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Heathrow Woods Country Club Residence

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Terra-Cotta Exterior & Tower Entry Gives Heathrow Woods Home Curb Appeal

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This 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is located in the country club community of Heathrow, just north of Orlando, Florida. Curb appeal comes from its two-story tower entry, a signature of Jorge Ulibarri custom homes. The home’s exterior color of terra-cotta purposely makes a statement differentiating itself from the ubiquitous beige home exteriors in the neighborhood.

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The front door features solid distressed wood for an Old World character with wrought iron embellished windows. Specialty glass windows with wrought iron detailing crown the tower and cast a beautiful light grid on the interior entryway.

The front door to the tower entry is crafted of solid distressed wood giving this 6,300 square foot home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri curb appeal and Old World character. Two wrought iron embellished windows and a window arch infuse the space with natural light. A mosaic stone floor medallion adds to the grand entry and centers below a massive wrought iron chandelier. Photo Credit: Harvey Smith

The front door to the tower entry is crafted of solid distressed wood giving this 6,300 square foot home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri curb appeal and Old World character. Two wrought iron embellished windows and a window arch infuse the space with natural light. A mosaic stone floor medallion adds to the grand entry and centers below a massive wrought iron chandelier. Photo Credit: Harvey Smith

The home’s Tuscan-inspired kitchen draws its character from its ceiling treatment of undulating barrels, beams and travertine stone insets. A bi-level kitchen island double tasks as the breakfast bar and a work area with stainless appliances to make it modern and of the moment yet in character with rustic accents such as the copper farmhouse sink and decorative copper insets.

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Another standout feature is the coffee station featuring a built-in espresso machine and service niche underneath with a microwave combo oven below.

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The kitchen opens to a two-story great room with a soaring fireplace and an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings overlooking the family room below.

The two-story great room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri opens to the kitchen and draws the eye upwards to a soaring fireplace with an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings and overlooks the family room below. The ceiling treatment showcases a grid of wood beams. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The two-story great room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri opens to the kitchen and draws the eye upwards to a soaring fireplace with an 8-foot high niche made of precast stone. A wrought iron balcony walkway connects the two wings and overlooks the family room below. The ceiling treatment showcases a grid of wood beams. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The wine room in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri is located beneath the floating staircase with a repurposed barrel serving as wine storage. The wrought iron door is custom made and imported from Mexico. The walk-in wine storage also has a cabinet and countertop for wine tasting.

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The formal dining room in this luxury custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a ceiling treatment with distressed beams in a crisscross grid with hand printed tile insets. Note the dark stained trim that contrasts with the white walls to give the home its Mediterranean flair.

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The owner’s suite features a barrel ceiling and master bath with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two.

The master bath in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling punctuated by an elegant wrought iron and crystal chandelier with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two. The double entry shower features a wrought iron window overlooking the soaking tub. The master bath exudes Old World elegance with generous use of stone. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

The master bath in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling punctuated by an elegant wrought iron and crystal chandelier with a soaking tub that shares a wall with a shower on the other side built for two. The double-entry shower features a wrought iron window overlooking the soaking tub. The master bath exudes Old World elegance with generous use of stone. Photo credit: Harvey Smith

Master suite closet with crystal chandelier in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features his and her side with separate entrance.

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The hallway in this 6,300 square foot custom home by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri features a barrel ceiling embellished with travertine stone insets and lit by indirect LED lights.

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The barrel ceiling is echoed throughout the home adding curves to soften the home’s rusticity.

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The plaster walls in the office echo the home’s exterior terra-cotta color. Rich wood detailing includes the distressed double entry wood doors accented with wrought iron pulls, the wood plank ceiling treatment and custom built-in bookshelf. Click below to watch our video tour of this 6,300 square foot Mediterranean home in the latest episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge.

 

 

 

 

Mission-Mod Blog House Walls Go Up

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The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction.

This week the Mission-Mod Blog House began to take shape as the walls went up on the first floor of this 4,600 square foot custom home designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. This is a good time to talk about the engineering of masonry block construction (also known as CMU). In certain parts of Florida, building code requires that the first floor of a home be constructed out of masonry block filled with reinforced concrete.

