Wegman Design Group, one of Southwest Florida’s most respected and creative interior design companies, recently completed two incredible waterfront dining establishments.
The first is the Hideaway Beach Club clubhouse located on Marco Island. The 22,000 square foot clubhouse is the centerpiece of the community of over 300 acres of condominiums, beachfront villas and single family homes.
âOur goal was to reflect an elegant Florida coastal feeling appropriate for this sophisticated beach club, aligned with the exterior architecture,â said Lori Wegman, Founder and Director of Wegman Design Group. âWe started by creating a welcoming entrance with a ‘wow’ factor, while still preserving the incredible waterfront views.â
Wegman Design Group also supplied new maintenance-free acoustic ceiling treatment as well as updated lighting to LED lighting.
âThis included beautiful details of the wood slatted ceiling with beams,â Wegman said.
The Hideaway Beach Club has four different restaurants. The Gulfview Room is the formal main dining room, the Coconut Grille Room is for private dining, the Sand Bar is for a beachside lunch, while the Sunset Lounge is popular for sipping cocktails and enjoying sunsets. Sun.
âWithout expanding the pavilion’s footprint, we were able to provide more seating for the Sunset Lounge,â Wegman noted. âWe accomplished this by expanding the building into an exterior balcony space, removing the walls and doors from the lobby, and allowing the furniture to extend into the Grille room. In doing so, we have increased the number of seats in the living room by approximately 20 seats.
Work was also carried out inside the main dining room of the clubhouse. According to Wegman, the Gulfview Room has been improved by updating its furniture and finishes, replacing the windows, removing the columns, modifying the ceiling and updating its wine storage.
Additional design work included finishing the existing bar facade and painting the existing hallway walls.
âThe color palette is light overall, but with variations in rich textures,â Wegman said. “The accent colors were inspired by the waterfront location and the carpet patterns recall the curves of the bar and exterior walls, as well as the shapes created by the waves of the Gulf.”
The other waterfront project by Wegman Design Group is located in the historic downtown district of Fort Myers – the Oxbow Bar and Grill.
Located at 1300 Hendry Street, directly on the beautiful Caloosahatchee River, the Oxbow Bar and Grill describes itself as a laid-back retreat, featuring both indoor and outdoor seating.
“The building now occupied by the Oxbow Bar and Grill was originally designed to be a ferry terminal, which was to carry passengers from Fort Myers to Key West, but was never used as such,” said Wegman said. âThe exterior was uninspiring Mediterranean style, so we transformed the facade into a contemporary rustic chic building, much like an original storefront or warehouse repurposed.â
According to Wegman, the use of warm wood siding, along with textures of split-face stone and stucco are a nod to the surrounding downtown architecture, but with a crisp, fresh touch.
âBy eliminating the arches from the building and replacing them with square openings, as well as capitalizing on the wraparound exterior porch, guests will now be drawn into an experience of discovery and recreation,â Wegman concluded.
At the entrance, the two-story stairwell is clad in whitewashed stone with plank tile flooring. The ceilings are adorned with a cascade of antique hanging oars accented by modern brass lamps with replica Edison-style bulbs, a nod to the famous local inventor.
Located up front is the Oxbow retail space, with its wall and floor displays of branded merchandise including t-shirts, sunglasses and hats.
The counter in the retail space will also serve customers in the near future who are looking to rent the company’s outdoor and river adventure equipment.
From the ceiling, above the retail space, hangs a classic wooden canoe with overhead lighting that leads guests to the dining room beyond.
In the dining room / bar, guests can enjoy the culinary team preparing fresh dishes by the open through window framed by shiny smoky white subway tiles and a wooden transom with aged glass. The gas station offers all the functionalities necessary for the staff, while remaining visible to the diners.
The friendly U-shaped bar offers each guest a view of the Caloosahatchee River and is surrounded by a bottled liquor bottle and a large flat-screen TV. The base of the bar is covered in a naturally distressed weathered wood barn siding in gray, brown and silver tones, and accented by black footrests and handy purse hooks.
On the second floor is another bar and open banquet space, featuring large windows and stunning water views.
Off the staircase, guests are greeted by a custom-made caned paneling reception area. It faces an intimate lounge area with leather seating, all under an oak wood plank ceiling with a magnificent oyster shell chandelier.
As for the open-plan dining space, it features modern black and white herringbone plank flooring, creamy white walls accented with dramatic tongue-and-groove trim and paneling, dark wood ceiling beams, and lanterns in stone. iron.
The banquet bar front frame is also finished in tongue-and-groove wood with wavy natural granite countertops accented with emerald green, rust, and gray stains, similar to the natural waterway outside the windows.
âThe overall experience on the second floor is one of quiet luxury, a great appreciation for the serendipity of the location, and a joyous celebration of all that Fort Myers has to offer,â Wegman added.
Wegman Design Group, currently composed of 15 professionals, was founded in 2001 by Lori Wegman. Prior to starting his own business, Wegman held a number of executive positions in design firms, as well as retail and consumer branding companies.
A licensed professional, Wegman is a member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and sits on the board of directors of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE).
To learn more about Wegman Design Group, its team, methodology, services, and to visually review past projects, call 239-596-8551 or visit WegmanDesignGroup.com.