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  Issue 20-4

  A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT AND SPACE
Interior Designer Susan Lachance Realizes A Home's True Potential In Achieving Indoor/Outdoor Harmony While Making A Statement That Resonates With The Owners' Personalities

 


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INTERIOR DESIGN
Susan Lachance, Susan Lachance Interior Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

TEXT
De Schofield

PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Brantley, Delray Beach, FL


 

After a series of false starts withseveral design firms, one married couple began to doubt they would ever find the right fit to complete the interior makeover they envisioned for their vacation getaway in Boca Raton, Fla. And so, a good friend advised a call to interior designer Susan Lachance. “From the first meeting, she really listened and understood our objectives,” the wife says. “And we knew then she was the right choice.”

Lachance’s new clients, who maintain a permanent residence in Boston, purchased their first Florida retreat in the exclusive golf course community of Broken Sound, and after living there for about a year, decided to purchase this larger home in the same community. “The decision to buy was based on much more than size alone,” the husband says about the property, which includes a three-bedroom main house and a two-story, two-bedroom guest house that extends to nearly 10,000 square feet. “It was more about the great use of space.”

“The original decor was contemporary, but the interpretation lacked the style and drama that the new owners desired,” Lachance says.

Looking for a home with lots of space for casual entertaining and an indoor/outdoor harmony, the couple felt that the open floor plan and abundance of floor-to-ceiling glass seemed to capture everything they loved about a Florida getaway. The home’s only drawback was its somewhat dated interiors. “The original decor was contemporary, but the interpretation lacked the style and drama that the new owners desired,” Lachance says.

Cherry-wood panels overlaid with floor-to-ceiling panels in a faux-stone finish of Venetian plaster form an artistic wall installation in the living room next to a sculpture by Karpuska.

A total makeover resulted in a celebration of light and space, comfort and serenity. Smooth surfaces are countered by geometric elements and an overall sensitivity to light and shadows. Throughout, white flooring of gleaming glass tile from Coverings Etc signifies the owners’ penchant for clean lines, with blue, gold and deep wood tones adding warmth and interest while referencing the indoor/outdoor theme.

 

At the entrance, double glass doors open onto the foyer, where Lachance blurred spaces via the addition of a curved glass wall that provides a see-through enclosure for the breakfast room and affords views through to the adjoining family room and outdoor vistas. The family room’s conversation grouping includes a sofa from the owners’ previous home, now re-clad in a warm gold chenille and paired with two, low-slung lounge chairs. “Our starting points here were the drapery and pillow fabrics,” Lachance says. “The patterns establish a coherency, with playful circular shapes used to link all the elements together in a subtle way so that it all fits like a puzzle.”

Steps away lies the newly remodeled kitchen, which Lachance redesigned with custom white lacquer cabinetry, quartz countertops and a mosaic backsplash. The installation of a suspended bridge soffit adds a striking architectural element.

In the generous-sized living room, the seating area, which fronts a view of the indoor lap pool, includes a sofa and lounge chairs that Lachance reupholstered in cream-toned suede and updated with accent pillows in ice blue chenille. Blue hues repeat in a plush area rug and barstools that pull up to the cherry-wood bar. Clean lines define the nearby dining room, where a custom-sized ebony and stainless steel table pairs with ebony-framed chairs with Ultrasuede seats.

Lachance opened the gallery by replacing the walls with a floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass. The barrel skylight ceiling lets in light, while planters alive with natural vegetation are embedded into the flooring.

The wife’s penchant for the color purple cued the master bedroom scheme. A luxurious area rug provides textural interest beneath the bed, while the upholstered headboard clad in sculpted chenille becomes artwork for the space.

And the result? “Every time we enter this house we are reminded of how much we love this place,” the wife says. “It’s a warm, family-friendly home yet makes a statement that is uniquely and personally our own.”

