Condo Owner

Volume19 Issue3 2015

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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V O L U M E 1 9 • I S S U E 3 condo owner 27 interiors was very involved in the process of selecting a designer and worked with the Home Owners Associations (HOA) staff to put together an ad hoc design team consisting of several owners, board members and staff. "The staff had previously assisted by contact- ing several area firms to ask for proposals and ultimately chose to recommend Cara," he re- counted. "Her presentation was shown to the homeowners at the annual meeting and the board of directors voted unanimously to engage Cara and Lovelace Interiors to perform the reno- vation work." Creating An Inspiring and Inviting Entrance From her discussions with HOA members and staff, McBroom understood the overriding ob- jective of the redesign project. "We wanted the design to be inspiring, and inviting enough to give owners a sense of pride in their home (or, in some cases, their home- away-from-home)," she explained. "Alternately, we want them to immediately forget where they came from when they enter the lobby. We want them to know they've arrived at the beach, and begin to relax and enjoy themselves." With that in mind, McBroom drew upon her design skills to create a look that was fresh, timeless, clean and uncomplicated. "I wanted to lighten things up, with new col- ors and special lighting," she explained. "I leaned toward a transitional/modern style, with organic elements intertwined, knowing this would appeal to more people. In choosing a color scheme, I drew from the colors right out- side the window, which overlooks the beach, as I knew this would have more staying power." Bringing the "Wow" Factor In developing focal points, McBroom brought the "wow" factor with the custom entry table and chandelier. "I knew it would create more of a grand entrance than before," she said. Indeed, the oblong-shaped glass spheres of the chandelier seem to trickle down like water over the custom-made reclaimed wood table. Built by Armored Frog from McBroom's draw- ings, the new table is the perfect mix of natural and modern, with its beautiful wood, ombre stain effect, chrome banding and large hobnails. McBroom was able to carry this effect into the pool lobby. "When I saw this large, empty untouched space, I immediately saw it as prime real estate for something special," she recalled. As a result of her design approach, the light- ing that overhangs the pool lobby now has the same, trickling, sparkling effect as the entry chandelier. An S-shaped track uses the entire ceiling, and holds a variety of glass and crystal pendants, which hang at different heights. "During the day, this provides visual move- ment and interest, without detracting from the incredible view," she explained. "At night, it creates a beautiful twinkling star effect." Adding to the impact are glass art panels, originals created by Grayton Beach artist Mary Hong, hanging in the two-story section of the lobby walls. Another important focal point that received a major facelift was the staircase. McBroom liked the style of the woodwork, but felt that a fresh coat of paint would lighten it up and create a more transitional look. She also replaced the ‰ Original art by Grayton Beach artist Mary Hong brings the colors and textures of the beach into the lobby.

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