Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Sheila Corasaniti, IDS and Salvatore Giso, IDS have been selected to design the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ Merano model residence at Lakewood Ranch. Along with 3,600 square feet under air, the Merano also features 868 square feet of covered lanai space. The spacious, highly livable floor plan includes three bedrooms plus a bonus room that can serve as a fourth bedroom, three baths plus a pool bath that also functions as a powder room, a study, a large great room, island kitchen, and dining area, and a three-car garage. The great room opens to a lanai with a year-round kitchen, fireplace, spa, and a pool with a sun shelf. The bonus room is being configured as a second master suite in the model.
Corasaniti and Giso have infused their design concept with natural elements such as live edge furniture pieces and a white birch tree that makes a striking statement in the great room. Their organic off-white and chocolate brown color scheme will be simple in color yet striking to the eye. The contrasting colors will be juxtaposed throughout the home. Off-white walls and high-gloss off-white porcelain tile flooring will provide a foundation for the juxtaposition with accessories and furnishings that reinforce the organic feeling.
The Merano’s double-door entry will open to a foyer with a niche wall featuring a substantial console table with an iron base that resembles tree branches holding up a slab of wood. The console will establish the natural feeling of the design. An attractive art piece will be set above the console. Another reference to nature will be made with a contrasting tile inset in the floor that will be set in a herringbone pattern intended to conjure the look and feeling of waves of water running in a stream.
Columns flanking the end of the foyer will announce the entry into the great room that will feature striking beamed ceiling details bedecked with a chocolate brown wall covering material that has a wood-like texture. A built-in on the feature wall will include brown cabinetry topped by a marble counter with down-lighting and media component storage underneath. The center section of wall above the marble counter will be framed out with chocolate brown boxes, a large box to accommodate the television, and three smaller boxes above the television for accessories. Off-white columns will define the television space. Soft off-white storage benches tucked under the counter that will extend to either side of the television wall treatment and white accessories will combine with the columns and off-white wall tones to provide a dramatic note of contrast to the television space’s deep chocolate brown tone. A larger floor-to-ceiling niche to the right of the television wall and built-in cabinetry will host the white birch tree and a third off-white column to the far right side.
The furnishings in the great room will be anchored by a chocolate toned shag rug that will contrast the off-white flooring. The majority of the furnishings are accented with chocolate brown against a soft velveteen, chenille style fabric, including an off-white chenille sofa and a pair of off-white side chairs. A single chair wood frame chair with a slatted back is finished with chocolate brown fabric. A highly unique 51 x 51-inch glass-topped cocktail table has a base fashioned with hundreds of individual vertical sticks of wood that have been joined together to form a solid base. Drum-like see through end tables with smoked-glass tops will have a dark finish. A sofa table will emulate the console piece found in the foyer.
The look in the dining area will continue the contrasting light and dark tones. The dark dining table will include a beveled edge with a painted platinum finish. The table will play against chairs with a similar platinum finish and clean white linen fabric. A light, airy blown glass and dark metal lighting fixture with the look of green bottle glass coins will be suspended over the table. Elegant off-white draperies will match the draperies flanking the sliders in the great room that open to the outdoor living area. An art piece or oversized mirror will grace the accent wall.
The kitchen’s island base and perimeter cabinetry will be presented with a light taupe finish topped by off-white granite countertops with wisps of dark brown, black and charcoal accent veining. The pendant lighting over the island will mimic the lighting fixture in the dining area. A backsplash on the perimeter will be finished with off-white marble subway tile.
Corasaniti and Giso will introduce equestrian references in the study, including a hair on hide rug in cream and brown tones and an oversized photograph of a rider on horseback. An elaborate ceiling detail features two suspended squares and beams that run front to back across the ceiling and then continue down the wall where they become part of the room’s shelving system. The beams contrast a cream-toned chagrin desk and the same off-white that are used throughout the home to soften each space while adding a subtle hint of texture.
The elegant master bedroom’s sitting area will include a pair of linen slipcovered chairs and open to the lanai’s conversation area and fireplace. While continuing the home’s chocolate brown and off-white color scheme, the bedroom will showcase a stunning headboard treatment applied to the wall and divided into four large rectangles upholstered in an off-white fabric. Beautifully executed custom bedding with a suede-like horn and buckle feeling will match the zig-zag pattern found on the pillows and also feature a border that matches the shams. Transitional clean-lined night stands with a bow front and a dresser with a bow front in the center section will be presented with an espresso finish, an intentionally simplified look that will not distract the eye from the stunning patterns featured in the bedding.
The large format off-white porcelain tile flooring will continue in the master bath where the vanity cabinetry will be presented in a light taupe tone with dark brown quartz countertops. The off-white tile continues into the shower that will include a wide vertical dark brown glass tile accent border. Off-white wallpaper will feature a linear, wavy texture.
A fireplace on the lanai will be finished with smooth stucco and river pattern 24 x 24-inch tile in a straight horizontal stack. A recessed area above the fireplace will accommodate a television that will float between stucco columns with smooth banding. The combination of the textures and the smoothness of the stucco will convey a contemporary feeling. An intimate sitting area at the fireplace and just outside the master bedroom will include a loveseat, two chairs, and a cocktail ottoman anchored by an area rug. A pair of sofas will provide a second sitting area just outside the great room. The summer kitchen’s cabinetry will be finished in a grey driftwood tone and will be topped by a granite counter. The dining table will seat six. A separate area on the pool deck will feature a fire pit and seating for four.