April 13, 2021


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Home Design: Baldwin Park Beauty

(ROBERTO GONZALEZ) The flooring approach of the Craftsman-encouraged home that Jim Carlsen and Melissa Tountas...
Orlando Magazine Cover Shoot Baldwin Park Home, Photo By Roberto Gonzalez


The flooring approach of the Craftsman-encouraged home that Jim Carlsen and Melissa Tountas acquired in Baldwin Park just was not working for the pair. They desired to use the house much more successfully, and to seamlessly mix their specific styles: Carlsen’s earthy, masculine flavor with Tountas’ softer female aptitude. And they wanted to kick it up a notch by adding a generous dose of glamour to their home.

The few had already worked with John McClain Layout to freshen up Tountas’ Lake Nona home before placing it on the sector. Amazed with principal designer and organization operator John McClain’s function, they experienced no question he was the appropriate inside designer to renovate their Baldwin Park home.

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The home’s exterior is attribute of Craftsman-model architecture. (AMY LAMB/NATIVEHOUSE Photography)

“This was a complete renovation we reworked almost everything down to the studs,” claims McClain, who has places of work in Orlando and Los Angeles.

With his workforce and lead designer Heather Rau, he began by gutting the very first flooring of the two-story home, getting rid of tray ceilings, archways and some walls. The full downstairs area opened up, supplying a new look at of the home as you enter via the entrance door. Sight traces now stretch from the residing and dining place to the kitchen and household home outside of.

All the flooring during the house had been replaced with wide-plank hardwood flooring in dark oak. Operating with a palette of neutral tones, many textures and delicate metallic features, the design and style team made a refined transitional inside.

“I believe for us, possessing a whole lot of neutrals is calming. It lets function objects to stand out extra than if you have a ton of colour. We desired certain points like artwork and items of furniture to be highlighted during the house, without the need of a lot of color distractions in the track record,” Carlsen explains.

The retired health practitioner, a collector of Jamali’s artwork, desired to showcase decide on items by the artist, who is acknowledged for his mystical expressionism. The couple also experienced several items of furniture that deserved focus, together with an antique J & C Fischer piano with an beautiful outdated-entire world carved scenario. It has been in Tountas’ relatives for decades and beforehand belonged to her mother.

Soon after making a structure approach with the pair, McClain went to do the job. In the living room, he positioned the piano and two eye-catching chairs with one of a kind, graphic hand-bent rattan frames and sides—Auburn Lounge Chairs by Palecek, which he found during a industry excursion to North Carolina. “The chairs definitely provide two reasons. We knew there would be a restricted total of seating in the living room, and the chairs are right there in which you enter the dwelling. We needed them to be genuinely sculptural and attention-grabbing in their personal suitable. The 2nd thing they do for this space is with the two tones in their wooden, they tie in the lighter, redder tones of the piano with the darker tones of Jim’s furniture pieces,” explains McClain, referring to Carlsen’s rustic wood dining room desk, which sits adjacent to the living room.

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The kitchen’s ice-dice gentle fixture is a John McClain style. (AMY LAMB/NATIVEHOUSE Images)

Powering the piano, “The Guardian,” a pigmentation on cork by Jamali, appears to be above the shoulder of Tountas while she’s taking part in the piano. The woman’s sunburst-framed primitive confront echoes Carlsen’s earthy type. Finishing the living place is a shiny chrome-and-glass bar cart reminiscent of 1950s cocktail-hour glamour.

In the adjacent eating spot, a area of interest was made on the wall to particularly household “Kastor,” a fresco tempera painting by Jamali that Carlsen affectionately refers to as the “Mud Lady.” Jamali’s staff created and designed a tailor made wood frame that floats the artwork and enhances the large, dark wooden of the dining room table.

A curved staircase just off the dwelling/eating area prospects to the 2nd-amount bedrooms. You won’t locate any blinding white walls in this article. McClain insisted on a charcoal wall covering with a refined illusion of clouds and stars. The light-weight plays off of it, creating a lovely sheen. Wrought-iron railings and oak wooden techniques tie it all alongside one another. Carlsen’s 22-yr-previous twin daughters and Tountas’ grownup son and daughter all have bedrooms in the property, encouraging repeated visits and relatives time collectively.

Moving farther into the house, the airy open kitchen with its island and white cabinetry provides a welcoming and roomy spouse and children hub. Carlsen considers the kitchen a social house, so it was created to accommodate family members customers who enjoy to cook—potentially all at the same time.

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The spouse and children room’s two-layer coffee desk is from Vanguard. (AMY LAMB/NATIVEHOUSE Photography)

The island is set 60 inches from the stove, far further than the conventional 36-inch spread, allowing enough room for additional than one cook dinner in the kitchen. Combining perform with elegance, the hood in excess of the stove serves as a centerpiece. “The stove’s hood is a personalized piece. We wanted to incorporate all the distinct metallic accents. We really like combining metals, but the way to execute it appropriately is via repetition. You want to generate a rhythm by means of the place,” describes the designer.

The stainless steel of the appliances echoes the stainless steel system of the hood. Brushed nickel accents observed all through the house—such as the steel trim around tile and in the breakfast table—are recurring in the band all-around the hood. And the polished nickel of the kitchen’s components repeats in the rivet detail.

When it came to tile placement powering the stove, McClain suggested the pair to depart from the conventional 45-degree placement of herringbone tiles. The 90-diploma placement of the tiles types a sample that adds curiosity to this predominantly white kitchen. “I assume it is a far more modern day way to do it. It’s a lot less zigzaggy,” he states.

