Beachfront house in Palm Beach
The Beachfront house. First of all we are in Palm Beach. A name that immediately transports our minds to kilometers and kilometers of beaches crossed by palm trees and lush vegetation. Unbridled luxury, therefore, a very high lifestyle, a very popular summer destination. What aspect could a house located in such a context have? How to create the perfect combination between outside and inside?
This is the challenge that the designer Tom Schereer is called upon to answer. An ambitious project, in which the building must deal with a breathtaking context. So a challenge that we want to tell you in today’s article, to live together the fairy tale of a dream home. Luxury details and scenarios that seem to come from landscape magazines. All this and much more is Beachfront House in Palm Beach.
The concept: a simple beachfront house
In Palm Beach, Becky Gochman and her husband, David, took an oceanfront house built in 1925 and, instead of updating it, tore it down.The couple wants a home that can be fully combined with the context in which it is inserted. A home where you can take refuge once a year and leave the hectic pace of daily life behind. In short, a little paradise where you can find your balance and recharge your batteries.
The project will take place thanks to the designer Tom Scheerer. This is his third job for the Gochman family. The intent is to make harmony prevail. A house, therefore, able to become one with the context, but at the same time to have its own autonomy and character.
“We want a house with the integrity of older houses, but we don’t like ‘grand’ anywhere.” -Becky says.
“Informality is my watchword, especially at the beach,” -Scheerer says.
Interior Design: like a loft!
“On the outside, this house is vaguely Bermudan. Inside, it feels more like a loft. I removed some architectural details, then added others so the rooms flow into one another, with the furnishings telling each room’s story.”– Scheerer says.
A beachfront house full of surprises. Interiors that favor an informal style, almost a real loft. Why? Obviously because the house wants to be treated in detail, but never wants to appear excessive. A house that tells the story of who lives it. History that we surely find in every room. Pastel tones, never excessive, enhanced by a tone that dominates each other over time.
THE BREAKFAST ROOM
A Saarinen table with 1920s Bonacina wicker chairs. The Ingo Maurer pendant is vintage, the floor lamps are by Circa Lighting, and the custom rug is from Studio Four NYC.
THE DINING ROOM
The dining room has hand-painted faux-bamboo fretwork by Brian Leaver. The table is the client’s own, and both the rattan chairs and Milo Baughman chairs are vintage. The chandelier,therefore, is by Demiurge, and the custom abaca rug is from Studio Four NYC.
THE SCREENED PORCH
The rattan sofa and armchairs are from Harbinger, the slipper chairs are by Walters, the porcelain stool is, finally, by Tucker Robbins. A sconce by Scheerer for the Urban Electric Co. hangs between staghorn ferns on plaques. The ceiling, therefore, appears in pecky cypress.
THE LIVING ROOM
The Anglo-Indian settee and slipper chairs are vintage. The rug is from Studio Four NYC, the vintage faux-bamboo floor lamps are by Ingo Maurer, and the fireplace hearth has handmade tiles from Antiquity Tile.
THE MASTER BATH
The rattan chair is vintage, the pendant is by Avram Rusu Studio, the café curtains are, finally, of a Rogers & Goffigon sheer.
THE BUNK ROOM
This overflow guest room appears like a ship, with custom bunk beds and bedding from Matouk. The chair and dresser are vintage, the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, and the artwork is by Robert Latchman.
The detail that makes the difference: the ocean inside!
She told her architects she wanted them “to bring the ocean in,” and they delivered just that.
A beachfront house designed to accommodate the waves of the ocean. The materials, the use of glazes, the desire to create a continuous dialogue between outside and inside are surely the key to this project. It seems to live, therefore, in the middle of a heavenly context where the boundaries between inside and outside are almost removed. O are so weak that they are almost absent. All for the benefit of breathtaking panoramic views. The story of the house appears certainly though windows and glass doors, and more often than not, those windows and doors are open.
“At dinner on Thanksgiving, we watched surfers and paddleboarders,” -Becky recalls- “And pelicans—that day, I learned they fly in flocks.”
Our inspired advice: between inside and outside!
Our advice is to minimize the presence of borders. If you have a beach house and the context allows it, try to create connections between inside and outside. Glass, openings and transparencies will surely make the context become part of your home. Prefer arcades, loggias and terraces, to experience direct contact with nature and the landscape. Space, therefore, to informality.
What do you think of this residence, located in the amazing Palm Beach? Do you prefer a pompous or more sober and informal style for your beachfront house?
See you at the next appointment!