Luxury Home + Design
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
This 6,000-square-foot Quail Creek Estates home, built in 1986, was the first million-dollar home in the community. But when interior designer Kelli Fontana and her general-contractor husband purchased it earlier this year, it had been vacant for five years, and it soon underwent several renovations to modernize it while maintaining ties to its ’80s roots. The Lucite, bronze and mirror chandelier in the dining room, seen here, is one of the remaining pieces from the home’s original state, and Fontana says it was one of the main reasons she fell in love with the house. To camouflage the room’s small, asymmetrical windows, she pieced together custom curtains of alabaster and apricot silk to cover the entire wall. The dappling on the belly of an oversized equine giclee, titled 22 Hands, perfectly complements the chenille weave on the chairs, she says.
SUGAR AND SPICE
Fontana’s design tends toward a juxtaposition between hard lines and whimsy, as in the powdery pink hydrangeas and metal vase on this living room console table. “I love a little bit of rock and roll with the daintiness of a flower,” she says.
The inspiration for the living room, Fontana says, was a boutique hotel in Palm Beach. “I wanted to create a destination vibe that would show off the huge swimming pool and golf course [right outside the large windows],” she says. Pale mint-colored sofas with a subtle snakeskin pattern circle a poured powdered marble Italian coffee table atop a vividly colored area rug from Morocco—a gift from a girlfriend who spent four months there and brought it back with Fontana in mind.
The foyer was left intentionally spare, Fontana says. “I used a lot of restraint there. The marble floors are original, and I had them re-polished to bring back the dramatic luster. Between that, the grandiose mirror and the intricately carved Asian chest, I thought that was all that was needed. It’s dramatic and stark but still warm and fun with the gold and wood.”
The wine rack was one area of the home that hasn’t changed much from its original. Fontana simply removed the glass doors over the rack and adjacent cabinets, and added mirrors to the cabinets to enhance the space.
Kelli Fontana, Kelli Fontana Design
Richard Vogelgesang, West Bay Homes