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  • AN APPRECIATION FOR FINE ART AND ANTIQUES

    Various Cultures And Styles Articulate The Eclecticism Of A Grand Tour Experience

    INTERIOR DESIGN Thomas D. Stringer with Paul VanKampen and Elizabeth Knapp, Tom Stringer, Inc., Chicago, IL

    ARCHITECTURE Scott Blakeslee Disher & Associates, Boynton Beach, FL TEXT Katharine Kaye McMillan

    PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Forer, Miami, FL

    Corinthian columns separate the living room from the gallery, where a 19th-century Italian table is the centerpiece. In the living room, a hand-tufted wool area rug draws together two conversation groupings.

  • ABOVE & LEFT: Tang Dynasty camels and Otto Brandt’s oil painting of Egyptian pyramids add an aura of mystique to the dining room. The hallway beyond displays “Hindoos,” a series of rare, 18th- century hand-colored prints.

    On Gem Island, a secluded haven nearVero Beach, Fla., a Bahamian Georgian-style home captures the owner’s pen- chant for exquisite art and antiques. Given carte blanche by the owner, designer Thomas D. Stringer conceived a refined interior, draw- ing inspiration from the “grand tours” young aristocrats used to take around the world.

    “The grand tour was an international trip that every young gentleman took to complete his education in centuries past,” says Stringer, who has previously worked with the owner. “My mandate was to create a house from the point of view of a traveler who collects along the way and deposits those precious ob jects in his home.” In addition, the owner wanted it to be different from his East Coast shingle-style home, horse ranch, yacht and other properties.

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  • A striped-silk sofa anchors the grouping at the opposite end of the room. Coral-toned fabrics on a barrel chair and tufted lounge chair “perk up the scheme with a tropical note,” Stringer says.

    Corinthian columns separate the living room from the adjoining gallery, where a 19th-century Italian center table is the focal point. At the end of the gallery, a hand-carved, 18th-century door from India serves as a work of art above an English-style chest. “The home’s eclectic décor combines a vari- ety of cultures and styles,” Stringer says.

    In the formal dining room, the theme of the grand tour continues with Otto Brandt’s painting

    For assistance in acquiring the art and acces- sories, Stringer turned to art consultant Joanna Burke. Together, they selected paintings, prints, sculpture and other objets d’art from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Opting for a palette of neutrals and muted jewel tones, Stringer coated the living room walls with an “English milk” color that suggests the passage of time. White molding lends subtle contrast.

    Furnishings from the past to the present com- prise the conversation areas in the living room. In the main grouping, twin wood-framed sofas cov- ered in beige-patterned cotton face each other in front of the fireplace. Joining the sofas are two armless rolled-back chairs. Nineteenth-century Italian candelabras grace the mantel, above which hangs a 19th-century mirror. Hand-painted Italian panels from the 1930s flank the fireplace, adding rich color to the setting.

    Crisp white bed coverings and linens, apricot-colored draperies, and orange-gold grass-cloth wall covering instill the guestroom with a tropical air. The 19th-century

    English desk and cane-back chair are positioned to take advantage of the view.

    FACING: In the library, 18th-century English prints of tropical fish line up above the sofa. In keeping with the room’s masculine theme, designer Thomas D. Stringer covered the lounge chairs in hunter green velvet.

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  • dow, dark wood chairs encircle a 19th-century rosewood table.

    French doors in the family and living rooms, as well as in the master bedroom, open to a series of loggias. White tiebacks distinguish the central log- gia off the living room, creating a sense of privacy for back-to-back conversation areas.

    British Colonial influences, such as the ma - hogany canopy bed, imbue the master bedroom with character and warmth. An elephant-motif fab- ric drapes the canopy, while crisp white bed cov- erings envelop the bed. A striped-cotton window treatment in hues of ivory, coral and cocoa frames French doors that open to the loggia.

    ABOVE: Stringer designed this cocktail table and an identical one for the two groupings in the central loggia. “If I can’t find exactly what I have in mind, I draw it and build it,” he says.

    ABOVE LEFT: Also designed by Stringer, the cabinetry in the family room features shelves that display colorful por celain vases. The cabi- netry’s X motif carries over to the British Khaki chairs in the sunny breakfast area.

    In contrast to the library’s dark palette, the guest - room’s color scheme is light and airy. Orange-gold grass-cloth wall covering, apricot cotton draperies and reed blinds instill a plantation feel. Near the windows, a 19th-century desk and cane-back chair impart a touch of English formality.

