Fort Lauderdale Home Brings the Fun

When a designer, architect, and builder share a homeowner’s vision for all things luxurious, the result is nothing short of fabulous—and fun

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Can creating a three-story, nearly 14,000-square-foot home—with complicated plans that call for a spa with a massage room, a theater, a rotating sportscar platform, and a separate guesthouse—end up being “unmitigated fun”? 

Ed Cannatelli of Cannatelli Builders says it can. His recent partnership with interior designer Michael Gray sparked a kind of “exuberant inspiration” for this spectacular Fort Lauderdale home set on a turn of the New River. “When the creators of a home are in sync, the whole project reflects that synergy,” Cannatelli says. 

“This was meant to be a drop-dead amazing house,” says Gray. “The owner’s vision was for it to be over-the-top—a celebrity house. And that became part of the fun.”

The house is filled with drool-worthy amenities. “On the top floor, we knew there would be a spa, but we said, ‘Why not turn it into a full wellness center,’” the designer says. Now, in addition to a domed skylight over an outdoor terrace, there’s a full gym, an infrared sauna, a steam room, a tanning booth, an 8-person jacuzzi, and a club room for post-work out relaxation.

This is a home of delights. From the wine display in the great room, to the bookmatched white marble of the wife’s bath, to the private study complete with a theater, the home is a buffet of pleasures from which to choose.

Say you’re feeling artistic. Immerse yourself in the art studio in the guest house. Or maybe you’re contemplative and simply want to regard something beautiful. One wall of the executive office is glass that looks onto a rotating platform where, in this case, your beloved McLaren sportscar is on full view.

Gray says that in any project, the owner’s personal passions give a home personality—in this case, right down to its soles. “I knew the owner had an extensive holding of collectible tennis shoes. We surely didn’t want them getting mixed up with everyday shoe wear,” Gray says. He created a special closet for the killer kicks collection. 

Downstairs, in the great room, a 30-foot marble-clad fireplace soars three floors high, illuminated by a wall of waterfront windows. With the focus directed upward, Gray wrapped the home’s towering support pillars and stair treads in walnut, and outlined its stacked ceilings with lighting. 

Beyond the home’s interiors, Gray also paid attention to exterior lighting, which can be programmed according to occasion or mood. Only steps from the downstairs gallery, the pool wraps around the home’s front and side, punctuated by the spa, a series of stepping stones, and shimmering fire bowls.

Canatelli and architect Stu Brenner say they have built “six or seven” homes together, and plan on doing other high-end residences. Gray, who often joins the team, agrees. “This is the third or fourth home for this couple, and there are two more in the works,” he says.

Because, it seems, when you’re having fun, you just don’t want it to stop.

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Michael Gray, Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Architecture by Stuart Brenner, Brenner Architectural Group, Boca Raton, FL

Builder Edward Cannatelli, Cannatelli Builders Inc., Pompano Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture by PLA Design Studio, Boca Raton, FL

Text by Marina Brown

Photography by Jerry Rabinowitz, Greenacres, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Living Room

Sofa – Natuzzi Italia, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Cocktail table – Natuzzi Italia, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Side table – Natuzzi Italia, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Area rug – Artistic Looms, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dining Area

Table and chairs – Roberta Schilling Collection, Miami, FL

Chandelier – Vibia, Italy

Artwork – Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

Wine room designed by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL 

Family Room

Sofa and accent chair – Natuzzi Italia, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cocktail table – Natuzzi Italia, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chandelier – El Gee Lighting, Pompano Beach, FL

Artwork of butterflies – Hunt Slonem, 

Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

Photo collage of bookcase – Max Steve 

Grossman, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Area rug – Artistic Looms, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Office

Desk designed by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Desk chair – Bernhardt Furniture, Lenoir, NC

Side chair – Natuzzi Italia, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Living Room Vignette 

Club chair by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Fireplace designed by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Fabricated by Cannatelli Builders Inc., Pompano Beach, FL 

Artwork of Beatles – Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

His Bathroom

Cabinetry millwork designed by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Tub – Duravit, duravit.com

Fabricated by Cannatelli Builders Inc., Pompano Beach, FL 

Lighting – El Gee Lighting, Pompano Beach, FL

Artwork of woman – Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

Flooring – Just Tile and Marble, Delray Beach, FL

Her Bathroom

Cabinetry millwork designed by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Tub – Duravit, duravit.com

Shower designed by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Fabricated by Cannatelli Builders Inc., Pompano Beach, FL 

Acrylic bench – Interlude Home, Miami, FL

Artwork of face – Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

Wall and flooring – Just Tile and Marble, Delray Beach, FL

Back Exterior

Buddha and firepit grouping designed by 

Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Outdoor seating – RH Modern, rh.com

Greenery living wall designed and fabricated by Michael Gray Interiors, Dania Beach, FL

Throughout

Window treatments – Designer Blinds & Fabric Inc., North Miami, FL

Landscape Architecture – PLA Design Studio, Boca Raton, FL

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