Sarasota Fresh : The Gardenia’s Broad Appeal

Before venturing into the Sarasota market, Stock Signature Homes took a close look at their most popular models in Naples and Fort Myers according to Vice President of Sales and Marketing Claudine Léger-Wetzel. “We redesigned some of our more popular models specifically for the Sarasota area,” she continues, “introducing The Gardenia one of our larger showcase homes, in Lakewood Ranch.”

Owner Greg Weber of South Florida Architecture designed the model to appeal to a broad range of potential buyers. “This four-bedroom home with en suites, study, and large bonus recreational room offers plenty of space for a large family or for empty nesters who often have out-of-town family and friends that come to visit,” Weber explains.

“My favorite features are the relationship and flow of the outdoor living areas to the great room, dining room and bonus room,” Weber continues. “To me, it’s very comfortable when it’s just family, but is also open and spacious enough for a large gathering without feeling crowded.” Léger-Wetzel agrees, adding “The indoor-outdoor flow makes for spectacular Florida living.”

Weber cites the simple L-shaped kitchen with a large flush-top center island, the great room concept with one large dining space open to the lanai, and the large outdoor living, dining, and kitchen area as the current design trends found in this home.

“The great room concept is very popular for Stock,” says Léger-Wetzel, “… and for Florida, the Coastal Contemporary design is timeless.”

Charlotte Horvath of Soco Interiors interpreted the timelessness of the design with a color palette that gives a light and airy feel to the home. The neutral backdrop allows the house to change with the addition of accessories. Trendy accents such as the oyster shell chandelier and pops of teal and citron in the bonus room inspired Horvath to dub the interior design approach as Sarasota Fresh.


A flat tile roof in a Santa Paula finish, cabin brown shutters and doors, and brown buff pavers from Tricircle in a Euro Cobble design, combine to give the home its British West Indies design. Following the trend to go larger with exterior lighting, pairs of 24-inch Hinkley Buckeye sconces in bronze, from Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery, illuminate the garage and front entrances.


A symmetrical placement of twin, skirted sofas from Lee Industries in Campbell White, paired with two sets of transitional style end tables achieves balance in the great room. One-drawer side tables from Noir Furniture in an ebony finish punctuate the airy space. Another set from Bernhardt in steel and glass emphasize it. Glass table lamps with white parchment shades from Curry & Co. echo the oval shape of the Bernhardt tables. Centered on the entertainment wall is Noir’s Desdemona sideboard in bleached elm. A leather-wrapped console table with steel legs, and a white onyx coffee table, both from Bernhardt, add pattern and texture. A cream monochromatic trellis rug in Snowfall anchors the seating group. A 9-light Frederick Raymond chandelier in light colored wood and iron illuminates the room.


Shades of gray in the kitchen complement the neutral tones of the great room area. United by Happy Floors’ 12-by-24-inch Krea tile are in almond, and the custom built cabinetry glows with an alabaster finish. A backsplash of 1-by-1-inch Lunada Bay Bari agate mosaic in pearl provides a shimmering accent to the quartz countertops in ash gray. A trio of polished nickel pendant lamps hangs over the island. Counter stools from Sunpan sport gray faux-leather seats atop stainless steel bases.


An oyster shell chandelier from Curry & Co. hangs suspended from a two-toned crossbeamed tray ceiling identical to that in the great room. Chairs upholstered in pewter with a smoke finish on their oak legs, surround a wood Vanguard pedestal table, finished in mink and edged with embellishment. A cool twist on a traditional centerpiece, a quintet of glossy white undulating vases draws the eye upward. The custom-built wine storage can display up to 80 bottles behind the fixed glass doors above cabinetry finished in Portobello.


Pops of citron and teal enliven the bonus room. There is a subtle change underfoot to Castlewood Oak in Tower from Shaw Flooring. A hand-knotted Capri rug in charcoal from Carpet Source snuggles into the L-shape created by the Rowe Mitchell sectional in Pebble. A Forehand rectangular concrete coffee table lends its weight to the airy retreat. The Rowe side chair is a mid-century modern style called Beckett. Flanking the sectional are Mandalay’s Kaza side tables in an ebony finish. The mirror-front sideboard in gray blue is from Stein World.


Minimal furnishings in neutral colors give the study a light and airy feeling. Stained wood ring detail emphasizes the ceiling height. A pair of Interlude Homes’ iron étagères display carefully chosen accessories on their taupe-colored Shagreen sharkskin-wrapped shelves. Visual Comfort’s Hampton Leaf pendant chandelier is finished in Plaster White. The ebony curved leg wood desk from Mandalay rests on a silver shag Surya rug. A desk chair and ottomans are from Lee Industries. Custom fabric from Luton in graphite with nail-head trim covers the 17-by-17-inch cubes. A large-scale silver starburst mirror from Uttermost complements the abstract artwork which dominates the opposite wall. The Roman shade is crafted from an embroidered leaf fabric from Fabricut called On My Mind.


Layer upon layer of soothing taupe and subtle silver accents combine to give the master bedroom a serene ambiance. The Bernhardt Criteria upholstered bed with nickel nail-head trim is dressed in custom bed linens from Eastern Accents. A six-light orb chandelier from Crystorama finished in Old Silver dangles overhead. The mirrored drawer- fronts on the Vanguard Griffith dresser finished in antique silver mirror reflect the neutral tones of the Vanguard nightstands, the taupe Jessica Charles Delta chaise lounge, and the Fabricate Urbane area rug in linen. The rawhide rug adds an element of surprise.


French Clay 12-by-24-inch porcelain tiles in Lumier floor the master bath. The maple Alabaster custom cabinets from Concerto have an edgy, concrete feel to them. The freestanding fluted-side tub is from Kohler’s Stargaze line, while the undermount sinks are from the Ladena collection from Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery. Mirrormounted polished nickel sconces from Crystorama sparkle above his and hers vanities.


Pillows accent the woven furnishings from Kannoa, with cushions of Shadow Snow fabric. A fiber reinforced cement cocktail table from Kannoa’s Urban collection anchors the group atop a modernized trellis rug from Surya. Two glazed ceramic stools in mustard yellow serve as end tables.


The focal point of the outdoor kitchen is a backsplash of 12-by-24-inch Volume tile from Daltile in Degrees Silver run the entire height of the wall. Under the stainless steel range hood a mosaic of Lotus 1-by-1-inch glass tile in Pearl repeats the design used at the waterline of the pool. Occasional chairs and counter height stools are from Kannoa. The dining table and chairs are from Modway’s Maine collection.

Written by Ginny Cooper
Photography by Giovanni Photography

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Sarasota, FL 34234

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