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Excellence in design

Peacock + Lewis wins award for Devonshire

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December 13th, 2016

The South Florida Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design awarded its 2016 Design Excellence Award in the category Aging in Place to the interior design team at Peacock + Lewis Architects and Planners, LLC. 

The Palm Beach-based firm earned the award for its phase I clubhouse renovations at Devonshire at PGA National, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens. 

“The South Florida ASID chapter is the second largest in the country, and competition is always heavy,” says Susan Bardin, the company’s director of interior design. “We don’t know who our competition was, but the award spoke to the fact that all of our choices were the right ones.”

The team took the same approach for Devonshire as they do for other commissions, 90% of which are for country clubs, fitness centers, and spas: It designs those facilities as extensions of members’ homes. 

Renovations in Cavendish Café, one of Devonshire’s five clubhouse restaurants, are an example. 

Resident input was key

“The restaurant is clearly an upscale ambience,” Bardin says, “but residents want it to be a residential and not a hospitality experience.”

Although members enjoy resort-style living, “Devonshire isn’t a resort,” she adds. “It truly is their home. They want to be comfortable eating dinner every night and inviting guests to dine with them.”

So, Cavendish Café’s redesign exhibits a casual yet sophisticated décor with wicker furniture and a coastal palette. Its large windows look out on the clubhouse swimming pool, creating a poolside ambience. 

Devonshire is situated by a nature preserve, so the restaurant’s informal look reflects a natural aesthetic that appeals to Floridians today. 

When people leave their large homes in country club communities for luxurious apartment homes at Devonshire, they receive the same five-star level of service and high-end design they have come to expect.  

“I think Erickson is ahead of the game in understanding their market,” Bardin says. “[For this renovation] they reached out to interior design teams in the luxury living industry.”

Her firm was particularly well suited for the project. 

“Literally,” Bardin says, “because we’re in the community, we know people who live at Devonshire. Some of them moved from Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach. We renovated Lost Tree Beach Club a few years ago. When you get to things you can touch and feel and see, it’s nice to have a local team. We understand what people here like and what it means to be a Floridian.”

Stunning design

When Devonshire was built 17 years ago, its clubhouse was state-of-the-art. Peacock + Lewis’s updates returned it to its former glory with a makeover that reflects members’ preferences and today’s design. 

Bardin says that people moving to Devonshire now would have commissioned the firm to do similar work in their home at a country club community.

The award for Devonshire was one of five that Peacock + Lewis received from ASID. 

“The evening was overwhelming,” says Bardin. “You feel very, very proud of the people you work with.”