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 Foyer
Entrance doors fabricated by Coral Bay Builders, Coral Springs, FL
Shelving fabricated by Hamlin Woodworks, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Floor planters in foyer - Michael O, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floor planters outside of entrance doors - OUTstanding Furniture, Pompano Beach, FL
Sculpture on pedestal - Karen Lynne Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Breakfast Room
Glass wall - Custom designed by Susan Lachance Interior Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Fabricated by Coral Bay Builders, Coral Springs, FL
Dining chairs - Scan Design, Hollywood, FL
Table - Campaniello Design Collection, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Fusion Art Glass, Seaside, FL
Family Room
Columns, console, game table and desk fabricated by Hamlin Woodworks, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Game chairs - Costantini Pietro, Italy Fabric - Duralee, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sofa fabric - Rodolph & Hein, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Lounge chairs - Thayer Coggin, High Point, NC
Cocktail table - Brueton Industries, E.G. Cody, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accent table - Astoria Imports + Compass Originals, Pompano Beach, FL
Floor lamp - Sipure Design, North Miami, FL
Floor planters and sculpture on game table - Michael O, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Artwork above sofa - Raymond Karpuska Studio, Boca Raton, FL
Circle-patterned drapery fabric - Donghia Showrooms, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Kitchen
Appliances - House of Appliances, Delray Beach, FL
Cabinetry and bar - Custom designed by Susan Lachance Interior Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Cabinetry and bar fabricated by Craft Master Kitchens, Inc., Jupiter, FL
Front of bar fabricated by Alene Lewis, Inc., Miami, FL
Countertop fabricated by Galaxy Marble, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL
Stools - Carriage House, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Living Room
Sofa and lounge chairs - Owners’ Collection Wall paneling - Custom designed by Susan Lachance Interior Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Wall paneling, installation on wall paneling and bar fabricated by Hamlin Woodworks, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Wall paneling faux finished by Mural Art by Walcutt, Boca Raton, FL
Bar countertop fabrication and pedestal - Galaxy Marble, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL
Sculpture on pedestal - Raymond Karpuska Studio, Boca Raton, FL
Barstools, candlesticks on cocktail table and silver accessories on bar - Michael O, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Floor lamp - Carriage House, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sculpture on pedestal - Raymond Karpuska Studio, Boca Raton, FL
Drapery fabric - Highland Court, Duralee, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug - Paul Bebble & Assoc., Jupiter, FL
Dining Room
Table - Bon Vivant Custom Woodworking, Miami, FL
Chairs - Costantini Pietro, Italy
Light fixture - Zaneen, Interior-Deluxe, Euro Lights & Electric Group, Inc., Tarpon Springs, FL
Gallery
Glass doors and planters - Custom designed by Susan Lachance Interior Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Glass doors fabricated by Coral Bay Builders, Coral Springs, FL
Planters fabricated by Coverings Etc, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Wall covering fabricated by Daddona Studios, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL
Artwork - Raymond Karpuska Studio, Boca Raton, FL
Master Bedroom
Wood wall paneling, console and
bedside chests fabricated by Hamlin Woodworks, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Upholstered wall behind bed fabricated by Drapery Castle, Boynton Beach, FL
Bed, bench, lounge chairs and ottomans - New Design Furniture Manufacturing, Inc., Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Upholstered wall and bed fabric, dark accent pillow fabric and light drapery fabric - Kravet, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Bed covering - Rodolph & Hein, Jeffrey Michaels & Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Occasional table between lounge
chairs - Intrex Furniture, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
Pendants - Hampstead Lighting, Tucker, GA
Sculpture on occasional table - Michael O, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug - Wendy Clark Designs, Boca Raton, FL
Rear Exterior/Pool Area
Chaises and daybed - OUTstanding Furniture, Pompano Beach, FL
Cushion fabrics - Appearance LLC, Miami Beach, FL
Accent pillow fabric - Duralee, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Lap tables - Skyline Design, Miami, FL
Throughout
Builder - Coral Bay Builders, Coral Springs, FL
Landscaping - Tucker Design Build, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Millwork and molding - Hamlin Woodworks, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Flooring - Coverings Etc, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

 

 

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