A Contemporary Vision

Thinking Outside The Box, One Design Team Turns The Cool Lines Of A Modern Palm Beach Home Into A Warm And Comfortable Vacation Retreat
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Interior Design
Allison Paladino with Zita Rudd, Junior Partner, Allison Paladino Interior Design, Jupiter, FL

Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Peter Papadopoulos, Smith & Moore Architects, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

George L. Ford and Jamie L. Miller, Leeds Custom Design, West Palm Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture
Stephen J. Parker, Parker Yannette Design Group, Inc., Jupiter, FL

Text by
Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

Magnificent Mediterranean villas, stunning Bermuda British colonials and grand mansions inspired by French villas and Italian palazzos abound in Palm Beach, Fla. Just ask interior designer Allison Paladino and architect Peter Papadopoulos, who have designed quite a few of them. So, when a client approached the well-known pair about rejuvenating this 8,000-square-foot, 1980s-built contemporary manse in a prime Island location just steps from the beach, they were definitely intrigued by the possibilities. "It was refreshing to tackle such a contemporary project," Paladino says.

The homeowners, who live in a very traditional residence much of the year, presented the design duo with a challenge — the husband wanted to keep the crisp clean lines of this well built home and the wife wanted warmth to suit her transitional style. The couple also desired a place that was practical. "They are real, down-to-earth people," Paladino says. Fortunately, the couple commissioned the perfect team, along with cabinetry designer Joseph Tralongo, to help them achieve their goals. "With three pairs of eyes, it made for an extremely creative and out-of-the-box project," the designer says.

To begin, the team opened up the floor plan. "It was chopped up and dated," Papadopoulos says. The original kitchen was closed off and the master bedroom was tucked away. They set out to redesign the layout as a series of informal spaces without corridors or hallways. "People want open plans so that the family can all be together," the designer says. "I'm from a close family, so I totally get it."

For the elegant living room, the designer chose a neutral palette. "Soft gray that is almost pewter-like adds warmth to the space," she says. The Donghia sofa and club chairs are covered in a Nancy Corzine linen velvet that Paladino describes as "graige," a gray and beige mixture. "These pieces were also chosen for their transitional lines," the designer says. "They warm the house making it comfortable, but they also add sophistication." The abstract painting, entitled Woman by Fernando Porras, was one of only two pieces of artwork that the owners had brought with them, leaving the designer free to select many more. "We knew it was important to create a beautiful backdrop so that the art could shine," she says.

Across the living space, Allison Paladino's "Sooz" console, named for her client, is part of the designer's EJ Victor Furniture Collection. Inspired by a love of geometric shapes and the classical Greek key motif, the piece rests beneath artist Perle Fine's abstract painting entitled Rough Hewn.

The open floor plan in the nearby dining area, originally a TV room, provides easy access to both the kitchen and family room. A custom-designed walnut dining table from Gerard Furniture lends the perfect place for the family to chat while dining. Custom built cabinetry by Tralongo borders the space with dark, textured wood and a wonderful tactile quality topped by white Caesarstone that offers an easy and durable workspace.

To continue the interior flow, the dining area opens easily into the family room. "With the clean lines of the sectional sofa, the room looks sophisticated but also very open and comfortable," Paladino says.

Close by, the luxurious master suite resembles a room at an upscale resort. The spacious area appears cozier with an 8-foot wall that the team constructed to anchor a custom-platform bed by Raul Carrasco backed with a headboard wrapped in Pierre Frey quilted linen. Behind the facade, a hidden space provides ample storage for the wife's shoes and hats as well as a charging station for electronics. Along the adjacent wall, a chaise lounge clad in supple cotton-velvet lends the perfect view of the pool through an alcove window.

When they first saw the adjoining master bathroom, the owners thanked Paladino for turning it into a luxurious spa. A custom banquette, cushioned in faux cashmere, provides the perfect place to relax and regroup after a soak in the oversized, bright white Waterworks tub that contrasts sharply with the honed, black granite underfoot.

Although the residence offers many stunning views throughout, the beauty of nature specially prevails in the well-appointed pool area. Here, the interior's prevailing theme of soothing grays carries through to the outdoor deck restored with custom, gray cast stone. "Trees and bushes also make the property very Zen-like," Paladino says. "We tried to blur the edges between the interior and exterior ... bringing the outside in really warms up a home."