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2020 Award Winners



Design Detail




Orlando, Florida

Architect/Designer | Phil Kean Design Group

Builder | Phil Kean Design Group

Landscape Architect/Designer | Mills Design Group

Interior Designer | Phil Kean Design Group

Interior Merchandiser | Phil Kean Design Group

Green Verifier/Rater | Two Trails Inc.

Photographer | Uneek Image

This luxury home was built in a neighborhood of vacation homes priced at $5 million and up. The warm, modern home embraces the mid-century modern architectural inspirations of Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolf Schindler, and Richard Neutra. It features extraordinary interior detailing throughout. The home’s earthy color palette and open feel lend to its name, Nyumbani, which means “home” in Swahili, and is inspired by the movie The Lion King.

The foyer is graced with unique architectural stairs, with complementing features all around. The juxtaposition of the rich warmth of the walnut stairs with the earthy, textured ledgestone feature wall creates the initial ‘wow’  factor of the home. The beauty of the ledgestone is viewable through the stairs’ glass balustrade. The pairing of the glass over the stone creates the perfect canvas for the linear design of the understated walnut handrail. An eye-catching pendant featuring multiple crisscross arms with bulbs at each end represents a starry sky in this Lion King-inspired home. The stairs end in an art niche and the rich walnut of the stairs continues down the hallway. The foyer also features LED step lighting and a four-sided glass fireplace.

From the Judges
The staircase is like a sculpture. It provides major impact and is very memorable. The contrast of materials makes it relatable and a welcoming, fun feature in contrast to the white surroundings. It adds a playful element to the space.

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