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Fresh & Simple

Redesigned home features tailored rooms, lots of texture and interesting geometry

The challenge in the office was to make it functional as well as beautiful. By eliminating two closets and a doorway to the powder room, the team gained needed space for a bookcase, desk and cabinetry to hide the owner’s work area and provide a home for his book collection.

The challenge in the office was to make it functional as well as beautiful. By eliminating two closets and a doorway to the powder room, the team gained needed space for a bookcase, desk and cabinetry to hide the owner’s work area and provide a home for his book collection.

An active couple from New York, like many before them, were impelled by northern climes and an imminent empty nest to search for a full-time home in Vero Beach. With two children in college and one about to graduate high school, the couple planned on spending more time playing tennis and enjoying year-round quality time with family.

After purchasing a 7,000-square-foot home in John’s Island in April 2015, their next step was to find a local interior designer to transform it into a family-friendly home that could accommodate their active lifestyles. When they chanced upon an article in Vero Beach Magazine showcasing a residence designed by L.K. DeFrances and Associates, they knew their search was over. Drawn to the home’s architectural detail, textural elements and color palette, the couple found that the design spoke to their desire for freshness and simplicity. They loved their century home in New York, but felt it was time for a change. 

So, fully armed with a portfolio of new ideas, they made an appointment to meet with Lisa DeFrances. “One of the things they said when I met with them was that they felt their home up north was a little bit old lady-ish,” says DeFrances. “It had lots of color, floral prints and antiques, and they wanted to make sure this house had a fresher vibe to it.”