Paradise Found

After Years Of Searching For The Perfect Lot To Design And Build Her Very Own Dream Home In Jupiter, Interior Designer Lorraine Rogers-Bolton Created An Idyllic Retreat That Resembles A Sophisticated Caribbean Resort With A Touch Of Edginess

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Some homeowners know exactly what they want and they’re willing to wait years for their perfect piece of paradise. That’s exactly what happened to interior designer Lorraine Rogers-Bolton and her husband Keith Bolton.

After falling in love with an exquisite waterfront lot in Jupiter, Fla., around 12 years ago, the couple put in an offer and later discovered they were outbid. A decade went by and they found themselves in the same neighborhood again when a Realtor friend told them there was a really nice waterfront lot that had recently come up for sale just around the corner. “It was the very same lot … I got chills immediately,” Rogers-Bolton says. “You rarely get two opportunities at something you love.”

When it was time to hire a builder, the couple turned to Ken Weitz who Rogers-Bolton calls a “creative genius.” The two of them have worked on several projects throughout the years and have developed a cohesive relationship.

Once they put together their dream team of Weitz, Rogers-Bolton and architect Dennis Rainho, the planning and design was underway. The Boltons’ 6,000-square-foot, two-story home took a year to build. “It’s definitely a team approach,” Weitz says. “Having a designer, architect and builder who all work well together makes all the difference.”

With a wish list that incorporated many details they had seen during their travels, Rogers-Bolton and her husband made sure that every inch of the house was exactly as they envisioned. “I call the design style ‘organic contemporary’ because my desire was to incorporate straight crisp architectural lines along with natural elements and the warmth of wood and stone,” the designer says.

Along with her travels, she embraced her love of water and nature, creating indoor/outdoor living spaces that blend together seamlessly. Upon entry, guests are greeted by breathtaking views of the Loxahatchee River that beckon even the most discriminate visitor. Warm walnut wood complements the neutral interior palette accented with various shades of blue that echo the watery tones of the shimmering pool beyond.

Light is also a key detail throughout the house. The plans were designed so that multi directional light abounds, including in the dining room with its French doors on either side that allow light to flow freely. “I love natural daylight,” Rogers-Bolton says. “Every area has at least two sources of light so it permeates through the house at all hours of the day.”

Establishing a delicate balance between nature’s own and a contemporary scheme, Rogers-Bolton brought her visions to life in the main living areas with triple step ceilings above that juxtapose with the waxed walnut flooring below. Playing with spaces that can carry large pieces, the designer mixes a woven linen-clad sofa and chaise by Swaim with deep-seated armchairs in the family room. A study in contrasts, the nearby chef’s kitchen is equipped with an array of state-of-the-art appliances. Sleek white cabinetry, marble countertops and stainless steel accents provide a modern counterpoint to the walnut wood that wraps the culinary space.

Conversely, the master bedroom suite conveys a soft and subtle impression with its seamless transitions and tone-on-tone nuances. A blend of silvery gray and white hues wash over the entire space from the chairs and accent tables in the sitting area to the luxurious Ann Gish bedding and Kravet’s multi-level silk and wool area rug.

With three grown children and six grandchildren, the Boltons’ luxurious retreat, with its expansive open-air loggia overlooking the Loxahatchee River, is the perfect tropical getaway for family and friends to gather, and they are enjoying it to the fullest. “I walk in the door every day and I couldn’t be happier,” the designer says.

Interior Design
Lorraine Rogers-Bolton, Rogers Design Group, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Agronaut Productions, Inc., Jupiter, FL

Dennis Rainho, YRA Design, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

Ken Weitz, Steve Romanowski and Susan Schedler, Vintage Building and Design, Delray Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture
Jeff Houghtaling, JBD Design, Inc., Lake Worth, FL

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Vanessa Molina Santamaria