Old Florida : Textures, Tones, and Styles


Luxury homebuilder and developer WCI created the spacious 2,999-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath Pinehurst model to appeal to active adults who like to entertain and host out-of-town guests. The residence includes the most sought-after aspects of homes built under the purview of WCI. “From the moment you walk in, we wanted the home to have that incredible wow factor with the big foyer and open concept,” explains Vicky Ward, WCI regional director of sales. “WCI was trying to make this a great place for entertaining—a gathering place for family.”

Perched on 1,300 acres of an Audubon Certified Signature Sanctuary, this Indigo Lakes model home is just a short drive from shopping, dining and culture Sarasota has to offer. Fringed by sugar sand beaches, Indigo Lakes’ swaying grasses and wetlands create a naturescape for this planned community, where old elegance meets modern sophistication.

Jacqueline Cantwell, a registered interior designer for Robb & Stucky Design crafted the interiors of this model home using furnishings from Robb & Stucky. “I love the organic feel of the landscaping with the ornamental grasses,” she says. “That’s what I tried to bring out in the furnishings.” Cantwell refers to many elements of the home as classic modern. “It’s a classical design in modern colors,” she says. Cantwell relied on organic, natural fibers, and honey tones to warm the home’s modern gray palette. “Gray is the new neutral but I wanted it to be warm and inviting. That’s why I used all those honey tones in the materials.”

The home does indeed present that wow factor to which Ward refers. Entering by a grand foyer, you immediately notice the knotty golden sheen of the mango wood entry table, dressed with a substantial glass and silver-leaf, wrought-iron chandelier. Cantwell selected the chandelier, along with every element of the home’s interior design. She went modern with much of the lighting. “Contemporary lighting is a good way to update,” she explains. “Even a room that is fairly traditional can pop with lighting. The impact of mixing modern lighting with traditional pieces provides flexibility for the (prospective) owners, allowing them to envision their furnishings in a home.”

Cantwell balances out the contemporary by incorporating classic elements designed to withstand the test of time. The balance introduces the design concept of contrasts found throughout the home. Gentle organic textures are juxtaposed with rigid mineral mediums and fabrics.


Vicky Ward explains variety is the key to curb appeal in this planned community. “We don’t allow two houses to be next door to each other in same color or elevation.” Two-tone stucco and a medallion on this one-story Spanish Mediterranean-style home lends curb appeal. Pavers lead to a two car side-load garage with doors by D & D Garage Doors, providing discreet privacy for that less-than-perfectly coiled hose or occasionally full recycling can. The landscaping is low-maintenance, wetlands approved, and native Florida flora, with easyto- maintain hardscapes and Floratam grass.


“The house is actually simple,” says designer Cantwell. “No tray ceilings in the living area. No heavy adornments. I wanted to give it a fresh feel.” She captures both a natural beauty and sophisticated elegance in the home by translating classical designs into modern colors imbued with organic and inorganic elements. “I do like organic, natural fibers. I modernize with the fabrics in the two occasional chairs with patterns similar to Missoni design zigzag.” In the main living area, an iron square-framed, glass cocktail table with a pewter finish perches on the traditional soft swirl patterns of a wool rug in modern grays and golds. A structured, natural grace permeates the main living area.


“This model home features the most popular selection in WCI community homes. Buyers tend to choose a stainless steel finish on appliances, set in a gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and dark cabinets,” Ward explains. The open floor plan facilitates a natural flow from one room to the next, while still allowing for a formal dining room just off the foyer, convenient to the kitchen. Cantwell continues this approach by creating an accessible, friendly timbre in each room. “Roman shades in a playful Kravet fabric surround the breakfast area making morning dining a delight,” she adds. Dark kitchen cabinets are set against light-reflecting, iciclecolored glass accents in the kitchen backsplash.


The complement of geometric patterns and deep organic textures in the home’s transitional style maintains a natural formality and is classically current. Organic and inorganic elements flow from room to room. A glass-topped 72-inch dining table with a round metal fretwork base by Bernhardt softens against a backdrop of blonde sycamore maple wood in the sideboard. “Picture-framed grass cloth panels flank the entertainment center and carry into the dining room,” says Cantwell. “The grass cloth adds texture and restates the organic look.” The ceiling-to-floor colorblock draperies in the dining room, and geometric drapery panels framing the sliders open up the space and provide a natural transition to the lush backdrop of ornamental grasses in the natural landscape.


Geometric designs set off by warm organics and solid mediums weave throughout the master bedroom’s design accents and furniture. The tray ceiling gives the room a more dramatic aesthetic, providing a greater sense of height. To the back of the residence, the owner’s suite looks out to the nature preserve, which sits just beyond the landscaped yard.


Natural light floods the bathroom and the spacious walk-in closet suite, complete with ventilated wood shelving. Rectangular offset designer ceramic tiles in the master bath continue themes of tone-on-tone gray. The glass shower enclosure set against a soft gray tile canvas creates openness in the bathroom. A separate water closet provides just the right amount of privacy. Engineered marble undermount sinks on 36-inch wide vanity cabinets flank the deep soaking tub, comfortably delineating a casual yours and mine space.


Geometric patterns, and texture contrasts continue to play out in the cheerful guest bedrooms. Both benefit from unencumbered views on this corner parcel. A three-dimensional wooden honeycomb pattern in the headboard, and loose-knit gray throw provide organic textures. A polished yellow lamp base lends a flexible modern air. The color scheme also reflects a gentle exchange between mediums. Neutral shades of gray lend a contemporary flair with yellow accents. In all bedrooms, gray carpet replaces the tile flooring used in the main living areas.


A floor-to-ceiling curtain hangs in one of the en suite guest bathrooms. “It creates drama and makes more of a statement than a regular shower curtain,” explains Cantwell. Brushed pewter Moen faucets in the guest bathroom bring out grays in the muted tile shades and complement the Schlage door hardware in satin nickel finish. Sherwin-Williams Lemon Chiffon paint warms and relaxes the room. Contemporary leaf artwork supports textured, organic themes.


Chaise lounges and casual dining furniture set a sit and relax tone for the screened-in patio and pool lanai. Cantwell avoids formality in the lanai, opting for pieces which create intimacy. “I used a small conversation cocktail table instead of a dining table with four chairs around it,” she says. The sanctuary opens up just beyond the enclosed lanai and irrigated, landscaped yard. Many of the 1,584 homes in the 2,400-acre community overlook both rolli ng fairways and the nature preserve.

Written by Susannah Herrada and Claire Vath
Photography by Ed Chappell

D & D Garage Doors
1177 Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, FL 34232

Robb & Stucky
7557 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota,FL 34231

WCI Communities, LLC
23114 Copperleaf Drive
Venice, FL 34293

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