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A TROPICAL PARADISE
Sophisticated Clients And Their Design Team Collaborate To Create A
Beautiful John’s Island Vacation Home With A Fresh Take On Tropical Design
ARCHITECTURE Clemens Bruns Schaub, Clemens Bruns Schaub Architect and
Associates, P. A., Vero Beach, FL
DESIGN James K. Gauthier and Susan Stacy, Gauthier-Stacy, Inc., Boston, MA
BUILDER John Huryn Construction, Inc., Vero Beach, FL
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Neil Sickterman, Clemens Bruns Schaub Architect
and Associates, P.A., Vero Beach, FL
TEXT De Schofield
PHOTOGRAPHY Francis Gray, Boston, MA
In the courtyard, the clean-lined façade features a simple
stucco finish with exposed rafter tails and Alaskan Cedar
trim. The entire footprint is only one room deep, which adds
to the openness and flow centered by a shimmering lap pool.
ABOVE AND RIGHT: In the hallway, Paul Marra’s
antique gold-leafed lamp poses on an eclectic
console table beside a raffia-cushioned-carved
chair by Erika Brunson. Nearby in the living
room, graceful silk taupe draperies by F.
Schumacher lend a classic and timeless touch.
WHEN OWNERS OF THIS COMPLETELY NEW, CUSTOM-BUILT
6,500-square-foot home decided to return to John’s Island in Vero Beach, Fla., an idyllic
barrier island that offers well-appointed residences with stunning ocean and river
front views, they enlisted the help of interior design experts and their long-term
friends of nearly two decades, Jim Gauthier and Susan Stacy.
Gauthier and Stacy first met the homeowners in the 1990s when the couple maintained
a full-time residence on John’s Island. When they decided to return as seasonal residents,
they invited the designers to search for potential homesites. As fate would have it, all of
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their selections were the work of Vero Beach-based architect Clemens Bruns Schaub.
“We were well aware of Clem’s work throughout the Island, but had not yet had the
pleasure of working with him,” Gauthier says. “Once we met, we all agreed that he was
the perfect architect for the project.”
After narrowing the search to a handful of possibilities, Schaub and his clients were
of one mind about a desirable site that overlooked the Intracoastal Waterway from a
mangrove cove. They loved the privacy and solitude, and envisioned a residence that
took maximum advantage of its unique, natural beauty,” the architect says.
“We like to create something
that is unexpected for our
clients — a juxtaposition that
will delight with surprise and
excitement,” designer Jim
Gauthier says.
Aptly named “Tropical Modern”
by Schaub, the home’s style is a blend
of features designed specifically to
maximize the benefits of a hot, sultry
climate. “Tropical homes are a passion
of mine,” Schaub says. “The key is
its orientation — a sensitivity to the
environment and an awareness of
climate, light and shade.”
Centering a courtyard and lap
pool, a two-story area is composed
of one sprawling master suite and
balcony that serves to block the
wind in winter, yet affords welcome
breezes off the Intracoastal in the
summer. “Clem has a really great
understanding of how design flow
works, and always knows the best
location for breezes, views, sunlight
and how to take advantage of them
all,” Gauthier says.
Tall ceilings convey a greenhouse
effect in the living room, while the
upper clerestory adds lightness and
verticality. A signature palette of
neutrals that focus more on texture
than color are defined in shades of
white, cream and taupe with splashes
of bright fuchsia and turquoise. Pale
ABOVE: In the dining room, a rock crystal chandelier lends an opulent feel, while a centerpiece
of porcelain votives evoke the look and feel of coral in homage to the seaside locale.
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Cut out of a wall, the custom-designed fireplace in the outdoor-living
pavilion features a mantel shelf that lends itself to added seating.
The louvered doors are specially crafted for tropical climates,
inspired by ones found in Jamaica and reinvented by Schaub.
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IN THE BUNK ROOM, PLAYFUL COLORED HUES ABOUND IN
A YELLOW ARMCHAIR FROM WEST ELM AND A PASTEL
BLUE BEANBAG CHAIR THAT ADDS TO THE FUN.
beige travertine flooring initiates in the elegant entryway, and continues throughout the
main living areas and covered outdoor spaces. “We were going for colors and materials that
were sophisticated, casual and appropriate to the area,” Gauthier says.
