When self-described maximalist Summer Thornton met a brand-new Florida house, birds and blue-and-white china run riot — for big-time impact.
"I like making a statement in an entry," says Thornton, who commissioned custom panels by Allison Cosmos and massed blue-and-white porcelain from Charlotte & Ivy and Wisteria on an 1880s console.
"The dining area in the great room was tricky because it's so open," says Thornton, who used Henredon's Veneto dining table as the anchor, hanging Circa Lighting's Gramercy chandelier over it. The slope of the arms of wicker Mallory dining chairs from Made Goods "gives them a certain elegance that separates them from outdoor furniture," the designer says, and the vintage Indian dhurrie from Madeline Weinrib "brings age and history into the space."
All the colors in the house flow from the great room, where walls painted in Benjamin Moore's Alabaster, a creamy sofa from Restoration Hardware, and Stark's Bovina jute rug calm a bright palette. Jayson Home's Milo teak coffee table keeps the vintage stools, covered in Jacques Bouvet et Cie's Samburu silk, from making the room feel too formal.
In the great room, Thornton placed heron prints from over Anthropologie's Indigo Washed dresser.
Calais tiles from Granada Tile enliven the lanai and carry the home's profusion of blue and white outdoors. Wicker furniture from Kingsley-Bate with cushions in Perennials' Rough 'n Rowdy fabric surrounds the Bornova coffee table from Ballard Designs.
Java Grande wallpaper from China Seas is a bold backdrop for the powder room. The mirror is vintage. Gramercy Glass washstand, Restoration Hardware.
The fragrance of gardenias drifts in through the guest room door, enhancing the romance of the Rawlins bed from S&L Designs, draped with sheer panels in Calvin Fabrics' Clarity. Orange migrates in from the great room via Williams-Sonoma Home's Chippendale bench, which is covered in China Seas' Bali II. Primitive Weave wallpaper, Kneedler Fauchère.
A Werstler dresser from Worlds Away tucks into a guest room niche beneath a grid of framed sea urchins found on One Kings Lane.
Chicago designer Summer Thornton stands in the front courtyard. Read more about her inspiration for this home here. For more details, see resources.
This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of CQ.