Springtime is showhouse time, as homes around the nation are renovated and redecorated, doors flung open with admission fees going to all sorts of worthy charities, with designers and suppliers donating valuable time and resources. The Wayne Dalton Symphony Showhouse in Pensacola, FL, benefiting the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, “one of the oldest and finest orchestras in the Southeast,” says Kat Davis, director of public relations for the symphony, is one such home—with a grand exception.
Whereas many showhomes typically tout beautiful rooms, one after the other, they don’t necessarily “flow” into each other but simply showcase a particular designer’s style.
Grand, wonderful, but not necessarily a home, per se.
This is not the case at 4120 Menendez Dr. in Penascola. Indeed, each room seems to feed off the other’s energy, creating a fascinating and inviting environment—a place for living.
Formal Dining Room
With subtle hints taken from the Art Deco era, this formal dining room exudes style and grace—but with a touch of drama. Guests are embraced by the warmth and depth of the metallic champagne color walls with silver accents. This striking color palette sets the stage for the classic, yet modern furnishings. Rich, mahogany woods give visual balance to the light, shimmering walls and surfaces.
Design by Aimee F. Barfield, The Focal Point, Pensacola, FL.
Simple, yet elegant, is the look of the master suite. Understated furniture, including a custom designed bed and subdued color palette, create a soothing, quiet retreat in the bedroom.
Design by Allan Benton, Benton Design, Inc. and Nancy Greenfield, Woodcock Galleries, Pensacola, FL.
Whether one is washing and drying or quietly working at the desk this fun retreat is designed to be inviting. The white cabinets and desk area contrast the chartreuse green walls, touches of coral and other natural elements. Even the dog gets in on the act with her own coordinating bedding.
Design by Connie Crosby, Shirley Roe and Allison Smith, Constance Crosby Interiors, Inc., Pensacola, FL.
Pink walls are softened further with the addition of sea foam green swag and bow draperies and touches of beige and light blue throughout. Note the sheer fabric at the headboard of both the bassinette and bed—a pretty touch of femininity. This room exhibits great design sensibility—it will transition well from infancy to teenage years easily.
Design by Tommi Stockamp, Stockamp Interiors, Pensacola, FL.
Rustic tile and cream-tone cabinets are an open invitation to linger in the kitchen, the heart of the home. Note the varying degrees of brown—from an intense color on the ceiling to less intense on the walls—and how well it blends with the blues and greens of the accompanying informal dining area.
Design by Connie Crosby, Shirley Roe and Allison Smith, Constance Crosby Interiors, Inc. Pensacola, FL.
Kathleen Stoehr is president of Chemistry Creative, based in Minneapolis, MN, and is the author of Dream Floors, Hundreds of Ideas for Every Type of Floor, and Dream Windows: Historical Perspectives, Classic Designs, Contemporary Creations. Stoehr can be contacted for comments, queries and trend information at email@example.com