A Boater’s Paradise

Going Behind The Facade For A Contemporary Experience With Spectacular Water Views

Story Credits

Raquel Mothe, Mothe Design, Miami, FL
Emilio Collavino, Miami Beach, FL
Rodney Sarkela, Sarkela Corporation, Boynton Beach, FL
Text by:
Christine Davis
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By design, owner Nuhad Khoury’s lovely, newly constructed 7,000-square-foot vacation retreat blends in at Harbor Beach, an older well-established neighborhood in South Florida. Purposefully, she asked designer Raquel Mothe for a pristine, clean, transitional-style home that approaches contemporary, but is warmed up and softened by some well-placed curves. But once inside, Khoury wanted her heart’s desire, pure contemporary in form and substance: airy, bright, open, sleek and modern all the way. “It’s like a surprise,” Mothe says. “Outside, it’s a beautiful white house, but when that front door opens the ‘wow’ factor instantly captivates.”

First, it’s the dramatic contemporary interior scheme that catches attention. Then it’s all about the water. And finally, the eyes are drawn across the Intracoastal Waterway to the megayachts docked at the Pier 66 Marina. “Everything is aligned to that view,” Mothe says.

Throughout, the color palette is neutral: off-white walls and white sheers combine with subtle tones of white-to-gray fabrics. The custom-designed stairway is a showstopper, and since it involves curving glass edged in stainless steel, it’s an engineering feat as well. Its white marble treads create a seamless transition with the marble flooring upstairs and downstairs. “I wanted something that flowed and would appeal to everyone’s taste,” Khoury says. Stunning views, the sinuous stairway and a soft color palette do, in fact, set the stage, but it’s the layout and furniture groupings that set the tone. A curvaceous theme prevails in the living area, where a circular cocktail table topped in black glass centers the poetic curves of a large leather-clad sofa and a pair of rounded armchairs. A dark-gray area rug, in silk and viscose, allows for a circulation pattern around the seating area while grounding the space in warmth. The impression Mothe aimed to create in the great room is cozy and intimate with an easy transition from the living area into the dining area, bar and kitchen beyond.

Upstairs in the master bedroom with its en suite bath, the contemporary design and neutral color palette carry through, highlighted by large mirrored panels that reflect the water view, add light and expand the space. Here, the custom bed designed by Mothe with a tufted-linen headboard takes center stage, while a luxurious chaise offers the perfect perch to enjoy the magnificent vista. “When I’m in my bedroom, I feel like I’m in a penthouse,” Khoury says. “It has an incredible view with everything oriented toward the water.”

While architecture and interior design elements embrace curves, the pool area is all about straight lines, albeit with some that disappear. Incorporating a seating ledge and a walkway that crosses the shallow end, the pool features a dramatic infinity edge that sends water cascading down to the lower-level dock.

“The water is what grabs you, where ever you are in the home,” says Khoury in appreciation of Mothe’s expertise in creating an integrated environment. A neutral scheme inside and out is an element the designer often employs because it gives her clients options. “With an understanding of both the structure and architecture as well as interior design, a home comes together better and is more cohesive,” Mothe says.