See how one couple transformed their historic West Palm Beach, Florida, retreat for laid-back life by the shore. By Ellen McGauley
"We're here on weekends to go to the beach, so the house needs to be laid-back and relaxed," says the husband. He and his wife hired interior designer Verónica Volani-Inza and Smith Moore Architects to make the outdoors more accessible to the living spaces, along with lightening the interior and exterior palettes. A custom bench outfitted with simple linen cushions anchors the come-as-you-are entryway and serves double duty as smart storage for beach toys and towels.
Get the Look: Venetian plaster wall treatment, Jefro Studio; 561-596-1180; Fiji woven shade fabric, Smith & Noble Pro; Cotton rug, ABC Carpet & Home; Old World Center table, Hickory White; Linen cushion and natural pillow fabric, Arabel Fabrics, Inc.; Bench, Leeds Custom Design; 561/659-3134. Off-white pillow fabric, Norbar Fabrics; Light gray pillow fabric, Excentricities.
The owners' affection for butterflies adds a burst of tropical color and whimsy in the dining room. They are crafted by New York artist Paul Villinski out of soda cans and dot the buttercream walls with sunny coral.
Get the Look: Parchment glaze wall treatment, Jefro Studio; Ceiling and trim in 50/50 blend of Decorators White and Linen White, Benjamin Moore; Cannes Dugiere chairs, Ralph Lauren; Chair upholstery fabric, Kravet; Regency pedestal table, Louis J. Soloman, Inc.; Butterfly sculptures, Paul Villinski.
Volani-Inza sought out real maritime relics for an authentic sense of place. She scoured a local secondhand shop that specializes in cast-offs from ships and found navigational gauges to serve as conversation-worthy accessories, and a pair of bronze-framed portholes that she repurposed as accent tables.
Get the Look: Damask white on linen wall treatment, Phillip Jeffries, Ltd.; Trim in a 50/50 blend of Decorators White and Linen White, Benjamin Moore; Nautical gauge and porthole windows, Culpepper and Co.; Custom porthole tables, Verónica Volani-Inza; Wickerwork cushion fabric, Kravet; Rope ottomans, Excentricities; Rug, Pottery Barn.
Oak paneling in the sunken family room creates a visual link to the pool deck outside a pair of French doors. "We added these doors wherever we could to invite natural light and better connect with the landscape," says the husband. Durable duck canvas--slipcovered sofas, sea grass throw pillows, and a vibrant dhurrie rug keep the room traffic-friendly as a pass-through and lounging spot for kids and guests.
The owners refreshed the exterior palette to complement the naturally vibrant landscape. The stucco was painted a subtle, sandy beige; the driveway gravel was replaced with similarly light stones, which allows the emerald foliage and newly painted blue shutters to shine.
Get the Look: The exterior is painted Cameo White and the shutters are painted Van Deusen Blue, both by Benjamin Moore. Construction, James W. Windham Builder, Inc.; 561-798-2708. Landscape design, New Horizons of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
Volani-Inza drew inspiration from sand and sea in the kitchen with earthy, horizontally scored cerused oak cabinetry and Cavastone flooring. "The pattern of the stone is reminiscent of the impression water makes in sand when it laps the shoreline," she says. "We wanted to mimic that sense of movement."
"I've always been inspired by the look and feel of being on a sailboat," says the husband, who asked the design team to outfit the master suite to mirror a ship's quarters. Navy bedding pairs with brass pendants made from ships' lanterns to lend maritime appeal. Photos of Mar-A-Lago, the Breakers, and Worth Avenue tower, all taken from offshore vantage points, recall the South Florida town's rich history.
Get the Look: Plantation Drift wall fabric, Maharam; Copper lantern pendants, Culpepper and Co.; Coastal Living Resort dresser, Stanley Furniture; Palm Beach photography, Cheryl Maeder; Striped linen bench, ABC Carpet & Home; Custom wool rug, Comeran International; 561-265-1293; Cleo bed, Vanguard; Custom comforter, Ralph Lauren.
The designer set out to create a brighter, more youthful backdrop upstairs, where the owners' three daughters sleep. They added pine wood paneling and painted it white, and furnished the rooms simply with white bedding and pastel painted furniture. "For bedside lighting, we found old ships' lanterns and had them electrified and crafted into sconces," says Volani-Inza.
Get the Look: Walls and ceiling in Decorators White, Benjamin Moore; Bedside table, Lillian August. Swedish Cottage bed, Redford House; Comforter, Restoration Hardware; Bedside lanterns, Culpepper and Co.