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

The walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block alone does not carry the weight of the home. It must be filled with rebar (steel rods) and concrete inside the cells of the block for the walls to support the structure of the home. The way masonry block behaves structurally is by lining up the cells and filling them with reinforced concrete every four feet and at every opening in the home to create a series of vertical concrete columns that will carry the structural load from above.

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri.  THe masonry block (also known as CMU)  will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Masonry block walls go up on the Mission-Mod Blog House designed and under construction by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri. THe masonry block (also known as CMU) will be filled with reinforced concrete. Subscribe to the blog www.tradesecrestbyjorge.com and follow the progress of this custom home as we offer tips to master the learning curve of custom construction. For more on the builder, go to www.imyourbuilder.com

At the top of the masonry block walls are lentil blocks installed that have U-shaped openings. These line up with the adjacent masonry block and will be filled with reinforced concrete to create a horizontal, continuous beam around the perimeter of the home. Next, work begins on framing the second floor of the home. Workers also will create a cast-in-place radius beam over the front door that will be filled with concrete to carry the weight of the tower entry.

Click the video below to watch a recap of the Mission-Mod Blog House construction process thus far:

Check back again next week as we document the structural frame work for the second floor.

Video Tour of the Modern-Mediterranean Home

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Villa Di Lusso is a Mod-Mediterranean custom home fusing contemporary and traditional styles. The exterior of the 4,800 sq. ft. home is Spanish-Mediterranean and the interior is a mix of modern, sleek and rustic, Old World elements. Built to satisfy the latest consumer preferences, the home doesn’t have a formal living room. Instead, extra space and design priority goes to the grand room. A sweeping 22-foot high Mod-Mediterranean fireplace with dark wood columns illuminated by LEDs with a niche of glass mosaics, stainless steel plates and hearth as the focal point.

The grand room seamlessly opens to a kitchen with two contrasting islands in white quartz and espresso quartz, contrasting light and dark cabinetry and contemporary fixtures in a rustic canvas of travertine floors and wood beams. Each room of the home features a designer ceiling: the formal dining room showcases a custom wood grid ceiling, the main hallway is a barrel ceiling of travertine bordered by glass tiles lit with LEDs hidden in the coves.

The tower entry is anchored with beams with a glass chandelier and the grand room features beams in a cross-cross pattern with a trio of sculptural modern hanging light fixtures. The lower level features a master bedroom and master bath with floating double vanities featuring the latest fixtures in an open channel, geometric design. The office showcases a custom-made monolithic desk seamlessly created from white quartz that contrasts with the dark porcelain wood-look-a-like floors and dark, sleek cabinets. The downstairs level also contains a formal dining room and guest bedroom and bath and a walk-in wine cellar with tasting bar tucked underneath the winding staircase to maximize space. Upstairs, a media room, and two bedrooms overlooking an outdoor retreat with glass mosaic pool, spa and firepit.

Color Trends for 2013 Nix Neutrals For Statement Hues

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Midnight Mystery Palette in Roycroft Bottle Green (SW 2847) and Olde World Gold (SW 7700)

Midnight Mystery Palette in Roycroft Bottle Green (SW 2847) and Olde World Gold (SW 7700)

 Opposites Attract as Color Makes a Comeback in Home Decor for 2013

Color is making a huge comeback in home décor and design. Beige walls are out of fashion along with the idea of flipping homes for a quick buck. As more homeowners opt to stay put in their homes for the long haul, they are trading in neutrals for statement hues that bear their own unique décor signature.

Sherwin-Williams has pegged the Color Trends for 2013 and packaged them in four distinct palettes. Recently, while attending the International Builders’ Show in Vegas, I spoke with Sue Wadden, Color Consultant and Interior Designer for Sherwin-Williams.  “The 2013 Color forecast is called Opposites Attract. We featured four collections ranging from deep, dark, saturated masculine tones, all the way to bright, energetic, exciting colors with punches of gray, black and white as palette cleansers, “ explains Wadden.

Every year, Sherwin-Williams culls their color forecast from what’s trending in fashion, pop culture, consumerism and the arts. The reigning color for 2013 is Aloe, as anointed by Sherwin-Williams.

