“My goal was to use the beautiful antique heirlooms, but make them look fresh and current,” says Jackie Armour.
When Jackie Armour first met with her clients at their home in the community of Lobollly, a private golf and yachting club in Florida, she was being presented with the daunting task of gutting a 5,000 square foot main house and an 1850 square foot guesthouse and infusing them with a “bright and breezy” atmosphere. The objective was to create a light and open feeling while making everyone feel at ease and at home. The owners wanted the design to create a comfort and energy that said, “welcome home” every time their grown children and their grandchildren visited. They also wanted their beloved antiques and family heirlooms to blend seamlessly with the newly curated pieces that were necessary in order to create a fresh aesthetic.
The home is set in a magical location that connects it deeply to nature. Jackie accentuated this connection by starting with a soft color palette in the living room, where an artistic focal piece, Great Blue Herons by artist Guy Coheleach, provides inspiration perched above the natural limestone fireplace. Since the owners often entertain, the custom built-ins were capped with antique mirrors that feature doors that fold back and pocket to expose a full bar and large screen television.
When the couple wants to settle into a deep sense of calm, they often relax in the den, highlighted by the newly acquired acrylic abstract entitled Ocean’s Apart by artist Carol Benson-Cobb.
Jackie balanced an heirloom mahogany dining table that makes quite the statement with a crystal chandelier from Currey & Company that is traditional without being heavy. That allowed the dining room to retain that light and airy sensibility. In order to keep things light, she refreshed the chairs by painting them white and adding a taupe-gray glaze and then reupholstered the host and side chairs with complementary Rogers & Goffigon linens.
The kitchen, which is open to the living room and often becomes a main gathering place, is enticing and welcoming. A center prep station makes it easy to serve light meals at the breakfast bar.
Guests who want a little privacy can prepare their own meals in the guest house to enjoy them connecting to nature on the private loggia. When the project was completed, it was clear that ‘home’ can be both bright and breezy and deeply heartfelt.
Interior Design: Jackie Armour, JMA interior Design, Inc., Jupiter, FL
Architecture: Mitch Miller, Village Architects, Tequesta, FL
Photography: Robert and Carmel Brantley, Delray Beach, Fl