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The bed was intended by John McClain. (AMY LAMB/NATIVEHOUSE Photography)

To improve place, the cupboards at the quite best were made with glass doorways to imitate a shadowbox. Here, McClain positioned items from Tountas’ fine china and crystal collections. Vases and bowls are on show year-round in its place of being tucked absent in bins and introduced out only for holiday break and specific occasions.

The kitchen chairs that line the island—once Carlsen’s barstools—are a great case in point of using what you enjoy. McClain’s carpenter slash off the toes to adapt to the top of the kitchen island. The backs ended up reupholstered with a woven material that produces a shimmery illusion. “We adore the engage in of light-weight. We believe it’s appealing, and it improvements over the working day as properly,” the designer emphasizes.

A breakfast location is adjacent to the island. A brushed nickel café desk and chairs relaxation on a cowhide rug. In a close by corner sits a sleek desk beneath a massive, assertion-producing metallic clock with topsy-turvy Roman numerals.

At the considerably stop of the open floor approach is the family members space, a cozy place in which all people can kick off their footwear and get snug. The wall in which a 1990s developed-in enjoyment middle as soon as resided is now home to an enjoyment wall that includes a tv, seem bar and fireplace. “We received 4 to 5 toes of space by getting rid of it,” McClain details out.

Using porcelain tiles with zero grout strains and matching grout, McClain and his group produced a wall that appears to be like like good normal stone. Here, the tv and hearth fit seamlessly. On both sides of the wall, Carlsen’s rustic bookstands display loved ones treasures. This is a wonderful mix of the two-loved ones aesthetic: Carlsen’s masculine parts this sort of as his Ferdinand the Bull sculpture and Tountas’ much more feminine Lladró figurines.

“What’s definitely attention-grabbing about this leisure wall and all the things John did is that he bridged the gap between glamorous and earthy/rustic with out it searching awkward,” states Carlsen. “This tile to me signifies the stoniness of concrete, but it has texture and is more glamorous.”

To accommodate the large visitors of a family spot, McClain chose efficiency fabrics with Crypton coating for the white couch and blue chairs. “I would under no circumstances do a white couch with out a Crypton coating,” he claims. The cloth is resistant to stains, water and germs.

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Geometric tiles add desire to the grasp bathtub. (AMY LAMB/NATIVEHOUSE Photography)

Off the relatives space, textured wallpaper jazzes up a powder room with an exquisite however delicate metallic tone. The couple framed classic childhood photographs of every of them sitting down on a potty—a whimsical touch that normally evokes a chuckle from attendees.

The complete dwelling is a testomony to McClain’s expertise for utilizing wall coverings. Throughout the home, he showcased wallpaper with bold textures and reflective homes that dazzle with the light. Nonetheless, the grasp bedroom’s statement wall is by significantly the most noteworthy. Right here, McClain applied mica-—wall tiles built of stone flakes—in a slate tone. The tiles’ pure stone-adorned texture presents off a loaded, heat, high-class glimpse. Mica very easily reflects gentle all-around the area, producing a excellent metallic sheen, although the chips add visible curiosity and depth to the wall.

One more Jamali artwork provides even further desire to the master bedroom walls. “Untitled,” a pigmentation on cork, attributes a woman’s facial area in shades of brown and beige, enhanced with touches of the earth’s yellow, rust and blue tones.

Carlsen recalls a story about the artwork. As the room’s renovation neared completion, he announced that he had to operate out for a several minutes. “I went around to Jamali’s [Winter Park] gallery. This piece was intended to go in his New York gallery, which is sort of his museum. It was on the truck to go there, and I fell in really like with it,” Carlsen suggests about the past-minute purchase and ending touch to the bed room.

The room’s king-sizing mattress is a customized layout, a modern-day retooling of a wingback chair upholstered in plush mohair. The layout of the mattress was encouraged by a popular chair from John McClain Home, the designer’s home furnishings line.

The adjacent grasp bathroom was absolutely reconfigured. McClain describes the personal lavatory as “the prettiest drinking water closet you will ever find.” Tall white double doors open up to a smooth, skirted rest room cocooned by walls protected in an stylish, grassy-textured wallpaper. The tiled floors during the grasp bathtub attribute a porcelain edition of white onyx, which McClain says delivers the subtle search of normal stone, but without having any of the upkeep.

A statement wall offsets the glistening white of the bathroom. Patterned tiles with white-and-gray interlocking geometric shapes generate a subtle optical illusion of diamonds and squares. It serves as a backdrop for a white slipper bathtub and a towering ground-to-ceiling glass-
enclosed shower. Shiny chrome hardware pairs properly with the Caviar light fixture—metal cones tucked within bubblelike glass—that hangs over the tub.

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The inviting outdoor house. (AMY LAMB/NATIVEHOUSE Pictures)

No issue how spectacular the inside, no Florida home is total without an inviting outdoor place. Doors from the kitchen lead to the lanai and yard, in which a rectangular swimming pool and hot tub with h2o capabilities is the focal position. Feathery date palms and crepe myrtles line one particular aspect, giving the compact house a cozy and personal experience. An urban gardener, Carlsen has planted lemon and Vital lime trees as perfectly as seasonal tomatoes, peppers and herbs in containers. On the lanai, the sofa’s navy cushions with white piping incorporate crispness to the sitting area’s décor, even though a picnic desk encourages outdoor loved ones gatherings.

As Carlsen walks from the outside the house to the inside, and from the front of the dwelling to the again, the pleased home owner remarks, “I simply cannot depend how numerous distinctive views of this household are specifically what you would assume to see in an architectural magazine.” McClain and his group could not check with for a much better compliment.