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

“This is no ordinary pastel – Aloe is funky and glamorous, demure and free-spirited. While Aloe’s vibe can verge on retro, when paired with caviar blacks, crisp whites or soft grays, suddenly Aloe has a new soul and attitude. And Aloe is highly adaptable, making it a perfect pick for everyday spaces such as a breezy sunroom or a well-dressed living room,” says Jackie Jordan, Sherwin–Williams director of color marketing.

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

Aloe SW6464 Color of the Year 2013 as deemed by Sherwin-Williams

Here is a breakdown of the Four Color Palettes in 2013’s Color Forecast:

Midnight Mystery:

Midnight Mystery Palette in Loyal Blue (SW 6510)

Midnight Mystery Palette in Loyal Blue (SW 6510)

This color palette features oxidized, metallic hues. “Midnight Mystery connotes a moodiness inspired by the futuristic Victorian vibe of steampunk design. It’s a turn of the century aesthetic, a mixture of Thomas Edison and visible mechanics,” explains Wadden. The palette has dark, earthy colors counterbalanced with green grays.

Honed Vitality:

Honed Vitality Palette in Spiced Cider (SW 7702)

Honed Vitality Palette in Spiced Cider (SW 7702)

These earthy, desert inspired colors kick up the neutral palette a few notches with pops of blue for sky and water. The palette draws inspiration from the layered hues of  mineral deposits, sea-buffed stones and the weathered shutters of a rustic farmhouse. “It’s very grounded to the earth and very useable for interior and exterior residential and commercial,” says Wadden.

Vintage Moxie:

Vintage Moxie Palette in  Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

Vintage Moxie Palette in Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

This collection of 60s inspired pastels has a retro glamour of pearls, florals and classic feminine silhouettes tempered by funky accents and attitude, according to Sherwin-Williams. Wadden calls them “pastels on speed.” She suggests using these colors as interior pops set off by a white canvas.

High Voltage:

High Voltage Palette in Electric Lime(SW 6921) and Extra White (SW 7006)

High Voltage Palette in Electric Lime(SW 6921) and Extra White (SW 7006)

These bright colors mirror the neon lights of Vegas and 80s fashions. The High Voltage collection has an electric feel and works well with palette cleansers such as black, white, gray and clear acrylics as primary backdrops. “The High Voltage collection is based on the technology of LED lighting and pop culture. They are brights tied to consumer merchandise,” explains Wadden.  She cites as an example, an all white room with electric lime green chairs.

So now that you know what’s trending in color for the home, how do you use such bold hues? I asked Wadden for a few tips.

Use a neutral as a primary wall color and accessorize with colors.

Honed Vitality Palette in Safari (SW 7697)

Honed Vitality Palette in Safari (SW 7697)

You can stay on trend by incorporating splashes of color without making the focus all about a trend color. “Paint the front door rustic red and the exterior charcoal. It’s very rich and on trend,” says Wadden. Think of pulling in color with tile, flooring, carpeting and fabrics from any of these four color palettes.

Take cues from colors you like.

Vintage Moxie Palette in Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

Vintage Moxie Palette in Radiant Lilac (SW 0074)

“It doesn’t have to be a commitment to the color trend but the whole environment you create,” explains Wadden.  She suggests creating a room that is fashion forward in these colors or using unexpected colors on the ceiling. One example is a front door in plum and a purple couch. “I like the exterior of the home to be a signature of  the home’s interior,” says Wadden.

As a culture, we are becoming more color-conscious, as illustrated by the proliferation of chromotherapy home accessories from bathtubs and toilets to backlighting. I’ll be covering that topic in my next blog posting. Until then, be sure and subscribe so that you don’t miss a single posting on the latest in home design and décor.

The Electric Fireplace, A Hot Property in Home Design for 2013

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Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames
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One of the latest trends to light up a room is the electric fireplace. Recently, I attended the International Builders’ Show in Vegas where electric fireplaces were the hot property in home design. There are several reasons why:

Electric Fireplaces are Affordable:

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

A gas or wood burning fireplace can cost you approximately $3,000 to purchase and install plus the cost of the gas lines, which can run as much as $400.  An electric fireplace costs approximately $1,000.

