Big and Bold in Southwest Ranches

A French Tudor-style manse is regal with touches of rustic realness

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The exclusive rural enclave of Southwest Ranches has a unique charm that reflects quintessential country elegance mixed with modern sensibilities. The result? An eclectic community characterized by individual flavor—including this 22,100-total-square-foot manse. “Designed by Jeffrey Dungan Architects, the home’s architectural style is based on a rustic French Country theme with many authentic products imported from France,” builder Rick Bell says.

Although it boasts the styling of a rural estate in France, the home is approachable and even comfortable—perfectly suited to accommodate a lively South Florida family of six that often entertain friends and extended family.

A series of large windows punctuates the front exterior, which was crafted with Sheridan ledgestone that mimics the warm grey and tan tones of aged limestone. The surface was hand rubbed with a limewash slurry to further soften the look. “Approaching the front of the house, the entry is impactful,” project manager Dick Russell says. “The stone, ornamentation, and limewashed pecky cypress ceiling foreshadow a rustic elegance that repeats throughout the home.”

Step through the entry, and you’re welcomed by a custom-crafted, arched double door made from rift-cut oak in a soft gray finish. Awash in neutral tones, the interior scheme by design duo Josh Fein and Jenny Zalkin is punctuated by grey tones that give the space context. “This was a challenge for us because the space was so open and grand,” Zalkin says. “We started with the mirrored wall which I will give Josh the credit on. It gave the illusion of making the room larger and the reflection gave the feeling of a double stairway—a wish of the client that the space did not allow.”

Carefully curated design elements create symmetry in the living room. Signature textures and commanding furnishings characterize the space, complete with an adjacent bar area. “The inspiration for the living room started with Ironware’s chandeliers from Jerry Pair,” Zalkin says. “The finish is this really warm pewter tone that we thought paired nicely with the limestone.”

Impressive in size and grounded in French Oak Cloistered planking, the dining room houses a pair of tables that push together to seat a party of 12 or separate into more intimate groups. “Instead of one long table, we decided to change it up and do two tables to break up the space,” Zalkin says.

In a rare departure from the neutral palette, bold pops of color appear in a game area and the study. “We thought the niche would be a great place for a game table for the family,” Zalkin says. An art piece was curated by Patty Breakstone to add color and playfulness to this nook, while a vibrant green finish was commissioned to color the custom millwork in the study.

Architectural detailing plays a key role in defining the casual social spaces inside and out. The loggia and outdoor areas are designed as extensions of the interior spaces. The summer kitchen has all of the features needed to create a culinary feast—including a 56-inch BBQ grill, a wood burning pizza oven, and a teppanyaki grill. Surrounded by 6,000 square feet of irrigated artificial turf, a simple pool curves to follow the lake’s headwall. “Functional and formal are hard to combine but it was a must for these clients,” Zalkin says. Designed with purpose, style and elegance … fait accompli!

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Josh Fein and Jenny Zalkin with Bryn Clancy and Christel Lingen, Fein Zalkin Interiors, Miami, FL

Architecture by Jeffrey Dungan Architects, Mountain Brook, AL

Builder Rick Bell and Project Manager Dick Russell, Landmark Custom Homes, Southwest Ranches, FL

Landscape Architecture by Krent Wieland, KWD Landscape Architecture, Delray Beach, FL

Text by Kim Mosley

Photography by Kris Tamburello, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Front Exterior and Side Vignette 

Exterior brick – Sheridan Ledgestone, South Florida Masonry, Pompano Beach, FL

Lanterns – Solara, PPM Collections, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Chaise – Brown Jordan, Inside Out, Hollywood, FL

Side table – Brown Jordan, Inside Out, Hollywood, FL

Entry Stairway

Stairway designed by Jeffrey Dungan Architects, Mountainbrook, AL

Fabricated by South Florida Masonry, Pompano Beach, FL

Railing designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Miami, FL

Fabricated by W.R. Custom Metals, Hialeah, FL

Ceiling designed by Jeffrey Dungan Architects, Mountainbrook, AL

Fabricated by DTF Woodworks, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Entry table –  Parish Co, Smith Design Source, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Entry loveseat – Vanguard Furniture, Fort Lauderdale, FL

White vases – Ironies, Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Wall mirror designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Mirrors Closets of Florida, Hollywood, FL

Flooring – Vintage Elements, Greenwood, SC

Bar Area

Counter top – Opustone, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Marble & Granite Flooring Group, Miami, FL

Bar stools – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Fabric – Holland & Sherry, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Stripped settee –  Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Drapery fabric – Florida Blinds & Drapery, Hollywood, FL

Flooring – Vintage Elements, Greenwood, SC

Living Room

Sofa – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Fabric – Ammon Hickson Inc., Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Club chairs – Century Furniture, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Fabric – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Cocktail table – Lillian August, Smith Design Source, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sofa table – Century Furniture, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Table lamps – Owners’ Collection

Obelisk on cocktail table – Eicholtz, Mantra Furnishings, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Scallop bowl on cocktail table – Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Chandelier – Ironware International, Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Fireplace surround – Hand Carved Limestone, Atelier Jouvence, Chicago, IL

Window designed by Jeffrey Dungan Architects, Mountainbrook, AL

Fabricated by Kolbe, Wausau, WI

Drapery fabric – Florida Blinds & Drapery, Hollywood, FL

Area rug – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Flooring – Vintage Elements, Greenwood, SC

Game Vignette 

Table – Parish Co., Smith Design Source, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chairs – Vanguard Furniture, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fabric –The Romo Group, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Study

Desk – Old Biscayne Designs, Americus, GA

Chair – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Sofa – Hickory Chair, Smith Design Source, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Table – Century Furniture, Design Center of the Americas, Dania Beach, FL

Club chairs – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Pillows – Ralph Lauren, Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Custom wall cabinetry designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Miami, FL

Fabricated by Exclusive Concept Architectural Woodwork, Davie, FL

Spiral stairway designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Miami, FL

Fabricated by W.R. Custom Metals, Hialeah, FL

Wall treatment designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Miami, FL

Fabricated by DTF Woodworks LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Area rug – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Flooring – Vintage Elements, Greenwood, SC

Dining Room

Dining tables – Parish Co., Smith Design Source, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chairs – Kravet, Hollywood, FL

Chandeliers – Dennis & Leen, Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Side boards – Vanguard Furniture, Smith Design Source, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Candle holders – Formations, Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Flooring –Vintage Elements, Greenwood, SC

Pool Area

Lounge, chairs, and table – Brown Jordan, Inside Out, Hollywood, FL

Cabana – Tucci, Inside Out, Hollywood, FL

Fire pit lounge – Kettal, Inside Out, Hollywood, FL

Pool fabricated by Van Kirk & Sons Pools & Spas, Deerfield Beach, FL

Landscape – KWD Landscape Architecture, Delray Beach, FL

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