HOMES OF THE TREASURE COAST
Joie de Vivre
European-inspired estate blends classic elegance
with family functionality
Several chateaus in France were the inspiration for the design of the roofline when the home was expanded at each end.
BY GREG GARDNER | PHOTOS BY ROB DOWNEY
When Dr. Daniel and Marlena Husted
doubled the size of their St. Lucie River
estate in Stuart, they used design elements
inspired by their travels around Europe.
Spanning 10 years, the project included addition of
a guest house above the three-car garage and a master
wing that doubled the square footage of the home.
The first addition to the original house was the formal
dining room, which the couple calls the solarium
because of its many windows. Its domed ceiling is reminiscent
of a church they visited in Florence. Two artists
spent 10 days applying marble shavings into the dome,
which has recessed LED lighting. The ornate floral
pattern on the walls was also hand painted. Outside, a
widow’s walk surrounds the dome allowing spectacular
views of the St. Lucie River. A second-floor balcony >>