When busy people who live most of the year in the Northeast retreat to the Gulf of Mexico, they want a “break from the grind” of their city lifestyle. Eric Brown, designer and owner of Epoch Solutions, Inc. echoes that sentiment when describing some of his favorite clients. “When visiting Florida, many of my clients are accompanied by family and friends who help them celebrate all the calm, peace, and exhilaration of a beachfront home,” Brown describes.
Brown and team brought a sense of tranquility and a touch of colonial style together in their work on this stunning second home on Gulf of Mexico Drive in Longboat Key. “The home overlooks the Gulf and incorporates a coastal island tone throughout,” describes Brown. Along with Holly Logan of HV Logan Design, furnishings from European Traditions, and floor coverings from Rugs As Art, Brown says the collaborative team really met the challenge. Neil Youngs, project superintendent for Whitehead Construction, kept everyone “on the same page and on the path to deliver to the homeowners a final product that exceeded their expectations.”
The main living area has built-in cabinetry and features the medium-stained bamboo flooring prevalent throughout the home. Ocean blue hues of the furniture are reflected in the stunning custom blue stain of the Cuisines Laurier cabinetry. Rugs As Art provided the large, bordered sand-tone jute rug that anchors the living room seating arrangement.
The bamboo floor shines in the sitting and dining areas, which serve as a warmer alternative to outdoor seating if the gulf breezes prove too cool or wet for the ample outdoor seating. The large wooden ship on the fireplace brings nautical and colonial themes together in a bold, but natural statement.
“The kitchen finishes achieved the goal to deliver a coastal theme with a twist of warmth,” says Brown. The custom blue stain, with white glazing on the island, is featured on a buffet serving both the dining area and the kitchen prep area at the island. One of Brown’s favorite features in the home is the arched passageway Epoch created between the kitchen and pantry behind two tall storage cabinets that allows plenty of natural light in from opposite windows. The kitchen’s perimeter cabinetry features white painted maple, all on a raised-panel door style. The mantle hood above the range flows subtly along the wall with the same raised panel style and color.
A touch of blue that leans toward sea foam adorns the walls of the master bedroom, which is draped and furnished with natural tones and fabrics, including the floor covering from Rugs As Art. “All of the rugs in the home are a natural jute fiber field with a custom fabric trim border,” says Jesse Murse of Rugs As Art. The draped four-poster bed adds a stroke of elegance using all-natural cotton fabrics.
The home’s custom cabinetry is on full display in the master bath with a gray painted Cuisines Laurier maple vanity. The small doors on the upper cabinets hide convenient access to electrical outlets for hair dryers and other styling necessities.
Epoch also designed and installed the built-in custom cabinetry in the home’s study, applying white paint on the exterior and the same blue stain on maple featured in the home’s kitchen to highlight the walls behind the shelves. Matching shutters add coastal charm.
From the study’s desk, the home’s furnishings, fabrics and walls continue to introduce natural tones with splashes of blue, while the ceiling introduces some shimmering elegance. Each room has its own feel, yet themes such as natural jute rugs, the bamboo flooring, and the white trim carry a consistent tone throughout the home.
Bringing together all of the elements to a spectacular result is partly due to great design and excellent decision-making. For Brown, it’s also the team of professionals. “As is the case with any successful venture, it’s always about the people involved,” concludes Brown.
Written by Teresa Odle
Photography by Andrea Hillebrand
Epoch Solutions, Inc.
7040 Riverview Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34209
Rugs As Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41)
Sarasota, FL 34231