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Suncoast : Home Tour : Regal Gem

When Interior Designer Charlene Neal of Charlene Neal Purestyle was hired by a couple relocating to the gorgeous setting of the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, she designed a John Neal Homes model. The ‘Barbados II’ is a four bedroom, four bathroom home with 4,968 square feet under air.

“I wanted to maximize the beautiful golf course views and, through my selections of the color palette, furnishings and accessories, bring the outdoors in,” says Neal. “I also mixed traditional and contemporary elements, allowing visitors to the model to envision their own furnishings in the home.”

The living room is one of the more traditional spaces. The club chairs, covered in a neutral cream and grouped around a circular wood and glass conversation table, are tailored to allow the room’s architectural elements to shine. The plaid drapes emphasize the ceiling’s height, while merging the windows and transom into one visual element. Oversize botanical prints provide an earthy note, as does the area rug with its stylized florals.

The family room also includes a nod to the traditional theme with its use of two Chesterfield sofas with tufted backs and nail head trim. Playfulness slips into the design with the choice of a butter yellow leather ottoman. The twin chairs’ striped fabrics add a casual touch and the sisal rug underfoot creates a comfortable feel encouraging everyone to relax.

The sunflower yellow and chocolate brown wallpaper creates the warm ambiance for the kitchen. The pattern echoes the wire of the unexpected bronze pendants that have no glass to shade their bulbs, letting light, reflected off the sunny walls, brighten the room. The espresso-stained wooden cabinets add another dramatic element to the gourmet kitchen, as does the custom range hood. A chiseled travertine backsplash hosts a niche of Emperador textured marble over the Viking range. The oversize island and counter tops are covered in star beach granite with tones of cream and brown.

The sunburst mirror in the dining room reflects the warm glow from the crystal and iron chandelier. Amber crystals on the fixture provide a modern twist and help shower light on to the mahogany-stained wooden table. Seating for six is provided by textured linen Parsons chairs with nail head trim.

“Romantic” would describe the master bath with patterned sheer draperies framing the arched windows, inviting the light to shine on the freestanding Kohler tub and the regal black and white checkerboard patterned marble floor. The traditional brocade pattern of the tone-on-tone wallpaper becomes more transitional in the oversize print gracing the walls. The walk-in shower is white Carrera marble set in a harlequin pattern on the walls. The Conestoga cabinets take their taupe color from the homes’ wainscoting and Blue Sky marble tops the twin vanity.

Hand-scraped, espresso-colored wood floors set the stage for the subtle glamour that is the master bedroom. Separate areas of the room are set off by looped white wool area rugs. The room’s color palette of “smoke and grey” adds a serene atmosphere to the room and highlights the room’s wainscoting. Sheer draperies frame the trio of windows and columns set off a sitting area. The twin Bergere chairs are covered in polished grey linen and the mirror-topped table provides a perfect spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea. The headboard is a custom made quilted velvet, and the duvet is topped with velvet and silk pillows. Black bombe bedside chests sport mercury glass lamps with shades of white linen to add soft light at day’s end.

The lovely lanai, with its full outdoor kitchen, is the setting for a thoughtful and beautiful pool and spa designed by Vice President John Collier of Waterscapes Pools and Spas.

He used large slabs of Travertine stone to pave the deck (eliminating many grout lines) and glass tiles on the pool’s bottom to provide visual lane references for lap swimming. The spa, reached by stepping stones integrated into the pool, has a 360-degree vanishing edge and raised medallion sconces that flow into the pool.

“The design is simple, yet elegant, and doesn’t detract from the outdoor living feel of the home, but rather enhances it,” describes Collier.

Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director for John Neal Homes, Leisa Weintraub, says response to the Barbados II model has been overwhelming. “People love the open feeling and wonderful flow of the home. With the gorgeous views of the golf course and indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, the Barbados II truly embodies the Florida lifestyle.”

Lakewood Ranch is the 17,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more 18,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the  75-acre Premier Sports Campus, the Ancient Oak Gun Club, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property. For more information visit

Written by Kitt Walsh Photographs courtesy of John Neal Homes

Charlene Neal Purestyle 8141 Lakewood Main Street, Suite 212 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941.328.1213

John Neal Homes Sales Center 12435 Highfield Court Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 877.675.2130

Waterscapes Pools & Spas 8141 Lakewood Main Street, Suite 210 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941.328.1035

Lakewood Ranch Information Center 6220 University Parkway Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941.907.6000


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