Pretty Living Room Sideboard

An antique Belgian sideboard with a mirror anchors one end of the living room; the dining area is at the opposite end of the space.

See more of the living room and details on the following slide.

Sideboard (antique, Belgian); mirror over sideboard (antique): Antiques on Holiday, 850/837-0488,
Lamps on sideboard (“Perm” #L114): Aidan Gray Home, 888/273-4229,
Mercury glass accessories on sideboard: Tracery, 850/231-6755,

Hints of Silver

Silvery details, like mercury glass accessories and antiqued glass, give the living room alluring touches of patina.

Lofty Living Room in Lovely Neutrals

An archway gracefully connects the foyer to the central living area. The living room’s ceiling was lofted, allowing space for an elaborate crystal chandelier. Cotton- and linen-upholstered seating pieces gathered around the fireplace are sophisticated, comfortable, and durable for owner Stephanie Carter and her young son. The cowhide ottoman is a custom design by Tracery, the interior designer’s firm based in Rosemary, Florida.

Sofa (#C3977-03); fabric (“Wesley”/Silver): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
Pillows on sofa (patterns discontinued): Dwell Studio, 877/993-9355,
Round side table beside sofa: Beau Interiors, 850/534-0700,
Armoire: antique.

Light and Restful Sunroom

Outdoor views and cozy armchairs from Lee Industries offer comfort.

See sunroom details on the following slide.

Pair of chairs (#3026); chair fabric (“Wesley”/Silver): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
Pillows on chairs (“BengalBazaar”/Graphite): CR Laine,
Drapery: discontinued.
Drapery hardware: galvanized pipe from hardware store.
Chest between chairs: 2-drawer industrial bin.
Lamp on chest (discontinued): Barbara Cosgrove Lamps, 816/221-3461,
Coffee table: antique.
Urn beside chair (antique): Antiques on Holiday, 850/837-0488,
Art of horse (giclee): Leftbank Art, 800/888-7004,
Flooring on main level (“Wirebrushed Red Oak”/Regal finish): Seashore Floor Co., 850/267-3677,

Designer’s Details

A small antique urn holds decorative spools of golden thread, alluding to Stephanie’s stylish career in fashion.

Staircase and Family Photographs

A metal balustrade was replaced with horizontal wood railings in keeping with the home’s new rustic flavor, including wire-brushed oak floors with a whitewashed finish. Family photos line the walls leading up the staircase.

Round wood table in foreground: Beau Interiors, 850/534-0700,
Table lamp (discontinued): Barbara Cosgrove Lamps, 816/221-3461,
Picture lights in stairwell (“Anette 9-inch Picture Light”/Bronze #RL2275, by Ralph Lauren): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,

Cozy on the Couch

Louis, a tiny Havanese, snuggles in the sofa pillows from Dwell Studio.

Open Gray Kitchen

Opening into the dining room, the renovated and enlarged kitchen has a peninsula that provides seating for informal dining. The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore’s “Kendall Charcoal.” Schnell designed a pair of custom light fixtures from vintage lamp parts and heavy rope. Stephanie loves to cook, so the kitchen is outfitted and arranged for casual eat-in dinner parties. The delicate window treatment over the kitchen sink was sewn by a seamstress at her fashion firm.

See kitchen details on the following slide.

Cabinetry (custom): Tracery, 850/231-6755,
Cabinet finish (“Kendall Charcoal” #HC-166): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
Cabinetry hardware: Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507,
Range; oven hood; dishwasher: Thermador, 800/735-4328,
Apron sink (“Shaws Original Single Bowl Fireclay Apron Kitchen Sink” #RC3018): Rohl, 800/777-9762,
Faucet (“blanco Master Gourmet”/Satin Nickel #440630, discontinued); pot filler faucet (“Blanco Grace Wall-Mounted Pot Filler”/Satin Nickel #441170): Blanco America, 888/668-6201,
Countertop: soapstone.
Window treatment (custom, by Stephanie Nichols): Judith March, 850/267-0293,
Light fixtures over island (custom, from vintage lamp parts and heavy rope): Tracery, 850/231-6755,
Bar stools (“Wave Stool,” by Go Home Ltd): Tracery, 850/231-6755,

Colorful Mementoes in the Kitchen

A colorful Crosley portable turntable and artwork by 6-year old Fox give the gray kitchen personality.

Dining Room with Elegant Details

Although the dining and living rooms are one continuous space, the dining room’s ceiling was not lofted to preserve the intimacy of the eating area. A versatile bench along the wall and slipcovered side chairs from Lee Industries surround an antique table.

Details on the following slide.

Table (antique); chandelier: Antiques on Holiday, 850/837-0488,
Chandelier refurbishing: Baker Lamps & Linens, 205/981-3330,
Banquette (“Marche Bench”/Hand-Rubbed Black #SOF132HB); fabric (white cotton): Noir, 310/527-5501,
Dining chairs (#C5978-01); chair fabric (“Palazzo”/Slate): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
Wall sconces: Bohlert Massey Interiors, 850/231-3940,
Draperies (discontinued): Fabricut, 800/999-8200,
Fabrication: Judith March, 850/267-0293,
Art: owner’s collection.

Antique Dining Table

The glass-topped antique dining table adds an interesting touch to the room.

Master Bedroom in Silver and Grays

A headboard from Lee Industries is paired with custom-designed drapery hardware crafted of galvanized water pipes for a mix of the industrial and the elegant—much like Stephanie’s own fashions. The window and bed draperies are silk in two colors, gray and eggplant.

Details on the following slides.

