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"A Family Affair" as featured in Mountain Homes Southern Style, written by Norma Lugar
"Power of 10" as featured in Stuart Magazine, January 2012, written by Jennifer Tormo
"The Secret of the River" as featured in Stuart Magazine, March 2016, written by Wendy Dwyer
A Dash of Sizzle
A Perfect Place
A Relaxing Retreat
Before & After featuring Dianne Davant, Stuart Magazine, March 2014
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Bringing the West Home
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Dinner with Friends
Elegant Cabin Style for a High Country Mountain Home, featured Houzz Tour 11-7-16
Home School featuring Dianne Davant, Stuart Magazine, March 2014 "DESIGN STYLE: I like to create my clients' interior spaces to reflect...
Houzz Tour: Roughing Up a Fancy Mountain Home by Becky Harris
January 4, 2016
Making a House a Home as featured in Stuart Magazine April 2015
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One executive couple embraces their love for tradition in a waterfront condominium with panoramic views fo the sea and sky....
The homeowners knew exactly what they wanted for their Fort Lauderdale, Fla., condominium that has glorious wraparound water views. The Chairman and CEO of Auto Nation, the largest retailer of vehicles in the United States, and his wife, Senior Vice President of the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, imagined a traditional look with an updated twist. The home, which is their primary residence, needed to accommodate their busy lifestyle rich with work, philanthropy and entertaining.
The six-month collaboration between the executive couple and their interior
designer Dianne Davant was as sparkling and smooth as their 6,677-square-foot home’sspectacular water views. “Mike and Alice are quick decision makers,” says Davant,who had worked with them before on another Fort Lauderdale project. “We wereall on the same page from the beginning,” she says.
The couple, who are philanthropists involved with numerous charitable
organizations as well as patrons of the arts, frequently hosts large gatherings,
so it was most important for the designer to create a grand living space that
was conducive to entertaining.
To begin, Davant designed the spacious apartment in a warm palette of soft
gold, terra cotta, silver and aqua hues that mix well with the owners’ collection
of antiques — one of their passions. “Mike and Alice like tranquil colors … after
a long day at work they need that contrast,” Davant says.
The open living area provides views of the sea and downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The designer arranged this elegant space into both a formal and casual sitting area
with soft apricot and gold tones throughout that connect by Thassos marble
flooring. In the casual space, fashioned with comfortable furnishings that
include armchairs from Tomlinson upholstered in a velvet on linen, dot fabricfrom Jane Churchill, the Jacksons can lounge and admire their antiques while
they take in stunning sunsets. Davant purposely kept the theme low-key. “I didn’t
want the furnishings to overwhelm,” the designer says. “We placed two small
antiques, a pair of Etruscan and Hellenistic statue heads, on an occasional table,”
she says. “They add texture but do not disturb the view.”
In the crisp white kitchen, Eurocraft cabinetry, a simple backsplash, new tiles
and updated appliances convey a space that is light, airy and modern. “The former
kitchen was dated so we totally transformed it to create a new, uncluttered look,” the
designer says. A separate breakfast area also takes advantage of the homes picturesque water views.
The master bedroom suite is the busy couple’s sanctuary. Softened with pale silver
and aqua tones, the room’s closet is outfitted with an elegant sitting area that features a
mirrored vanity and a chair from Century clad in a pale-aqua-paisley fabric from Beacon
Hill. Floor-to-ceiling windows covered in Kravet’s blue, sheer scroll draperies, provide
a view of the Intracoastal Waterway from another sitting area that engages the eye with
armchairs clad in an animal print and an ottoman patterned with a silvery leaf design.
Davant recalls the day the interiors were completed. The Jacksons had been away
on a trip. When they returned, she purchased fresh flowers, arranged new plants and
chilled champagne to celebrate. “Mike and Alice were thrilled when they opened the
door, “she says. “They were so glad I was able to create everything they wanted.”