TROPICAL JUICE

A vacation home in Delray Beach, Florida, proves that comfort and glamour can coexist.

Light-filled and spacious, this modern home represents a total transformation from its previous Spanish Colonial Revival style. The artwork depicts a popular "New York greeting," a wry reminder to the homeowners of their Northern roots.

Serendipity is often the basis for great home design projects. When a New Jersey homeowner telephoned Safavieh’s Stamford, Connecticut, flagship showroom to ask about the company’s free design service, she found herself speaking to the always enthusiastic Fernand Roderick, one of Safavieh’s staff interior designers. "We had instant rapport," says Roderick, "and she soon came to see me in the store."

With its glowing alabaster back, the bar, invites house guests to sit back and relax.

The home she needed help with wasn’t in New Jersey. It was a second home that she and her husband were renovating in Delray Beach, Florida. They were in the midst of a total transformation, from Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, complete with red tile roof, to a sleek, open-plan modern design, more typical of South Florida today.

The media area, is anchored by a curving Thayer Coggin sofa and animal-print console from Safavieh.

"She flew me down to Florida one morning," recalls Roderick, "so I could measure the spaces and we could begin dreaming about the interior transformation. I had to weave through machinery and slabs of sheetrock, but the mission was accomplished by mid-afternoon, and I was on a same-day flight back north."

In the bedroom, matching mirrors multiply tropical views.

The next step was a work session with the homeowner in Safavieh’s Stamford showroom. "Some items we chose off the showroom floor, and others we ordered from pictures we viewed on the internet of brands that Safavieh carries," notes Roderick. "It was a successful collaboration based on trust. Stylistically speaking, she and her husband did a total 180! And they were totally pleased with the personalized result."

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