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2023 Award Winners


Interior Architecture & Design

Specialty Room/Project, Production or Spec in a Home Priced over $1,000,000


Solstice Bourbon Bar at Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch


Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Florida

Architect/Designer | Lee Wetherington Homes

Builder | Lee Wetherington Homes

Developer | Forestar Group

Interior Designer | Builders Design

Interior Merchandiser | Builders Design

Photographer | Binsted Photography

Nestled in the heart of Star Farms, The Solstice Bourbon Bar epitomizes luxury and comfort, tailored for the discerning active-adult demographic. The bar’s design harmoniously blends light and shadow, with moody surfaces and matte metals, creating an aura of opulence.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by a floor-to-ceiling built-in bar that commands attention. The highlight is the dramatic backlit whiskey bar, overlooking the outdoor area, inviting guests to savor fine whiskey while connecting with nature. Large glass doors erase the line between indoors and outdoors to create an inviting space.

Furnishings exude sophistication, with rich textures and indulgent finishes. Vintage car art and brown leather barstools complement the aesthetic, balancing dramatic accents with comfort. Every detail, from the chandelier to the bar glasses, caters to whiskey aficionados. The deep brown quartz waterfall tasting bar serves as a stage for camaraderie.

The Solstice Bourbon Bar is more than a space; it’s an invitation to create cherished memories and relish life’s finest.

From the Judges
This is a cool room with a strong indoor/outdoor connection to help open up the space. The use of moody colors and materials matches the intention of the space to create a dramatic, luxurious place to enjoy a cocktail. 

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