Florida Designer Homes January always kicks off the year with the big annual kitchen issue. This year boasts the largest issue to date showcasing some of the very best Kitchen Design Ideas For 2015. From super contemporary to popular transitional designs we span the spectrum that also includes traditional and old world kitchens.
On the cover is a contemporary kitchen from Cambridge Construction that is the centerpiece of a luxury condominium renovation in West Palm Beach. The bold colors and striking design sets the bar for a style that is growing in popularity. Expect to see more fresh bold designs on the horizon.
We wish to thank our growing readership for the success we have achieved in more than four years of online publication. Wishing you the very best in 2015.

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By Andrew Huang, Intern Assistant Editor

The home office has became a popular choice of workplace for many individuals, especially for freelance
and independent artists.1 Although home office is a great and comfortable environment that can
evoke creativity and productivity, there can still be pitfalls that can distract you from the tasks.
Therefore, it is essential to create an environment where you can receive maximum productivity.
Depend on the home, many home offices are their own rooms. They are dens, separate from the
rest of the house. But, in a more compacted home, home offices are usually within a shared space,
such as in the living room or the bedroom. In feng shui, this can cause problems because there are
two energies that are in conflict with each other. This is because, according to “Feng Shui for Your
Dorm Room,” by Lea McLellan, bedroom, or even the living room, is a place where you relax and
recuperate; thus, by having objects, such as electronics, place within the vicinity of the room “could
negatively affect your sleep and cause stress.”2 To reduce the stress and to create a comfortable
environment for work and relaxation, some sort of partition can be a solution to the problem. The
partition may not need to be complex; it can be a simple wall, a hanging drape, or even a bookshelf.
Here are some images for your home office design project.
Figure 1. Folding walls. Designed by Yuko Shibata. Image was taken from Dornob’s website.3
Figure 2. Sliding doors. Image was taken from Remodelista’s website.4
Figure 3. Floating bookcase. Image was taken from Daily Inspiration’s website.5

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By Andrew Huang, Intern Assistant Editor

In the last article, we took a look at some of Paul Rudolph’s works and how his architectural style
pioneered the Sarasota Modern, a regional post-war architectural style of Florida’s Central West
Coast.1 Sarasota Modern caters to the regional environment. Therefore, it’s design characteristics are
to provide light and air ventilation throughout the building. To achieve this comfort, large sunshades
became one of the characteristics of Sarasota Modern—as shown in Riverview High School (1958) in
the last blog.
Sunshade can be a great addition to your home. More than just a passive solar design to keep your
home cool and to reduce your energy cost, the design aesthetic can unify the building and the
landscape as a whole.2 If there is an additional building in the landscape, such as a summer kitchen,
sunshade can like the two components together by creating a strip similar to a breezeway. This can
help guide the guests to the other buildings for outdoor functions and parties. Sunshade is great for
the patio or the pool.
Here are some ideas for architectural sunshade.
Figure 1. UB Arts’ Copper Sunshade. Image was taken from Designer Page Media’s website.3
Figure 2. The Alibaba Company Headquarter by Hassell Architects. Image was taken from Inhabit’s
website.4
Figure 3. Sunshade designed by Dom Arquitectura. Image was taken from Qdlake’s website.5

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By Andrew Huang, Intern Assistant Editor

