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BEACHFRONT VISTAS
One Couple’s Weekend Getaway Showcases Breathtaking 180-Degree Ocean Views With A Relaxing, Elegant Backdrop Of Neutral Tones, Natural Materials And Clean, Graceful Lines

2014 Aurora Award - Remodeling, Rehabilitation or Historical Restoration
2014 Professional Remodeler Design Award - Quality · Overall design · Creativity · Problem solving
2013 ASID Design Excellence Award - Renovation: Residential under 5000 Sq. Ft
2013 ASID Design Excellence Award - Condominium/Apartment: over 2,500 Sq. Ft.


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Architect: Clay Krebs, Krebs LLCPublication: Florida Design Text: Sara Linda Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Beachfront Vistas - In the dining area, a hand-blown Murano glass chandelier separates white light into a spectrum of color above a glass-topped table with a Macassar ebony base and satin nickel “XY” arms from Carriage House, and leather-clad “Grefito” dining chairs by Adriana Hoyos. Photography: Kim Sargent



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AS LONG AS SHE COULD REMEMBER, homeowner Mayra Diego adored the beach. “I’ve always thought that once you cross the bridge (to Fort Lauderdale Beach) it’s a whole new world,” she says. This lifelong love prompted Diego and her partner Rick Wilber to look for a weekend vacation home close to their main Plantation, Fla., residence in Hawk’s Landing ... but across that magical bridge. However, peace and quiet was a must. “We didn’t want a tourist area,” Diego says. ‘We wanted to have access to the main strip, but enjoy a relaxing, yet elegant place to entertain our large group of extended family and friends, and enjoy the beauty of the ocean to the fullest.”


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Architect: Clay Krebs, Krebs LLCPublication: Florida Design Text: Sara Linda Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Beachfront Vistas - The slender legs of Christopher Guy’s console complement the original paintings, Desire One and Desire Two, that dress the hallway wall above it. Glass spheres draw in the ocean hues. Photography: Kim Sargent



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THE COUPLE QUICKLY FOUND A BUILDING that fulfilled their ideal, but waited about two years for a unit to become available there. “Finally, not one but two units opened up,” Diego says. “It was a great stroke of luck — units are so rarely for sale in this building, so we decided to buy both and combine them.


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Architect: Clay Krebs, Krebs LLCPublication: Florida Design Text: Sara Linda Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Beachfront Vistas - In the living area, a Thayer Coggin sofa from Judith Norman shapes a social grouping around a cocktail table by Mirak. At left, a white-linen-topped accent table by Michael Berman from J. Batchelor balances Swaim’s maple table at the sofa’s opposite end. Photography: Kim Sargent



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DIEGO AND WILBUR KNEW COMBINING THE TWO UNITS and making one flowing, functional space wouldn’t be easy. Fortunately, they have an architect in the family. “We asked our son-in-law, Clay Krebs, an architect for the firm of Architect, T.A. Krebs LLC, for help,” Diego says. “It was the perfect project for me because I knew exactly how they wanted to use the space,” Krebs says. Walls came down to create one new 4,000-square-foot space. “I used custom designed tray and coffered ceilings with distinctive lighting to delineate space and make each area unique,” Kreb says. “Capturing the views by turning 90-degree vistas into a 180-degree seascape was priority in the design.” Because the building is 30 years old, Krebs decided to update the electrical system to something “just short of a full smart home,” the architect says. Once the space planning was set, the couple commissioned interior designer Eloise Kubli to fulfill their vision. “From the very first moment I met her, I loved working with her,” the owner says. “She understood exactly what I wanted.”


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Architect: Clay Krebs, Krebs LLCPublication: Florida Design Text: Sara Linda Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Beachfront Vistas - With a 24-foot-long island topped in quartzite illuminated by LED lighting, this kitchen is jumping. Open-backed counter stools from Leathercraft allow light to filter through at night to add even more sizzle, while unique Murano glass pendants from Luce Max glow without detracting from the views. Photography: Kim Sargent



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WITH A PANORAMA OF OCEAN VIEWS to provide the backdrop, Kubli kept the design minimal and subtle with contemporary furnishings, clean architectural lines and exotic yet understated finishes. “We chose to incorporate a neutral palette throughout, with lots of textures and variations of natural colors — bone, sand, taupe, and a touch of mineral and cobalt blue that highlight the ocean views and sky,” the designer says. “The light is ever-changing on the ocean and in the sky. And against the home’s very neutral palette, marine colors just pop.”


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Architect: Clay Krebs, Krebs LLCPublication: Florida Design Text: Sara Linda Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Beachfront Vistas - The custom wall unit built by Higher Image for the office has a secret. “On the surface, it looks like merely an entertainment center, but a queen-sized bed comes out from the bottom when you push a button, making this a guest room as well,” Kubli says. Photography: Kim Sargent



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NATURAL MATERIALS CONTINUE THE THEME as limestone flooring flows throughout to bring in a beachy feel. “We also used a special wood for the wall units and cabinetry: rotary maple, which means there are no seams,” Kubli says. Natural fabrics, such as silk, cotton chenille and linens were chosen for their elegant, textural qualities, “They’re timeless, durable, and naturally soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye,” the designer says. “To me, all of these fabrics have a very subtle weave to them, which ties in to the ocean waves.”


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Architect: Clay Krebs, Krebs LLCPublication: Florida Design Text: Sara Linda Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Beachfront Vistas - Clad in a mineral-blue, wave-weave Belgian linen, the “Hugo” chairs and ottoman by Terri Hunzicker from David Sutherland stand out against the pristine views of the sitting area. Here, a cobalt Thorn vase appears to float in midair above yet another linen-topped occasional table by Michael Berman. Photography: Kim Sargent



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AND JUST OUTSIDE THE BALCONY, the homeowners couldn’t be more thrilled as they relax and listen to the sounds of the ocean. “Every time we spend a weekend here, Rick and I look at each other and say, ‘how beautiful!” Diego says. “We never take any of this for granted.”



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Eloise Kubli is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Arthur Kubli is a General Contractor licensed in Florida and numerous other states. Both Kublis have received numerous industry awards for their work. Established in 1983, Collective Construction & Design, Inc. is proud to be certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a Women's Business Enterprise.

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