Developers, architects and designers hoping to create a client’s dream home don’t always strike a unique note — sometimes fresh inspiration is missing. But with a keen eye for client inclinations and a forward thinking, “let’s create something new” attitude, the team of developer Leslie Sherman, interior designers Randi Scott and Tatum Johansson, architect John Cooney and builder Matt Knauf have melded their considerable talents to get it “just right” in the 12 high-end home projects they’ve created together.
In their most recent Pelican Bay project, a 5,400-square-foot, CBIA Sand Dollar Award-winning model home on a secluded lake lot, Cooney worked his magic to design a thoughtful, inspired and unique home. With a completely open concept floor plan, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and ceiling heights ranging from 12 to 22 feet, the impact is striking. “Leslie and I wanted to push the envelope with this one, with a fresh, slightly edgy transitional coastal style,“ the architect says.
Builder Matt Knauf added his own interpretation of transitional coastal style throughout the home. “Design details and quality craftsmanship set this team apart,” he says. “We collaborate throughout the entire construction process to define unique features and select quality finishes.” One example of this is the box beam tongue-and-groove ceiling details that flow seamlessly from one room to the next.
Scott and Johansson worked with Sherman to define and create the home’s interior style. Starting with a fresh, soft, contemporary vibe, the team chose a striking neutral and navy blue palette for maximum impact in the main living areas. “Our goal is to create a stunning home from every perspective,“ Sherman says. “Each home we build is custom, a work of art.” The interior furnishings in this home are intentionally dramatic. “The compelling architectural design and impeccable construction would inspire nothing less,“ Scott says. “We reinterpret key design elements and repeat, which provides a cohesive and well thought out finished product.”
The great room’s living area features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the lake. Artfully arranged bespoke furnishings from Calusa Bay Design cluster around a spectacular custom-designed cocktail table designed by Scott. A low, chenille-and-linen-clad sofa, an elegant low-profile chaise and a pair of Mid-century modern armchairs wrapped in rich blue velvet complete the sophisticated grouping.
Accenting a feature wall in the entry is a custom-designed floating mantle with tiny stools that tuck neatly underneath. Beyond, in the dining area, an Adriana Hoyos table stained in a deep espresso is surrounded by custom chairs designed with a linen-and-flame-stitched, navy blue and ivory fabric back. Set in a mirrored niche, a small bespoke cabinet appears to be covered in hand-hammered, silver thumb prints. Topped with a four-foot-high floral display, the entire wall is anchored by this visual show-stopper … just one example of the many design details that are expertly crafted throughout.
The kitchen acts as the hub of the home, facing both the family room with its over-sized U-shaped modular sofa, and the inviting breakfast area beyond. A wall of smooth white cabinetry gives way to a blue-gray twisted glass tile backsplash with hand-mixed color that Sherman dubbed the “Sea Storm.” Double brass pendants with seeded glass in trapezoidal inversions hang above a marble-topped island.
In the serene master bedroom, the custom bed from Century Furniture glistens with gold graining. Metallic glints from an Arteriors’ chandelier touch off the luminous contours of a navy blue-and-gray area rug that mirrors the tranquil lake on view from floor- to-ceiling windows. This harmony extends to the organic, spa-like master bath with notable design details such as smooth rock shower flooring, an opaque glass tiled wall and a luxurious freeform tub.
Outside, breezes off the lake whisper from the open-air kitchen, inviting guests to recline and sip a cool beverage while seated on woven rattan furnishings from Palecek. A coordinating gray stone fireplace clad with dimensional porcelain tile is a focal point of the loggia.
Sherman confides that this may be her favorite design project yet. The result of a collaborative vision, this dramatic and tasteful residence proves that for this talented team, success is inevitable when they push the envelope.