An Eclectic Palm Beach Residence with Natural Textures


Eclectic Blue Striped Office Seating Area

In the office, a Visual Comfort floor lamp stands beside Isca Greenfield-Sanders’ art.

Eclectic All-White Foyer

The foyer sets an organic tone with a custom tree root console from Groundwork Group in Philadelphia, with a reclaimed oak top, and a custom albino sea urchin mirror from Seashore Chic in Melbourne Beach. The lamp is by Global Views.

Eclectic White Family Room

A custom Cisco Brothers sofa in a Ralph Lauren Home ticking stripe wraps around driftwood tables by Studio A. CFC’s Lauren chairs in a Kazak print from Quadrille anchor one side of the conversation area. Underfoot is a cotton dhurrie by Stark. The white lamps are from Lamp Works in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Eclectic Blue Striped Office Seating Vignette

In the office, stripes by Peter Fasano (wallcovering) and Dash & Albert (cotton rug) set off a white Lee Industries sofa and organic elements: Palecek’s abaca-wrapped coffee table, Roost’s rattan chair, a hemp-wrapped lamp by Ro Sham Beaux, and Made Goods’ Mieke stool.

Eclectic White Living Room with Sisal Carpet

China Seas’ Ikat II on the living room’s armless sofa, by The Wicker Works, echoes the blue in an African beaded chair; the ivory sofa is from Cisco Brothers. Noir provided the teak chair and black side table. Laura Kirar’s Seasal lamp for Arteriors helps light the space from one corner. Under it all is Prestige Mill’s sisal carpet. The artwork is by Mark Kessell.

Eclectic White Family Room Dining Area

The gray sobriety of Sam Messenger’s painting in the family room’s dining area balances folksy PET Lamp pendants made from recycled bottles covered in colorful weaves. Noir’s Neva chairs, with Perennials’ Ishi fabric for the cushions, add a hint of Scandinavian modern design.

Eclectic White Family Room

A custom Cisco Brothers sofa in a Ralph Lauren Home ticking stripe wraps around driftwood tables by Studio A. CFC’s Lauren chairs in a Kazak print from Quadrille anchor one side of the conversation area. Underfoot is a cotton dhurrie by Stark. The white lamps are from Lamp Works in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Modern White Poolside Terrace

Two Orbit loveseats, designed by Richard Frinier for Dedon, provide luxuriously ample lounging (and various sun-drenched or shade options with their adjustable taupe canopies) by the pool. A glass railing keeps the area clean and modern.

Modern White Balcony Exterior

The exterior of this modern, whiter-than-white Palm Beach home boasts Deco-inflected forms and ocean liner-style railings.

Eclectic White Dining Room with Banquette Seating

The dining table has an antiqued zinc top with a Groundwork Group Bistro base. The custom 14-foot-long nailhead-trimmed banquette in Cowtan & Tout’s Soleil fabric, in an eggshell hue, allows for more seating under Serrat faux-coral mirrors from Made Goods.

Eclectic Dining Room Accents

A Julian Opie painting hangs above a custom Circa Loft sideboard across from the dining table.

Eclectic White Dining Room Painting

A Mel Bochner painting in the dining room suggests a mirthful mood above an Arteriors bench. Sea-grass Nuria dining chairs from Made Goods gather around the table, their seats wearing Cowtan & Tout’s Soleil fabric in pale blue.

Eclectic Blue Striped Headboard with Flowers

The master’s custom bed has a nailhead-trimmed raffia box spring and a headboard upholstered in Christopher Farr Cloth’s indigo Rick Rack from John Rosselli & Associates. The Purveyor bedside table wrapped in saguran cloth is by Curate Home Collection. Cisco Brothers’ daybed is in the foreground, wearing Romo fabric.

Eclectic White Master Bedroom Chaise

In the master bedroom, a Cisco Brothers chaise in China Seas fabric offers a comfy perch illuminated by a Dunes and Duchess floor lamp. Pops of coral and raspberry are seen in the Oggetti occasional table and John Robshaw Textiles accent pillow. The Couristan carpet was installed by Florida Floor Fashions. On the wall is a work by Sol LeWitt.

The whiter-than-white architecture of this modern Palm Beach home, with its Deco-inflected forms and ocean liner-style railings, implies an interior kitted out with sleek finishes and cool midcentury modern furnishings. The front door perpetuates this notion with a perfectly ordered grid of neat square windows, but cross the threshold and you’re unexpectedly confronted by a rustic-chic console made from a tree root and a mirror framed in layers of albino sea urchin shells.

This organic vignette, says designer Rod Mickley, “introduces you to the rest of the house. It tells you there’s going to be some eccentric stuff in here, so just sit back and relax.” Mickley’s clients are a savvy Connecticut couple with eight children, who purchased this house, originally designed by architect John Colamarino, as a second home. Mickley remembers the wife telling him, “It’s a big white house. Let’s make it a fun big white house.” More specifically, the owner explains, she wanted to “strip it down so we were left with a sky’s-the- limit white box, and then layer back in ethnic style, some Palm Beach touches, and art that would give it warmth.”

“The house was in pretty good condition,” says builder Kirk Lopez, who carried out the remodel. It’s a good thing, too. The wife was eight months pregnant and the timeline was, to say the least, abbreviated. The fairly simple alterations included sanding down yellowed maple floors and then bleaching and whitewashing them; reoutfitting the living room fireplace with a modern Thassos marble mantel; and installing whitewashed horizontal wood slats in the dining room and living room, a beach shack- style intervention that relieved the monotony of planed white walls.

The palette was drawn from the art and furnishings. “Blue is a general theme throughout,” Mickley says. But that hardly describes the riot of color, texture and styles he assembled. Mickley owns a design gallery in Vero Beach, and his working method paralleled the one he uses to curate his shop. “I’d bring tons of pieces on installation day and move them around to see what worked—I would carry in 20 lamps and leave 10,” he says. “The Danish chair in the living room wasn’t part of the plan; I just brought it in to test the natural texture and liked how it looked.”

Texture was everything. “The organic materials,” he explains of the wood, sea grass, rope, wicker, and raffia, “clearly say beach.” But mixing these textures with color was just as vital to the home’s worldly ethos. A mulithued beaded African chair, for instance, determined the palette of the living room and opened up the possibilities of using bright red, royal blue and emerald green. The family room’s Colombian woven pendants over the casual dining table unlocked a universe of coral, aqua and orange.

“I have a great love of African furnishings, artworks and such,” concedes Mickley. An explanation, of sorts, for the living room’s beaded chair and African daybed-turned-coffee table. But there are other cultures represented here (the Colombian pendants, ikat fabrics). The cumulative effect feels like an exotic bazaar of ethnic riches. A bright, fresh Palm Beach feeling is represented by John Dickinson-esque plaster furnishings (mirrors in the dining room, the family room’s dining table base) and quintessentially Palm Beach hedges visible through the windows that, says Mickley, “are a work of art in themselves.”

There were children to consider, of course. Many textiles are indoor-outdoor fabrications that can take a beating. But, lest things get too kid-friendly casual, Mickley incorporated works from the couple’s art collection—Julian Opie, Mel Bochner and Sam Messenger, to name a few. “They’re a lively bunch,” Mickley says about his clients. “And the house reflects that.”

—Jorge S. Arango