As every classic love story teaches, when you’ve found “the one,” you should never let them go. This can also be true of interior designers. When a couple from Chicago, Ill., hired local designer Jennifer Greer Hartmann to create their primary residence in Chicago’s affluent Gold Coast, they were more than pleased with her talents and formed an instant connection. Several years later, the couple acquired a 3,500-square-foot vacation home in Windsor, an upscale enclave in Vero Beach, Fla., that boasts luxurious amenities such as an exclusive beach club, a world-class golf course, art gallery and an equestrian center. When they decided to add nearly 3,500 square feet to their vacation home, they called on John Brenner, who was the original architect. To style the new interiors, they did not hesitate to call again on Hartmann, who had by now relocated with her family to Texas. Up to the task, she set out to unify the home’s new spaces with a blend of contemporary, modern and transitional furnishings.
With its rich Anglo-Caribbean architecture, lush tree-lined streets and small town feel, Greer Hartmann’s challenge was in adhering to Windsor’s strict architectural code while introducing a more modern interpretation. “I believe in always complementing the architecture,” the designer says. She incorporated a soft and serene color palette, classic pieces, intriguing artwork and plenty of seating into the now nearly 7,000-square-foot expansion, also created by Brenner. The large great room, dining rooms and expansive master suite, would be perfect for the couple, who love to entertain.
In the entry, an abstract painting by Emmi Whitehorse, entitled Oil Seed, adds a pop of yellow color above an elegantly shaped Christian Astuguevieille bench from Holly Hunt. In the open dining area, a large Liaigre dining table edged with Kerry Joyce chairs from Dessin Fournir, is perfect for entertaining. With the table’s Mid-Century Modern sleek profile, the line of sight is kept open and uncluttered. Nearby, a sculptural metal stairway created by Brenner & Associates, adds a new twist as it ascends gracefully to the second level.
Portuguese limestone flooring flows throughout the dining area to the newly updated kitchen that is filled with light from elegant French doors and transoms. A slate-colored subway tile backsplash, a center island topped with misty Carrera countertops from Caesarstone and a pair of hammered copper pendants lend a handcrafted feel.
In a centrally located sitting area, armchairs from Oly Studio upholstered in a blue Kathryn Ireland print nestle near a cozy fireplace and form a conversation grouping around a hexagonal cocktail table. A large area rug warms the space atop European oak flooring custom designed by Greer Hartmann.
The spacious master closet, tailored to the couple’s needs, is fashioned with custom painted cabinetry, and a skirted chair and vanity set beneath vaulted ceilings. In the tranquil master bedroom, a regal, four-poster bed from Ironies, and supple fabrics from Mark Alexander in the form of a green-blue, tufted bench and sheer draperies lend a luxurious feel.
Outdoors, a spacious pergola overlooks the Indian River. Outfitted with wicker furnishings from Thomas Pheasant for McGuire, it provides ample seating for family and friends to socialize. “I worked around the clock, and put my heart and soul into this home,” Greer Hartmann says. “It was honestly a labor of love for me. I just wanted the owners to be thrilled with the end result … and they were.”