This strikingly colourful and eclectic beach house in Delray Beach, Florida is home to a couple of empty nesters who wanted to create a modern home (opens in new tab) and stylish space to enjoy but also be able to accommodate a growing number of grandchildren. The couple enlisted The Brooklyn Home Company (opens in new tab), led by brother-sister team Bill Caleo and Lyndsay Caleo Karol, and their father Richard Sands, former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Constellation Brands.
An admirer of antique woods, Sands tasked Upstate New York-based Grand Wood to salvage wood from an 1860s barn for this home’s reclaimed frame. This addition resulted in a comfortable property with a truss system and high ceilings – the only one in the whole condominium development without a flat roof. Lyndsay Caleo Karol designed the interiors, which feature custom art and furniture pieces by her husband and frequent collaborator, Fitzhugh Karol. Fitzhugh designed three distinctive sliding doors, the fireplace, the staircase railing and sculptural wooden bed frames.
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A Gray Malin photograph hangs in the kitchen, which is the first room you enter when you step foot in this home. The Gray Malin photo, together with the Mathieu Challieres' La Voliere birdcage lampshade and the crockery on display all add fun pops of colour to this white kitchen (opens in new tab).
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The kitchen island (opens in new tab) / breakfast bar (opens in new tab) is XXL, and can comfortably seat eight. An aquarium nestled between the kitchen and living room features starfish, coral and sea shells.
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Salvaged wood beams add drama to the main living spaces, and draw the eyes up to the ceiling. There are beachy accents throughout, from corals and shells to driftwood, highlighting this home's beach setting. A palette of white and blue is also a nod to the nautical vibe, but a mix of different prints and patterns keep it from feeling too themed.
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The art-filled home features work from acclaimed artist Len Urso – a metal sculptor and painter in Rochester, NY – who features three large paintings in this home’s dining room.
Like the kitchen, this space is XXL, with plenty of space for hosting the whole family.
The bespoke dining table has a weathered, rustic look to it, tying in with this home's location.
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The staircase (opens in new tab) is a striking space. A custom-made handrail features bumps and curves, contrasting against the white painted shiplap walls and the modern glass banister at the top.
A trio of hanging pendants add a more rustic look, while the landing was extended in one part to perfectly accommodate a sculpture.
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In the master bedroom (opens in new tab), one of Fitzhugh's sculptural beds makes a striking focal point. The rest of the room is muted, allowing the bed to shine. Bedside lights were custom designed to resemble fishermens' nets.
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Fitzhugh also designed three distinctive sliding doors, one of which is the barn door that connects the master bedroom to the dressing room (opens in new tab) area.
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Two kids' sharing rooms (opens in new tab) were created with built-in bunk beds, designed to accommodate the couple's growing number of grandchildren.
Each of the bunk bed rooms features four beds, with trundle drawers for extra storage, and wall lights for reading. Built in bookshelves give each bed the opportunity to be more personalised to that child, displaying their books or treasures.
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One of Fitzhugh's sliding doors features in the kids' room, linking through to a generous ensuite bathroom.
A large pendant light is seemingly hung from a fishing net, adding to the nautical vibe. Shuttered doors open into a large, walk-in shower room, clad in pretty mosaic tiles.
A trio of basins offer lots of space for the kids to brush their teeth and get ready at the same time.
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Photography: Kim Sargent