Sherwin-Williams’ Pure White paint contrasts with the oil-rubbed bronze windows and pair of custom mahogany front doors to give the exterior a West Indies vibe. Swaths of colorful flowers and graceful Christmas Palms soften the white exterior. Poised at the edge of the semi-circular paved driveway, a pair of topiaries in the likeness of the family’s pet dogs add a glimpse into this happy home.
A decade of memories and three young boys later, the owners of a classic 80’s era home embarked on a major remodel to create more space and amenities to suit the couple and their active growing family. “They favor classic elements but wanted a much more modern feel,” explains interior designer Kristin Raybon of Kristin Raybon Designs. The design goal for the family was simple. “I wanted to create spaces that were meant to be enjoyed as well as designing a beautiful interior that is a true reflection of the family who lives there.”
A pair of spindle-legged chairs covered in a muted stripe flank a low fireplace filled with shells and stones. A family-friendly textured linen performance fabric covers the sectional which frames a hand-loomed 100% wool flatwoven rug in jaunty nautical stripes from Rugs as Art. The custom acrylic bench covered in geometric orange adds a pop of color and surprise.
The renovation called for taking the interior down to the studs. The square footage was doubled to include a new master suite on the main floor, a three-car garage with a bonus “hang out” above for the boys, a laundry room, mud room, and a large pool and spa. Upstairs, three ensuite bedrooms were created for their sons, and the home was re-roofed as well. A spacious rear deck was planned for entertaining family and friends.
The updated floor plan centers around an enormous kitchen, “where the family lives,” smiles Raybon. “The goal of this design was to create a home that was timeless, and one that could be enjoyed. The family members are outdoor enthusiasts with a love of water sports, and I used their collections throughout the home.”
The kitchen island seats six around its quartzite countertop from Omicron Granite & Tile under twin Hudson Valley pendants. Large hand-carved wooden legs by Finecraft Custom Cabinetry give the piece “furniture appeal.” A glass-fronted display cabinet with crisscross mullions balances the oversized stainless steel SubZero refrigerator and freezer. Dado gray gloss tile surrounds a blend of blue glass mosaic scale tiles set in a backsplash of crackle-glazed tile in Elephant.
Conveniently positioned adjacent to the kitchen and dining room, this custom-crafted bar from FineCraft’s Irpinia line features nickel wire mesh on the upper cabinets. A SubZero wine column hides behind louvered doors. More storage is sequestered behind the bottom cabinets, which are topped with quartzite surrounding a galvanized bar sink from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The backsplash of 1-by-4-inch glass mosaic tile in a chevron pattern complements the kitchen backsplash.
The original spiral staircase was replaced with a classic, open, single-landing staircase. Dark wood newel post caps, bannisters, balustrades, and stair treads contrast with the white risers and newel posts. An openwork metal Hollis chandelier echoes the clean lines. The antique lamp table and chair from Henredon, paired with a modern acrylic and porcelain lamp, add curves and color to the foyer. A natural jute rug, hand-knotted in India from Rugs as Art, anchors the welcoming vignette.
Raybon worked with antiques and family heirlooms and included classic ingredients. “That makes for a much more interesting décor, rather than just buying everything new,” she contends.
Wide planked porcelain tile resembling distressed wood runs throughout the main floor of the home. Sherwin-Williams On the Rocks in half strength gives this and the other main floor rooms a quiet backdrop. Glossy white trim punctuates every space, found in the baseboards, crown moulding, window and stairwell trim. The cathedral ceiling in the main living area is a warmly stained cedar, creating a weathered look in the brand new space. Raybon made extensive use of the classic trademark colors of the surrounding coast, breathing a nautical ambiance into the home.
“The resulting design is a mix of coastal hues with vibrant tangerine that symbolizes the happy energy of this family,” observes Raybon.
A Hadleigh dining table by Bernhardt and Century cross-back side chairs in a coconut finish anchor the dining room atop a hand-knotted 100% wool rug from Rugs as Art, featuring both Soumak weaving and cut pile. The two oversized wingback captain chairs, covered in a Belgian linen, soften the clean lines of the dining table. A Hollis chandelier twinkles overhead. The wall of custom French doors opens directly to the pool.
The contemporary bedroom set is flanked by two mercury glass hanging pendants, leaving the nightstands free to showcase a pair of blue and gold canisters. The wool and viscose blend hand-knotted rug in a contemporary Ikat pattern from Rugs as Art introduces vivid blues into the color scheme, accented by a blue velvet occasional chair. Draperies of Maxwell fabric in a geometric gray and white print frame the sliding glass doors leading to the pool.
Hand-tufted, 100% space-dyed wool rugs from Rugs as Art add a warm swirl of color to the quiet, neutral hues of the master bath. Porcelain tile is laid in a herringbone pattern. Cabinets by Irpenia, Finecraft’s custom cabinet line, incorporate both classic and contemporary style. Floating shelves add function. Hudson Valley Sperry wall sconces from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery illuminate the his and hers vanities. Hansgrohe Metris C fixtures from Ferguson in chrome add a subtle shine.
White travertine deck pavers are installed in a classic French pattern around the generous pool and spa. The cypress ceilings on the lanais were stained a warm tone to contrast with the plethora of white. Oversized teak furniture by Summer Classics provides comfortable lounging under one lanai. Jaunty navy-and-white striped umbrellas shade a quartet of chaise lounges sporting plump pillows. Two tables—one under cover of a lanai; the other in open air—provide options for al fresco dining.
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery 2451 17th Street Sarasota, FL 34234 941.951.0110 www.fergusonshowrooms.com
FineCraft Custom Cabinetry 4333 South Tamiami Trail, Suite C Sarasota, FL 34231 941.378.1901 www.finecraftcabinetry.com
Kristin Raybon Designs Sarasota, FL 34238 941.927.3522 www.kristinraybon.com
Omicron Granite & Tile 7910 25th Court East, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34243 941.351.4600 www.omicrongranite.net
Rugs As Art 6650 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 941.921.1900 www.rugsasart.com
Written by Ginny Cooper Photography by Nicholas Ferris