Balancing Act : Giving an Old Space New Life

An energetic family of five, plus pets, requires comfortable interiors that are durable. However, that doesn’t mean they have to be dull or dreary! With a twinkle in his eye, Bill Borgelt of Dwell Interiors in Sarasota quickly labels the overall theme of this interior redesign as ‘Classic Elegance.’ Then he pauses and punctuates that, “with a twist!”

Working with former clients, Borgelt was given free rein to seek the delicate balance between classic and contemporary design when he was asked to help them refresh their recently purchased home. Borgelt used basic black and cream as the foundation for much of the design, adding splashes of vibrant color and shimmering texture with contemporary artwork and accessories.

Everything about the home was large — oversized windows, architectural columns, and arched doorways. Undeterred, Borgelt found the proportions of the home to be one of his favorite things. “While nearly every area of the home demanded the use of larger than normal size furnishings and accessories, the home has just the right amount of negative space to feel gracious and inviting.”

A former model, this home sits adjacent to a mature tree lot, offering views of centuries-old oaks and towering pines. The four bedroom, and six-and-a-half bath home includes a formal dining room, formal living room with gas fireplace, family room and gourmet eat-in kitchen. An elevator provides additional access to the second level living area, with a game room. The home was refreshed with new paint and given and extensive landscaping makeover through palms trees and lush and colorful plant choices.

Soaring to the full height of the two-story home, the entry introduces the warm, classic color combo of cream and black accented with richly detailed crisp white baseboards, crown molding, and trim. The large flooring tiles are laid on the diagonal, visually expanding the space. Glossy black tile squares punctuate the pattern. The oversized black iron and glass entry doors blend beautifully with the black iron and brass stair railings. A large circular mirror framed in black hangs above a stunning textured black Corbel console table by Tritter Feefer. The stone details in the entryway create an interesting visual element while a locally sourced vintage mannequin adds a whimsical and welcoming touch.

Plump cushions on the Taylor King upholstered pieces in the family room invite lounging. The original Charles Harold painting commands attention with its large size and vibrant colors. It disappears from view, however, when, at the touch of a button, the 65-inch TV rises from the custom built TV lift cabinet centered below the artwork. The cabinet houses all of the audio/video components. “As an interior designer, I am constantly being challenged to disguise large, wall-hung TVs,” says Borgelt. “The TV lift cabinet was the perfect solution here, and the artwork is far more attractive than a TV on the wall!”


The spacious kitchen wraps around a granite-topped center island featuring a prep sink. The espresso colored base cabinetry anchors the piece amidst chocolate-glazed antiqued cream floor-to-ceiling perimeter cabinets. Hand-scraped hardwood floors provide a rich finish underfoot. Matchstick Roman shades soften the brilliant sunlight pouring through the twin windows flanking the furniture-style range hood. Select cabinets have mullioned glass fronts for display. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with two dishwashers, a built-in refrigerator with custom panels, and a six-burner gas cooktop with pot filler. A stainless steel microwave tops the wall oven and warming drawer. Luxurious culinary touches include ample storage, a butler’s pantry, and refrigerated wine storage.


This dining room delivers beautiful design from the Travertine flooring to the double-coffered ceiling. Six chairs covered in easy-care Sunbrella fabric surround an oval table, all from Hickory White. Light bounces around the long, narrow room from the wall of windows to the double mirrors to the beaded chandelier to the tablescape of mercury glass candlesticks. The mirrors, chandelier, artwork and mercury glass planter are from John-Richard. Shimmering drapes hang in elegant simplicity from a black iron pole.

The tufted upholstered bed, sleek nightstands and armless occasional chairs were pieces Borgelt sourced for the clients for their previous home. Borgelt freshened them up with new bedding and glistening mercury glass lamps. The subtle sheen of the broad vertical stripes on the unadorned walls was achieved by applying a glaze alternately over the flat paint. Plush Masland wall-to-wall carpeting underscores the luxury in this space. The master suite features his and hers baths and a morning kitchen, creating a serene retreat.


The soothing pool is surrounded by stone pavers and features multiple fountains and a tanning deck. The infinity edge spa spills over into the pool and is fed by a waterfall from an arched wall flanked by architectural columns. The area is enhanced with a fireplace and outdoor kitchen under the lanai, which features a wood ceiling and draped columns. Chairs, chaise lounges, and sofas in a driftwood gray wicker weave resin provide comfortable, durable seating.


Written by Ginny Cooper

Photography by Mark Borosch Photography


Dwell Interiors
2170 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34237

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