A Harmonious Mix

Award-Winning Interior Designer Jackie Armour Transitions A Couple From Their Gilt-And-Grand Oceanfront Estate Into A More Casual Lifestyle

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When interior designer Jackie Armour first visited her clients’ new home in Hobe Sound, Fla., she found a Bermuda-style villa with classic proportions situated on one of two adjoining properties they had purchased on the golf course in the private yachting and golf club community of Loblolly. Getting to know the couple, Armour learned that gutting and remaking the interior of the over 5,000-square-foot main house and 1,850-square-foot guesthouse was the easy part.

The challenge was to take heirlooms and some of the existing furnishings as well as a glass collection from the owners’ Jupiter Island home and combine them with newly curated pieces. “The clients were bringing a lot of darker antique and gold-finished pieces and so the objective for me was to make them fit a more casual Florida lifestyle,” Armour says. They wanted a welcoming space for visiting grown children with grandchildren.

“When you step into the foyer, there are a lot of things happening that keep you visually entertained,” Armour says. The treatment of the mahogany front door is one of her design coups. Finding that door dark and overbearing, the designer wanted to lighten it yet emphasize the masterful molding she’d added. “I thought we should paint the door a really great shade of blue and the owners loved the idea.” After considering a few paint samples, the design deed was done. This small yet stately space incorporates an heirloom antique chest without it feeling heavy or out of place.

A soft color palette takes flight in the living room, where an artistic focal piece, Great Blue Herons by artist Guy Coheleach, provides inspiration perched above the limestone fireplace. This artwork was one of the few pieces the clients decided to retain after purchasing the villa furnished. A graceful wingback chair, refurbished in a pale blue-gray silk, sits center stage in the hearthside social grouping. Because the client likes to entertain, the custom built-ins capped with antique mirrors feature doors that fold back and pocket to expose a full bar and large screen television.

But when the couple wants to kick back, they often relax in the den. The newly acquired acrylic abstract entitled Ocean’s Apart by artist Carol Benson-Cobb is a strong visual statement. “I love the contrast of this painting against everything that is soft in this space,” Armour says.

An heirloom mahogany dining table makes quite the statement in the dining room. But to keep things light, Armour refreshed the chairs by painting them white and adding a taupe-gray glaze. Then she reupholstered the host and side chairs with complementary Rogers & Goffigon linens. A chair rail and organic ceiling molding define the space that is set between two galleries. “I wanted the dining room to have identity instead of just being a ‘pass-through’ area,” the designer says.

Armour designed the kitchen to entice and welcome. With the heart of the home open to the living room, only a slight shift is needed to draw culinary aficionados into any party. A center prep station makes it easy to serve light meals at the breakfast bar.

But the hosts don’t have to do all the cooking when family and friends visit. Guests who want a little privacy can prepare their own meals in the guesthouse to enjoy on the private loggia. And after dinner, grandchildren might join their grandparents on the veranda of the main house for a twilight swim or calming dip in the spa.

Having achieved her goal of seamlessly melding the old with the new to provide a space to comfortably entertain, Armour gives credit to her clients. “I think these homeowners had a strong vision and very, very good taste that helped me make this project a great success,” she says.

Interior Design
Jackie Armour, JMA Interior Design, Inc., Jupiter, FL

Robert and Carmel Brantley, Delray Beach, FL

Mitch Miller, Village Architects, Tequesta, FL

Charles Johanson, Johanson Homes, Inc., Stuart, FL

Landscape Architecture
Steve Parker, Parker-Yannette Design Group, Inc., Jupiter, FL

Text by
Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley