When new owners purchased this 20-year-old home in Palm Beach, they called upon its original designer for a refresh, Mimi McMakin, founder of Kemble Interiors, Inc. They wanted their vacation home to be airy, sophisticated, and soothing, so Mimi and her colleagues Cece Bowman and Leslie Gaudio created an elegant, island-inspired palette dominated by blue, beige, red, and cream. “The directive we had was to make the house serene but with an eye to the fact it’s in the tropics,” Mimi told Luxe. Hence, furnishings in texture-rich materials such as bamboo, glass, marble, rattan, and woven cane are juxtaposed with subtly printed wall fabric in nearly every room. “In one of the bedrooms, the pattern on the wall is cane applied over upholstery, which gives it a cross-hatched look,” Bowman added.
An artist created trompe l’oeil paintings of tall palm fronds in white and gold Chinoiserie planters in the foyer, and the shower doors in the master bathroom were artistically etched with with pineapples. The loggia features a cypress wood ceiling and tropical details including lattice on all the walls. Keith Williams, the landscape designer, devised new gathering spots near the rebuilt swimming pool including a rear pergola, exterior seating, and an outdoor shower. It is the perfect vacation retreat! This home was originally featured in Luxe, and photographer Carmel Brantley of Brantley Photography graciously provided additional photography for our tour today…
Gorgeous! So well done—not ostentatious. Thank you for posting.
What a beautiful house! It’s so airy yet incredibly layered in such a subtle way. I’ve been a fan of Mimi McMakin since reading about her in Private Palm Beach – Jennifer Ash’s first volume (which I still love) from the early ‘90s. I’d love to see more of Mimi McMakin’s work.
Thank you Andrea, for another wonderful, inspiring post!!
Wow. That treillage loggia is to die for! And I loved the coral bathroom too. Very nice property.
Love this house!