European Elegance in Palm Beach, Florida

As the saying goes, inspiration can strike at any time. Consider the design inspiration for Stone Creek Ranch: a magazine tear sheet of a home in Provence. Our clients came to us with the tear sheet and a vision of creating a modern French country manor home. The result couples Tuscan architecture and hints of Mediterranean flavor with updated twists, such as clean, fresh lines; contemporary color tones; and thick archways and columns. 

The exterior's stone archways, balustraded balconies, and a warm Mediterranean portico set the stage for a dramatic yet welcoming interior. The covered entry opens to a vaulted foyer and gallery, drenched in sun from the arched glass front door and surrounding windows. 

Argentinian marble steps lead down from the foyer into the living room, where the deep hue of the dark wooden beams and American walnut flooring create a stark contrast with the white walls and pitched white ceiling. Accent colors throughout the house include burnished gold, light blue, and pale yellow, which can be seen in the artwork, rugs, and pillows in the photo below. 

Like most of the home, the decor is Tuscan and Mediterranean meet Santa Barbara.

The chiaroscuro theme continues in the formal dining room, where travertine wall claddings and light wood columns contrast with the wood furniture and dark arch of the groin vaulted ceiling. An Arte de Mexico chandelier centers above an alder table. You can't overlook the luscious floor, covered in honed travertine inlaid with polished Costa Esmerelda marble and bordered by antique bronze marble.

Nearby, the kitchen breaks thematically with the rest of the house through a juxtaposition of clean and rustic styles. Quaint green-lacquered cabinetry mixes with stained cherry cabinets, tied together with contemporary stainless steel bar pulls. Vintage touches, including an antique butcher block and the stone surrounding the cook top, gives the kitchen a sense of history. Camino del Inca flooring visually connects the kitchen to the adjacent morning room. 

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide a view through to the courtyard and pool. The wooden beams on the vaulted ceiling continues the light/dark theme seen throughout the house. 

Pale hues abound in the private spaces, differentiating them visually from the social areas. The master suite, which occupies an entire wing of the home, features a tranquil blue and white color palate to encourage a sense of calm and relaxation. A barrel-ceilinged dressing vestibule connects his and her bathrooms to the bedroom. 

White crown molding elevates the already luxurious master suite. 

Her bathroom abounds with light, feminine touches. Windows surround the freestanding tub and white Breccia Dorado marble countertops and white onyx flooring finish the room.

The elegant, feminine master bathroom includes a crystal chandelier and sconces. 

Outside, the classically styled pool and spa are complemented by majestic trees and vibrant flowers, designed by Krent Weiland of KWD Landscape Architecture.

The house is situated lakeside in the exclusive Delray Beach community of Stone Creek Ranch and encompasses 15,055 total square feet with 10,671 square feet under air. While the scale of the home is dramatic, it's superbly proportioned, making the home very livable. 

We were honored to learn that the Stone Creek Ranch community uses our home on their website as an example of an ideal home.