Living Room

The oversized ottoman—“the giant green toadstool,” as Sides calls it—is equipped with ball casters instead of traditional wheels to improve its usability as extra seating. The fireplace is flanked by Dennis & Leen chairs.

Drapery (“Serenity”/Lemongrass #2511-10, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Drapery tape trim (#1104-07 in Sky); cord trim (#1107-07 in Sky): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Drapery hardware: Phillips Metal Works, 334/263-9931, phillipsmetalworks.com.
Mirrored television cabinet and fireplace surround (custom): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Fabrication: Deal’s Cabinetry, 334/215-3600, dealscabinetry.com.
Wing chairs (“Highback English Wing Chair” #DL-CH40): Dennis & Leen, 310/652-0855, dennisandleen.com.
Wing-chair fabric (“Pavia”/Lin #4565-19): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Throw pillow on wing chair (“Regency Silk”/Willow #10074-08, and “Regency Silk”/French Blue #10074-10): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Ottoman (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Ottoman fabric (“Legacy”/Lime #9672): Pindler & Pindler, 212/888-3333, pindler.com.
Brass drink table (“French Moderne Side Table”): Global Views, 888/956-0030, globalviews.com.
Sconces (antique): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Wall and trim paint (“Linen White” #912); ceiling paint (“Hawthorn Green” #379): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Tibetan rug (custom): Tamarian Carpets, 336/886-3164, tamarian.com. Through Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.

Living Room

At opposite ends of the room are nearly identical arrangements: a klismos settee in front of a painting by Doug Foltz.

Landscape painting: by Doug Foltz, dougfoltz.com.
Framing: Stonehenge, 334/263-3190, stonehengeinc.com.
Klismos settee (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Settee fabric (“Solstice”/Silver #12499-08, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Throw-pillow fabric (“Samsara”/Ecru, Beige #4560-01, by Manuel Canovas, discontinued): Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Bronze table (“Elgin End Table”); chair (“French Tub Chair”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Chair leather (“JRS Superkidskin”/Flax #9539): J. Robert Scott, 877/207-5130, jrobertscott.com.
Chandelier (“Two Tier Chandelier”): Paul Ferrante Inc., 323/653-4142, paulferrante.com.

Living Room Details

A desk sits in front of the lofty living room windows. Draperies from Larsen fabrics in “Lemongrass” frame views of the bay outside.

Bench (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Lamp (“Grande Bottle lamp” #PH011): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.

Exterior

A bowed back porch faces the bayou.

Brick (“Old Savannah Grey”): Old Carolina Brick Co., 704/636-8850, handmadebrick.com.
Roof slate (“Evergreen Vermont Black,” 95 percent, and “Green Unfading Gray,” 5 percent): Emack Slate Co., emackslate.com.
Exterior doors and shutters (custom): Classic Woodcraft, 850/951-2922.

Dining Room

Chairs by Travis & Company covered in Manuel Canovas orange-ribbed fabric encircle a mahogany table. Embroidered drapery material from Chelsea Editions frames French doors that open to views of the bayou.

Wall paint (“Peach Froth” #2H9G): Devoe Paint, 866/391-1955, devoe.com.
Ceiling paint (“Linen White” #912): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Drapery (“Custom Flower and Fern” #2122C1-01): Chelsea Editions, 212/758-0005, chelseaeditions.com.
Tibetan rug (wrought-iron pattern): Tamarian Carpets, 336/886-3164, tamarian.com. Through Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Chandelier (“Ravenna Chandelier” #6019): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777, dessinfournir.com.
Dining table (“Trittico Dining Table”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Dining chairs (#800): Travis Upholstery, Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Chair fabric (“Casino”/Mangue #4611-02, by Manuel Canovas): Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Large silver gravy boat: Global Views, 888/956-0030, globalviews.com.
Pair of antique silver compotes: Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
Silver bowl (antique): owner’s collection.

Dining Room Details

Wall panels designed by Sides have antiqued-mirror insets that reflect and diffuse natural light from the room’s windows.

Tibetan rug (wrought-iron pattern): Tamarian Carpets, 336/886-3164, tamarian.com. Through Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Dining chair (#800): Travis Upholstery, Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Chair fabric (“Casino”/Mangue #4611-02, by Manuel Canovas): Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Artwork (Landscape Plans): Natural Curiosities, 323/906-1083, naturalcuriosities.com.
Lacquered linen-wrapped console (“Kowllon Console”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Porcelain lamp: Stonehenge Lighting, 334/263-3190, stonehengeinc.com.
Pewter leaf bowl: Bjorling & Grant, 612/827-3000, bjorlinggrant.com.
Mirror (Chippendale-style horn and bone mirror): Paul Marra Design, 310/659-8190, paulmarradesign.com.