This is a tribute to Paul Rudolph, an American architect known for his works, such as Riverview
High School (1957), Sarasota High School (1958), The Cocoon House (1951), as well as many Sarasota
landmarks.1 Rudolph received his architectural degree at Alabama Polytechnic Institute; and then,
later, he studied at Harvard with Bauhaus Founder, Walter Gropius.2 In late 1940s, he moved to
Sarasota, Florida and became the leader of the Sarasota Modern style.3 He later became the Dean of
Yale School of Architecture for several years before finally spending his remaining years in New York.4
Sarasota Modern style is unique to the Sarasota region. Cater to the Florida coastal climate, houses
were built for better circulation and ventilation, by having deep overhangs, open floor plan, sliding
doors, and patios and verandas.5 But, key characteristic of Sarasota Modern is the way the buildings
interact with the surrounding landscape. Because of the sliding doors and the open floor plan,
Sarasota Modern houses fuses the indoor and outdoor environment by breaking the wall that
separates the two spaces.
Although Sarasota Modern was popular between 1941 to 1966, the style left a great impression to
the region’s culture and history.6 Even in the 21st century, some Floridian architecture contain
elements of the Sarasota Modern style.
Here are some images of Rudolph’s Sarasota Modern buildings.
Figure 1. Living room of the Cocoon House (1951). Due to structural issues, the building was
restored in 1990, instead of being demolished. Image was taken from Gator Preservationist’s website.7
Figure 2. Sarasota High School (1958). Image was taken from Sarasota County Schools’ website.8
Figure 3. Riverview High School (1957). Though preservationists fought hard for the building
restoration, the school board voted for the demolition of the school due to the budget issue for the
restoration. Image was taken from New York Time’s website.9
Figure 4. Umbrella House, Lido Shore, Sarasota, Florida (1954). Image was taken from Flickr’s
website.10

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By Andrew Huang, Intern Assistant Editor

This article is about the home library. After a long and exhausting week, it is great to unwind and to relax amongst the sea of books, stories, and characters. If you are a book lover and you are planning to redesign your home library for your next home improvement project, here are some ideas for inspirations.

A home library is more than just a place to organize your books. It is an environment that evokes a strong sense of peace and relaxation. If you are working on a big home improvement project or if you are planning to add a home library as an extension of your home, then consider avoiding to place your library at the center of the home. In a situation where the home library doubles as a home office and you prefer some privacy, then it will be fine. By placing the home library at the peripheral, you can utilize the floor-to-ceiling window to allow natural light to brighten your room. Otherwise, you might want to consider to 5000K light in your lighting design.1 5000K light has the similar color temperature as daylight. This will help with visual acuity in the home library environment.

For a smaller project, if you only want to focus on the design and the aesthetic, you may want to explore a modern image. Sophisticated and elegant style of a traditional home library are dark and private. This will be great if the home library doubles as a home office or a study room. Simple and clean style of a modern home library are light and smooth. But, if the home library is its separate room, then the room should evoke a sense of openness, a place where your mind can unwind, relax, and be free.

Here are some images for inspiration.

Figure 1. A very clean and simple style bookcase in the living room. The white wall and the natural
light from the windows evoke a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Image was taken from Design Your
Way’s website.2
Figure 2. For those who love a more traditional home library, dark wood shelves and ornaments
can create a warm environment. Image was taken from Freshome’s website.3
Figure 3. Here is an innovated and modern idea for your home library. This is a titled bookcase in
the St. Mark’s Bookshop by Clouds Architecture Office. The shelves are angled at the bottom to
improve visual experiences. Image was taken from My Modern Met’s website.4
Figure 4. A cool color room can enhance your reading experiences by allowing you to be in a calm
and peaceful environment. Image was taken from Sensational Color’s website.5
1. Color temperature, according to topbulb, “describes how the light appears when the human eyes look directly at the
illuminated bulb.”
“Explore Color Temperature,” topbulb, Date accessed on 06, Apr. 2015, http://www.topbulb.com/color-temperature
2. “Cool and Unique Bookshelves Designs For Inspiration,” Design Your Way, Date accessed on 11, Apr. 2015,

http://www.designyourway.net/blog/inspiration/cool-and-unique-bookshelves-designs-for-inspiration/

3. “30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style,” Freshome, 10, Sep. 2014, http://freshome.com/2014/09/10/30-
classic-home-library-design-ideas-imposing-style/
4. Sara Barnes, “Bookshop’s Shelving Flows Through Store in Wave-Like Motion,” My Modern Met, 04, Aug. 2014,

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/clouds-architecture-office-st-marks-bookshop

5. Kate Smith, “Creating A Calming and Peaceful Environment With Color,” Date accessed on 11, Apr. 2015,

http://www.sensationalcolor.com/color-for-your-home/color-for-your-home-interior/create-a-calming-and-peacefulenvironment-

with-color-8284#.VSoOzPnF_Tp

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