Interior Design for a Florida Home

Project: Storm-Ready Design, Episode 14, Part 2



The Punta Gorda house is complete with a sustainable, low-maintenance yard designated as a Florida Yard by the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program. Bob thanks Leslie Chapman-Henderson from FLASH as they review the enhanced building practices that will keep this house safe in a storm, like cast-in-place concrete walls, a raised foundation with stem walls, a roof system with embedded clips and straps, storm-resistant soffits, impact-resistant windows and patio doors, doors that resist blow-in, and a hurricane-rated garage door. The Mercedes Homes crew explains that these building practices are part of the move toward safe, responsible new housing for Florida. Inside, Bob meets homeowner Teresa Fogelini and Cynthia Guncsaga from Bacon’s Furniture Galleries, who furnished the home for Fogelini and Jim Minardi, who lost everything in Hurricane Charley. The Porcelanosa tiles set the color tone while the bamboo entry garden helped set a theme for the furnishings and art from Presseller’s Gallery. The kitchen is complete with cookware and accessories from Oh Cecile in San Francisco. Outside, Frontgate provided furniture designed to bring the inside outdoors with great looks that stand up to real weather. Bob ends with a walk across the lawn to a waiting boat at the dock.
Part 1: A Sustainable Yard and Landscape
Part 2: Interior Design for a Florida Home
Homeowner Teresa Fogolini greets Bob as he enters the house for the final walkthrough. Bob remarks that this is move-in time for the homeowners, but little remains of their belongings since they lost virtually everything when Hurricane Charley destroyed their home. Cynthia Guncsaga from Bacon's Furniture Galleries joins them to explain how they determined furniture selections and design schemes for the new home. Guncsaga explains that it's important to learn from the homeowners, what they like, and start from there to assemble groupings and themes. Fogolini and Bob mention the Porcelanosa steel-look tile that became the driving force for the colors selected inside, picking up on the blues, browns, and natural hues in the tile. The bamboo welcome garden in the front yard becomes a material theme that is carried throughout, in the furniture frames, tables, and chairs. Art that reflects the style of the homeowners including a painting depicting a hurricane survival kit are on loan from Presseller's Gallery in Punta Gorda. In the bedroom, natural wood tones continue and complement the Brazilian Walnut hardwood floor from Bellawood. Neutral tiles and earth tones complete the look in the master bath.
Part 3: Kitchenware for Easy Living and Stylish Outdoor Furniture and Grill

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