Modern Masterpiece : Artful Contemporary Design

Bold, beautiful, and show-stopping are the terms designer Darla Cook uses when describing this modern masterpiece that she and her team at Green Life Luxury Homes worked to create. The home was purchased just after construction began. Cook revised the original plan to create the new homeowner’s contemporary dream. “We were trying to achieve a fresh look at contemporary, not like anything seen in our target market” says Cook.

One of the more prominent features in this home is the artwork. Clearly much consideration went into finding pieces that would fit this modern look and make a bold statement in the space. Two local artists were commissioned; Leisa Young did an abstract piece in the entry on lexan with metal standoffs, framed by 80-inch long wall sconces. The second artist, Tucker Lenore – created six 3-by-8-foot irregular panels in the 24-foot high great room. “This art was inspired by the homeowner’s vision and Tucker turned that into something so original, you just stand there in awe looking at it. I cannot imagine the room without that art,” exclaims Cook.

Lighting is another design element that played a major role in Cook’s eyes. While the lighting was pulled from different sources, it was carefully selected to accentuate each room. The fire bowls used at the front entrance and pool area create that tropical paradise. The interior fixtures are works of art in their own right, adding a new dimension to the individual spaces.

Serving as architect, interior designer, and builder gave Green Life Luxury Homes the unique opportunity to truly have a hand in all aspects of this home. From floor to ceiling, the fluidity and continuity of the design is apparent in every room. “This is truly one of the most amazing homes we have had the pleasure of building. Making all of the interior and exterior selections from napkin drawing, to the place mats, we did it all, and enjoyed every moment,” states Cook. It is evident that all the design selections and decisions were carefully considered to maintain that integrity for the overall design.


Unlike anything on the market today, Darla Cook and her team at Green Life Luxury Homes created a fresh take on contemporary. The impressive exterior sets the stage for what the interior will reveal. The combination of light stacked stone with medium toned wood creates a light palette with plenty of texture and character. Two large fire bowls flanking the entrance add a sense of grandeur, while luscious landscaping creates an oasis surrounding the home.


The entry to the home reveals the bold, contemporary design. An impressive foyer features a 24-by-24- inch Crystal White Porcelain tile provided by Omicron Tile & Granite, installed by Illusions Tile & Marble. A clean, white palette serves as the backdrop to showcase an exceptional abstract art piece commissioned by local artist Leisa Young. This bright, striking piece, painted on lexan and supported by metal standoffs, appears to float on the wall while framed by two 80-inch long metal wall sconces. Rugs from Rugs as Art line the hall and help to soften the space.


The modern look is brought to life in this spacious great room. White floors and walls once again set the stage for the artwork to shine. Inspired by the homeowner’s vision local artist Tucker Lenore created six over-sized, irregular shaped panels. Automated roller shades in the room and throughout the home are by Blinds by Design. A light colored sectional and chairs, highlighted with bright colored throw pillows from Robb & Stucky add comfort to the room. The space is grounded by an abstract rug from Rugs as Art.


This dining space makes an impressive statement. Textural artwork pieces are paired with the glass and stainless steel of the table and chairs. Cobalt blue accents provide a bright contrast.


Keeping in the same monochromatic tone, the kitchen features white cabinets topped with white quartz from Omicron. A wood paneling on the bar face once again brings in the texture and contrast. Artichoke pendants, purchased overseas add a great geometric dimension to the room. Accent pieces are from Mélange Home.


In the master bedroom high gloss white 24-by-24-inch porcelain tile is combined with a medium toned bamboo wood inlay by Omicron Tile & Granite, to create a work of art all its own. A canopy bed in stainless steel gives an industrial feel to the room. Paired with an elegant cobalt velvet bench with acrylic legs, the room takes on a sense of glamour. Three dazzling artwork panels help to accentuate this lavishness by bringing more color into the space and adding an organic feeling to the room.


The master bathroom once again continues the prominent monochromatic theme by combining several different tiles to create a crisp look. Large porcelain tiles grace the floor while 12-by-24-inch rectangular tile is used on the walls to add a different dimension to the room. A Carrara Marble mosaic accent tile runs vertically down the center of the shower wall, creating a subtle contrast. The plumbing fixtures are from the Hansgrohe Pura Vida collection sourced from Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery, are among Cook’s favorites.


This bedroom takes on a somewhat more delicate feel than the rest of the home. Moving away from the white-on-white color scheme, the introduction of the wood flooring creates a warm, inviting space. The upholstered bed harmonizing with the rich, dark wood on the nightstands and dresser produces an atmosphere of luxury that draws you into the room. Even the artwork selected for this room is subtle, composed mostly of wood, bringing a more natural feel into the space.



The waterfall wall in the pool area creates a unique focal point. Fire bowls flank the waterfall for a contrast in elements . The vivid artwork in the grill area from Rustic Rooster adds a dramatic pop of color.

Written by LeeAnn Salvato
Photography by Jimmy White

Blinds & Designs of Florida
2123 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
2451 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234

Green Life Luxury Homes
2345 Bee Ridge Road #3A
Sarasota, FL 34239

Illusions Tile & Marble

Mélange Home
64 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Omicron Granite & Tile
7910 25th Court East
Sarasota, FL 34243

Robb & Stucky
7557 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

Rugs As Art
6650 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

Rustic Rooster
532 South Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

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