Kitchen

Walker Zanger limestone flooring stands up to Lindy and has a patina of old tile. Two Kohler sinks are fitted with vintage-style Waterworks faucets.

Trim and cabinetry paint  (“Silver Bond” #2141): Pratt & Lambert, 800/289-7728, prattandlambert.com.
Ceiling: custom stain and glaze.
Cabinetry (custom): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Fabrication: Deal’s Cabinetry, 334/215-3600, dealscabinetry.com.
Lanterns (custom): Phillips Metal Works, 334/263-9931, phillipsmetalworks.com.
Porcelain farm sink (#K-6546): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.
Faucets: Waterworks, 800/899-6757, waterworks.com.
Dishwasher: Bosch, boschappliances.com.
Quartz countertops: Zodiaq by Dupont, zodiaq.com.
Roman shade fabric (“Seaglass”/Jonquil): Hable Construction, 718/834-1752, hableconstruction.com.
Bar stools (“Martini Bar Stool”): Pierce Martin by Palecek, 510/236-7730, palecek.com.
Barstool fabric (“Lanai”/Peat #2309/03): Rose Tarlow/Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.

Kitchen Details

The new Thermador range fits snugly into a tiled niche in the kitchen, built to look like an updated cooking fireplace from an older residence.

Range: Thermador, 800/656-9226, thermador.com.
Tile surround (“Gramercy Park”/Heirloom White): Walker Zanger, 404/365-9991, walkerzanger.com.
Backsplash tile (“Custom Interlocking Ovals,” by Erin Adams): Ann Sacks, 800/278-8453, annsacks.com.
Basket on wall: antique African wedding basket.

Breakfast Room

A custom banquette is tucked between glass-front cabinets. Speakers for the home’s sound system are concealed behind screened panels in the cabinet bases.

Wall paint (“Linen White” #912); trim and cabinets (“Beacon Hill Damask” #HC-2): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjamimoore.com.
Ceiling: custom wood stain and glaze.
Cabinetry (custom): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Fabrication: Deal’s Cabinetry, 334/215-3600, dealscabinetry.com.
Dining table (custom, French Oak); fabrication (by Joshua Jones): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Dining chairs (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com
Chair fabric (“Pashmina”/Bamboo): by S. Harris, 800/999-5600, sharris.com.
Banquette (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Banquette fabric (“Olga”/Pistachio #9759): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
Lumbar fabric (“Lido”/Green, Sage #LD23): Peter Fasano Ltd., 413/528-6872, peterfasano.com.
Drapery (Seaglass”/Jonquil): Hable Construction, 718/834-1752, hableconstruction.com.
Seagrass rug: Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Iron sconces (custom design by Phillip Sides Interior Design): Phillips Metal Works, 334/263-9931, phillipsmetalworks.com.

Portrait

Renee and Gene Evans and their golden retriever Lindy enjoy the natural setting.

Den

Gene Evans is often on his laptop as he works at a directoire-style desk. A printer is hidden on shelves behind the desk. The room is paneled with reclaimed wood that is waxed for a soft finish. An antique Gothic-inspired side table and French stool are at home with a modern silver-leaf coffee table.