Electric Fireplaces Can be Installed in Any Room:

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Because electric fireplaces don’t require ventilation, they can go in any room with a 120 Volt electrical outlet to plug into. The electric fireplace simply hangs from the wall so the possibilities are endless.

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Imagine an electric fireplace flickering nearby while soaking in your tub, reading fireside in your family room or enjoying an al fresco evening by the flickering light of your outdoor living room hearth.

Electric Fireplaces Go with Any Décor:

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Electric Fireplace by Modern Flames

Manufacturers are capitalizing on this trend in the hearth industry launching new electric fireplace product lines in many styles. These electric fireplaces have cool capabilities that traditional fireplaces just can’t pull off. Some have colored LED backlighting that can be programmed to rotate up to nine different colors or remain constant. The base of the firebox can feature stones or a glass rocks.

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

Electric Fireplace by Hearth & Home

In order to appreciate the beauty of these affordable faux fireplaces, I put together a Vlog with some video clips so you can really appreciate how an electric fireplace can light up a room.

The Kitchen Island Curves and Wraps In 2013

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The Latest Trends in Kitchen Island Design Trade Lines for Curves and Mixed Materials for Monolithic.

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The latest kitchen design trend creating a buzz at the International Builders Show has to do with the shape and make of the kitchen island.

Kitchen Island Curves:

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Still a must-have in any modern kitchen, the island is softening its linear look with curves that allow for round-the-table seating instead of shoulder-to-shoulder.

Kitchen Island Surfaces Go Monolithic:

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Countertops that wrap around the island base are showing up in the latest kitchen designs. It’s an aesthetic known as Monolithic. You’ll be hearing that word a lot in 2013. Monolithic design is defined as a single material that seamlessly wraps around a surface, wall, cabinetry or any other feature.

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Some of the best examples are in the concrete surfaces of kitchen countertops, very on-trend this year. Concrete is a malleable material that can be sculpted and molded to create a seamless surface.

Kitchen Island Doubles Up:

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The kitchen island is doubling up in some homes to offer more multi-tasking capabilities, surface space and storage. Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri says the double island is a great solution to a common kitchen design challenge: keeping the kitchen open while preserving storage space. “In one of my homes, the shape of the kitchen is square. Rather than enclose the kitchen with walls to create more surface and storage space,  I added the double island  to maintained the openness while providing this added functionality.”

In this example picture above,  Jorge designed two islands each with seven linear feet of countertop space that sit four feet apart.  The inner island, located in the kitchen center, will be monolithic, made of wraparound Carrera marble with white cabinetry underneath. The island facing out towards the family room features the same white Carrera marble countertop but with an espresso wood cabinetry base to compliment the floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the family room.

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Tips for Creating Tuscan Curb Appeal and Ambiance

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Many of us are enthralled by the timeless architecture and breathtaking beauty of the Tuscan countryside. It’s a style that is emulated here in the United States, especially in similar climates such as Florida. Whether you are building a home or looking to remodel, you can bring this same European charm to your own home. Check out the latest episode of Trade Secrets as Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri and host Karen LeBlanc take you on a tour of Villa Tuscany and share with you some affordable architectural accents that created its Tuscan curb appeal and ambiance. We invite you to share this video with others if you find the information helpful and check out other episodes of Trade Secrets on youtube

The Modern Mediterranean Home

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Mediterranean Home Designed and Built by Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri

Integrating Old World Exteriors with the 21st Century Interiors

Mediterranean architecture endures in Florida as a style perfectly in sync with its surroundings and history but exterior curb appeal doesn’t have to dictate interior decor. Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says most of his clients prefer some variation of Mediterranean architecture but their interior preferences often merge Old-World and 21st Century styles.  “I have clients who want a home that looks from the outside like it has endured for generations, yet on the inside, the style is sleek and modern-a look commonly defined as contemporary.” 

