Interior design for Bay Colony residence being created by Theory Design
Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi and interior designer Cynde Thompson are creating a new interior design for a residence being remodeled in the Remington high-rise within Bay Colony at Pelican Bay that was built in 1996. Thompson is transforming the Remington unit’s tasteful but traditional old-world look. At the time the residence was built, the original interior designer created a Tuscan style interior with heavy, ornate furnishings, a color palette that included golds, greens, and russet reds, silks and tapestry fabrics, bullion-fringed pillows, and swag silk valances, draperies, and sheers. Many areas of the home featured heavily textured wallcoverings with traditional prints that included dark backgrounds and gold accents. Dramatic lighting fixtures, ornate chandeliers and sconces with gold and bronze finishes, and accessories such as heavy iron and onyx stone bowls in the dining room contributed to the visual weight of the design.
The objective of the remodeling project is to update and lighten the entire residence in two phases. The first phase was completed this past summer and included remodeling the entire master bathroom, the baths in the two guest bedrooms, the powder bath, installing new wood flooring in the bedrooms, replacing the lighting with more modern fixtures, lightening the look of the home with a refreshed color palette and new wall coverings and window treatments, replacing the original furnishings, and changing the flooring on the outdoor balcony areas. To be completed in the summer of 2020, phase two will include remodeling the entire kitchen and breakfast area and installing new wood flooring in the main living area and hallway to match the new flooring in the bedrooms.“The residence offers views of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Menaghlazi. “The clients requested that the new color pallet include neutral backgrounds and asked that we use Sherwin Williams’ modern grey throughout the primary living area. We used that as a starting point and added smokie blue hues with grey, taupe, and black accents. The color scheme blends right into the sky and the waters of the Gulf. It’s almost as if it’s a watercolor palette.”
In the entry foyer, Menaghlazi and Thompson replaced the existing wallpaper with a neutral woven grasscloth wallcovering that includes hints of silver blue tones. A new chandelier is presented in black with an off-white drum shade and Lucite hardware details. Decorative sconces are positioned above a custom console table with a matte black finish and pewter hardware with a silver finish. A decorative mirror placed between the two sconces provides additional light as well as a reflection of the space. On the facing wall, a long custom Pearson bench also has a matte black finish contrasted by an off-white linen cushion.
In the living room, a large built-in wall unit, large vases, and gold metal accessories were removed and replaced by a sleek entertainment credenza in a two-tone wood finish that includes a walnut frame and linen beige door fronts with large circular hammered pewter hardware details. The new furnishings include two custom sofas in a natural woven linen fabric with Asian inspired pagoda print accent pillows in smokie blues, greys, and white. A pair of lounge chairs facing the sofas feature soft thick cushions and a soft smokie woven fabric. In the center of the space, a large rectangular cocktail table is finished in a woven linen fabric in a neutral light grey tone. A matching square end table is positioned between the sofas and graced by an eye-catching John Richard hand-glazed lamp with a soft grey-blue finish and a linen shade. A modern sofa table in a painted black finish provides space for decorative lighting. An accent nesting table includes a mix of stone and metal finishes. Custom woven net style fabric drapery panels are set under new custom crown molding drapery pockets.
The existing dining table base was painted in matte black and outfitted by a large glass top. Upholstered host and hostess armchairs at each end of the table feature a geometric block pattern fabric in smokie blue and grey tones. Four side chairs have circular open carved wood backs and seat cushions in a solid soft blue/grey fabric. Menaghlazi and Thompson also completely gutted and redesigned the adjacent wet bar to make it more conducive to accessory display and storage. The wet bar now features a custom, square-shaped pewter hammered metal sink from California, all new fixtures, glass upper cabinetry with lighting, and a white quartz counter surface with a silver shimmer. The existing light wood breakfast area furniture was favored by the client, so Thompson updated the dining chairs and barstools with new cushions.
A heavy wall unit in the family room was also replaced by a sleek low entertainment credenza in a taupe woven pencil rattan finish with brushed pewter hardware. An existing circular cocktail table, end tables, a recliner, and a leather accent chair were incorporated into the new look along with a new blue woven linen 85-inch sofa, new lamps, artwork, accent pillows, a ceiling fan, and a hand-knotted area rug.
Menaghlazi and Thompson replaced the carpeting in the master suite and guest bedrooms with eight-inch wide Legno Bastone wide plank European white oak flooring. The new look master bedroom will provide an inviting, relaxing sanctuary. Two new Taylor King lounge chairs and ottomans were mixed with an existing antique end table and a more modern lamp style. The space was further updated with modern linens, including crisp white sheets and pillows and a tone-on-tone layered loft-style coverlet with natural leaf print shams. New Asian inspired artwork presents waterlilies in dusty grey and blue. A 9 by 12-foot knotted wool area rug and open weave draperies on the windows and the slider leading to a beachside balcony complete the look.
In the master bath, new silver and blue grey accents include Romo wallcoverings with a silver/grey tone-on-tone modern leaf pattern in the dressing area and water closets. New custom vanity cabinetry and quartz counter surfaces with a bit of a shimmer were installed in the master bath. The shower was updated with light 12 by 24-inch shell stone and a mosaic stone detail on the accent wall and floor. The vanities in the guest bedroom baths were replaced and outfitted with quartz countertops and modern fixtures. New fixtures, a pewter hammered metal oval sink, and a custom cabinet with a matte black finish created an entirely new, updated look in the powder bath.
Menaghlazi and Thompson replaced the flooring on the home’s Gulf front balconies with a 12 by 24-inch non-slip porcelain tile in a neutral grey tone and installed in an interesting basket weave pattern. The client preferred to keep their beautiful outdoor furniture that has been updated with woven dark navy blue weatherproof Sunbrella cushions and pillows to resist fading and the effects of the outdoor elements.
In addition to its remodeling project in Bay Colony, Theory Design is creating the interiors for Seagate Development Group’s luxurious models in Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, Quail West, Talis Park, Windward Isle, and Esplanade Lake Club. Seagate’s furnished Captiva model in Hill Tide Estates at Boca Grande is now open for viewing and purchase and features an interior design by Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi.
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