HOMES OF THE TREASURE COAST
The kitchen remodel focuses on contrasts: matte-finish appliances balance the shiny porcelain tiles and black cabinets face off against white ones.
their dreams. Particularly during the pandemic lockdown,
with on-line shopping and the appeal of reusable products
because of shortages, they went from zero profits to $1 million
in one year.
This played well into the renovation project. Sourcing reused
and previously owned furnishings became a principal
strategy. Furniture in the elegant dining room has a formal
feel and was a dual endeavor by Cieslinski and her mother,
Suzanne. Cieslinski found the chairs on Facebook Marketplace,
and Suzanne purchased the solid wood table in Port
St. Lucie from the same source, and refinished it. Cieslinski
chose a hammered copper pendant lamp to crown the room
and give it a decorator’s sophistication.
An addition was put on the home in 1980, which Cieslinski
refers to as the fireplace room.
“This is our favorite space,” she says.
WARM AND COZY
On a cool winter’s evening, the owners can open the
doors, catch a breeze off the river and stay warm with a
blazing fire. The anchoring, standout component is a stunning
black and white fireplace wall and facade. No actual
fireplace front piece exists there, just a tiled facing that offsets
a black, shiplap back wall that Follano built. It carries the
black and white theme through to the decorative tile used at
Luxury waterproof vinyl flooring, in driftwood color, is in
place throughout the home.
“We wanted something pretty indestructible because we
have the dogs,” Cieslinski explains. You can’t scratch it, but
it can get wet, you can mop it, nothing can damage it.”
This makes both Jax, a golden retriever, and Kane, a border
collie/retriever mix, the most carefree dogs on the river.
The kitchen and living room design required removing
walls and installing sliders to achieve a more open floor plan
and to maximize the wide river views. Follano devised a plan
to remove a load bearing wall by using alternative posts and
beam at the front of the kitchen, which opened up the entire
space. Where previously the room lacked any access out to the
deck and yard, there are dual sliders to bring the outside in.