The warm wood is a green product called Havana Strand by Plyboo, and it wraps up over the ceiling, providing a warm contrast to the porcelain floors, which continue throughout the first floor.
"The clients entertain all the time," says Donadel. "My client is like Martha Stewart; she always has a beautifully set table." Donadel differentiated the two spaces with a dramatic change in floor texture. The dining room floor is elevated and has lighting underneath the platform.
Stone wall: Vena Grigio limestone; chandelier: Atlantis Suspension Light, Tarzani
Floors throughout the home are covered in Kerlite, which is a very thin porcelain. "This is a great product that comes in 48-inch by 48-inch by one-sixteenth-inch pieces. Though we didn't do it here, it can be laid atop existing flooring," says Donadel. "It's very durable, easy to maintain and it has a seamless look."
Art: Blue Movement, commissioned via Art Design Resources; dining table: two bases by Minotti with custom glass top
Here, a sharp line between a limestone wall and more Plyboo wood differentiates the two floors. The wood continues up the wall and across the ceiling. "The element of wrapping is an important one we carried throughout the house, to give things continuity," explains Donadel.
Pops of yellow inside the shelves and cubbies add some bright color to the space. Dashes of color like this are also used in many of the other rooms.
Stairs: Bella Stairs; sculptures: Michael Dawkins Home
"It was very important to my client to have a place for everything, so we planned out the storage very carefully," says Donadel. Similar to the office, pops of chartreuse break up the long storage wall.
Sofa: Arravanti; coffee table: Pool Coffee Table
The cabinets continue the theme of mixing natural textures, in this case walnut and glass, and the backsplash is white back-painted glass. "The pendant lamps were the very first thing my client and I picked out on our first shopping trip together," says Donadel. "We didn't know where we were going to use them, but we knew we had to have them."
Kitchen crafted by Mia Cucina; Bertoia counter stools: Knoll; Saarinen kitchen table: Knoll; Panton kitchen chairs: Vitra
The storage system on the opposite wall mirrors the three sections as well and includes a desk, a media center, dresser storage and even a refrigerator.
The stone contrasts with a porcelain backsplash behind the vanity. "The backsplash is a ceramic matrix that has a slight shimmer that adds just a little glitz," says Donadel. This is representative of the subtle glamour that is woven throughout the house.
In keeping with having a place for everything, the custom vanities have built-in hampers. Even some of the lighting is built in. "We chose a mirror with integrated lighting for a very clean look. We didn't want to clutter up the wall with separate sconces," she says.
She also added an area rug composed of Flor tiles, which can be individually replaced in case of any damage.
Natural light streams in thanks to the clear glass shower enclosure. "We extended the glass to the ceiling so that it didn't create an extraneous line," she says.
Tile: Riverstone, Artistic Tile
"My clients were very scared, but their complete trust let us accomplish this project together," says Donadel. Their leaps of faith resulted in a unique and beautiful home that works for their family. Donadel is now working on transforming the yard. We look forward to seeing it when it's done.
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