The laid-back coastal community in Jacksonville, Florida, that Susan Grattan calls home is about as far from the red carpet as you can get. That didn’t stop her from feeling a little starstruck the first time she met her designer, Andrew Howard, on the site of her soon-to-be-built abode. A former Atlanta resident, Susan had spent many afternoons in her youth walking dreamily through Howard’s parents’ prominent home store there. “I used to love Phoebe and Jim Howard’s place,” Susan says. “So by the time I finally met Andrew, it felt like I was meeting a movie star. I had never imagined I’d be able to work with him one day.”
And Howard didn’t disappoint. The two formed an immediate bond, laughing when they traded identical inspirational tear sheets and finding that they shared a common design goal: to create a casual, comfortable home for Susan’s young family that was at once elegant and completely approachable. “I’m really big on spaces that aren’t too stuffy,” Howard says. “We wanted for everyone to live in every room of the house—to be able to put down a drink or prop their feet up.”
Designer Andrew Howard outfitted the entry simply, with a round table and a plush rug from Capel Rugs, in order to allow the paneled walls to take center stage.
Photography: Lucas Allen
Produced by Elizabeth Beeler
Architects: Cliff Duch and Joseph Cronk, Cronk Duch Architecture, 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite 201, Jacksonville, FL 32246; 904/302-9848, cronkduch.com.
Interior design: Andrew Howard, Andrew Howard Interior Design, Jacksonville, FL; 904/389-5100, andrewjhoward.com.
Landscaping: Sunscapes Landscape Design Inc., 8853 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217; 904/730-4330, sunscapeslandscapedesign.com.