Lakeside Idyll

This relaxed beach house in north-west Florida is the holiday home of a Texan family. Long, lazy summer evenings find them relaxing on the back patio, enjoying the spa and pool. Indoors, the kitchen takes centre stage, whether they’re enjoying a late brunch or hosting a party for friends.

There’s a definite Italian flavour to the fare at this family’s beach house as the wife is Italian-born and a talented cook. Their main residence is 750 miles away in Plano, Texas, so the holiday home sees use from spring through to autumn. Two daughters, aged 22 and 17, share their parents’ fondness for the Florida retreat. It’s an idyllic spot, with the beach, hiking, walking and biking all within easy reach. The owners acquired the lot in Watercolor, Florida, in June 2010, and the house was finished just over two years later. Naturally the kitchen took a high priority. Because the owners live in Texas for most of the year, Poggenpohl Dallas was entrusted with the task of creating a dream kitchen for the holiday home.

Working closely with their clients, the designers came up with a bright, modern and beach-inspired colour scheme. With its spectacular view over the 220-acre Western Lake through floor-to-ceiling windows, the Poggenpohl kitchen has become the focal point of the family’s holiday lifestyle. Wall cabinets are finished in a highly polished laminate in aqua, a bespoke colour created to order by Poggenpohl. This is offset by a large island cabinet in dark brown walnut. Providing a contrast in texture, the wall above the main sink area of the kitchen is covered in off-white aqua-trimmed penny round tiles. Worktops are of white quartz, with a white porcelain-tiled ceiling and dramatic pendant lighting.

This Poggenpohl kitchen is a beautifully designed, meticulously executed space for cooking, living and socialising.
Customer kitchen in Florida, USA
Worktops are of white quartz, with a white porcelain-tiled ceiling and dramatic pendant lighting.
Customer kitchen in Florida, USA
Customer kitchen in Florida, USA
Poggenpohl drawers visibly elegant and functionally practical.
Wall cabinets are finished in a highly polished laminate in aqua, a bespoke colour created to order by Poggenpohl. This is offset by a large island cabinet in dark brown walnut.

For the family, the kitchen has proved to be as practical to use as it is attractive to look at: “We love the island unit, and the stainless steel butterfly-designed ventilation hood. It’s such a showpiece. We also find the pull-out pantry doors really practical. There are several of them in the layout.” This Florida kitchen is a beautifully designed, meticulously executed space for cooking, living and socialising. Pressed to consider if there’s anything they would have done differently, both husband and wife are emphatic. “Not at all – our kitchen is awesome! Every morning we use the coffee machine for a nice espresso or café latte and sit out on the back deck, enjoying the view. We often host parties at the house. The open kitchen is perfect for entertaining.”

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