A DYNAMIC DUO DECORATE WITH PANACHE
“When the first person who walks into a home upon completion of the interior design install and immediately buys it, you think ‘Wow! We’ve done a good job!’” describes Laurie Walter of Cinnabar Design, LLC. Walter and business partner Diana Hall have been collaborating for the past four years.
Commissioned to create the interiors for Stock Signature Homes’ Jasmine II model in the Wisteria neighborhood of the TwinEagles community, the designing duo was thrilled with the immediate success of their “Coastal Transitional” palette. “The style has a contemporary flair, with a lot of coastal elements,” explains Hall. “It’s beachy, and it’s fun. When you design for a model home, you need to appeal to a wide range of buyers. You want nine out of ten people who visit the model to say ‘Ooh, I could live here!’”
Many of those visitors are “snowbirds” enamored with the fresh looks that Cinnabar creates. “They want their Florida home to be different from their northern home,” continues Hall.
“The Jasmine II has been a tremendously popular floor plan for Stock Signature Homes. The open great room concept is a perfect fit for the active Florida lifestyle where the interior space flows easily into the outdoor living area,” says Claudine Leger-Wetzel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Stock Development. “With a private dining room and great room living area, it is perfect for entertaining. This open floor plan is well suited for our seasonal residents as well as year round residents. The three bedrooms provide plenty of space for guests or for a young family.”
The Jasmine’s beachy look begins in the foyer with shades of turquoise and teal underscored by neutral creams and taupes. In this whole-house design, Walter and Hall relied on subtle organic elements to keep the Coastal Transitional tide flowing. White coral, whether depicted in artwork or serving as an accessory in its natural state, unifies the geometric patterns and shiny chrome furnishings.
The Bernhardt resting bench features a hide patchwork top on x-frame chrome legs. A chic hide rug warms the 24” porcelain tile laid on the diagonal. A companion piece in the foyer, the chest of drawers is clad in faux Shagreen, a type of rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin. Formerly made from a horse’s back, authentic Shagreen is now commonly made from the skins of sharks or stingrays.
Double doors lead to the study. With a walk-in closet and full private bath, the space can easily serve as a guest room. Cinnabar designed the lighted built-ins to be functional as well as visually appealing. In this configuration, a chrome and glass Bernhardt desk is the focal point. The shine of chrome finds purchase in the Hudson Valley cube light fixture. A Lexington side chair is covered in a turquoise and teal geometric pattern, replicated in the marble-topped chrome end table. Walter and Hall draw the eye upward with an unusual treatment that places the chair rail at near-ceiling height, putting the teal accent color high on the wall.
More geometry is found in the formal dining area, with trim millwork creating grids on opposing walls. Painted the same “Aesthetic White” color as the rest of the home’s millwork, the subtle framing effect surrounds artwork hanging in the center section (out of photo range). A slightly darker tone, “Accessible Beige,” is used on the walls. All paint is by Sherwin Williams. Fixed drapery panels in a luminescent sheer flank the Plantation shutters at the window.
Concentric spheres surround the six center arms of the chandelier by Progress Lighting. The fixture’s brushed finish coordinates with that of the table base, which is topped with a 60” glass square. Tufted back Parsons-style dining chairs from Bernhardt are covered in soft, welcoming turquoise velvet.
Custom Shaker style cabinets with light chrome hardware line the kitchen walls. Glass and metal tiles combine to create an eye-catching backsplash. A soft blue-gray color on the kitchen island complements the granite countertop. Chrome and Lucite contemporary bar stools with a low-profile back sparkle under a trio of pendant lights.
“We outfitted the chrome étagères with accessories,” explains Walter, “But they could be serving pieces as well.” Vanguard chairs in a durable Krypton fabric with nail head trim encircle the round glass table in the morning room. Chrome accents on the chandelier by Metropolitan brilliantly reflect its light. Color blocked turquoise and taupe draperies line the dining alcove.
A nine-armed chrome chandelier illuminates a deeply recessed tray ceiling in the great room that is accented with the teal color used throughout the home. Millwork forms a grid on the TV wall, the insets covered in grass cloth. A taupe Vanguard sofa with contrasting welt and tone-on-tone herringbone chairs with nail head trim offer comfortable seating around the glass-topped chrome coffee table.
Sherwin Williams’ “Drizzle” coats the walls in this guest bedroom. The fully upholstered bed features welting on the headboard and is dressed with a washable coverlet and light bedding linens. The link pattern in the chrome bedside lamp is picked up in the pillows by Fabricut.
The Cinnabar Design team used an elegant tone-on-tone lattice-patterned wallpaper to dress the master bath in quiet style. The custom cabinetry was finished with a gray glaze, adding depth to the vanities. Porcelain tile floors, wainscoting, tub surround and shower walls give the illusion of richly veined Carrera marble.
For the master bedroom, Walter and Hall made extensive use of fine linen to create a look that was both elegant and relaxed. “We always envision the master bedroom as a retreat,” explains Hall. “We strive to make it a restful place.” Yet even here, silver accents appear. Silver leaf drawer fronts add glimmer to the dresser, mercury glass lamps flank the bed. The ever-present organic coral is rendered in sculpture atop a glass base on one night stand, and in its natural form, accessorizes the tableau staged on the over sized bed tray.
Walter and Hall are hands-on decorators in every aspect, bringing a special synergy to each project, none of which is too big for them to tackle. “We get really inspired working together,” enthuses Hall. “And we end up with a better product.” It is a truly successful synergy, and in all cases yields a truly successful result.
Written by Ginny Cooper
Photography by Giovanni Photography
Stock Signature Homes
2647 Professional Circle, Suite 1201
Naples, FL 34119
Cinnabar Design, LLC
1939 Trade Center Way
Naples, FL 34109