A centerpiece conversation grouping in the light-filled living space signifies the
home’s eclectic, personalized decor. A pair of deep-seated, white linen-clad sofas by
Holly Hunt borders an antique-mirror-finished cocktail table, while the clean lines of
the custom-built fireplace counter the ornate Venetian mirror displayed above.
The eclectic theme continues in the dining room. Subtle architectural detailing adds
a relaxed edge to a modernized version of classic millwork with pale taupe-painted walls
bordered with a white, distressed finish. Gauthier-Stacy’s custom limed-oak dining table
and Klismos-style chairs by Michael Taylor center the space. Close by, a buffet beneath
an ebony and gold leaf-framed mirror by Ralph Lauren lends extra storage.
The spacious outdoor living pavilion expresses the home’s indoor-outdoor versatility
with furnishings designed to withstand the elements. A social grouping of two teak sofas
and a pair of armchairs imported from Bali are in perfect complement to the two iron-based
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Noir Furniture’s rustic, yet feminine
four-poster bed in the guest room is
dressed with accent pillows by John
Robshaw and complemented by a
clean-lined bedside table from West Elm.
A casual teak table from Stoneyard is paired with director’s chairs from
Summit to offer a relaxing venue for patio dining. An oversized rustic iron
lantern by Paul Ferrante adds simple elegance to the space.
tables with aged teak tabletops. The room’s focal point, a nod to nature itself, is a
four-paneled painting entitled Ubiquity, custom designed by Schaub, to represent the
four elements of earth, wind, water and fire.
The homeowners’ wish for relaxed, informal living prevails in a user-friendly
environment and with two charming children’s guest rooms designed with their
grandchildren in mind. In the bunk room, custom-built beds with center drawers
that serve as a ladder lines one wall, while patterned fish artwork cleverly derived
from fence pickets adorns the other. The guest bedroom — fresh in white with pops
of Tiffany blue and bright pink – highlights a rustic-finished four-poster bed with
whimsical bedposts nearby a clean-lined bedside chest.
With team members that all shared the same vision, the process was harmonious
from the start to completion. “In order to create a great house you need a great
client, and that was certainly the case here,” Schaub says. “The designers did a wonderful
job to create a real sense of indoor-outdoor casual elegance that is reinforced throughout
the home with furnishings.” The final result — a home that is truly beyond expectation.
ABOVE: The sculptural hammock base that is positioned at the far end of the pool, entitled Trunk Monks, is
a unique, specially made piece that architect Clemens Bruns Schaub commissioned. Made of cast bronze,
the piece is designed to be viewed as stand-alone art without the hammock in place.
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SOURCES
Exterior patio
Pool - Custom designed by Clemens
Bruns Schaub Architect & Assoc.,
Vero Beach, FL, and Aquatic Consultants,
Inc., Miami, FL
Fabricated by Aquatic Consultants, Inc.,
Miami, FL
Chaise lounges - Warisan, Bali, Indonesia
Cushions - Miracle Upholstery,
Vero Beach, FL
Dining table - Stoneyard, Inc., Walters
Wicker Showroom, D&D Building,
New York, NY
Chairs - Summit Furniture, Inc.,
Monterey, CA
Taborettes - Wisteria, Dallas, TX
Hallway/Sitting Area
Chair - John Rosselli & Assoc., DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Table - David Sutherland Showroom,
DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Lamp - Paul Marra Design, Los Angeles, CA
Artwork - Owners’ Collection
Living Room
Sofas - Holly Hunt, Webster & Company,
BDC, Boston, MA
Armchair - Donghia, Inc., BDC, Boston, MA
Cushion and armchair fabric - Zimmer &
Rohde, Studio 534, BDC, Boston, MA
Accent pillow fabrics - ScalamandrГ©,
