Bay Side Elegance : Coastal Refinement on Bird Key

The stylish island of Bird Key with its picturesque views of Sarasota Bay is the perfect location for this refined coastal home. With over 100 feet of water frontage, this home draws from the natural beauty that surrounds it to inspire the design throughout.

Jeff Hart, ASID designer of J Hart Interior Design, worked very closely with the homeowners Jim and Sherry Kittle to create a space that had a “coastal feeling that was a little dressier than beachy, but not as formal as French country.” In the great room, soft driftwood floors work with linen white walls, and natural fabrics like cotton and linen to give this space a soft and inviting feel. Rustic beams in the ceiling recycled from a 100 year-old barn in West Virginia give a nod to historic architecture. A dramatic piece of artwork from a Costa Rican artist becomes the focal point of the room and, when placed against a natural keystone fireplace, this living room takes on a welcoming and  understated elegance.

The clean lines of the raised panel doors in a painted white finish gives the kitchen a fresh and clean look, while the addition of a contrasting island painted in a light blue with a grey-brown glaze add some pizzazz to the space. One of the most unique features in this room is a hidden walk in pantry that blends flawlessly into the kitchen design. “It’s one of the coolest things about this space,” exclaims Campbell.

Having the ability to create, build, and supply a completely custom design is one of the things that makes Campbell Cabinetry unique and is also what makes this coastal transitional kitchen really shine. Being a true family owned and operated business is what Brandon Campbell attributes much of their success to. “With our designs, we are always piecing it together as we go so we know it can be built and how we are going to do it. It allows us to push the envelope with design and woodworking” states Campbell.

The custom wine bar, also designed and provided by Campbell Cabinetry uses a rift cut oak that is stained and then treated with a wire brush technique to enhance the beauty of the wood. The mixtures of the rough texture of the wood combined with the glass tile backsplash brings together natural elements in an understated way.

Formality is something both homeowners and Hart strived to downplay in this design. The dining room is one area that was designed to be comfortable and relaxed. With the sliding glass doors fully open, this space becomes an extension of the outdoors and the use of very light wood tones and a soft color palette help to create a soothing environment.

The pool bath features a custom designed vanity, created to look like a one-of-a-kind furniture piece, with the same rift cut oak wood and wire brushed finish found at the wine bar. In lieu of a traditional countertop, a glass tile mosaic is used as a vanity top and then continued up the wall to frame a simple plate glass mirror. John Smithman of The Plumbing Place provided the plumbing fixtures throughout the home. The weathered copper bucket sink that is featured here is something Smithman tells us is “Definitely a unique product.”

In the master bedroom the serene color palette makes a subtle statement. The soft blues and beige tones of this room create a relaxing environment, while bold abstract artwork provided by local artist Lisa Dawning Scott adds a “wow” factor to the room. Again bringing in a touch of history, the chest to the left of the bed is a 19th century style piece that was designed in the United States but carved in Honduras.

The bathroom was designed to be elegant, but has some masculine touches as well. A custom designed glass shower enclosure displays a wave design at the top, giving a nod to the home’s bayside setting. Crisp white cabinets are contrasted by a dark Italian ceramic tile with a textured finish that mimics the look of linen. A Victoria & Albert Marborough tub adds a charming element to this space. This piece, made of volcanic limestone, is a product that Smithman sees getting a lot of attention lately. “It is a very popular product and one that is more durable than a typical acrylic or solid surface tub” explains Smithman.

Lighting that aesthetically works in each space while still illuminating the area properly can make all the difference in an interior. “We worked closely with J. Hart Design to match the lighting to the location and the spirit of the home,” says Rob Barnard with Bee Ridge Lighting.

The third-story guest room follows the course of the home’s design while still displaying on its own spirit. The delicate molding detail in the ceiling with the taupe, cream, and soft blue fabrics on the bed give this room the impression of being a more feminine space. The balcony overlooking the bay creates a serene atmosphere while an oversized sand dollar on the wall gives the room whimsical touch.

Drawing in natural elements to the design in a polished way is what gives this space such a consistent and well-designed flow. This consistency is one of the many things Hart finds so pleasant about this residence. “Taking advantage of the nice, relaxing view of the bay no matter what time of day or what time of the year or how many people are around is what makes this home so spectacular. It’s all about being consistent.”


Written by LeeAnn Salvato

Photography by Jimmy White


Bee Ridge Lighting
3909 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


Campbell Cabinetry Designs, Inc.
1531 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236


J. Hart Interior Design
3909 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


Monark Premium Appliance Co.
5670 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34232


The Plumbing Place
5678 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34232

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