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“This home has generously sized spaces for gatherings of any kind,” said Stevens. “And they’re especially appealing during the evening, when the glimmering metallic and reflective sur- faces and backlit beams illuminate the soaring ceilings.” Exquisite food and drink are important when bringing peo- ple together, and there are lots of ways to prepare and enjoy a gourmet meal at the Watlington. Its stunning kitchen boasts a contemporary combination of grayed rift oak and high-gloss white cabinetry, accented by a textured, large-format Porce- lanosa tile backsplash and Pompeii extra white and statuario quartz countertops. A large island with a cantilevered counter- top allows guests to watch the action in the kitchen as the dual- fuel range, steam oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, microwave drawer and refrigerated drawers get put to work. As the party moves into the dining room, everyone gathers around a rustic oak and antique nickel table with seating for eight. Ombre draperies in shades of blue flank the windows and offer a dramatic contrast to the bright white, Venetian plaster walls. “It’s a great floor plan for entertaining,” said Stevens. “I en- vision dinner parties being hosted in the dining room amid the glow of its blue-flame glacier crystal linear fireplace.” More casual affairs can take advantage of Florida’s temper- ate weather by utilizing the home’s outdoor living spaces. The great room flows out to a covered living area and open-air pool and patio spaces. Christian Andrea of Architectural Land De- sign maximized the homesite by carving out areas for dining and sitting pool- or fireside. White fusion bluette stone countertops and refrigerated drawers provide storage and prep space in the outdoor kitchen. A tongue-and-grove ceiling painted gray with a nickel edge shades the outdoor dining area and lounge seating arranged by an outdoor fireplace with cypress-paneled wall. Brushed shellstone flooring flows from the outdoor living area onto the pool deck. Grayed green mosaic iridescent tile accents the spa and pool, which features a shallow beach area for in-water lounging. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 29