Nestled into the lush tropical vegetation of Florida’s Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico is Tri Hita Karana, a Balinese-style home that perfectly marries Indonesian and Asian aesthetics. It is an unexpected choice for a beach community, yet the home’s easy-going touches and layering of natural elements fully embrace the island’s relaxed coastal lifestyle.
Named for the philosophy that promotes living in harmony with people, nature and God, Tri Hita Karana speaks to the intention of the homeowners’ approach to design and the welcoming feeling they wish to convey to their family and guests.
The 1970s home was just a fraction of its present size when it was purchased and remodeled to meet the needs of the current owners. “The only part of the existing structure that was kept is the portion directly beneath the cupola,” explains Dan Gagne, Owner of Gagne Construction. Everything else was added during the remodel.
The guiding principle throughout the project was to preserve and expand upon the home’s original Balinese character, which the homeowners loved. Every aspect of the renovation, from the roof’s Indonesian-inspired profile, to the interior finishes and furnishings, were purposefully and thoughtfully selected with the end result in mind. The owners chose accents such as cypress siding, reclaimed Indonesian front doors with custom door frame design, five-panel interior doors with arched trim, a pebble fireplace, and dark, contemporary cabinetry.
Jessica Holmes Holiday, Owner of HSH Designs, assisted during the construction phase of the project. She and the homeowner worked together on the layout and initial color palette prior to the home’s completion. “The homeowner has impeccable taste and had a very specific vision. It was an honor to help her,” states Holiday. She also appreciates the flexibility and talent Gagne brought to the table, especially his willingness to consider any detail she and the homeowner might see in a magazine or “dream up.”
Teresa Burgess, Owner of Saltair, assisted with styling the home after it was completed. She brought in accessories, textiles, artwork, and other pieces that add textural interest and reflect the homeowners’ personalities, while complementing the Balinese aesthetic. “The goal is always to furnish a home with pieces that emphasize its sophistication, while keeping the space comfortable and approachable,” Burgess explains.
The home’s upper level comprises the main living area, and is accessed by stairs from the backyard lanai and pool area. What used to be the footprint of the entire original home is now one massive room consisting of the new living room, dining area, and kitchen. Massaranduba Brazilian redwood flooring from Real Woods unifies the space seamlessly. Above, each individual beam of the original vaulted ceiling was painstakingly restored by T. DeStefano Painting.
A sisal-type woven rug defines the living room and coordinates with the patterns and colors of the two bucket chairs and couch. Adorning the rug is a table made of a c1800s ship deck, to which wrought-iron feet have been applied. It is a family piece. The sideboard against the wall is from Sarasota Salvage.
The attached dining area is contemporary, elegant, and earthy. Original artwork by family friend Tom Stevens, Owner of Tom Stevens Fine Art, adds a bold punch of color. Several of his pieces appear throughout the home. All of the home’s custom cabinetry is the work of Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts.
In the kitchen, the homeowners went for a Balinese feel with a very modern flair. Mission accomplished! Unique features include an apron-front sink flanked by double dishwashers, a “Just Imagine” stone backsplash in Crocker Gold from Fisher Tile, two pullout pantries, and a walk-in wine cooler. Jerry Beatty, Owner of Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts, book-matched the cabinets so the grain of each door and drawer aligns perfectly with each other. The white, zigzagged Ceaserstone quartz snack bar, designed by Holiday, is one of the homeowners’ favorite features.
A romantic getaway best describes the master suite, where the couple can just relax and not feel rushed. A simulated framed ceiling with grass cloth insets adds interest and depth. The chandelier fools the eye with strands of white wood beads that mimic draping pearls.
A hallway between the bedroom and master bath includes two walk-in closets and a powder bath. The master bath exudes tranquility and spaciousness. “The vaulted ceiling gives it a lofty feel similar to the main living area,” notes Gagne. The shower features an accent wall of glass mosaic tile and a spacious bench. Floating Wenge-African Rosewood cabinetry appears suspended above the Setai tile floor. The homeowner designed the layout for the his-and-hers vanity areas and Beatty welcomed her input. “Everybody’s needs are different,” he points out. “The whole object is to reflect their taste and personality.”
Personal touches continue in the bright, airy office with its grass-cloth walls, massive impact-resistant window, and tray ceiling. The large piece of artwork depicts an Indonesian wedding. It belonged to a friend and was acquired in Bali. The palm print on the opposite wall is a family piece.
The upper level porch connects to the main living area on one side and overlooks a canal, swimming pool, and lanai on the other. It is a harmonious blend of natural raw materials: cedar ceiling, cypress walls, posts, beams, and mantle. The stonework fireplace and concrete hearth provide an earthy focal point. As with the rest of the home, the space was a joint effort. When the homeowners asked for a wood-burning fireplace where they could gather with friends and family, Holiday says they drew it up and created the space.
Gagne Construction built the vaulted ceiling to echo the ceiling in the main living area, so the inside and outside have a very similar feel. Burgess brought in furniture and accessories to complete the outdoor room.
While the upstairs is all about casual family living, the downstairs at Tri Hita Karana is all about fun! The entertainment space features a high-end custom floor of ground stones cast in concrete, a bar area, seating area and pool table. Artwork from Saltair by Kim Darnell is displayed by the teakwood table and chair set.
White beach sand and cozy seating vignettes define the pool and lounging area. Just beyond the beautiful landscaping by Jeff Gilchrist Landscape, Inc., the Gulf of Mexico beckons. All that’s needed now is sunscreen and an umbrella drink!
Written by Chris Tatro
Photography by Jimmy White
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