Modern Meets Traditional In An Impeccable Golf Cottage


exterior and landscape

On the site of a Palm Beach residence reimagined by interior designer Suzanne Lovell, a banyan tree estimated to be 60 years old rises majestically from a bed of bicolor oyster plants. It can be admired from the home's loggia, which continues the Petit Granit floors found in the interiors. At night, Urban Archaeology sconces and Cedric Hartman floor lamps illuminate the comfortable exterior space.

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From the foyer, visitors enter the great room through a doorway flanked by Jonathan Kline's woven Black Ash Towers from Ralph Pucci International, Ltd. Inside, the organic warmth of an antique English library table contrasts with a custom Lindsey Adelman chandelier of machined aluminum with a bronze finish, which was purchased from Roll & Hill in Brooklyn, New York.

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Hot-rolled steel Hope's windows and French doors, from Window Man of South Florida, open up the great room to the outdoor views. The Suzanne Lovell-designed sectional and armchair are covered in a Perennials Blanca fabric, and the Rue de Seine coffee table is from Holly Hunt. Yellow Hermes pillows from Holly Hunt punctuate the room's black-and-white color scheme. Eggersmann Kitchens cabinetry topped with Absolute Black granite comprises the bar, adorned with Jeff Koons' Puppy Vase from Wright Auctions in Chicago, and, on the back wall, Donald Sultan works on paper.

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Along one wall of the great room, a chef's kitchen features a Franke sink, a Wolf cooktop and a retractable Dornbracht faucet, which disappears into cabinetry. Directly above, an ink-jet print by Jimmy Robert, from Galerie Stigter van Doesburg in Amsterdam, converses with the adjacent Joby Baker artwork, Man on a Beach.

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The clients' own English wall clock "is very important to ground the design in history," says Lovell of the dining area, while the black-lacquer table from Holly Hunt--flanked by the clients' own brown leather vintage armchairs--"is important to the modern message of the room." This vignette sits atop a geometric Moroccan rug found at Primitive in Chicago, which delineates the space from the larger great room.

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Gretchen Bellinger fabric covers the custom-designed channel bed in the master bedroom, which is dressed in Signoria Firenze linens and sits upon a hide rug from Keleen Leathers. Liaigre's Barbuda armchair is positioned in the corner; across from the custom bedside tables is Peri Schwartz's Studio III charcoal on paper. Drapes made of Perennials fabric from David Sutherland swathe the bedroom window and French doors.

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The master bath enveloped in Glassos large-scale wall tiles showcases custom white-lacquer cabinetry fabricated by Planning & Building, Dornbracht polished-chrome plumbing fixtures, a Duravit sink and a Kaldewei enamel soaking tub. The Petit Granit floors create consistency with the rest of the cottage and offer easy maintenance. A work by fashion photographer Victor Skrebneski hangs on the room's far wall.

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The loggia is accessed through 10-foot- tall French doors and furnished with Sutherland's Mariner seating and dining furniture. The cushions are upholstered in Perennials' Canvas Weave, while the pillows combine the company's News Print and citrus-colored Sail Cloth designs; a Bernd Haussmann painting hangs behind the sofa. Overhead, a Haiku fan from Big Ass Solutions moves the tropical air.

exterior and landscape

Configured by architect Carlos A. Bonilla, the exterior of the home references the plantation style common to the area, but streamlines it to make it feel more contemporary. The outdoor vistas, designed by landscape architect Stephen Parker, showcase neatly manicured grounds and provide a clean, modern backdrop for the architecture.

In the 1960s, when this Florida gated golf community was being developed in the Palm Beaches, more formal lifestyles dictated that cooking, dining and entertaining be designated into different spaces.

Drawn in by the allure of the area, former fashion model Shauna Montgomery and her husband, international litigation lawyer C. Barry Montgomery, bought a cottage in the neighborhood — but they knew the purchase was all about the property. They tapped designer Suzanne Lovell to lead an update of the home.

Previously having worked with the couple, she envisioned an open floor plan showcasing a great room that combined the kitchen, living room and dining area under a vaulted, 24-foot beadboard ceiling.

“There also had to be a transition to the outside and the landscape,” says Lovell. “Otherwise you’d feel constrained.”

To that end, the team worked in floor-to-ceiling steel-framed windows and doors that welcome in natural light and views.

A kitchen resides along one wall of the great room completely undetected behind glossy white cabinetry. Its faucet retracts below the black granite counter, while a cutting board of that material fits over the sink and–voila!–it’s gone. A round lacquer table serves dining needs, and an all-white living area at center, warmed with tactile mixes of fabrics and materials, accommodates small or large groups.

“In a cottage like this, every fraction of an inch counts,” builder Eddie Naugle says. “The beauty of the great room lies in the little nuances you don’t see.”