"Design Star" contestant and Lighthouse Point resident Trish Beaudet shows off her new home in Lighthouse Point
INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD ROSSER | PHOTOS BY JUAN PABLO CASTRO | DESCRIPTIONS BY TRISH BEAUDET
It’s easy to see why Trish Beaudet was cast in a reality television show for home designers. Out of 10,000 applicants the year she applied, only 29 were flown out to Los Angeles and only nine were selected. Her design talent is surely excellent, but her electric smile, head of long black hair and engaging, ready-to-serve attitude surely won over the producers. The HGTV show, “Design Star,” hurls challenges at contestants in a pressure-cooker manner, and Trish finished in the top three.
“All of us (cast) have great memories but are all a bit traumatized,” Trish summarized as we met in her newly-remodeled Lighthouse Point home.
After meeting some of her family and all three of her adorable dogs, who eagerly joined me on the couch, I learned more about why she did so well on the show and throughout her 17 year career. Her genuine warmth and concern for others are key to thrilling clients.
“I like to excite them about their design,” she said. “I design for what my client wants.”
Trish said she tries to engage her clients throughout the process of transforming their home or office. She encourages them to buy pieces they are drawn to, then finds a way to work those pieces into the house later.
Trish’s personal design style uses contrasts of hard and soft. For example, crystal paired with natural wood. This hard and soft combination is evident throughout her home, which she renovated from April to July of this year. Trish and her family left Michigan for the warmer weather and year-round boating in Florida. “This house had great bones,” and “I love the community,” were just two of the many reasons she selected her home with the help of her realtor, Erik Cavanaugh. The house underwent big renovations, which inevitably involved disasters. Her contractors encountered many, but each time, with her big smile, Trish said, “There is no ‘This can’t be done.’ Find a way.” Her team did just that.
Trish’s design firm is called Cashmere & Vine. You can request a consultation at cashmereandvine.com.
Replacing a vibrant yellow exterior with a softer Mediterranean look, the walls were painted a calming ivory and the stone was freshened up with a soft tan. The trim of the home was changed to a dark chocolate, while the garage doors and front door received a face lift as well. Each was stripped, sanded and re-stained to an espresso color. New landscaping added a softer feel to the front of the home.
The biggest change in this room was the flooring. It is a Provenza Old World engineered floor in Castle Gray. Offering so much character, the floor is wire brushed, hand scraped and distressed. The engineered flooring is perfect for the Florida climate and is extremely durable.
The fabrics are soft, neutral colors; they offer a subtle elegance. The massive circular sectionals were chosen in unison to create a warm conversation area for guests. The cream, textured cotton fabric is soft and comfortable. I elected to dress the sofas with casual pillows in all different patterns and shades of smoky gray. The ottoman is covered in a white, faux fur. I replaced heavy, tapestry drapery panels with a light airy fabric. These massive 25 foot panels were specially made for me in a very sheer cotton with tiny silver threads running through it. The sheen is amazing when sunlight comes through the windows.
I wanted the old feel of a crystal chandelier, but with a modern, rustic twist. I found one that combined both styles perfectly. The large six-by-six chandelier makes a huge statement. I love how the crystal chandelier is suspended in the modern orb. The rustic ebony finish compliments the existing iron banister perfectly.
I wanted a very casual, neutral look. The sofas and chairs are done in the same light, oatmeal linen fabric. I coordinated the loose pillows in a soft cream and gray cotton. To add something extra, each piece is dressed with natural, antiqued nail heads.
I chose a two-toned, modern wood console, flanked by two antique nickel bookcases to hide all media components. Instead of a traditional large cocktail table, I selected two, matching cocktail tables in a light distressed wood with antique sliver banding.
While I went with a lighter shade of gray on the walls, I really wanted to draw attention to the coffered ceiling so chose a medium shade of gray. The molding detail now stands out tremendously.
I paired the existing, traditional crystal chandelier and sconces with a warm, modern dining table made of a reclaimed wood top and antique nickel base. Wanting a more comfortable casual dining room, I chose simple, white linen slip cover chairs. The dramatic window panels are done in a white embroidered tone-on-tone linen fabric.
Bringing in the warm modern rustic design to the bedroom, I replaced the original carpet with the same distressed flooring used on the first level. I opted to infuse the bedroom with a more dramatic palate, painting the room in a deep shade of peppercorn gray. The darker shade offers a bold backdrop for the modern chrome, upholstered bed and champagne silver nightstands and dresser. To contrast the silver and gray tones, I chose to add soft gold accents for a nice visual contrast. The white fur rug grounds the master bed and the crystal chandelier adds softness. The chandelier is encased in a delicate, white, sheer shade trimmed with gold.
Besides the flooring, the kitchen was the biggest renovation in the home. I replaced the outdated, cream cabinetry with custom, crisp white, modern maple cabinets. I designed the cabinets myself with the help of a contractor. The doors are inset and have a special router detail.
Wanting a dramatic focal point over the cook top, I chose to take the framing all the way up to the ceiling, which creates the illusion of more cabinetry. Flanking the sides are functional cabinets that contain a pull-out spice rack and shelves.
I used two different tiles for the backsplash. The first — a distressed gray tile I had installed in a herringbone pattern — offsets the linear, white and gray glass subway tile.
In the kitchen I wanted the look of Carrera Marble without the up-keep. I found a Brittanicca Quartz countertop from Cambria. Its stunning, white and gray movement compliments both the white cabinetry and gray island.
I had my cabinet maker box out the corners of the island and add furniture posts to the ends. The posts are painted in a warm, metallic bronze finish, lightly dusted with gold. The finish compliments the unique pendants hanging over the island. The pedants are that unexpected element in the space.