Siesta Key Landscape Blog
A Shore Thing
A Casey Key home we did the landcaping for was recently featured in an article for Detroit Home Magazine.
A respectful innovation of an original 1940s Florida cottage honors the best of the past and present.
“They were all about the property,” says Grosse Pointe Park-based interior designer Kathleen McGovern, who has worked with them on other projects and was brought in to steer the renovation, along with Bloomfield Hills architect Mark Johnson.
The great room's original ceiling was restored and refinished as part of the project, making a dramatic backdrop for the oversized green lanterns.
“I seemed to always be on the wrong floor when I needed something at our other home,” Donna explains about their reasons to move to the one-story structure situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Its strengths included the deep and private lot, and the fact that the house “was a true beach cottage,” Donna says. “When you walk onto the gulf side of the property, you can look north and south and not see any other dwellings. It’s pretty special, and quite unusual, on the island today.”
This space features the original display cabinets and paneling over the newly tiled fireplace. The taxidermy tarpon came with the house.
The cottage’s weaknesses, unfortunately, included “just about everything else,” according to the designer. Built in 1949, it had been “updated” in the 1970s, McGovern says, “a time that was not particularly good for renovations.” Photos taken after the first remodeling reveal cramped rooms with low ceilings covered in acoustic tile, dated materials and colors (pink vanity or blue toilet, anyone?), and an awkward floor plan, much of it with rooms that didn’t take advantage of the stunning water views.