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This Vacation Home Near Palm Beach Shines With Rustic Touches And Tropical Vibes

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Like many vacation homes near Palm Beach, Florida, this one was designed in a West Indies style with high rooflines that create lofty spaces. Inside, beamed ceilings and whitewashed walls provide a great mix of rustic touches and tropical vibes. The New Jersey family of four that purchased the house loves to head south to enjoy the sun, the water and equestrian pursuits. Interior designer Lorrie Browne created a lively color palette, comfortable furnishings and a carefree environment for the fun-loving family.

Corey Weiner of Forever Studios, original photo on Houzz

Photos by Corey Weiner of Forever Studios

Houzz at a Glance

Who lives here: A professional couple with two teenage daughters

Location: Wellington, Florida

Size: 2,200 square feet (204 square meters) 

Designer: Lorrie Browne of Lorrie Browne Interiors

The active family likes to ride horses (the Palm Beach Polo club is nearby), swim and go to the beach, and one of the homeowners likes to fish. So for their vacation home, comfort and functionality were essential. This place—with its rustic whitewashed tongue-and-groove walls and plank-and-beam ceilings—was just the ticket for them. 

“Actually, three themes drove the project,” Browne says. “They wanted the interiors to be modern, use natural materials and nod to the equestrian, without putting anything with a horse on it in the decor.” 

Sliding barn doors and wood-look tiles are among the materials used to add a touch of the rustic equestrian life to the home.

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“She’s very adventurous and not afraid of color or bold forms,” Browne says of the homeowner. “So with the neutral backdrop of whitewashed wood walls and ceiling, we decided to go bold to ground the main living space.” 

The sofas are upholstered in a crushed velvet. “The kids are always wearing shorts, so the fabric feels good on their legs,” Browne says. “And the royal blue doesn’t show stains.”

Corey Weiner of Forever Studios, original photo on Houzz

The dining table is “substantial,” Browne says, “as we needed a table that created visual interest to demarcate this space in the open dining-living area, and to provide visual weight to balance the large sofas.” Because the homeowner loves handcrafted objects, Browne chose a thick wood table with bowtie joints. 

The chandelier adds lightness with its cluster of glass shades. The floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors, with aluminum framing, have impact glass to withstand hurricanes, and they open to a small patio overlooking the water. The French-blue barn doors open to a small den.

Corey Weiner of Forever Studios, original photo on Houzz

The paint on the dining room barn doors and the kitchen cabinets is a custom-mixed base of Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue. The orange backsplash with the mod pattern is a lacquer gloss tile from Walker Zanger. “I was super excited when I found the orange bar stools that match the tile,” Browne says.

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Corey Weiner of Forever Studios, original photo on Houzz

The graphic patterned rug in the master bedroom continues the flow of blue and is far enough away from the serene artwork to keep the room from becoming too busy. “The parents wanted a chill place for sleeping and reading—a quiet, subtle bedroom,” Browne says. 

Contemporary lamps and bedside tables keep the room clean and modern. Louvered shutters over the window provide privacy.

“Once we found the perfect hue of blue, we used it throughout the house to make the spaces flow and feel cohesive,” Browne says. 

Corey Weiner of Forever Studios, original photo on Houzz

The older daughter’s bath is tucked between the den and her bedroom. “This portion of the house was a breezeway, which we converted into the perfect spot for a teenage girl, who loves her privacy,” Browne says. 

The walls and the shower floor are wood-look porcelain tile from Walker Zanger. The shower accent wall is a light blue Walker Zanger tile placed in a relief pattern. The German cabinetry’s high-gloss glass fronts add a slick, modern counterpoint.

The younger daughter loves the beach, so Browne lightened up the blue used throughout the house to a shade of aqua. 

A swing chair, seahorse lamps, a modern sputnik-style chandelier and bunk beds provide a perfect spot for overnights with friends.

The younger daughter’s bath doubles as the home’s powder room.

Corey Weiner of Forever Studios, original photo on Houzz

On the shallow patio, Browne added as much comfortable seating as possible for hanging out, relaxing and entertaining. 

“We do a lot of high-end projects,” she says, “but this was one of the favorites of 2016 because of the fun family and their love of bold color and patterns. Now we’re working with them on their house in New Jersey.”

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