Foyer by Stephen Mooney

The foyer isn’t just this home’s entry, it also acts as an art gallery and an alternative dining area. “It’s truly the spine of the first floor,” says Stephen Mooney. Serving as the design’s jumping-off point is the drapery fabric with aqua and silver undertones. The wall-to-wall sea-grass rug concealing polished marble floors instantly warms the room. A round antique rosewood table plays host to chilled champagne and decadent desserts. Overhead, a bell-jar lantern makes a clear statement.

Design: Stephen Mooney, Stephen Mooney Interiors, 6 Via Parigi, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/659-1862,

Study by Lisa Erdmann & Eden Tepper

“It honors the striking style for which Palm Beach is known,” says Lisa Erdmann of this chic space. Grass-cloth wallcovering injects a pop of pattern, as does the sofa’s subtle trellis-print upholstery and the colorful dragon print on the draperies. Neutral linen and nailhead trim enhance the study’s low ceiling, while a coffee table  with a faux-snakeskin top anchors the sitting area.The tropical look of wood-and-cane chairs suits the room perfectly, and a herringbone-patterned sisal rug incorporates stylish texture underfoot.

Design: Lisa E. Erdmann and Eden C. Tepper, Lisa Erdmann & Assoc., P.O. Box 3126, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/833-9009,

Living Room by Jennifer Garrigues & Diana El-Daher

All-white walls and a coordinating sofa achieve a light and airy look in this room ideal for socializing. Natural fabrics and materials—note the linen pillows, sisal area rug, and reclaimed-wood coffee and console tables—support the “island living” theme. The large silver globe lantern is the designers’ favorite. “When lit, it projects just the right amount of inviting light,” says Jennifer Garrigues. Faux-animal prints on the ottoman and rug contribute to the exotic aura. 

Design: Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher, Jennifer Garrigues Inc., 308 Peruvian Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/659-7085,

Living Room Detail

In keeping with the natural theme, large, white coral anchors one end of the console table from Asian Accents. 

Powder Room by Frank Maguire

The powder room walls were fauxed in attetion-getting yellow. The natural motif is reflected in the twig mirror and vintage sconce. 

Design: Frank Maguire, Quigley Maguire Collections, 301 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach, FL 33444; 561/450-7471,

Kitchen by Noe & Melissa Z. Guerra

NXG Studio’s Melissa and Noe Guerra set out to design a gourmet kitchen with high function and minimal clutter. Echoing the home’s arched doorways is the hood area over the stove. “We wanted to frame the cooking space as its own special place,” Melissa Guerra explains. The room’s gray-beige cabinetry is accented with glass mosaic tile backsplashes by Crossville. Up close, the concrete countertops reveal grains of sand—a nod to the beautiful beaches nearby. A succulent centerpiece brings texture to the table surrounded by white-painted chairs with polka-dot upholstery from CR Laine. Stainless-steel appliances are by Electrolux. 

Design: Noe and Melissa Z. Guerra, NXG Studio, 725 N. Hwy. A1A, Suite E207, Jupiter, FL 33477; 561/337-8786,  

Kitchen by Noe & Melissa Z. Guerra

Clearly designated with a "DRINK" sign from NXG Studio and complete with an Electrolux wine cooler, the bar area is ready to entertain a crowd.

Dining Room by Mimi Masri

Designer Mimi Masri transformed the dining area into a stylish underwater sanctuary. The light-to-dark treatment of the walls delivers a sense of direction and depth, while whimsical hand-painted jellyfish and overhead LED lighting bring the sea scene to life. Mirrors embellish the ceiling’s timbered grid, which looks as if it’s floating on the water’s surface.

Design: Mimi Masri, MM Designs, LLC, P.O. Box 3167, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/671-1958,  

Dining Room Detail

Masri redesigned the hand-blown bubble chandelier to hang just above the dining table. “It resembles true bubbles that would escape from a diver’s regulator,” she says. 

Hallway by Allison Paladino

Allison Paladino decided to treat the narrow upstairs hall as the home’s secondary foyer. “I like taking nondescript spaces and transforming them with glamorous, jewel-like treatments,” she explains. The pale blue wall paint from Benjamin Moore reminded her of the Palm Beach water on a clear day. Flanking the console table are mahogany screens with cream relief panels, all from Palladino’s collection for E.J. Victor. Four framed prints crown a demilune bench against the end wall. 

Design: Allison Paladino, Allison Paladino Interior Design, 6671 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 50-435, Jupiter, FL 33458; 561/741-0165,  

Writer's Studio by Joseph Pubillones

“It shows the sophisticated side of coastal living,” says Joseph Pubillones of the studio he designed. Despite its small (12x15 feet) proportions, the room offers plenty of seating without feeling stuffy. Polka-dot fabric panels instantly soften the wooden blinds on the windows. Patterns play a big role, appearing on the pillows, zebra-print chairs, paneled chests, and area rug. An antique loveseat and cozy club chairs form a sitting area around the two-tiered coffee table. Ceramic turtle shells enhance the tropical atmosphere.

