Solstice Planning and Architecture
SRQ Home of the Year,
P.O. Box 25333, Sarasota, FL 34277
About Solstice Planning and Architecture
Solstice Planning and Architecture was founded by Jonathan Parks in the Sarasota area, just outside of Tampa. Parks has served as principal at the firm since 2015, and he specializes in historic preservation and interior design. He is joined by Selma Wilson, who started her work with Solstice in 2012, after beginning her career in the United Kingdom and Turkey. Over the last two decades, Wilson has worked on theatre, cinema, and opera projects across the world, including Tokyo, London, and Ankara. They’ve worked on interior design projects across Florida, including in Siesta Key, Boca Grande, Venice, and Cherokee Park. The firm has won a incredibly long list of awards for their interior design work. Just in the last year, Solstice has received the Platinum Award for Best Overall Home, the Platinum Award for Best Kitchen, the SRQ Home of the Year, the Platinum Award from Best Bathroom, the Platinum Award for Best Sustainable / Green Project, and the Silver Award for Best Landscape Design / Pool / Outdoors, all from CompassHauss.
Situated on a quarter acre lot in St. Petersburg, Solstice worked to design the interior of a 3,700-square-foot island residence on the Lido Shores. The home was to be an enclave of modern design situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Solstice worked with the architect to design the floor plan outside to include a stepping-stones bridge over a reflecting pond. The firm designed the interior so that all the main public and private spaces surround the pool area, including the living room, kitchen, outdoor area, library, and master bedroom. Upstair rooms were designed to take advantage of clear nightlines to ocean views. Solstice had to use elements of design to mitigate the oddly shaped, trapezoidal lot the home was being built on. The design firm worked with the architecture to utilize unique angels in the interior designs so that the office, laundry room, library, and upstairs terrace “absorb” the angle. The firm also worked to design the unencumbered doorways, multiple vistas, and transom windows that grant natural light into the home.