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These are the words guests use to describe the home of Ed and Gillian Spengler. Built in 2014 in the gated community of Kings Crossing’s Domain, the unique design of the home was guided by Gillian’s Caribbean upbringing and a home the couple visited in Hawaii. “I grew up in Trinidad, and lived in a beautiful home with an open floor plan. I always knew that if I ever built, my home would have that feature and reflect the tropics that I love so much,” says Gillian. It’s pretty safe to say that the goal was accomplished!
Walking into this home, you immediately know you’re someplace special.
The tropical ambience begins in the front courtyard, where palm trees and other exotic flora seem to flow into the home’s interior. Floor-to-ceiling windows line the courtyard, which allow fornearly all rooms in the home to take in the breathtaking view. At the back of the home, similar windows overlook the pool, a natural creek, and a large open green space.
“We wanted the outdoors to be our artwork,” reflects Gillian. The oversized patio boasts a custom outdoor kitchen, a tropics-inspired louvered window, and a richly stained wooden ceiling. “Some late nights, I love to sit in the living room and admire it all through the windows, such beauty and tranquility,” muses Gillian. “The dim lights from the lanterns and the reflection of the moonlight in the creek are so soothing.” The pool is extra popular, mimicking a giant hot tub, where all can sit around and enjoy jets, conversation, and perhaps a cold cocktail.
This soothing mood is also reflected in the interior of the home. A monochromatic color palette of creams and blacks highlight the home’s sleek sophistication. Soaring ceilings are adorned with modern fixtures, and the furnishings are a tribute to a “less is best” attitude. Keeping it simple, a splash of color can be added with a well-placed accessory here and there. “I aimed at buying furnishings that fit the space – nothing bigger than need be,” shares Gillian.
No “can’t touch” showrooms in this home! “My goal was to focus on wide open spaces and to utilize every aspect of our home on a daily basis. We knew the third bedroom would be used as Ed’s office, so we fitted it with double doors so he, too, could enjoy the view of the courtyard.” Somehow, Ed does get work done here, but it’s hard to see how the ambience wouldn’t be distracting enough to play hookie.
The open floor plan makes it easy to comfortably entertain family and friends and accommodates a growing family. “I love to entertain, cook, and dance to the beat of the music,” Gillian says. Their kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances for ease of cooking for whoever is baking, boiling, stewing, steeming or grilling. And after feeding the family and friends, it only seems fitting to dance off the meal. “Our friends and family know they can always drop in and before long, the music begins! The more the merrier!” The sleek gourmet kitchen and spacious living room spill and overflow naturally into the dining area and wet bar. This oversized space can welcome crowds and makes mingling easy. The sense that every guest is valued is reflected in the minutest details. “It was very important to me to have a round dining table, so no one is left out of any conversation,” states Gillian. A true testament to the attitude of a gracious hostess!