Headboard (#32-66H); headboard fabric (“Majestic”/Smoke); Euro shams: Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
Bed cover (“Vintage Washed Belgian Linen Quilt”/Fog): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,
Bolster pillow (discontinued): Ankasa,
Bed canopy (custom design using galvanized water pipes): Tracery, 850/231-6755,
Draperies and bed drapery (gray silk and eggplant silk, discontinued): Fabricut, 800/999-8200,
Fabrication: Judith March, 850/267-0293,
Bedside table (“Miami Round Base Table” #IMIA31B): Four Hands, 512/371-7575,
Lamp: owner’s collection.
Chair: vintage.
Art beside chair: owner’s collection.

Master Bedroom Sitting Area

A cozy slipcovered chair is a peaceful spot for reading in the dramatic master bedroom.

Chandelier (antique): Antiques on Holiday, 850/837-0488,
Lounge chair (#C1844-01); slipcover fabric (“Jolie”/White): Lee Industries, 800/892-7150,
Pillow in lounge chair (designed by Stephanie Carter): custom.
Dresser: vintage.

Chandelier Details

Above the reading chair hangs a glittering antique chandelier.

Antique Sliding Panels

Schnell had a set of antique doors fabricated into sliding panels for the bath.

Sliding door: antique.
Area rug (cowhide): Tracery, 850/231-6755,

Restful Master Bath

Sconces from Currey & Company illuminate the soaking tub and pebbled tile floor.

More of the master bath on the following slide.

Tub (“Dual Acrylic Bathtub on plinth” #USADP60): Elizabethan Classics,
Sconces (“Oyster Shell Wall Sconce” #5335): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,
Flooring (pebble tile): Island Stone,

Feminine Details in the Master Bath

Elegant and contemporary finishes mix, including marble countertops and a pair of mirrors with feminine details.

Vanity cabinet (custom): Tracery, 850/231-6755,
Countertop: Carrara marble.
Sinks (“Verticyl” #K-2882-0): Kohler, 800/456-4537,
Faucets (“Catalina 8-inch Widespread Lavatory Faucets” #6302): California Faucets, 800/822-8855,
Pair of mirrors (by Go Home, discontinued): Tracery, 850/231-6755,

Spacious Master Closet

The reconfigured upstairs provides space for an expanded closet with plenty of area to show off Stephanie’s array of shoes and bags, from cowboy boots to stilettoes to vintage luggage.

See more of the master closet on the following slide.

Area rug (cowhide); built-in cupboards and shoe rack (custom): Tracery,  850/231-6755,
Bench: owner’s collection.

Master Closet Shelves

“The great thing about clothes is that you can be Jackie O. today and Janis Joplin tomorrow,” says homeowner and fashion designer Stephanie Carter.

Stephanie’s clothing: Deja Vu, 850/267-0293 x 313,, and JudithMarch, 850/267-0293,

Pretty Dressing Area

Stephanie Carter and son Fox play at her dressing table while Louis, a Teeny Tiny Havanese, watches from his bed in a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase. The dressing area was created by enclosing an open balcony at the top of the stairs. The space has floor-to-ceiling mirrors, a vintage dressing table, and antlers where Stephanie displays jewelry and accessories sold at Deja Vu.

Dressing table (vintage); chandelier (antique): Antiques on Holiday, 850/837-0488,
Mirror: custom.
Chair: vintage.
Wall antlers for jewelry: antique.

Whimsical Child’s Bedroom

Fox’s bedroom is a six-year-old’s dream: Twin custom beds appear to hang from thick ropes, but are grounded on platforms. Fish artwork behind the beds keeps the mood youthful.

Beds (custom design): Tracery, 850/231-6755,
Bed cover (“Vintage Washed Hand-Quilted Belgian Linen Coverlet”/Mist): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836,
Toy cabinet: antique.
Fish art: Kathleen’s Kottage, 850/267-5600,
Striped area rug (discontinued): Dwell Studio, 877/993-9355,
Table between beds (vintage steel shoe locker, by Go Home): Tracery, 850/231-6755,
Toys: owner’s collection. 

Stephanie Carter: A Southern Fashion House

A visionary and a pragmatist, Stephanie Carter cuts a stylish swath as founder and designer at Déjà Vu, Judith March, and Jacque + Janis. At the age of 21, Stephanie sold her Mustang for $4,000 to start a traveling trunk show that she took to country clubs and sorority houses. Next, she opened her first Deja Vu shop in Panama City Beach, Florida, followed by boutiques in Seaside, Key West, and Fairhope, Alabama. Stephanie’s experience as a retailer allowed her to recognize the need for whimsical and sophisticated dresses at attainable prices.

Turning Designs into Brands

Buoyed by the popularity of Déjà Vu, in the summer of 2009 Stephanie invested her talents and passion into creating her own brand, Judith March, which currently is carried in more than 1,200 boutiques.

Next year, the designer is forging ahead with the launch of Jacque + Janis, an upscale line of women’s clothing.

Fashion Inspirations

From her earliest ventures as a teen model and budding entrepreneur, Stephanie drew inspiration from diverse style-setters. In the world of fashion, celebrities come and go, yet Stephanie’s personal icons have remained constant: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Janis Joplin. 

Granted, the two personalities were polar opposites in terms of fashion, philosophy, and a whole lot more, yet Stephanie’s loyalties have never wavered. Now, as she expands her fashion empire with a new corporate entity of designer-label fashions that swing from sophisticated to bohemian in the blink of an eye and a splash of color, it’s only fitting to pay homage to her longtime muses.

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Renovated Florida Beach House

At home with fashion designer Stephanie Carter

Written and produced by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith
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Antique Dining Table

The glass-topped antique dining table adds an interesting touch to the room.


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