Shifting From Traditional To Modern

Recreated With Clean Lines, Warm Organic Textures, And Bold Pops Of Color In Artwork And Furnishings, This Boca Raton Home Was Designed To Impress

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With more than 42 years in the industry, interior designer Michael Wolk has seen his share of styles and design trends come and go. So, when the owners of this 4,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Boca Raton, Fla., approached him about a total change of style and structure, he saw the opportunity to bring the home forward 30 years. “We needed to remove all the pillars, stucco finish plaster, barrel tiles and arches that were everywhere,” Wolk says. “The walls would be kept purposely clean for art and sculpture — and only the warm, organic textures of stone and wood would be used for dramatic detail.” Soon, the home was increased to 12,000 square feet, and it was literally out with the old and in with the thoroughly modern.

In the new entry, the eye sweeps upward towards a vortex-like, 23-foot-high ceiling. An Ingo Maurer-designed chandelier of gold-leafed paper sails floats ethereally above a stairway created with steel and glass railings. A wall of windows, previously a series of arched openings, now allows brilliant light to shine through.

Nearby in the living room, a pewter-toned sofa adorned with red and black accent pillows from Holly Hunt, a pair of sling chairs, and fuchsia-hued egg chairs designed by Fritz Hansen, form a conversation grouping that lends intimacy to the large open space. On a second-story balcony, a gallery wall showcases the owners’ artwork.

A wine tasting room was a must have for the homeowners. Wolk custom designed a wine cooler that accommodates over 500 bottles and divides the dining room from the tasting area. The wine room flows into the dining area, where taupe leather armchairs from Holly Hunt surround a custom, cold-rolled steel dining table.

In the master bedroom, Wolk removed any hint of Mediterranean detail. He designed built-in, lacquered bedside cabinetry that flanks the bed with a seating ledge and wall quilted in Edelman leather. A Chevron hide area rug from Kyle Bunting adds shimmer to warm wood flooring. Serenity and luxury go hand-in-hand in the spa-like master bath. A circular sunken Roman tub with a view to a verdant courtyard is surrounded by petrified wood-like stone flooring.

Do the owners have any regrets about replacing their Mediterranean style with Wolk’s sleeker, clean-lined look? “I would think that in this lifetime, the owners will remain very, very content in the modern world,” the designer says.

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Michael Wolk, Kelly Watson and Darlene Boitel, Michael Wolk Design Associates, Miami, FL

Dan Forer, Miami, FL

Stuart Brenner, Brenner Architecture, Boca Raton, FL

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Marina Brown