“We wanted it to be as solid as it is beautiful,” she says. The airy U-shaped five-bedroom home is Italianate in style, Mediterranean in feeling, and thoroughly substantial, despite the fact that it opens on all sides to harness the breeze. “It’s full of strength and authenticity,” adds Shiverick, who spent the first 20 years of her professional life on Wall Street as a currency trader.
The couple didn’t want the residence to seem too formal, she says, preferring “a real Florida house, done to reflect the way we live, which includes our dogs.” The couple’s two cocker spaniels, Holly and Thistle, love to dive into the pool, shake themselves off, and bound onto the loggia’s sofas through the large arched casement doors that are almost always open. In anticipation, Shiverick drapes the furniture in colorful textiles: “If you can’t find a way to have dogs in your life, to me, it’s no fun.”