With the help of design firm Philpotts Interiors, this jupiter island home proves to be a case study in oceanfront perfection.
The back of the home faces the ocean and provides many opportunities for indoor and outdoor living. Photographed by Brittany Godbee
Set on 1.3 acres of oceanfront property, this redesigned tropical colonial charmer perfectly straddles the line of modern contemporary bliss with Bahamian antiquity. Th e two-story, four-bedroom, 5 ½-bath built for a client looking for an easily accessed refuge from Miami was redesigned to exude a cottage feel. However, the structure itself is anything but cottage-quaint, with top-of-the-line furnishings, modern-day accouterments, a large heated pool and a separate one-bed, one-bath guesthouse. Th e impeccable workmanship comes from the team at renowned Hawaiibased interior design firm Philpotts Interiors. “Th is private paradise is a perfect example of charming coastal design, but with layers of sophistication perfectly suited for this Atlantic coastline,” says a rep from the Philpotts Interiors team. “Th e relationship with our client has allowed us to collaborate on unique residential designs from Florida to Hawaii.” Clean, stark lines and upscale cottage window treatments are built into the architecture, while seagrass, rattan and other natural elements position the home to be the perfect canvas to display the homeowner’s personal collection of Florida and Native American art.
The study featuring the contrasting white walls and beams Photographed by Brittany Godbee
Th e layout of the home is positioned to protect the structure from Florida’s elements while instilling a flow through floor plan in which indoor and outdoor environments are loosely defined and makes use of the home’s unique beachfront lot. Throughout the interior, white tongue-and-groove walls and shellstone floors complement the rich, contrasting wood beams in the entry hall, living room, study, master bedroom and dramatic circular stairway—a popular element of Britishcolonial-style homes. Upon entering, rough limestone from Malta graces the walls of the foyer. To the left there is a private guest wing housing three bedrooms, three full baths and access to the pool area, and to the right the Malta limestone continues into a two-story cathedral-height living room. The living space invites conversation and lounging with an oversized, inset television, cantilevered shelving and large group seating. On the ocean side of the room, doors open up to a covered porch and lush, open lawn that leads to an ipe-wood dune walkover. The meandering path takes you straight down to the beach’s edge among the dunes’ natural vegetation without obstructing views from the house. On the opposite side of the living room, a wide loggia leads to the formal dining room and eat-in kitchen. The crisp white kitchen features state-of-the-art stainless-steel appliances, Taj Mahal marble countertops, custom whitepainted wood cabinetry and a lightfilled breakfast nook.
The additional turret houses a electronic chandelier that lowers for cleaning. Photographed by Brittany Godbee
Neutrals throughout the house play upon and with the coastal landscape Photographed by Brittany Godbee
Back in the foyer, an added turret houses a curved stairway and motorized chandelier that lowers and rises to clean without hassle (perks of a smart home). The winding stairs lead to a newly added second-floor loft, study and master suite. Just beyond is an office with hardwood floor, custom built-ins and a private balcony, while the master suite wows with the aforementioned stained beams and contemporary design. Off the master are his-andher customized walk-in closets and a luxe master bath featuring a soaking tub, Euro-style shower with dazzling book-matched marble covering the floor, shower and countertop. Both the main house and guest rooms open to the pool and poolside lounge with fireplace—the perfect spot to spend long and lazy Florida afternoons. Th e groupings of lounging and entertaining areas promote the very British-colonial vibe, while elements like the poolside fountain and turquoise-colored pool tiling are reminiscent of elements from farther lands.
The great room flows into an intermittent sitting area that leads into the formal dining room in thehome—a very flow-through layout that still maintains some structure. Photographed by Brittany Godbee
The outdoor fireplace and sitting area with furniture by Sutherland Outdoor Photographed by Brittany Godbee
Overall, the process of redesigning this tropical cottage retreat was not an easy feat, with longdistance communications between Hawaii and Florida as well as two hurricane warnings that shut the project down twice. But as resistant as the ocean tide the home sit near, the team at Philpotts Interiors were able to finish a house that perfectly reflects the quality of relaxation a cottage is known for while incorporating a level of modern technology that takes a quaint home to retreat status.
The great room at the home features cathedral ceilings, Malta limestone and oversized, welcoming furniture Photographed by Brittany Godbee
A bedroom decked out in neutrals and a coastal theme. Photographed by Brittany Godbee
Philpotts Interiors philpotts.net
Outdoor furniture and two chairs in living room bebitalia.com
DECORATIVE CARPETS BY STARK
Entry, great room, dining room, two guest bedrooms, guesthouse starkcarpet.com
Dining room table, great room lounge chairs , Adirondack chairs (outdoor), opium bed in guest bedroom liaigre.com
Master bed, dining room light fixtures, outdoor chaises hollyhunt.com
Chaise in master bedroom hellman-chang.com
Desk in office, bedside tables in guest bedroom josephjeup.com
Dining table in kitchen knoll.com
Outdoor dining table, lounge chairs and table at fireplace sutherlandfurniture.com
Porcelain side table (outdoor) tuckerrobbins.com