Consciously Collected

After A Lifetime Of Acquiring Art And Accessories, This Globe-Trotting Couple Turned Their Home Into A Masterpiece Of Timeless Elegance

Story Credits

Interior Design
John Cialone, Tom Stringer Design Partners, Chicago, IL
Jorge Gera, Chicago, IL
Tasos Kokoris, Tasos Kokoris AIA, Westport, CT
Dan Lavelle, Lavelle Construction and Development Corp., Jupiter, FL
Landscape Architecture
Matt Hadden, Hadden Landscape, Inc., Loxahatchee, FL
Property Management
JDM of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Wellington, FL
Text by
Linda Marx
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When interior designer John Cialone was commissioned to design this stunning 9,700-square-foot home with a 5,900-square-foot guesthouse, he was excited to learn that the couple already owned a chic and beautiful collection of art and accessories. Their goal was to design the Mediterranean-style home to look collected. “This couple enjoys a lifestyle of travel and collecting stuff,” Cialone says. “We normally provide accessories for our clients, but their personal collection was fabulous. They had everything.”

The designer and the homeowner agreed on a clean, modern, transitional design, making the project a seamless event. Both the home and the guesthouse had to be curated, and the designer agreed that the pieces should feel layered. Using soft hues like gray and off white, Cialone unifies the color scheme to show off the art, accessories and furnishings, while light travertine tile and dark-stained oak flooring intermingle throughout.

This home, located in the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, is all about its family members and their time spent together. The couple has three adult children with one being a world-class equestrian. At weekend gatherings, their indoor/outdoor lifestyle includes spending time at the lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by the many manicured garden spaces. With views of the pool, lake and gardens from most rooms, the designer created spaces that respect the couple’s love for family intimacy and privacy. “I repositioned pieces and moved things around because I knew what the client liked,” Cialone says. “It was so much fun working with their collection which includes fossils, lacquer boxes, turtle shells, and of course the larger pieces.”

The living room is remarkable for its expanse and understated elegance. Hearthside, the homeowners’ linen-clad sofa and a mix of armchairs joins a Moroccan-style occasional table, a sculptural wood accent table and a glass-topped bronze cocktail table to shape a comfortable conversation grouping. Framed in walnut, a painting floats in pinks, reds and blues above two unmatched terra cotta glazed jugs on the mantle. Across the social space, a custom-glazed “Pineapple” lamp atop the British Colonial sofa table was created in intense coral and orange hues.

The library, with an abundance of windows and a Palladian door leading to the garden, is the home’s stopping point. A Colonial-style pedestal table centers the room, where leather-topped, bronze-finished shelving and pieces from the owners’ collection keeps things casual, fresh and interesting. Lots of natural light makes the space a delightful spot for lingering. Nearby, a cadence of arches with groined vaults shapes the long hallway furnished exquisitely with a red lacquer Chinese armoire and art from the couple’s international collection.

A crisp, clean and bright white palette wraps the kitchen, where gray quartz tops the counters and textural area rugs add a dash of eye-popping color. Two islands — one a breakfast bar, the other a culinary prep station — center the space. The designer added drawers in the knee space of the prep station for storage. “We finished what didn’t look finished here,” he says.

A junior suite in the guesthouse, where the equestrian daughter stays, sports a peaked ceiling and a wall of glass that slides open to the terrace. Appropriately, the “Lord Denver Horse” triptych proudly lines the wall, while green and sandy hues color the space.

In keeping with his clients’ love of living in a personalized, collected interior, Cialone made sure every room was curated as an illustration of their lives, designed with comfort, functionality and style. “This was a great collaboration between a well-traveled couple and a creative design team that was more than happy to portray their global lifestyle in a picture-perfect setting,” Cialone says.