How To Catch The Eye

One Designer Artfully Layers Contemporary Decor, Texture And Color For An Unexpected Look In A Traditional Home

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When one longtime Florida couple bought their new getaway home with a picture-perfect lake view in a country club community in Boca Raton, Fla., they fancied something different this time around. "They wanted a contemporary clean feel mixed with some traditional elements to complement the architecture of the home," interior designer Sybil Maxson says. "So transitioning this house into a dream home began."

This philanthropic couple required a gracious home, where they could host charity events; but they also wished for a relaxed environment to enjoy their children and grandchildren. "Rather than make structural changes, I added contemporary furnishings and artwork to complement their existing art collection," Maxson says. "I used black and white for dramatic contrast, as well as soft silver leaf, platinum and gold leaf finishes to enhance the elegance."

On the loggia, Maxson opted for woven seating and stainless steel tables from Ebel to shape a social grouping beneath the Florida-traditional pecky cypress ceiling. For a special touch and an iridescent look, the tables incorporate glass tops with a reversed painted finish.

Step inside, where white columns announce entry to the formal dining room. A coffered ceiling finished in gold leaf shapes the space in classic elegance, while the black-lacquer dining table from Planum exudes a contemporary feel. Jessica Charles' updated versions of classic wingback chairs and Swaim's silver-leaf side chairs are clad in a golden, basket-weave silk by Fabricut. Two sculptures from the homeowners' art glass collection pose center stage in complement to the custom hand-cut crystal inserts on French doors that open to the wine room.

"For art, we commissioned Ngurah to create two pieces that complement each other and immediately grab attention," the designer says. "The woman has a scarf across her eyes, and in the other painting, the man's glasses are flying off to the left, almost like he's blown away by her. The mystery behind the two paintings makes for good conversation."

In the family room, Maxson created a soft warm look with a plush, deep-seated sofa from Century Furniture covered in a cool silk blend. The cocktail table with geometric stainless legs adds a touch of modern, while Hancock & Moore's mahogany framed chair and ottoman sit in classic comfort. The Masland hand-knotted wool area rug tops the dark maple wood flooring. Nearby, a pedestal dining table centers the breakfast area. A cozy banquette styled in champagne-gold-and-white striped cut velvet offers additional seating in the casual gathering space.

"My clients were looking for something creative and different from what they had previously," Maxson says. "It was the perfect collaboration and creation of the interior spaces."

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Sybil Maxson, Brown's Interior Design, Boca Raton, FL

Robert Brantley, Delray Beach, FL

Text by
Christine Davis