New York, NY
Fabricated by Ciocco’s Upholstery,
Peabody, MA
Fabric - Zimmer & Rodhe, Studio 534,
Boston Design Center, Boston, MA
Table - Mecox Gardens, New York, NY
Round occasional tables - Tucker
Robbins, New York, NY
Fireplace - Custom designed by
Clemens Bruns Schaub Architect &
Assoc., Vero Beach, FL
Fabricated by Country Tile, Vero Beach, FL
Mirror - Michael Taylor Designs,
New York, NY
Drapery fabric - F. Schumacher & Co.,
BDC, Boston, MA
Window treatment - Custom designed
by Gauthier-Stacy, Inc., Boston, MA
Fabricated by Finelines Drapery,
Peabody, MA
Sculpture on cocktail table - Studio A, A
Global Views Company, High Point, NC
Vintage arrows - Andrew Martin, D&D
Building, New York, NY
Floral arrangement - William Steele,
Vero Beach, FL
Floor lamp - Pottery Barn, New York, NY
Chandelier - Webster & Company, BDC,
Boston, MA
Area rug - Steven King, BDC, Boston, MA
Dining Room
Dining table and buffet - Custom designed
by Gauthier-Stacy, Inc., Boston, MA
Fabricated by Robert Lamboy,
New England Center For Antiques,
Medford, MA
Dining chairs - Michael Taylor Designs,
New York, NY
. . . continued on page 164
. . . continued from page 162
Chair fabric, lamp and chandelier - Webster &
Company, BDC, Boston, MA
Votives and accessories - Atlantic ACK, Easy
Street Fine Art & Antiques, Nantucket, MA
Mirror - Ralph Lauren Home, New York, NY
Floral arrangement - William Bainbridge Steele
Floral Designs, Vero Beach, FL
Console table - John Himmel Decorative Arts,
Webster & Company, BDC, Boston, MA
White box on console - John Rosselli & Assoc.,
DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Candleholders - Pottery Barn, San Francisco, CA
Window treatment - Custom designed by
Gauthier-Stacy, Inc., Boston, MA,
Fabricated by Finelines Drapery, Peabody, MA
Drapery fabric - Jerry Pair & Assoc., D&D
Building, New York, NY
Area rug - Stark Carpet Corp., Boston Design
Center, Boston, MA
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Artwork - Owner’s Collection
Outdoor Living Pavilion
Sofas - Warisan, Bali, Indonesia
Cushions - Miracle Upholstery, Vero Beach, FL
Fabric - Henry Calvin Fabrics, BDC, Boston, MA
Accent pillow fabrics - F. Schumacher & Co.,
BDC, Boston, MA
Fabricated by Ciocco’s Upholstery, Peabody, MA
Black and green accent pillow fabric - Rod
Mickely, Vero Beach, FL
Chair - Warisan, Bali, Indonesia
Cushion fabric - Miracle Upholstery,
Vero Beach, FL
Cocktail tables - Bobo Intriguing
Objects, Atlanta, GA
Accessories on table - Hamptons
Antique Galleries, Stamford, CT
Tray - West Elm, New York, NY
Fireplace - Custom designed by
Clemens Bruns Schaub Architects
& Assoc., Vero Beach, FL
Fabricated by Country Tile,
Vero Beach, FL
Artwork - Owners’ Collection
Bunk Room
Bunk beds - Custom designed
by Clemens Bruns Schaub
Architects & Assoc., Vero Beach, FL
Fabricated by LaCorte Enterprises,
Inc., Vero Beach, FL
Bedding, accent pillow fabric and
beanbag chair - Pottery Barn,
San Francisco, CA
Artwork - M. Maison,
Vero Beach, FL
Yellow chair - West Elm, New York, NY
Guest Room
Bed - Noir Furniture, Gardena, CA
Bed coverings - Very Fitting,
Vero Beach, FL
Accent pillow fabrics - John
Robshaw Textiles, Rod Mickley
Interiors, Vero Beach, FL
Mirror - Made Goods,
Baldwin Park, CA
Table - West Elm, New York, NY
Lamp - Rod Mickley Interiors,
Vero Beach, FL
Floral - New England Silks &
Accessories, Needham, MA
Carpet - Stark Carpet Corp.,
BDC, Boston, MA
Patio
Table - Stoneyard, Inc., Walters
Wicker, D&D Building, New York, NY
Chairs - Summit, Monterey, CA
Floral - Owners’ Collection
Chandelier - John Rosselli & Assoc.,
D&D Building, New York, NY
Hammock base - Custom designed
by Clemens Bruns Schaub
Architect & Assoc., Vero Beach, FL
Fabricated by Shadetree Studios,
Fort Pierce, FL
Throughout
Doors - HBS, Inc., Vero Beach, FL
Windows - Weather Shield Windows
and Doors, Medford, WI
Flooring - Country Tile,
Vero Beach, FL
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