Design: Joseph Pubillones, Joseph Pubillones Interiors Inc., 44 Cocoanut Row, Suite T-14, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/655-1717,

Guest Suite by Joseph Cortes & Kevin Marnell 

Aiming to create a calm retreat encouraging rest and relaxation, Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell of HomeLife Interiors used pops of terra-cotta on the bed linens and patterned wallpaper rimming the ceiling to energize the otherwise neutral room. “The border lent a feminine feel but didn’t make men squirm,” says Joseph Cortes. A sculptural lounge chair and an antique bench with curved legs sit poised and pretty atop the tribal area rug and sisal carpet.

Design: Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell, HomeLife Interiors, 3506 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, FL 33405; 561/659-2404,

Guest Bedroom Detail

The brass-finished bed with woven leather straps and crocodile bedside tables are by Drexel Heritage. 

Powder Room by Stefani de Laville

Stefani de Laville brought the tropics inside with the second floor bathroom. Applied bamboo molding runs along the perimeter and appropriately titled "Bamboo Grove" wallpaper adorns the walls. Faux grass surprises underfoot.

Design: Stefani de Laville, Coco House & Co., 4225 County Road, Gulf Stream, FL 33483; 561/305-3157,

Master Bedroom by Gary McBournie

Vintage Palm Beach during the 1950s and ’60s inspired Gary McBournie’s vibrant master bedroom. “This conjured up visions of white furniture, simple yet sophisticated graphic prints, and carpet woven from natural island fibers,” he says. Choosing an orange-and-green fabric from his own collection for the chairs, bench, and window treatment, the designer paper-backed the material for use on the walls. Squares of grass-mat carpet were sewn together to custom-fit the room.

Design: Gary McBournie, Gary McBournie Inc., 71 Newbury St., Suite 300, Boston, MA 02116; 617/542-5700,

Master Bedroom by Gary McBournie

The custom lounge chair from Connors Ltd. is the perfect place to kick your feet up; cheerful color abounds on the striped ottoman.  

Master Bathroom by Gary McBournie

The bath boasts custom aquamarine walls with a Venetian-plaster finish. An orange wire chair with a Caribbean-toile cushion brings a bit of whimsy.

Loft by Melody Smith

Designer Melody Smith created an ideal guest space in the loft. Yellow sofas convert into twin beds to accomodate overflow, and a round ottoman acts as a table. The beautiful floor-length shell mirror is from Curey & Co. 

Design: Melody Smith, Melody Smith Interiors; 561/309-5440,

West Terrace by Karen Kirk and Karen Brams

The influence of the blue ocean and the green grass is evident in Karen Kirk and Karen Bram's color choices for the West Terrace. Shaded under a big umbrella, synthetic wicker seating provides a great conversation area.

Design: Karen Kirk and Karen Brams, Island Living & Patio, 1700 Upland Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33409; 561/683-7373,


West Terrace by Karen Kirk and Karen Brams

Reclining teak lounge chairs with aqua cushions cozy up to the firepit. 

East Terrace by Craig and Virginie Garcia and Andres Paradelo 

Oversized red planters reference the red sofas and pillow cushions on the East Terrace. A raised stone garden provides visual interest. 

Design: Craig and Virginie Garcia, CV Design Inc., 17477 75th Place North, Loxahatchee, FL 33470; 561/793-9431, Andres Paradelo, Andres Paradelo Design,


Crow's Nest by Craig and Virginie Garcia and Andres Paradelo 

Intracoastal water views are available from the Crow's Nest. Rattan furniture from Gloster and chic striped upholstery provide seating. Travertine marble, Mexican pebbles and simulated coral pavers decorate the ground.

Pool Area by Daryl McCann for Gregory Lombardi Design 

A living wall of flowering perennials is the brilliant backdrop for the pool area Shaped by Daryl McCann on behalf of Gregory Lombardi Design, the dynamic outdoor space features lush greenery and prime pool views. Rattan sofas and side tables from Gloster, plush pillows, and blossoming orchids complete the cozy conversation spot.

Design:  Daryl McCann for Gregory Lombardi, Gregory Lombardi Design Inc., 44 Cocoanut Row, Suite T-6, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561/228-1467,

Pool by Daryl McCann for Gregory Lombardi Design 

Sitting poolside and looking ever-so-chic is a bench from Gloster.

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Master Bedroom by Gary McBournie

The custom lounge chair from Connors Ltd. is the perfect place to kick your feet up; cheerful color abounds on the striped ottoman.  


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