Walls, trim and bookcases: antique oak, stained and waxed.
Ceiling paint (“Linen White” #912): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Tibetan rug (“Rows”): Tamarian Carpets, 336/886-3164, tamarian.com. Through Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Hanging lantern (“Paul Revere Lantern” #DL-LN 05): Dennis & Leen, 310/652-0855, dennisandleen.com.
Drapery (“Ambrosia”/Patina #2544-05, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com. Through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Sofa (#2034): O Henry House Ltd., 336/431-5350, ohenryhouseltd.com.
Sofa fabric (“Cervo”/Loam #92702-05): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Throw pillow fabric (“Ellsworth”/Coconut #3074-02): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336, jimthompsonfabrics.com.
Throw pillow fabric (“Sanderling”/Driftwood #SNG2, discontinued): Peter Fasano Ltd., 413/528-6872, peterfasano.com.
Desk (“Directoire Desk”/Black Lacquer): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Table lamp on desk (“Crux” #LEX101): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.
Cocktail table (“Modern Silver Leaf Table” #DL-TB 09): Dennis & Leen, 310/652-0855, dennisandleen.com.
Leather trunk; lacquered box under table: Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Lounge chair (“Juno Chair” #321): Ironies, 510/644-2100, ironies.com.
Chair fabric (“Sanderling”/Driftwood #SNG2, discontinued): Peter Fasano Ltd., 413/528-6872, peterfasano.com.
Gothic side table by chair (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
End table (“Continental Side Table”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Lamp on end table: Arteriors, 877/488-8866, arteriorshome.com.
Architectural drawings above sofa (antique): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Framing: Stonehenge, 334/263-3190, stonehengeinc.com.
Faux bamboo stool by desk (antique): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Pair of iron sconces (custom by Phillip Sides Interior Design): fabrication by Phillips Metal Works, 334/263-9931, phillipsmetalworks.com.

 

Den Details

A reclining bench upholstered in leather provides extra seating in the den.

Tibetan rug (“Rows”): Tamarian Carpets, 336/886-3164, tamarian.com. Through Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Drapery (“Ambrosia”/Patina #2544-05, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com. Through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Desk (“Directoire Desk”/Black Lacquer): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Bronze rain drum: Bjorling & Grant, 612/827-3000, bjorlinggrant.com.
Reclining bench (“Isabella Bench” #F-OT06): Formations, 310/659-3062, formationsusa.com.
Bench leather (#FR14, Pitch Brown): Edelman Leather, 800/886-8339, edelmanleather.com.
Bench fabric (Cervo”/Loam #92702-05): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Throw pillow fabric (“Ellsworth”/Coconut #3074-02): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336, jimthompsonfabrics.com.
Suede throw on bench (by Adrian Landau): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Faux bamboo stool by desk (antique): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Pair of iron sconces (custom by Phillip Sides Interior Design): fabrication by Phillips Metal Works, 334/263-9931, phillipsmetalworks.com.

Stair Hall

A collection of sunburst mirrors adds a dose of Art Deco sass to the staircase. A lantern partners with natural candlelight to light the space.

“I love lamp light,” says designer Phillip Sides. “When you blow out a room with too much light, it loses character. You need shade, corners, and shadows.”

Lantern (“Boston Lantern”); sconce (“Atlas Sconce”): Paul Ferrante, 323/653-4142, paulferrante.com.
Sunburst mirrors: Arteriors, 877/488-8866, arteriorshome.com.
Sunburst mirrors: eBay.
Iron candelabra (English antique): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.

Master Bedroom

Chenille medallions embellish fabric for draperies and a screen behind the bed.

Wall paint (“Wickham Gray” #HC-171); ceiling and trim paint (“Linen White” #912): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Drapery and screen fabric (discontinued): Bergamo Fabrics, 212/888-3333, bergamofabrics.com.
Bed; screen behind bed (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Headboard leather (“Sabrina” #SA2059): Spinneybeck, 800/482-7777, spinneybeck.com.
Bed-skirt fabric (custom, “Tea Silk”): Peter Fasano Ltd., 413/528-6872, peterfasano.com.
Duvet fabric (“Crystal” #DAB2188): Pollack, 212/627-7766, pollackassociates.com.
Bed linens: Matouk, matouk.com.
Carpet (“Sheared Loop Wool”): Contract Flooring, 334/567-6392.
Oriental rug: Sullivan Fine Rugs, 404/467-4044, sullivanfinerugs.com.
Bedside chest (“Barolo Chest” #CB5020, by Lewis Mittman): Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, 212/888-5580, ef-lm.com.
Crystal lamp (by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
Hour-glass stools (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Fabric on stools (quilted silk): King Cotton, 334/269-2355.
Painted console (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
Mirror (“Brayden”/Arch #12668 P): Uttermost, 800/678-5486, Uttermost.com.
Gio Ponti-style brass bench: Robert Massello Antiques, robertmasselloantiques.1stdibs.com.
Bench fabric (“Velluto”/Firenze #19912-13, silk velvet): Bergamo Fabrics, 212/888-3333, bergamofabrics.com.
Chaise longue (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Chaise fabric (discontinued): Bergamo Fabrics, 212/888-3333, bergamofabrics.com.
Ceramic garden stool: Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Lounge chair (#416): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.

