Grand Seaside Mediterranean Beach Villa Traces Its Architectural and Design Roots to Old Europe

Grand Seaside Mediterranean Beach Villa Traces Its Architectural and Design Roots to Old Europe
Grand Seaside Mediterranean Beach Villa Traces Its Architectural and Design Roots to Old Europe
33,000 Square Foot Oceanfront Mega Mansion In North Palm Beach, Florida
12510 Seminole Beach Road North Palm Beach, Florida
E??namored by the elegance and aged grandeur found in some of Europe's greatest mansions, West Virginia businessman Chris Cline yearned to build one of his own somewhere along the South Florida coast. But where?

Interior designer and builder Lauree Simmons, who has worked with Cline on two other projects, found the answer in Seminole Landings — an exclusive, oceanfront North Palm Beach community perceived as the perfect location for the grand Old World residence envisioned by Cline. "He loved the old mansions he saw on his trips abroad," Simmons says. "He wanted his home to be elegant yet warm and livable for his family."

Simmons and interior designer Julie Luxton worked from the project's onset with architect Stuart Brenner and builder Bob Simmons to create this 33,000-square-foot oceanfront home. Overseeing a team of 11 designers, Simmons concentrated on the interior architectural details while Luxton's group dedicated all efforts to furnishings, fabrics and window dressings.

From the exterior, the multi-storied villa's soft, terra-cotta patina, porte-cochere and balconies project a warm Mediterranean presence — a prelude to the graceful interiors. Stepping through a grand entrance structured with strong architectural elements, the living room presents a poised setting shaped with oversized furnishings and luxurious fabrics in lush shades of terra cotta, gold and green.

Overhead, the coffered ceiling features an iron grillwork inset illuminated from above. "We were inspired to create the inset to show off the coffer's depth," Luxton says. Hand-carved stone columns, arches and carved wall niches that flank a Gothic fireplace add touches of medieval romance to the Euro-flavored space. In soft contrast, the sofa boasts a thick velvet fabric that echoes the rusty red, gold and green patterns of the plush area rug.

Intricate floor and ceiling details carry through to the dining room to capture the full flavor of Old World grandeur. Here, the custom-designed, Italian marquetry table with rose, pearl and mahogany insets separates into two smaller pieces for more intimate dining and combines to accommodate Cline's penchant for large family gatherings.

Though a more casual space, the breakfast area received the same attention to detail as wide windows allow for an uninterrupted view of the ocean. With warm hues emanating from the kitchen's mosaic wall above the stove, painted insets in the coffered ceiling and tri-colored terra-cotta flooring designed in Italy, color flows through a Mediterranean stone archway into the family room — a favorite space for fun and relaxation.

The upstairs master bedroom and sitting area provides a quiet study and retreat furnished with oversized sofas and lounge chairs placed hearthside, while the deep soak tub and massage table exude a European spa-like aura in the master bath. Here, a panorama of the beach conjures a coastal allure of soft blue and green tones that carry through to the guest bedroom and lavishly appointed bath, where a scenic poolside view adds to the suite's charm.
Created with elegance and comfort, this classic Mediterranean villa offers a glimpse into an earlier era with an Old World view.
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