South American Modern Home
When this world traveling professional decided to take root in Jacksonville, she picked Historic Springfield to be a part of the edgy, urban and exciting revival, she had read about in Southern Living. After settling in, she realized that despite collecting many unique and interesting pieces of furniture and artwork, she had never been in one place long enough to really make her house her home. She loved the wildly optimistic colors of South America and the fact that even old buildings were given layers of paint and love. The texture of history and the stories of home were literally seen on every surface of their buildings. Our goal was to provide a colorful and energetic interior, that would incorporate the sophisticated worldly taste of our client, while emphasizing the historic character of the home.
As an avid entertainer, we knew that the formal, enclosed dining room had to go. The kitchen already had a breakfast nook with a dining table, so we opted to make the dining room a loungy bar area with comfortable seating and plenty of space for karaoke and cocktails. We eliminated the wall between the kitchen and lounge and had a custom concrete countertop installed to break up the rooms and provide ample space for food and drinks. A cork laminate was then used on the ceiling and walls to provide some acoustical quality and visual interest. Every surface was refreshed including refinished wood floors, all new paint color schemes for walls and cabinets, we even had a custom epoxy table top fabricated for a table brought home from Australia.
One of the most unique features in this home is the custom cedar barn door to the powder bathroom. We had a leather strap handmade for the pull and even engineered a way to intuitively lock it from the inside. We then pulled that same cedar into the kitchen ceiling to group three bar pendants like a chandelier. Custom rugs were designed to pull together all of the bright fun colors and we found the perfect airy linen drapes paired with woven wood shades, for a subtle tropical feel. The end result was a fantastic canvas for displaying the unique travel wares and hosting parties. Each space has its own vibe and yet the open plan feels cohesive with a truly theatrical vibe.