The ceiling in the living room reaches up two stories high, with balconies from the second level looking down. Along one of the boundary walls, huge arched windows connect the space with the beautiful patio and pool.
A wall of arched windows produces a light-and-airy atmosphere in this kitchen on the picturesque island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The exposed wood-beam ceiling, rustic hand-carved table and simple floral accents create the feeling of escaping to an exotic getaway.
A dramatic change in this kitchen's makeover was the rethinking of an awkward partially-vaulted ceiling. The solution? Close in most of the vaulted area and make a barrel vault over the arched window. Dark stained walnut beadboard draws the eye to this unique feature.
One of the primary goals in the design of this kitchen was to fill the space with sunlight. A huge arched window over the sink does the job beautifully. The window—along with the oversized light fixture—also balances out the height of the vaulted ceiling.
A series of pilastered arches frame the view from the dining room to the glass doors of the library. Intermediate “vestibules” help to formalize the entry to the dining room and living room from the entry without the use of doors.
An interior challenge was to transition from formal to informal spaces. Daniel Contelmo Architects accomplished this by minimizing the detailing of moldings in the informal spaces, and adding beading in the ceiling and oak accents in beams and mantels.
A neutral orange hue with marbled effect covers the high walls in this foyer. Beige molding and a natural hardwood floor finish create a calm, neutral palette to compliment the spacious feel. A mint green, glass door cabinet uses interior lighting to highlight trinkets and art stored inside. Gold greyhound statues frame the large arch doorway that leads into the home.