Suncoast : Home Tour : Coastal Casual


Anna Maria Island has long been known for its old Florida charm and its picturesque views. Nestled on the north end of the island, a secluded lot has a remote feel making it ideal for this coastal inspired retreat. The owner, having a strong background in engineering with a focus in mechanical design, played a major role in the redesign of the home. All aspects of the design were created by the owner, and he was intimately involved throughout the construction process. Reoccurring concepts such as a mixture of curves with a stair step pattern are just a few of the elements the owner created to bring to life this transitional seaside paradise.

“One of the things I pride myself on is listening to my clients and creating a space that truly reflects them,” states designer Jessica H. Holiday of HSH Designs. When designing the home, the owners wanted to convey a coastal casual feel that is sophisticated and understated. Color is crucial in this design, so the focus was to pull from the natural elements surrounding the home and bring those in. Holiday worked closely with the homeowner to create a rich palette that uses an array of colors from neutral taupes and greys to a vibrant aqua and even a splash of eggplant. The sleek exterior gives us our first glimpse of the homes overall theme. The clean lines allow the architecture to shine and showcase unique elements designed by the owner, such as the custom stair rail and columns flanking the entrance. The use of crisp colors pays tribute to the traditional Florida style homes while giving the home a fresh twist.

Taking advantage of the panoramic Gulf view is another central design element carried through the home. With access to the Gulf on three sides, it was essential to the owner to bring in natural light wherever possible. “We took the time to take advantage of every possible view” says designer Holiday. The dining room utilizes a curved wall with floor-to-ceiling windows to provide maximum use of the space and to draw your eye out towards the water. The furnishings are sleek and understated, pairing clean line upholstered chairs with a rustic Parsons table. The flat weave rug adds a pop of color with a dramatic ikat pattern. The Restoration Hardware chandelier adds weight to the room and a touch of elegance to finish off this casual yet sophisticated space.

One of the homeowner’s design ideas was to use a mixture of curves along with a three-step design in subtle ways throughout the home. The kitchen is one particular area where this theme becomes prominent. A curved granite bar compliments the curved wall in the dining room as well as the curved hood above the cook top. Bringing the three step concept to life are the cabinets. The mixture of darker wall cabinets with white island cabinets adds another dimension of color to the space. The Lexington barstools surrounding the island reiterate the owners theme of mixing curves with straight lines.

The tile used throughout the home is just one of the design elements that were carefully selected by both the owner and the designer. “Carrying the beach feeling throughout the home was important” explains Maria Gelinas of La Casa Tile. Holiday and the homeowners chose a mixture of sea glass mosaic tiles combined with granite to create a unique backsplash in the kitchen. Even the travertine tile floor used throughout the home was specifically chosen to resemble the sand. A metallic tile with a distinct wave pattern was used on the wet bar to add a different layer of texture. “There was a good collaboration between Jessica and the homeowners,” adds Gelinas.

The living room’s open design once again gives way to the homeowners distinctive design features. The fireplace incorporates the three-step pattern while also integrating the use of the curve on the stone hearth. The furnishings in the room only reinforce this concept by using curved chairs with a linear coffee table. A bold rug with a stripe pattern adds an interesting complement to the graphic pattern used on the chairs and ottoman. The calming colors selected are instrumental in tying this space to the rest of the home.

When designing the bedrooms, Holiday states the owners wanted guests to feel welcome, offering them their own sanctuary. Each room is designed as a master suite, equipped with an en suite bathroom to ensure guests have a space all their own. The bedrooms were all designed to appear slightly different, but the extension of the casual coastal theme is still evident. To create a dramatic pop of color, the guest suite featured uses eggplant, a color that can be found in the trees surrounding the home. Walnut wood floors add a sense of warmth to the room and create a nice contrast to the woven rugs.

The lanai is one of the most utilized areas in the home. This expansive area was designed to provide ample space for the homeowners to entertain their guests. As the design developed, the outdoor fireplace location served a greater purpose in creating the ideal entertainment space for the homeowners. It was also important to them that the fireplace be wood burning. The stone façade of the fireplace adds a rich texture to the space while the travertine mantel and hearth tie in features from the interior. The custom railing, which mirrors that of the entry steps was strategically designed not to obstruct the view by using widely set horizontal rails. “You definitely feel like you are on a vacation when you’re there,” Holiday concludes.


Written by LeeAnn Salvato
Photography by Jimmy White Photography

HSH Designs, Inc.
1220 East Avenue North
Sarasota, FL 34237

La Casa Tile LLC
1777 Northgate Blvd., Unit A-3
Sarasota, FL 34234

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