Master Bedroom Details

Picture-frame molding trims the custom leather headboard. A bedside chest by Lewis Mittman serves as a focal point and provides contrast.

Bed; screen behind bed (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Headboard leather (“Sabrina” #SA2059): Spinneybeck, 800/482-7777, spinneybeck.com.
Bed-skirt fabric (custom, “Tea Silk”): Peter Fasano Ltd., 413/528-6872, peterfasano.com.
Duvet fabric (“Crystal” #DAB2188): Pollack, 212/627-7766, pollackassociates.com.
Bed linens: Matouk, matouk.com.
Screen fabric (discontinued): Bergamo Fabrics, 212/888-3333, bergamofabrics.com.
Bedside chest (“Barolo Chest” #CB5020, by Lewis Mittman): Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, 212/888-5580, ef-lm.com.
Crystal lamp (by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
Hour-glass stools (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Fabric on stools (quilted silk): King Cotton, 334/269-2355.
Carpet (“Sheared Loop Wool”): Contract Flooring, 334/567-6392.

Master Bath

Mirrored drawers separate two sinks. Oval mirrors hang on a wall of glass mosaic tile.

Wall, ceiling and trim paint (“Linen White” #912): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Marble Flooring; wall mosaic: Walker Zanger, 404/365-9991, walkerzanger.com.
Sconce (“Melissa” #MM-3001): Urban Electric Co., 843/723-8140, urbanelectricco.com.
Vanity (custom): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Fabrication: Deal’s Cabinetry, 334/215-3600, dealscabinetry.com.
Lavatory fittings: Waterworks, 800/899-6757, waterworks.com.
Mirror: Stonehenge, 334/263-3190, stonehengeinc.com.
Stool (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
Accessories: Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Framed photography: owner’s collection.

Guest Bedroom

An antique daybed tucked into a dormer is cozied up with draperies that separate it from the queen-sized bed. “It creates a nice second sleeping area for someone visiting with a child.”

Drapery and wall fabric, daybed duvet (“Past Time”/Stone #1286): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Carpet (“Sheared Loop Wool”): Contract Flooring, 334/567-6392.
Daybed (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
Brown coverlet; brown throw: Christine’s Feathered Nest, 334/265-3115, christinesfeatherednest.com.
Pillows: Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
French barley-twist table (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
Slipper chair (#340): Travis Upholstery, Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Slipper-chair fabric (“Totem”/Cobalt #07692-002, by Boussac): Pierre Frey, 866/707-1524, pierrefrey.com.
Armchair (“Kumbuk Dutch Chair”): Tucker Robbins, 212/355-3383, tuckerrobbins.com.
Wall lamps (by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
Botanicals: Trowbridge Gallery, 404/816-8612, trowbridgegallery.com.

Guest Bedroom Details

“I’m not big on pattern, but I love toile,” says Sides. The designer used the brown-and-cream Kravet fabric on furniture, walls, draperies, and even the ceiling to give visual order to a somewhat disjointed room with slanted ceilings and nooks and crannies. “The toile fabric helps disguise some of the craziness of the room. It pulls it all together,” he says.

Ceiling and trim paint (“Bone White”): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Drapery and wall fabric (“Past Time”/Stone #1286): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Carpet (“Sheared Loop Wool”): Contract Flooring, 334/567-6392.
Headboard (custom): upholstered by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Headboard fabric (ribbed cotton); bed-skirt trim (“Roth” #76475-2): King Cotton, 334/269-2355.
Bed-skirt fabric (“Antwerp” #2273): Pindler & Pindler, 212/888-3333, pindler.com.
Duvet (“Circle Work”/Ivory #2536-01, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214.
Bed linens: Matouk, matouk.com.
Faux bamboo beddside table (antique): Nicole Maleine Antiques, 334/834-8530, nicolemaleineantiques.com.
Mirror (“Jolie” #9114, Laura Kirar Collection): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.
Lamp (by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
Chair (“Kumbuk Dutch Chair”): Tucker Robbins, 212/355-3383, tuckerrobbins.com.

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Photographs by Tria Giovan
Written by Amy Elbert

Quiet. No pagers, no traffic noise, no battery of questions and interruptions from colleagues—just the lap of water in the nearby bayou and the swish of a happy golden retriever’s tail.  This is what greets Gene and Renee Evans when they return to their Lynn Haven, Florida, home after nonstop, pressure-filled days in the medical world. (He’s a gastroenterologist, and she’s a pharmacist.)

