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Little Jewel On The Ocean, When Necessity Opens The Door To Opportunities

The problem was simple. Orchid Island Beach Club’s walls were bursting at the seams as over the past several years more and more activities and special events had been added to the monthly calendar. The dining room was the designated go-to place, and on days when as many as three events were scheduled at different times, members and staff found themselves bumping into each other as they arranged tables and chairs to suit the situation’s needs.

The solution seemed equally simple, but costly. Construct a new multi-purpose building designed to accommodate special interest clubs, meetings, speakers, presentations—and don’t forget family celebrations. Call it the Sandpiper Room and make sure it’s in keeping with the club’s West Indies architecture. Add tropical landscaping and it will look as though it’s always been there.

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Architectural Digest

Classical Epiphany, New Life For A Once-Abandoned Medieval Property in Italy

In their serene detachment from the momenta of the modern world, Tuscany’s hill towns today maintain all that exquisite simplicity so beloved of Florence’s and Siena’s Renaissance masters, who regularly depicted them in the backgrounds of their paintings of the holy and the heroic.

Artists and designers have long been drawn to the tranquil beauty of these villages’ clean lines, plain geometrical forms and graceful proportions situated in hilly landscapes of vineyard and olive groves punctuated by cypress and live oak trees. Indeed, between 1503 and 1506, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, which likely was set at the Villa Vignamaggio, in the Chianti region, some 20 miles south of Florence. In 2005 Vero Beach, Florida, designer Susan Schuyler Smith began the restoration of a historically significant property in Le Convertoie, only three kilometers away.

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Coastal Living

Florida Super Model

When designers sign on to a decorating job, they usually have a client. But the project team for this Vero Beach, Florida, home had to imagine one. “I never met the family [who bought it],” says interior designer Susan Schuyler Smith. “They walked into the house and loved it.”

This happens occasionally when Susan collaborates with builder David Croom. They specialize in beautifully detailed custom homes on Florida’s southeast coast. With this courtyard house—constructed to show the potential of a new development, The Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club community—they created and airy escape.

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Boat USA

Silver Cloud

There must be a thousand and one reasons for building a new yacht, but the thinking behind one of the most technically interesting motor yachts to be launched for many years is a touchingly simple and personal one: the owner’s wife gets seasick. The 135ft Abeking & Rasmüssen expedition yacht Silver Cloud tackles that problem using SWATH technology and is believed to be the first substantial yacht of this type. The initial experience, including trials in the North Sea and an Atlantic crossing, has been very promising and has encourage the owner to plan a world cruise.

Alex Dreyfoos has been an enthusiastic yachtsman for many years while his wife, Renate, has been a slightly reluctant one because of her long-standing problem with motion sickness.

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Beautiful Homes

Sea and Sky, A Vacation Home On Nantucket Blends Into The Historic Community While Capturing Views In Every Direction

The concept of the American summer vacation took hold in the late 1800s, and Nantucket Island—with pristine beaches, wild moors, and endless sky—became a warm-weather mecca. More than a century later, the same setting that led early developers to erect rows of beach cottages attracted a Washington, D.C.-based couple with three children.

“The family had been going to Nantucket for years when they decided to purchase what is arguably the best point on the island,” interior designer Susan Smith says. The site provides views of the harbor, the dunes, and the historic village. “They wanted to build a casual yet elegant home where they could entertain large groups of family and friends,” Smith says.

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Florida Design

Harmonizing Styles, This Vero Beach Home Masterfully Balances Southern Elegance And Livability With A Creative Blend of Old and New

The peaceful southern charm of Winsdor, a Vero Beach community conceived by urban planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, impressed Dr. Richard Franco, wife Kim and their three young children. With its resort village amenities and its stunning location on the barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, the community was the ideal location for their new year-round residence.

To create the family environment they sought, the Francos assembled designer Susan Schuyler Smith, architect Scott Layne and builder David Croom—all of whom had worked with the owners on other projects. “They love to build homes, and they knew what they wanted—an understated, elegant home. Also they love to collect antiques, art and furniture, so they wanted the design to incorporate old and new,” Smith says.

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The Luxury of Home

Spectrum Interior Design

The timeless and artfully rendered spaces that Spectrum Interior Design re-imagines throughout luxury communities in Vero Beach only hints at the level of creativity and professionalism it delivers to its high-end clients.

Though she graduated with honors from the University of Florida’s college of architecture and fine arts, Susan Schuyler Smith quickly realized that the vision she could bring to design projects existed well beyond the drafting board. It’s a sentiment that clients over the past four decades would unanimously echo after working with Spectrum Interior Design. The award-winning firm, founded in 1978, relocated 30 years ago to Vero Beach, where Smith and her 10-person team have helped to change the residential landscape of luxury communities such as John’s Island, Windsor and Orchid Island. “I’ve never liked designing in a vacuum,” Smith says. “I love the ideas that come from great teamwork. At Spectrum, no day or project is the same. Our creativity is always being tested and developed. We look at projects in a different way, so our clients get the best possible outcome from our collaboration.”

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