    This casual island atmosphere drifts into the family room, where mahogany cabinetry with raf- fia accents conceals media equipment. Instead of a cocktail table, an oversized ottoman functions as a footrest or serving table.

    Draperies in pineapple, pomegranate and per- simmon hues add tropical punch to the adjoining breakfast area. In the space formed by a bay win-

    of Egyptian pyramids — a piece the artist painted during his own journey around the world. Taking his cues from the painting, Stringer wrapped the walls in tobacco-toned shagreen wall covering, instilling the space with an aura of warmth. A lantern fixture glows above a circular table sur- rounded by wood-framed armchairs covered in wide stripes of wine red, aubergine and cocoa.

    As for the library’s design, “the client’s only specific request was to have it done in the English tradition,” says Stringer, who chose cherry wood for the paneling and coffered ceiling. A velvet- patterned sofa and hunter green velvet lounge chairs further the gentleman’s club look.

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  • From the indoor areas, saturnia marble floor- ing flows out to the patio and pool area, estab- lishing a sense of continuity.

    “The owner wanted a home that would func- tion as his personal five-star resort, and this home is truly a ‘Four Seasons’ experience,” Stringer says.

    ABOVE & LEFT: The vignette in the hallway to the master bedroom comprises “Bathers,” a 19th-century oil painting, an Italian Empire chest and a Victorian chair that converts into a step stool. In the master bed- room, Fonthill’s elephant print drapes the canopy bed.

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  • SOURCES Gallery Center table - Robuck & Co. Antiques, Atlanta, GA Chest - Joseph Konrad Antiques, Atlanta, GA Living Room Sofas and floor lamps - Dessin Fournir, Kneedler-Fauchère, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Tufted lounge and barrel chairs - Monte Allen Interiors, West Hollywood, CA Armless rolled-back chairs - Zambrano Custom Upholsterers, Los Angeles, CA Tray cocktail table - Baker Furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Occasional table in foreground - Tod Carson, Inc., West Hollywood, CA Table lamp - Gina B, West Hollywood, CA Fireplace - Custom designed by Tom Stringer, Inc., Chicago, IL Fireplace and columns fabricated by Shaver Millwork, Vero Beach, FL Mirror - Parc Monceau Antiques, Ltd., Atlanta, GA Urn planter and pedestal in foreground - Michael Taylor Designs, Inc., Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Painted floral panels - Joanna Burke Art Consultant, Venice, CA Dining Room Table - Baker Furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Chairs - Dessin Fournir, Kneedler-Fauchère, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Buffet - Randall Tysinger Antiques, Thomasville, NC Chandelier and sconces - Paul Ferrante, Inc., Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Lamps - Vaughan, Hinson & Co., Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Painting and framed prints - Joanna Burke Art Consultant, Venice, CA Camel sculpture - The Golden Triangle, Chicago, IL Dinnerware, flatware and stemware - Gearys of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA Library Sofa, lounge chairs and ottoman - Monte Allen Interiors, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA Cocktail table - British Khaki, Tui Pranich & Associates, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL Trunk occasional table - Joseph Konrad Antiques, Atlanta, GA Cabinetry, ceiling, fireplace and millwork - Custom designed by Tom Stringer, Inc., Chicago, IL Fabricated by Shaver Millwork, Vero Beach, FL Fish prints - The Gables Antiques, Atlanta, GA Guestroom Upholstered bed, lounge chair and ottoman - Monte Allen Interiors, West Hollywood, CA Desk - Walker McIntyre Antiques, Atlanta, GA Desk chair - Joseph Konrad Antiques, Atlanta, GA Family Room/Breakfast Area/Kitchen Sofas and ottoman - Monte Allen Interiors, West Hollywood, CA Cane armchair and breakfast chairs - British Khaki, Tui Pranich & Associates, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL Breakfast table - Joseph Konrad Antiques, Atlanta, GA Family room and kitchen cabinetry - Custom designed by Tom Stringer, Inc., Chicago, IL Family room cabinetry fabricated by Thomas

    Lavin, Inc., Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Kitchen cabinetry, countertops and backsplash fabricated by Indian River Design Concepts, Vero Beach, FL Vases - J.F. Chen, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA Loggia Sofa - David Sutherland, Inc., Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, C