This oceanfront renovation for a New Jersey couple's second home in Vero Beach transformed what was “plain vanilla” into “vanilla bean espresso”. The perfect example of such a transformation is the dining room. What began as a small square interior space without windows and two doors opening to a hallway was turned into an warm and inviting room where people would feel comfortable, enjoying a meal, conversing and lingering over dessert and coffee. Custom paneling and textured wall covering provide personality. Custom cabinetry with two tall cabinets provide a serving area with space for twin lamps and hidden storage of the home's audio equipment. Four iron and glass wall sconces light the perimeter of the room and add sculptural interest, and a custom, cerused oak-top, round table that seats eight meets the couple's entertaining needs.
But aside from the aesthetics, and functionality, at the heart of every project is what it is that the owners value most. In this case, it was family and being by the beach. The home was, after all, their Florida retreat. To accomplish this, it was important that the design team at L.K. DeFrances & Associates chose artwork that spoke to where they are: at the beach. Every detail in the home was thoughtfully curated, from a picture of a sea turtle hanging in the second-floor mezzanine to personal photographs throughout the home. Textured wallpaper complements the soothing earth tones of the upholstery fabric, instilling a quietness and calmness with the neutral palette. The gracious and serene Florida residence provides a change of scenery from the owners' Country French home up north, while still reflecting their style...a true beachside retreat!