“I love to fish, and sometimes after I come home from work, I can go out in the boat for half an hour and just unwind,” says Gene.  Or he and Renee relax on the deep bow-shaped porch with Lindy, their 7-year-old golden retriever, and enjoy the views of Mill Bayou, one of the many bays and inlets that flow into the Gulf of Mexico in the Panama City area.  

“We chose this location because it is an established neighborhood. We didn’t want the hustle and bustle of a beach vacation community,” Gene says. “And we chose the area for the natural beauty—the stately live oaks and the beautiful vistas over the bayou. We were captivated the minute we saw the property.”

Instrumental in creating what the Evanses call their dream home were interior designer Phillip Sides and architect Eric Watson.

Watson, who is based in Tampa and has designed many beach homes in Florida vacation communities, gave the Evanses a brick U-shaped house with large windows and an elevated porch that takes advantage of the views. “Every one of the primary living spaces except one guest bedroom has a view of the water,” Renee says. “The living room, den, kitchen, and dining room have French doors that open to this wonderful traditional porch.”

The U configuration wraps rooms around a landscaped center courtyard. At the base of the U is the bowed porch that faces the water. “The house is organized with an informal connection and layering of rooms without hallways,” Watson says.

“Eric laid out the house with the living room almost acting like a pavilion between two wings of the house,” Sides explains. “The living room has three big windows that face the front and two sets of French doors on the back. When you walk through, it’s a very transitional indoor-outdoor space.”

The floor plan allows for views through the house, and for easy movement of light and people. It’s no typical open floor plan, however; each space retains a sense of separateness and historical authenticity. “Coming from the North, I’m used to homes with walls, and I wanted walls here,” says Pittsburgh native Renee. Rather than have doors separating rooms, simple cased openings connect the spaces while retaining intimacy. “It flows nicely,” Renee says. “We can entertain very comfortably in this home.”

Sides, who studied architecture as well as design, stepped into the project with detailing and interior design solutions that add more character and a sense of age to the new home. He installed custom-built cabinetry in the kitchen, reclaimed antique oak paneling in the den, glass-paneled walls in the dining room, and a bayou-inspired color palette that bathes the home in comfort.

Custom cabinets that define the kitchen work area and breakfast room were hand-painted on-site. (Sides wanted to be able to see brushstrokes, Renee explains.) “The kitchen was designed to look like a ’40s kitchen, with independently hung wall cabinets that look more like furniture,” the designer says. The green-khaki cabinet color is one of his favorites because it resembles what was often used in traditional old Southern kitchens. “It’s a real pungent green. I call it the color of raw peanuts,” says this true Southerner, who hails from Wetumpka, Alabama.

The range fits into a tiled niche so it looks as if it’s tucked into what might have been a former cooking fireplace. “It harks back to a different time,” Sides says, explaining how he aimed to make the house seem as though it was renovated rather than newly built. The ceilings in the kitchen and pantry are rough-sawn heart-pine planks that were painted to simulate an aged texture. “I wanted it to look like an old wood ceiling that might have been discovered when newer drywall was removed,” notes the designer.

The bookcases in the den and the pantry cabinets are made of reclaimed oak finished with a lime wax. “You can see the worm and insect holes. The wood has beautiful character,” Renee says.

Green is the house’s predominant color—a favorite of Renee’s. In the living room, a velvet ottoman, which Sides calls a “giant green toadstool,” is parked in front of the fireplace with a pair of oversized wing chairs. “I love ottomans. When people entertain like the Evanses do, they are great for extra seating.” Sides always fits ottomans with ball casters so the stools will roll easily and freely. “Wheels are like creaky old men; they don’t want to move. Ball casters are much better,” he adds.

The living room has a main seating group centered on the fireplace, and above it (surprise!) a large-screen plasma television that’s concealed behind glass panels. “Gene was adamant that we put a large-screen TV in that room,” Renee explains. “He said if we didn’t, it would just become a pretty room that we never used.”

So Sides designed mirrored panels made with restoration hand-poured glass (typically used to replace windows in historic buildings). The bottom two panels open to reveal the 60-inch plasma TV. Speakers are hidden under the floor, so no wiring is visible.

“We have Super Bowl parties and have big crowds in there,” Renee says of the versatile room. “Even though it’s a formal living room, everything Phillip selected for it is comfortable. People aren’t afraid to put their feet up.”

