Orlando Comfort Melds With Contemporary Sensibilities

An Award-Winning Builder Moving To A Smaller Home Partners With A Celebrated Design Team To Help Meld Contemporary Plans With His Grown Children’s Needs And His Neighbors’ Sensibilities


For the past 15 years, Rial Jones, an award-winning builder in the Orlando area for almost 35 years, lived in a palatial home that he built at “the height of heavy Mediterranean styling when it seemed that every house we worked on had one more layer of molding and one more wall of gold leaf.” Now, with his son and daughter grown, he decided that house was too big. So, for his smaller residence in Windermere, Fla., a 5,500-square-foot home set on a quarter-acre in an upscale community known for its winding streams, tropically landscaped ponds and mature vegetation, he chose a contemporary style with an open floor plan and clean lines, including bigger windows and doors.

For help with this new endeavor, he turned to Marc-Michaels Interior Design, his go-to design firm for work on spec homes as well as private client’s residences. “The design of his home went smoothly because we work well together,” senior project manager Jessica Lee says. “Although this home has a modern edge, it fits into this traditional community. It feels like it belongs.”

Step inside, where an aura of simple sophistication immediately prevails. Emboldened by oceanic hues and warmed by oak accents, the neutral interior palette closely reflects the sensibilities of the homeowner. “Just about every car or shirt I have ever bought has typically been beige, white and blue,” Jones says.

Vibrant blues found in the art and accent pillows pop against the European oak flooring and neutral finishes in the spacious living room. Here, a custom oak stairway appears to float above a Zen rock garden complete with cement spheres.

Carefully selected design elements create a sense of space in the great room. The family room’s high-gloss wall unit designed with a stained wood shelf and base cabinetry works well with the dropped, stained European oak ceiling that delineates the dining area. The 12-foot-high ceiling is covered with woven grass cloth that has a metallic thread to add sparkle, while RH Modern’s polished-nickel “Aquitaine Linear” chandelier casts a soft glow. “We knew this fixture wasn’t going to cast a lot of light and it doesn’t need to,” Lee says, who chose it for its scale and definition.

Step outside to the summer kitchen, the owner’s favorite space to relax and rustle up meals on the grill to enjoy with family and friends. “I’d much rather cook out here than bang around in the kitchen,” he says. On evenings when there’s a chill in the air, the custom-designed firepits add a touch of warmth to the pool area.

“I feel we delivered a beautiful home that our client loves and feels proud to share with friends,” senior designer Molly Walker says. “Here, he’s able to live comfortably but still show it off from time to time.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design: Jessica Lee and Molly Walker with Marissa Fox and Linnette Girau, Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Winter Park, FL

Builder: Rial Jones, Jones Clayton Construction, Orlando, FL

Architecture: Dan DeLong, Origins Residential Design, Oviedo, FL

Landscape Architecture: Corey Mills, Mills Design Group, Inc., Oviedo, FL

Photography: Aaron Flores, Ocoee, FL

Text: Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Front Exterior

Front door – Custom designed by Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc., Winter Park, FL

Driveway pavers and front door fabricated by Jones Clayton Construction, Orlando, FL

Wall sconces – Hinkley Lighting, Avon Lake, OH

Living Room

Stairway and linear ledge – Custom designed by Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc.,

Winter Park, FL

Fabricated by Jones Clayton Construction, Orlando, FL

Artwork – Owner’s Collection

Lucite pedestal – Interlude Home, High Point, NC

Blue vase – Global Views, High Point, NC

Bench and lounge chair – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC

Sofa – Lazar Industries, High Point, NC

Blue pillows – S.Harris, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Cocktail table – Lillian August Furniture,

High Point, NC

Floral on cocktail table – Stacked & Co., Orlando, FL

Round occasional table – Noir Furniture,

High Point, NC

Table lamp – John-Richard, High Point, NC

Mirrored accent table by chair – Bungalow 5, High Point, NC

Blue sculptures – H Studios, Las Vegas, NV

Chandelier – RH Modern, www.rhmodern.com

Area rug – Carpet Source of Winter Park, Winter Park, FL

Dining Area

Dining table – Hickory White, High Point, NC

Chairs – Lee Industries, High Point, NC

Candleholders – Excentricities, Delray Beach, FL

Chandelier – RH Modern, www.rhmodern.com

Buffet – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC

Lamps on buffet – Visual Comfort, High Point, NC

Floral vases on buffet – Stacked & Co., Orlando, FL

Drapery fabric – Pollack, D&D Building,

New York, NY

Ceiling treatment fabricated by Jones Clayton Construction, Orlando, FL

Family Room

Sofa, lounge chairs and bench – Lee Industries, High Point, NC

Blue accent pillows – Kravet, Inc., Bethpage, NY

Armchair – Bernhardt Furniture, High Point, NC

Throw – West Elm, Orlando, FL

Cocktail table – Century Furniture, High Point, NC

Floor lamp – Arteriors Home, High Point, NC

Artwork – Owner’s Collection

Wall unit – Custom designed by Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc., Winter Park, FL

Fabricated by Jones Clayton Construction, Orlando, FL

Blue glass – Oly Studio, High Point, NC

Drapery fabric – Kravet, Inc., Bethpage, NY

Area rug – Surya, High Point, NC

Loggia / Pool Area

Furnishings – Owner’s Collection

White light pendants – Pablo, San Francisco, CA

Pool and fire pits fabricated by Jones Clayton Construction, Orlando, FL


Windows – Sierra Pacific Windows,

Red Bluff, CA

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