"I wanted to design an elegant, classical interior and exterior scheme that was contextual to the heyday of Palm Beach in the '50s and '60s, while also incorporating a fresh, modern perspective," Hoeft said. "I also wanted to make the home at once elegant and livable, comfortable for entertaining small groups and large gatherings, and to bring in the beauty and warmth of the outside."
Contrasting the classical style of the living room's Italian Blanco limestone fireplace are vintage 1950s chairs in a linen zebra fabric by Scalamandre. Chrome, mid-century demilunes flank the fireplace with modern, hand-carved mirrors from Mecox gardens placed above. Nickel sconces by Paul Marra provide soft lighting to the space.
"Many of the colors I chose, such as kelly green, persimmon, and corals, pay homage to the climate and the vintage style of Palm Beach in the '50s and '60s, but with a modern sensibility," said Hoeft. In keeping with this scheme, an original 1969 painting by Orville Bulman titled "Corps de Guard" inspired the color palette of the living room. The painting was purchased from a Worth Avenue gallery in the 1960s and embodies the hues of that era in Palm Beach.
A sofa in the living room sports Carleton Varney's linen Rhododendron fabric. Club chairs, wrapped in coral linen from Lee Jofa, and vintage 1950s chairs, covered in Les Touches from Clarence House, complete the grouping around a 1970s cocktail table from C. Bell.
A custom-designed banquette, topped with kelly-green wool and linen from Holly Hunt sits in a corner of the living room, where marilla hemp grasscloth wall covering by Phillip Jeffries provides the perfect backdrop for mixed media artwork by Fay Peck.
Throughout the home, Hoeft used marble and limestone, ebonized wood floors, linen fabrics, and touches of chrome, nickel, and white lacquer. "The light linen fabrics and white lacquer furnishings reflect the casual elegance of the Florida lifestyle, while marble and limestone give a more classical touch," Hoeft says. "And, the ebonized wood flooring, along with the chrome and nickel accents, again give a nod to a more modern sensibility."
In the dining room, a custom-designed "Tuxedo Table" with a turned, spindle-style base forms the centerpiece under a mid-century Murano glass chandelier. Around the table stand vintage wingback chairs covered in kelly-green leather and white lacquer contemporary Chinese Chippendale chairs. The 1960s-style, trellis-patterned wall covering from Bob Collins & Sons forms a complementary contrast to the ebonized oak flooring.
In the foyer, a mid-century table with a plaster frond base and an antique mirror top sits beneath a mid-century mirror. Vintage Cloisonne penguins that once resided in Yves St. Laurent's Paris apartment add a dash of color and interest to the space.
A faux bamboo sink, along with Venetian mirror and coral sconces add Palm Beach flair to the powder room.
Floral patterned fabric from Bob Collins & Sons covers the draperies and accent pillows of the master bedroom. A white lacquered headboard, featuring a Chippendale pond frond motif from C. Bell, along with a lattice-front lacquered cabinet, echoes the room's resounding white hues. Wool basket weave carpeting from Stark tops the ebonized wood flooring.
A black and white awning shades the loggia, where wrought iron benches topped with "Lime Punch" Perennial fabric enhance the color palette. Near the pool sits a Greet key designed, 1940s vintage aluminum table and chairs setting, which Hoeft refurbished with a glass top and Sunbrella cushion fabric.
Hoeft custom designed a Georgian-style portico and columns - inspired by John Volk - to form an impressive entryway to this vintage 1950s Bermuda-style residence. Boxwoods, along with other uniformly trimmed foliage, blend with the tropical landscaping to incorporate overtones of an English garden.