A French-Inspired Theme Captures
Spirit Of Celebrating Life
Florida Design magazine
John D. Adams
Sargent Architectural Photography,
Beach Gardens, Florida
The dining room in Betsy Rauch's home
exudes the ambiance of a chateau in France's wine country. "My role was to
interpret Betsy's dreams for an informal yet elegant French inspired space,"
says designer Eloise Kubli.
hen Betsy Rauch decided to
build a house in Hawks Landing in Plantation, Fla., she knew that, from concept
to completion, developer/builder Ford Robinette would bring her ideas to
fruition. "We custom design and build all of our homes to the owners' exact
specifications," Robinette says.
But Rauch had a distinct
advantage. As vice president of Robinette Homes, she helps people
design their homes every day. "I knew exactly what
I wanted for my own home in terms of architecture and ambiance," Rauch says. "I
wanted to create a home that was warm and expressed style and quality."
Having previously worked with designer Eloise Kubli
on several projects, Rauch had established a rapport with Kubli, making it easy
for her to articulate Rauch's vision of a French-inspired home. "We really
captured her spirit of celebrating life with family and friends," Kubli says.
The formal dining room, in particular, expresses
Rauch's joie de vivre. A barrel-vaulted ceiling covered with Chicago brick
imbues the space with a sense of intimacy. The brick also fills a niche,
providing the backdrop for a buffet. Flanking the niche are carved-mahogany
doors that conceal wine coolers. "I wanted the room to have the ambiance of an
old, French wine cellar," Rauch says.
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