Comfort and color are the key words for the dining room. Chairs that Sides describes as “orange as orange can be” circle a 78-inch round table—perfect for conversation when the Evanses host casual dinners. Sides designed paneled walls with antiqued-mirror insets in an arched niche on one side of the room. Walls are painted a yummy color named Peach Froth. “It’s pink and yellow at the same time, a beautiful color that just glows,” the designer says.

Light dramatically affected color selection because the strong coastal light intensifies the actual hue, he notes. He points to the green living room ceiling: “When you see that color on the chip, it looks white, but here it is green.”

Sides kept the master bedroom whisper soft with a calming gray-and-ivory combination. Tufted leather set into gold picture-frame molding serves as the bed’s elegant headboard. A fabric-covered folding screen behind the headboard adds softness and breaks up the boxiness of the space. “It’s a very soothing room,” the designer says.

Evening is one of Gene’s favorite times to enjoy the house. Landscape lights illuminate the heritage oaks that drip with Spanish moss. “We can stargaze, hear the water lapping and fish jumping in the bayou,” Gene says. “Phillip, Eric, and the builder gave us a beautiful home where we can truly relax and unwind.”

Architect: Eric Watson, Eric Watson Architect, PA., 701 S. Howard Ave., Suite 201, Tampa, FL 33606; 813/644-7245, (or 813/835-7595??), ericwatson.com.
Interior designer: Phillip Sides, Phillip Sides Interior Design, 3421 Lansdowne Drive, Montgomery, AL 36111; 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Contractor: McIntosh-Myers Construction, 111 W. Beach Drive, Panama City, FL 32401; 850/769-8980.

Wall and trim paint (“Linen White” #912); ceiling paint (“Hawthorn Green” #379): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Drapery (“Serenity”/Lemongrass #2511-10, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.

Drapery tape trim (#1104-07 in Sky); cord trim (#1107-07 in Sky): Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
Fabrication: Susan Daves, Drapery Workroom, 770/205-6075.
Drapery hardware: Phillips Metalworks, 334/263-9931, phillipsmetalworks.com.
Tibetan rug (custom): Tamarian Carpets, 336/886-3164, tamarian.com. Through Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Chandeliers (“Two Tier Chandelier”): Paul Ferrante Inc., 323/653-4142, paulferrante.com.
Landscape painting: by Doug Foltz, dougfoltz.com.
Sofa (#645, custom): Travis Upholstery, Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Sofa fabric (“Memory”/Beige #8686-01, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Patterned throw pillows on sofa (“Isfara”/Tilleul #4556-02, by Manuel Canovas, discontinued): Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Silk pillow on sofa (“Regency Silk”/Willow #10074-08, and “Regency Silk”/French Blue #10074-10): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Pair of lounge chairs (“Newcastle Chair”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Chair fabric (by Travers, discontinued): Zimmer + Rohde, 212/758-7925, zimmer-rohde.com.
Lumbar pillows: Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.
Drink table by lounge chair (“Gregor Side Table” #418): Ironies, 510/644-2100, ironies.com.
Cocktail table (“Nanking Tea Table”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Box under table (antique, black lacquer and gilt): Bjorling & Grant, 612/827-3000, bjorlinggrant.com.
Side table (“Escala Console” #455): Ironies, 510/644-2100, ironies.com.
Lamp on side table (“Grande Bottle Lamp” #PH011): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.
Pair of vases (antique): owner’s collection.
Klismos settee (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Settee fabric (“Solstice”/Silver #12499-08, by Larsen): Larsen, larsenfabrics.com, through Travis & Co., 800/258-2214, travisandcompany.com.
Bronze table (“Elgin End Table”); chair (‘French Tub Chair”): Gregorius/Pineo, 310/204-0400, gregoriuspineo.com.
Wing chair (“Highback English Wing Chair” #DL-CH40): Dennis & Leen, 310/652-0855, dennisandleen.com.
Wing-chair fabric (“Pavia”/Lin #4565-19): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com
Ottoman (custom); upholstering (by E.J. Wright): Phillip Sides Interior Design, 334/240-3333, phillipsidesinteriordesign.com.
Ottoman fabric (“Legacy”/Lime #9672): Pindler & Pindler, 212/888-3333, pindler.com.
Brass drink table (“French Moderne Side Table”): Global Views, 888/956-0030, globalviews.com.