Jorge is currently building two homes featuring Tuscan architecture with contemporary interiors. It’s a trend that Winter Park-based Wolfe-Rizor Interiors is seeing as well. Design Principals Hattie Wolfe and Abigail Rizor say clients no longer want heavy furniture, fabrics, and décor. “There is a formality to that look and the younger generations are very informal. Mediterranean is here to stay but clients now want contemporary interiors,” explains Hattie, who co-founded the interior design firm 17 years ago.   The mother-daughter design team of Wolfe-Rizor Interiors says interiors are becoming more casual in feel. “People want less fuss, a sleeker, easier look to match their lifestyle,” says Abigail.

Contemporary Interior designed by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors in Winter Park. The style is popular with Mediterranean homes and homeowners seek to mix Old World Exteriors with 21st Century Interiors

This modern twist on the Mediterranean is gaining traction in Central Florida and has several interpretations. Jorge calls it a fusion of Old World and Modern Expression. “I craft every detail of the home to feel like it has been there for a century but with modern amenities,” says Jorge, who is currently building a 4,600-square-foot residence on Park Avenue in Winter Park. The home features a tower entry with Mediterranean flourishes throughout.

Wolfe-Rizor calls the popular look Italian-Modern. “Americans have fallen in love with that Tuscan look, which used to mean heavy, ornate detailing. But truthfully, Italians are known for great contemporary,” says Abigail. She cites the kitchen as an example. “Contemporary kitchens are big now and go well with Mediterranean architecture. Instead of heavy, stained cabinetry with corbels and mosaics, cabinets are now flat paneled. Countertops are sleeker with contemporary hardware. Terrazzo flooring can complete the look.”

Whatever the interpretation, Jorge doesn’t foresee Mediterranean architecture falling out of favor. “There are many practical reasons for Mediterranean exteriors in Florida. Stucco finishes protect the walls of a home from rain, sunlight and Florida’s hot, humid climate,” explains Jorge. Many of his homes are inspired by the Haciendas Jorge grew up with in his native Mexico. “The tile roofs seen on many Florida homes actually help cool the home and protect it from water intrusion and fire,” says Jorge, who points to its storied engineering.  “Spanish and Mexican missions used tile made of out clay pots and bricks to shed water easily. The air pocket in the barrel tile helped cool the home.”

Kitchen with a contemporary edge designed and built by Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri. The home is Mediterranean/Tuscan on the Exterior

The floorplan of today’s Mediterranean home also has evolved over the last 20 years.  Jorge says many clients are opting to forgo the formal living room.  “I’m building for two clients who both decided not to have formal living rooms to optimize their square footage. Most people nowadays entertain in the kitchen and family room as a large open, connected social space,” says Jorge.

Wolfe-Rizor is seeing the same preferences with their clients. “For a while the ceilings couldn’t get high enough and rooms couldn’t get big enough. People didn’t know what to do with all that space. The trend now is to get cozier, more realistic about space rather than have all this empty volume you have to fill up,” explains Hattie.

Contemporary Interiors Designed by Wolfe-Rizor Interiors in Winter Park successfully integrates modern, sleek elements with Old World architecture

With tastes trending towards a mixture of the Old Word and 21st Century, here are a few tips to successfully integrate two different styles:

Use color to bring the outside inside even though the styles are different. Abigail cites an example: “Use a great color on the shutters outside and then incorporate the color with great accent pillows or even using cabinetry in that color.”

Choose contemporary light fixtures for the interior to mix rustic elements with modern accents.

Furnish the room with monochromatic pieces and accent with color. Wolfe-Rizor Interiors says elements like a traditional velvet sofa and a contemporary coffee table relate to Mediterranean architecture but are more today.

Incorporate stainless steel kitchen appliances to give it a clean, utilitarian look and instant gourmet status. The sleek appliances can compliment a timeworn ambiance.

Accent with personal affects such as a great piece of art, family photos or a family heirloom to make a home look “lived in.” Contemporary architecture can be cold without warming it up with objects that make a house a home.

Mediterranean architecture remains the gold standard of Florida home design. Whether it’s Spanish Mission, Tuscan, Spanish Colonial, Italian Renaissance or another variation, successfully integrating Old World architecture with 21st Century interiors can create a signature style for the homeowner. For more design tips and ideas to add affordable luxury to your living space, check out the series Trade Secrets by Jorge available on YouTube. For more information, go to www.imyourbuilder.com or call 407-733-5500