Just about anyone who ever met Matt Overstreet considered him a friend, and even the mention of his name evokes a smile and stories about his gracious Southern bearing, self-deprecating humor and irrepressible delight in life. Just weeks before his untimely death of cancer in May, the
At his side were his protégé and former assistant of 21 years, Roger Metz, who will continue working with Overstreet’s longtime clients through his own
As the three reminisced, they were stoic yet cheery. It’s hard to fathom, but Overstreet was quietly putting everyone at ease instead of the other way around. “I’m ready to go,” he declared, “and I am at peace with it. I have my funeral planned, right down to the food, the flowers and the music. It’s going to be a great party.”
Overstreet’s charm, like his work, was irresistible. Although he and
“The walls were painted in three different colors: muddy red, bright yellow and blue,” added
The 4,189-square-foot condo was repainted in a creamy beige called Lighthouse Landing, and Jonathan Slenz was commissioned to supply Hunter Douglas shades to soften direct beachfront sunset views.
“In the living room, Honeycomb Duette Vertiglides stack back and completely disappear behind the simple silk drapery panels so as not to interfere with the view,” said Slenz, who recommended Duette Easy-Rise pleated shades in the master bedroom to coordinate with custom draperies of Kravet striped silk.
Dark-stained wood, black metal furniture and lighting fixtures were contrasted with off-white, cream and beige textured fabrics throughout the three-bedroom condominium. “All the fabrics are from Designers Source of Sarasota,”
“He is the perfect client,” Overstreet said of the owner. “His main concern was the comfort of guests who would be using the house—his family, friends, and visiting celebrities who are patients.” The space is elegant yet comfortable, a trademark in any Overstreet interior, whether traditional or contemporary like this one. “In my own home, everything also had to be comfortable,” Overstreet explained. “If it isn’t comfortable, it’s not worth doing.” In fact, Overstreet said proudly, his home, “all pale yellows and natural cotton and silk fabrics,” was so comfortable that a client took one look and bought the rooms intact when Overstreet became too ill to stay there alone and had to move in with a friend.
The designers moved an oversized leather ottoman, which had looked out of proportion in a corner of the living room, to fill up what Slenz describes as a dance hall of a master bath. A painting of a Buddha found tucked away in a closet now makes a stylish statement in the master bedroom. Existing red pillows were moved to the sitting room to complement wood-framed chairs the designers reupholstered in
Overstreet refashioned a space off the dining room into what he called a wonderful after-dinner room to serve desserts and coffee while watching sunset views. “Matt had a unique style,” explained
“Though the years we’ve had so much fun working together we didn’t even realize we were working,” Slenz added. He and Overstreet recalled the day they walked through a