HOME & DESIGN
HOME & DESIGN “It was quite a traditional fireplace,” Cappelen says,
“and we presented an idea that was very ‘out-of-box’ for
Vero at the time.”
Builders East accomplished the installation and brought
the new design to life.
RIVER VIEW FEATURED
The dominant living room feature, however, is the river
view beyond a wall of glass doors that access the new
heated, salt water pool. The pool deck’s light and dark
gray pavers in a free-form pattern unify the manicured
garden, bringing symmetry as the pool and vivid green
shrubbery draw the gaze across the seemingly endless
water of the Indian River Lagoon.
With a museum quality to it, the home itself seems like
a work of art with an attention to detail that punctuates
the difference between mere design work and precise, sitespecific
The Decorative Arts motto is, “Our design rule is, there
are no rules.” It’s a sentiment that resonates vividly in this
A good example is the riverfront pavilion. Added to the
property in 2017, adjacent to the pool, the structure was
designed by architect Williams who then situated it at the
edge of the river, maximizing not only the views but the
cohesive, practicality of the space.
“The property has this cool landscaping behind the cabana,”
Williams says,” so we created the square openings
to allow the view through the back of the wall.”
The cabana is outfitted with a TV and two Sonos entertainment
The former décor throughout the home was more traditional in the furnishings
and even the fireplace.
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The reimagined living room
is a modern take on the same
space, where the design team
from Decorative Arts in Vero
Beach created a stone façade
monolith for the fireplace.
a remote-controlled firepit designed by Decorative Arts, and
a full kitchen with a Miele dishwasher, built-in barbecue and
“The cabinets in the cabana are all horizontal teak, inspired by
the dining table the Thyssens chose,” Williams says. “Also, Max
is 6-10 so we designed the 30-inch tall cabinets for his height.
That was one of our all-time favorites, because of the feel.”