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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After a series of false starts with several 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."

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.

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."

"Susan has great insight and superb vision," the wife says. "Once we discussed our lifestyle needs and color preferences, she came back with a design that was perfect in every way."

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

Robert Brantley, Delray Beach, FL

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