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This Redesigned Home On The St. Lucie River Offers A Water View From Nearly Every Room

When Jennifer DeMeo accepted a commission to design the interior of a custom home on the St. Lucie River, her goal was to create a peaceful, casual environment that was also elegant. “The owners wanted luxury without pretense,” DeMeo says. “The home needed to be warm and welcoming, a place where anyone could be comfortable, and beautiful but still simple.”

The owners had been living in a house next door, and they loved the location. But they wanted to build a custom home that better suited their personal needs, and they wanted every room to have a water view.  “They enjoy watching the fishing boats come in,” DeMeo says.

A fireplace flanked by blue cabinets creates a focal point in the living room. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)

A Family Affair

DeMeo’s father-in-law, Ed Gribben, owner of Gribben Construction, was the general contractor for the project, and DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen, a franchise he owns, designed the cabinets, so the project became a family affair. The two-story, 8,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and the footprint is angled so, as the owners had requested, nearly every space has a water view.

Pillars, a balcony and a tiered roofline lend a palatial look to the exterior. Inside, the designer chose a neutral color palette of beige and cream. “But the owner loves blue, so we brought in blue accents like pillows and artwork,” DeMeo says.

Creamy brushed marble flooring throughout the first story creates a canvas for comfortable furnishings. Upstairs, hand-scraped wood planking adds warmth. Treads on the dramatic staircase near the entrance to the home match the wood floors, as does the cap that crowns the wrought iron railing. A two-tiered wrought iron chandelier hangs above the staircase from a ceiling medallion of the same wood.

The hexagonal-shaped dining room has a coffered ceiling and a wood chandelier. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)

Living and Dining Rooms

A fireplace with a cast stone surround and mantle flanked by two sky colored cabinets create a focal point in the formal living room. Crown molding with detailed corbels adds further visual interest, while draperies are simple stationary beige linen pinch-pleat panels. A sofa and chairs upholstered in cream-colored fabric surround a wide maple coffee table.

In the hexagonal dining room, a large wood chandelier hangs from a 15-foot coffered ceiling. Chair backs are upholstered in fabric with a cream background and blue flower petal pattern, while seats are a solid blue. Stationary light beige textured linen drapery panels are accented by a dark band at the bottom.

Tiered leather seating provides good views of the screen in the theater. Beyond the curtain is a small kitchen for making snacks and drinks. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)

The Theater

Tiered leather seating in the theater provides everyone with a clear view of the movie screen. An LED strip between the ceiling and a hanging disk creates a halo of light, and wire and mesh sconces mounted on sound-absorbing wall panels add to the ambience. Behind a curtain is a small kitchen with a refrigerator, sink and microwave for making popcorn.

A raised panel bar with pendant lights above offers an ideal spot for entertaining. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)
The spacious kitchen has a tongue-in-groove ceiling. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)

Kitchen, Family Room and Bar

In the spacious main kitchen, a cream-colored tongue-in-groove tray ceiling holds recessed lighting, while dramatic twin spherical wood-and-iron chandeliers hang above the 5-by-10-foot, cherry wood island topped with blue-green granite. Cherry wood stools with curved backs and cream linen cushions provide seating. Cabinets are also cream-colored, and panels hide appliances. Countertops are creamy quartz, and a breakfast nook seats six.

A wood china hutch creates definition between the kitchen and the adjoining family room, which features an L-shaped sofa upholstered in textured linen and a sisal rug. A round, upholstered ottoman with blue accents doubles as a coffee table.

Pendant lights with beige and white woven shades hang above a raised-panel bar, and wood stools match those in the kitchen. A custom wood panel accented with diamond and quatrefoil shapes positioned atop a half wall adds visual interest.

A door behind the bar leads to the laundry room, which has off-white speckled quartz countertops and a sisal rug. Two eye-catching green cabinets add color, and a TV offers entertainment for someone folding clothes.

 “We painted just the center cabinets green so the color wouldn’t be overwhelming,” DeMeo says. “Then we found green tile that was a perfect match for the backsplash.”

The master bedroom’s eye-catching four-poster bed has upholstered head- and footboards. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)

The Master Suite

 An archway flanked by mercury glass sconces leads to double doors outside the first-floor master bedroom, and a second archway beyond the doors adds further architectural interest. Cream-colored carpet adds softness and texture. Window treatments are pinched pleat linen, but unlike those in the main living areas, these close
for privacy.

The walnut four-poster bed has head- and footboards upholstered in beige and brown linen, and a blue foot warmer adds color to the creamy coverlet. Across from the bed is a hand-carved console and a flat screen TV.

Simple swivel rockers furnish a sitting area next to windows overlooking the river. “They wanted them to rotate so they could look out to see who was bringing in the biggest catch of the day,” DeMeo says.

The elegant master bath has a tray ceiling with recessed lighting and an all-marble steam shower with double heads and a contoured bench seat. The oval tub, positioned under a double window, is also clad in marble tile. Under-vanity lighting casts a soft glow.

Exactly Right

The home is exactly what the owners wanted: a casually elegant space where they can enjoy life and watch the boats go by. Working with family members added to the enjoyment of creating the design, DeMeo says. “It was a real collaboration.

Chaises on the patio offer a place to catch the sun or watch boats. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)
The elegant master bath has an all-marble steam shower with double heads and a contoured seat, as well as an oval tub clad in marble tile. (Photo by Ron Rosenzweig)