A Midcentury Modern Muse in Lakeland

It’s magic when one couple collaborates with a designer to create their forever home in Lakeland


For years, interior designer Andrea Martoccia-Fava designed model homes for Amy and Edward Laderer for their homebuilding business. When the time came for her to design the couple’s personal residence on beautiful Lake Scott in Lakeland, Fla., she was delighted. “It’s the next level when you get to work with the homeowners, and they have great taste and are willing to explore other options,” the designer says. “We even went to High Point to shop together.” 

Filled with natural light and numerous wood and stone elements, the 5,600-square-foot residence typifies midcentury modern style. Splashes of nature’s greens and blues add to the neutral color palette. “Our goal was to bring the outside in, and Andrea did just that in every room of the house,” the wife says. 

One especially sentimental piece — a trestle table custom designed by the couple’s son — now takes center stage in the formal dining room. With the couple’s find of “the perfect picture” at Lakeland’s Mayfaire-By-The-Lake fine arts festival, the formal space comes alive with nature.   

Simple and clean, the casual dining area and crisp, white kitchen provide the perfect spot for family and friends to gather for lively conversation while enjoying a light brunch. Nearby, the designer created custom cabinetry to satisfy “his” desire to have a TV in the living room versus “her” wish not to see it. 

A calming blast from the past, the mint-green, fully upholstered platform bed centers the master suite. Elegant and serene, the private space exudes the same soft, peaceful aura found throughout the house. “This home is filled with family memories in a town where the Laderers are so rooted,” Martoccia-Fava says. “I loved working with them to bring their forever home to life.” 

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Andrea Martoccia-Fava, Motivo Home, Delray Beach, FL

Architecture by Michael Furr, Furr & Wegman Architects, Lakeland, FL

Builder Duane McQuillen, Duane McQuillen Construction, Inc., Lakeland, FL

Text by Mary Thurman Yuhas

Photography by Amy Lamb, Lithia, FL

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