Casually Colonial : A Flexible Lifestyle Design

Architectural designer Paul Fletcher set out to create a model home that any future buyers could easily make their own and that took advantage of beautiful views on whatever type of lot it was built. With The Marquesas, he succeeded in both goals.

The home is situated on a wide preserve-view lot in The Concession, a golf club community surrounded by 1,200 acres of century-old oaks, towering pines, and protected wetlands. The 4-bedroom, 4-full and one-half bath home, with 5,105 square feet under air, was built by Fletcher’s long-time collaborator, Roy Dupuis of Anchor Builders, who terms the style Island Colonial.

“The style is less formal than British Colonial and is very popular, especially with those homebuyers looking for a different style from the traditional Florida designs,” says Dupuis. “This type of home works very well on a preserve, golf course, lake, or any lot with a water feature.”

“I designed the home with both formal and casual features and made great use of glass windows and doors to maximize the views from many of the rooms,” explains Fletcher, adding, “The home is also perfect for extending hospitality to out-of-town visitors.”

“Every bedroom is ensuite and allows the homeowners to entertain a crowd or make use of the private ‘zones’ in the design. I like to suggest the different lifestyles that could be accommodated in this wonderful home,” says Fletcher.

Interior designers Diane MacAndrew and Molly Walker envisioned the eventual homeowners relaxing with family and friends when they plotted their design and made use of what they considered the home’s biggest asset— the amount of light that floods the interior. “Your spirits lift and you get a great sense of energy,” says MacAndrew. “We tried our best to capture that in our design,” agrees Walker.

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Clean details and light colors accentuate this home’s resort feel. Ten-foot tall front doors of dark wood with glass insets are a modern take on the dramatic entryway and add even more light to the home. Columns have knee braces across the top to support the roof of gray Mountain Blend tile. Working dormer windows add interest to the roof line and shutters bring a colonial note. A geometric guard rail borders the front porch, and irregular brick pavers in shades of blue and gray lead to the three-car garage.

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A restful palette of soft blues and grays set the tone for The Marquesas’ interior design, created by the team of Walker and MacAndrew. In the living room, Walker pulled the softest of indigos to use in the built-ins framing the simple fireplace with painted mouldings. Twin streamlined chairs are slipcovered in light denim cotton and the sofa is clad in a warm ivory cotton blend, accented with pillows in shades of navy and white. A Century bench in a patterned indigo allows for extra seating. The Lexington coffee table is polished travertine with a bronze base and the end tables are of dark-stained driftwood. Visual Comfort ice blue porcelain lamps feature parchment shades. White linen window treatments are banded in blue and the Wedgewood blue rug features ribbed details. Lighting the scene is an exuberant starburst chandelier.

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The walls and ceiling of this dramatic space are covered 7-inch, nickel joint, tongue-and-groove stained oak. They are laid to point to the large white painted cased opening, less formal than standard columns, which lead to the rooms beyond. Dark maple plank flooring adds a counterpoint below. The gilded metal starburst mirror above the vintage-look console table reflects the light of the washed-silver geometric orb chandelier with glass-candle sconces that hangs from the 13-foot ceiling. A Rower royal blue striated velvet bench adds a hint of color. Throw pillows by Bliss, and a Surya rug bring a sense of movement to the scene.

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The interior designers chose to forgo a rug in this charming dining room to allow the natural beauty of the flooring to shine through. Walker designed an open wall of cubbies to separate the kitchen from the dining space. The Bernhardt table is cerused oak with polished metal trim, as are the side chairs, and china cabinet on the room’s far wall. Tall-backed end chairs by Lee are upholstered in navy linen with white piping. Wall sconces are nickel bamboo and the dramatic chandelier is a series of pearl discs. The navy and ivory window treatments are Robert Allen Design.

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A pair of tall windows allows plenty of light into this gourmet kitchen, which features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf microwave convection oven and stove, and an Asko dishwasher. Lunada Bay mosaic tile forms a backsplash above the Caesarstone 2003 Concrete countertop from Design Works Sarasota. Caesarstone Organic White is used on the island which features a live oak overhang to eat while comfortably sitting on aluminum Palacek outdoor stools with Sunbrella cushions. A trio of oversized hammered nickel pendants join recessed lighting in the beamed ceiling to bring even more illumination to the room. Stark white custom cabinets with glass insets help keep the interior airy.

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The wood planking makes another appearance as part of the master bedroom’s coffered ceiling. The Bernhardt polished chrome four-poster bed features a chrome-banded white linen headboard, organic cotton sheets, Romo patterned pillows, and a nautical striped custom duvet. The wall color is North Star by Sherwin-Williams and its hue is reflected in the mirrored tops of the lacquered bedside chests with silver coral lamps. The bay window alcove features white sheers filtering light to the Lee cream linen chairs and the mother-of-pearl table. The dresser is dark stained oak veneer with inlaid walnut. Closets were outfitted by Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts.

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Serenity and simplicity are the keys to the spa-like atmosphere of the master bath. Windows bathe the Atlas Concorde porcelain tiles of the oversize shower in light. Open at both ends, with a center glass panel, the enclosure features dual Kohler rain head and hand-held controls and a teakwood bench. A freestanding tub takes center stage with an art deco table to hold toiletries.

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This cozy family room is anchored by a Surya rug made up of strips of denim and leather positioned under the white duck cotton sectional. The Sherrill Furniture crosshatched coffee table of gray stained driftwood, invites visitors to put their feet up. A carved organic teakwood console hides electronics. A Visual Comfort standing lamp in white painted iron provides reading light for the sea-glass cotton occasional chair. Next to it sits a woven seagrass drum table. Walls are clad in a painted version of the foyer’s oak wood planking. A Minka fan hangs from the beamed ceiling.

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Artistic hand-set concrete outdoor pavers form the flooring of the screen-enclosed lanai. The linear gas fireplace has a stainless steel surround and is set in a wall of 18-by-36-inch precast stone veneer. Lake Venture and Summer Classic outdoor furniture of woven wicker with navy and white printed Sunbrella cushions and a coffee table of bronze with a faux-stone top comprise the seating area. Outdoor aluminum end tables and the nearby dining group and are painted to look like wood. A nautical striped rug picks up the color scheme of the dining chairs cushions, and a bronze pendant chandelier casts a warm glow on the scene. The same painted metal is used in the barstools at the Azul Platino granite-topped bar.

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The geometric pool and spa are clad in Pebble Tec Blue Surf and offer a lovely contrast to the azure cushions of the Tropitone chaise lounges. A step-up pergola holds a Summer Classics all-weather wicker seating group with white and navy Sunbrella cushions, and a Lexington Furniture coffee table.


Written by Kitt Walsh

Photography by Jimmy White

Anchor Builders of SW FL
235 North Orange Avenue, Suite 100
Sarasota, FL 34236

Design Works
4500 Carmichael Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34234

The Concession Real Estate Group
8305 Lindrick Lane
Bradenton, FL 34202

Contemporary Cabinetry & Closet Concepts
1312 North Lime Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34237

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