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From Ordinary To Extraordinary

Lisa DeFrances uses architectural enhancements, textural touches and an inspired palette to transform a beachside residence

Soft earth tones, texture, pattern and a coffered ceiling transformed what once was the relatively nondescript living room. Sheer linen draperies, woven shades made of sustainable natural fibers and paintings by contemporary American artist John Schuyler create additional interest.

Soft earth tones, texture, pattern and a coffered ceiling transformed what once was the relatively nondescript living room. Sheer linen draperies, woven shades made of sustainable natural fibers and paintings by contemporary American artist John Schuyler create additional interest.

Lisa DeFrances can’t help but smile as images of a recent residential redo scroll across her iPad screen. “Timeless” best describes the custom look she and her design team created. “Gracious,” “serene” and “comfortable” also fit. Yet those adjectives definitely didn’t apply to what the award-winning interior designer saw when she first stepped inside the beachside residence. 

“The house itself was impressive. It had good lines, scale and proportion, but it wasn’t detailed. I felt there were areas that had great potential to be enhanced, things I would want to have changed,” says DeFrances, recalling impressions during her initial walk-through. High on the change list were the dining room, kitchen and foyer. Once they were redefined, she felt confident other problem areas would follow suit. 

A couple from New Jersey had purchased the house in order to spend more time in Vero Beach where they have family. The location, inside a private barrier island community, was perfect. What wasn’t perfect was the lack of distinctive features throughout the two-story residence. Plain vanilla versus vanilla bean espresso. Enlisting the expertise of an interior designer before moving in became a priority. 

The search was on and a tour of the Internet led to a link to the Vero Beach Magazine website. There, on the cover of a recent issue was a photograph of a living room awash with monochromatic hues, textural touches and architectural details. It was the look the couple envisioned for their Florida home. The interior designer was Lisa DeFrances. It was meant to be.