Its decor goes from Aegean to Fla. State


Faraway: The Stoltzes' home is filled with surprises. There's Mount Kilimanjaro in the library, the Aegean Sea in the master bathroom.

March 09, 2003|By Marie Gullard | Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Winding along the two-lane roads of Green Spring Valley offers a visit to a quieter place.

Small farms have open acres encircled by wood fencing. Stone gates announce a private school at the top of a hill or a sprawling ranch-style home nestled among pine trees.

One entrance guides the visitor to the development of Five Springs West. Here, contemporary-style homes are built far from the road, with generous space between each dwelling. At the road's end sits the fieldstone and cedar-shingled home of Dr. Robert and Cynthia Stoltz.

The home fits nicely into the wooded lot that surrounds it. It features an "open-book design" so that it enjoys a bright southern exposure from large windows.

"I love my solitude," Cynthia Stoltz says. "I'm crazy about the woods, and here we feel so secluded."

The view through chintz curtains of the kitchen's bay windows is of trees, snow-splotched fields and three deer grazing in the back yard. Comfortably seated at her breakfast table, Cynthia Stoltz, a flight attendant for US Airways, naturally craves this bucolic retreat during a busy week of crowded airports and night-layovers.

She and husband Robert, a physician, paid $370,000 for the home and its 2.2 acres in 1996. They have since spent $100,000 in decor and additions.

"We simply had to enlarge the kitchen area, since we give so many parties," she laughs. "Everyone always ends up in the kitchen."

The kitchen addition is decorated in a country theme. Oak wainscoting encircles the walls of its dining area. And wedged atop the paneling is her wine-bottle cork collection - hundreds of them - lined up like a battalion of miniature soldiers.

The den reflects the Stoltzes' love of golf, with old clubs suspended on a corner post. A lamp, with a base fashioned from sawed-off putters and drivers, rests on a table beside overstuffed leather furniture. At the base of the large fieldstone fireplace, a decanter-type container displays years of matchbook collecting.

One of the most important changes to the Stoltz home is a project on the north side of the house. There, artist Crystal Hansen has applied a faux finish to enhance the white walls of a contemporary cathedral ceiling.

Hansen's hand-painted vines grace the doorways. The walls are splashed in contrasting colors to present a marble appearance. Heading up the open stairway to the second level, dusty rose shades lead into soft mossy green hues.

A sunken, tiled solarium dominates the northwest corner of the house. Cushions are placed along the perimeter for relaxed conversation. The walls here are painted in a tropical motif. Situated among real climbing plants, an electric waterfall gurgles softly. It is the room's only sound.

Concerned that there was no window in the master bathroom, Cynthia Stoltz requested a mural. Hansen painted a view of the Aegean Sea surrounding the sunken tub. Also, contemporary tiles mesh with bas relief veranda columns.

A safari theme dominates the second-story library, with its slatted wood blinds. A hand-painted scene of Mount Kilimanjaro decorates the area behind the computer desk.

The entire lower level of the home is a shrine to the Florida State Seminoles - Cynthia Stoltz's alma mater. A plaster replica of Florida State University's Doak S. Campbell Stadium is given pedestal treatment.

A flight attendant friend, Barbara Shapiro, loves visiting the Stoltzes. "She has done such a great job with the wall paintings ... [and] has brought Florida State into every part of her house," Shapiro says.

Back in the kitchen, Cynthia Stoltz talks about the home where she and her husband plan to grow old. Neither have plans to stop embellishing their 4,700-square-foot dream home.

"To me, a dream house is always a work in progress," she says.

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