Coastal, beach-y vibes are out — a contemporary take on the Prairie style is in for these homeowners in Holmes Beach. Strong, horizontal lines and terraces anchor both the home and the architecture. Modern taste, colorful art, and a call from the homeowner for bling in each space, inspires the interior design. To build this refreshing style of beach house on Anna Maria Island, the homeowners enlisted builder Dan Gagne of Gagne Construction, to lead the way. Interior designer Gail Carlson Brundage of Studio G Home seamlessly curated the home’s theme while honoring the style drawn by experienced architect, David Wash.
Purposefully placed artwork can be seen through the horizontal glazed-glass panels on the front doors, luring you into the foyer. This space is a brightly lit gallery of contemporary artwork. A custom, cantilevered bench that wraps around the corner leads you to the main living spaces. The kitchen, dining, and living areas create a great room that showcases each space, yet is unified by the repetition of horizontal lines, contemporary furniture, and tasteful bling.
The living room, with views of the waterway and pool, opens to the outside for more seating. “The clients wanted to have pops of color in the furnishings, but wanted the majority of the color to come forward in the artwork,” says Brundage, who expertly creates a serene backdrop on which the vibrant artwork shines.
A higher ceiling brings drama to this high-gloss, high-functioning, modern kitchen. Considerable thought was dedicated to this space through cabinetry details like: “The top glossy white cabinets sit more forward and proud of the lower two rows,” says Brundage, “and there is a line of LED accent lighting that glows and flows down the face of the bottom-upper cabinets.” Convenient to the kitchen, the dining room displays bling in the form of a wildly ornate chandelier. Horizontal lines in the window frames echo the bar’s shelving, creating another parallel between the exterior and the interior.
The wide-plank wood flooring guides you across the main level to the master suite. The soft, soothing color palette ties in the setting of this island home. Original oxidized artwork on the wall catches the eye, leading one’s gaze to the master bathroom brimming with glamour, and of course, bling!
An infusion of colorful artwork, horizontal lines, soft-to-touch furnishings, and a relationship with the landscape through terraces fashions this bling-y, contemporary home. Anna Maria Island has “been discovered,” says Gagne, and with that comes a surge of new ideas on just what a beach house can be.
“Strong horizontal lines, shallow-pitched roofs, deep overhangs, horizontal banding of windows, and terraced planes,” is how architect David Wash describes this style. A clever use of terraces and planters soften the grade and “heighten the spatial experience,” he continues. Bright and backlit, the garage door strengthens the design concept. The airy paint color, Aesthetic White by Sherwin-Williams, complements the organic look of the cut-coarse stone in Oyster.
Fluid shapes and soothing blues in Jill Pumpelly’s artwork merge the calm island atmosphere with this upscale entry. Light sparkles off the crystalline decor atop the angular console table in a natural yukas wood from Studio G Home, blurring the line between the cool and warm colorways. Anchoring this vibrant foyer is oak flooring in Drawbridge, provided by Wade’s Carpet & Interiors.
Custom mahogany doors in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Walnut stain open into the artful foyer. Angles, corners, door panels, and railing lines all reinforce the linear design, yet a sculpted arc in the drop ceiling adds surprise, spontaneity, and radiating ambient light. This abstract art piece of billowing cloud-white shapes and vibrant veins of cobalt blue stand out against the crisp Sherwin-Williams’ wall color in Agreeable Gray.
Gray velvet fabrics and the muted hues of the soft area rug set the stage for this living room. Available exclusively through Studio G Home, this coffee table steals the show with an oxidized metal finish base and a bleached-wood-slab veneer overlay. The peacock blue club chairs reflect the pops of color in the vintage artwork and offer a tropical view. Sparkle and bling shine in the polished-nickel crystal chandelier all selected by Studio G Home.
This handcrafted iron silver-leaf chandelier in a polished stainless finish is the pinnacle of bling, and has “attitude to spare,” says Brundage. The mocha finish and soft white cotton-linen fabric on the dining set rhythmically move the eye across the dining set provided by Studio G Home, and lands your sight on the glowing lit shelves of the bar. The thick back-lit Think Glass countertop of the wet bar is glitzy, rivaling the excitement of the chandelier.
With sleek lines and bright white exotic wood cabinetry, this built-in kitchen blends seamlessly into the architecture. Most of the amenities are purposefully hidden to maintain the modern mood, except the Bosch Benchmark double oven, which is expertly placed to achieve maximum function. Three white glass pendants appear to float from the ceiling illuminating the cantilevered bar and off-white leather bar-height chairs provided by Studio G Home.
Strong horizontal lines and surfaces accentuate the thick Caesarstone Blizzard quartz countertop. Its crisp color contrasts the deep tone of the cabinets and veneered wall treatment. Bling is tastefully woven throughout, with the pearlized wall tiles, crystal accents and rhinestones on the hardware, and the glass pendants from Studio G Home. “By layering glass rods at staggered lengths, this classic drum-shape pendant feels both contemporary and welcoming,” says Brundage.
“The headboard wall was a natural focal point in this master,” says Brundage, who uses a textural, cork-like wallpaper behind the bed. Studio G Home provides the custom floating nightstands in a glossy taupe finish that anchor the bedroom’s bling — polished nickel and crystal bedside pendants! Sandy hues in the luscious rug tie in the island setting to the room.
The aluminum window frames and the bronze railings reinforce the strong horizontal lines that exemplify this architectural style. The roof overhangs to reveal a 6-inch custom-stained tongue-and-groove cypress ceiling by Gagne Construction. Outdoor entertaining spaces are situated around the terraced pool by Tom Sanger Pools. Studio G Home provided patio furniture in aluminum and marine grade rope, which offers a relaxing spot to gaze out over the waterway. Unique to this island home is the putting green next to a large gathering patio and built-in fire pit.
Written by Rachel Seekamp
Photography by Ryan Gamma
Luxury Home Builder
214 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216
Studio G Home
1530 State Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Tom Sanger Pools
6010 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34210
Wade’s Carpet & Interiors
2911 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, FL 34207