A River Of White

Hugging the bank of the S. Lucie river, this Palm City seasonal escape fully embraces the nature of the tropics


If once was good, then twice is great … as was the case when homeowner Julie Bossidy commissioned interior designer Tori Legge to style her new seasonal home in the Floridian National Golf Club of Palm City. With their tried-and-true relationship having developed following the successful design of her client’s home in Connecticut, Legge was eager to take on this project. “We worked really well together. The owner was heavily involved with all the decisions,” the designer says.

Drenched with stunning landscaping, views of the St. Lucie River and a wealth of dynamic furnishings, this 6,000-square-foot house is white through and through. With such a clean palette, Mother Nature becomes the backdrop. The traditional Floridian is delineated with a metal roof and large square columns commissioned to grant a stately appearance.
“I created numerous seating areas from which to enjoy the warm tropical breezes … whether relaxing in the Adirondack chairs by the fire pit at night or lounging in the poolside chaises by day,” Legge says. At the rear of the home, an expansive loggia spans the length of the main interior spaces. “We wanted a modern look while highlighting the natural landscape,” the owner says.

From a grand entrance to unobstructed water views, the home’s open floor plan has a sense of transparency. Whether it is the soaring ceilings, crisp white walls or the straight architectural lines, the home’s unprecedented modern style is finely punctuated with expression in every space, beginning with the entry. Here, a stainless steel and glass stairway is designed with white oak steps adorned with metal studs to add an aesthetic interest to the architectural element.

Wide-plank, white oak flooring flows through to the main living areas, where a white coffered ceiling casts a dramatic effect. “We kept the interior scheme monochromatic and soothing to welcome the vibrant colors of nature inside,” the designer says. Like a breath of fresh air, the kitchen’s contemporary style takes shape with white-painted shaker cabinetry and slabs of solid white quartz — chosen for its extreme durability and low maintenance. If one island isn’t enough, then two is a must. “The double islands in this white-on-white kitchen allow for plenty of prep space for this large family,” Legge says.
Steps past a custom metal wine room designed by the owner herself, a wall of stacked stone in an array of whites and beiges adds a touch of texture and dimension in the living area. Keeping consistent with the clean look of white, the sofa and lounge chairs maintain a crisp and brilliant appearance.

At day’s end, a sigh of happiness exudes from the owner as she basks in a river of white that flows out to the expansive loggia … a favorite spot for family fun and relaxation. “Tori did a great job utilizing indoor and outdoor spaces,” Bossidy says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled!”

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