A Tropical Resort Life

A Mix Of Earthy Materials And Neutral Colors Transforms A Jumble Of Rooms Into A Chic Guest House For This Jupiter Hills Club Couple And Their Family

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When Ridgewood, N.J. residents, Bayne and Scott Belair became empty nesters, they wanted to spend more time at their South Florida residence in Jupiter, Fla., The couple purchased the home about 10 years ago in the Jupiter Hills Club, a private golf course community with a picturesque natural setting and two championship 18-hole golf courses. It had been the perfect place to celebrate special occasions with family and friends, until the couple decided to purchase the property next door to create a guest house for fun, informal entertaining.

“Although the property was in great disrepair, we were able to reenvision it as a guest house,” says Bayne, whose husband Scott co-founded Urban Outfitters, Inc., the specialty retail company that has five brands including Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain. Bayne, once a buyer for the company, now enjoys creating home design, while husband Scott remains active in the company and with other projects. Excited to begin, the couple worked closely with builder Tim Moore to execute their vision. “The property was overgrown and in very bad shape — messy and virtually a jumble of rooms,” Bayne says. “We gutted the interior, but kept the original ceiling, some of the windows and the open floor plan.”

The newly renovated 4,400-square-foot guest house took 18 months to complete, tearing down 10 walls, leveling floors and replacing them with washed oak. “I wanted to design a fun place where we could entertain, hang out and enjoy a simple, resort spa-like environment,” Bayne says.

The tropical outdoor patio is designed to resemble a retreat in the West Indies or Bahamas, favorite vacation spots of the Belairs. A cabana outfitted with a carved wood settee from Anthropologie and sconces made from oyster shells are set beneath a ceiling of bamboo. Custom-designed shutters add a Polynesian twist beneath a cedar pitch roof. “I like playing with earthy materials that are chic and modern and remind me of the Islands,” Bayne says.

Inside, the spacious living and dining area connect by an expanse of washed oak flooring and features a custom-designed gray sofa brightened with accent pillows from Faustina Pace. A favorite place for the family to gather, the space is warmed by a custom coral stone fireplace that flickers with ocher flames.

Entertaining is a breeze in a kitchen that opens to the main living spaces. “We host tons of dinner parties for friends,” Bayne says. “I like to design with a big counter,” she says of the large island topped with Carrara marble. Flanked by attached cabinets from Downsview Kitchens, it is the perfect size for prepping meals. To the side of the kitchen is the family room, where a gray, custom-designed sectional sofa insures guests a front row seat to socialize and share in the culinary activity.

To landscape the patio and pool area, the couple called on designer Todd Croyle to create a tropical look that was interesting, but not too manicured. The pebble-edged pool, designed by the Belairs, is lined with vibrant orange orchids to add pops of color.

Bayne loved playing with natural materials and adding artwork to complement the rooms with color and texture. “I created a unique and whimsical space which, in the end, turned out to be a labor of love,” she says.

Bayne Belair, Jupiter, FL

Ron Rosenzweig, Stuart, FL

Landscape Architecture
Todd Croyle, Croyle Landscape, Inc., Hobe Sound, FL

Tim Moore, Keating-Moore Construction, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Text by
Linda Marx