Modern Sings With Italian-Inspired Style in West Palm Beach

One designer pays homage to the modern era in her own West Palm Beach waterfront residence that sings with Italian-inspired style


Poised in the heart of the historic district  of Prospect Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., this waterfront home features breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway as well as the legendary Mar-a-Lago Club on the island of Palm Beach. This 8,800-square-foot residence owned by interior designer Hilary Musser and her husband, Dale Kahle, offers endless options for large-group entertaining as well as intimate evenings enjoyed poolside beneath the stars.

“We chose Prospect Park because we love the charm of the neighborhood,” Musser says. “We enjoy views of some of the most spectacular historic homes across the water on Palm Beach Island and watch the sun rise every morning outside our expansive windows. Each house here has its own style and character from a specific time period — ours represents the modern era.”

Before planning the design of their home, the couple took a trip to Northern Italy where they toured the marble quarries in Carrara. After visiting 10 different suppliers, it became clear that post-installation maintenance on huge marble slabs would be more trouble than they wanted at this point. “Over the mountain in Modena we could purchase porcelain slabs in the likeness of marble, the same size but much thinner and more consistent,” the designer says. “Our first visit was to Iris, where we fell in love with the statuary marble that is now the main flooring found in all the common areas of our house.”

A specialty wall announces each room. In the foyer, a gorgeous three-piece wall hanging inspired by Lalique provides an artistic focal point. The great room takes style cues from the sleek Italian design of the kitchen outfitted in Carrara marble and accented with stainless steel and wood. Nearby, plush furnishings in the living area provide plenty of contemporary seating, while an iconic-style chandelier tucks into a specialty ceiling treatment to illuminate the space.

The private spaces are not overlooked. A fabulous slab of colorful backlit geodes, inset into the wall and framed in stainless steel, draws the eye in and around the study. Upstairs, the highlight is undoubtedly the master suite, which spans the width of the entire top floor. The bedroom walls are covered in a shimmery custom treatment from Vahallan, while Zanotta’s white leather-clad “William” sofa and “Maggiolina” chair from 4141 Design provide vivid contrast. Featuring two balconies and a large expanse of windows, this quiet sanctuary boasts amazing water vistas from nearly every viewpoint.

At the back of the house, Musser strategically designed a lavish outdoor oasis for relaxing, cooking, and entertaining. “Our absolute favorite places are beside the big fire pit and next to the pool,” she says. “It shimmers with fiber-optic starry lights and makes for a fabulous romantic evening.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design: Hilary Musser, Hilary Musser Interior Design, West Palm Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture: John Lang, Lang Design Group, West Palm Beach, FL

Photography: Daniel Newcomb, Jupiter, FL

Text: Jeanne De Lathouder

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Front Exterior
Gate – Fowler Sheet Metal, West Palm Beach, FL
Entry door – 84 Lumber Company,
West Palm Beach, FL
Wall sconces – Hinkley Lighting, PPM Collections, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Driveway tile – Simply Trade, Boca Raton, FL
High back chair, stools, silver art panels and black accent chairs – Christopher Guy, New York, NY
Chandelier – David Duncan Antiques, New York, NY
Vase – Kristine Daniel Designs, Ontario, Canada
Stairway – Marretti USA, New York, NY
Living Area
Blue sofa, cocktail ottoman, armchair and accent tables – Maxalto, 4141 Design, MDD, Miami, FL
Chandelier – FLOS, 4141 Design, MDD, Miami, FL
Ceiling treatment – Romo, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug – Calypso, Palm Beach, FL
Cabinetry, islands, countertops, backsplash, wood banquette and shelving, hood and light pendants – Arclinea, 4141 Design, MDD, Miami, FL
Double ovens – Wolf, Sub-Zero Group, Madison, WI
Vintage guitar – Owners’ Collection
Dining Area
Dining table – Gold Mountain Gallery, Telluride, CO
Chairs – Maxalto, 4141 Design, MDD, Miami, FL
Light fixture – Matt Downer Designs, Rico, CO
Master Bedroom
Bed, headboard, bedside chests, lamps, loveseat and light fixture – Christopher Guy, New York, NY
Artwork – Diego Santanelli, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Lounge chair, ottoman, sofa and cocktail
table – Zanotta, 4141 Design, MDD, Miami, FL
Wall covering – Vahallan, Lincoln, NE
Ceiling treatment – Phillip Jeffries, High Point, NC
Draperies – Zarin Fabrics, New York, NY
Area rug – Fibre by Auskin, Arvada, CO
Master Bath
Tub – Boffi, Miami, FL
Vanities – Robern, DPS, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Vanity chair – Whiteline Modern Living, Miami, FL
Mirror – Majestic Mirror & Frame, Miami, FL
Wall sconces – Kuzco Lighting, PPM Collections, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Artwork – Diego Santanelli, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Shower enclosure – Saturno Glass & Mirror, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Walls and flooring – Casalinea, Florim USA, Clarksville, TN
Light fixture – NCA Design, Quebec, Canada
Desk and chair – Christopher Guy, New York, NY
Light fixture – Eichholtz Lighting, High Point, NC
Glass art – David Wight Glass Art, Wyland Galleries, Sarasota, FL
Sofa – Maxalto, 4141 Design, MDD, Miami, FL
Cocktail table – Jalan Jalan, MDD, Miami, FL
Vase – Coastal Distributors, West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage glass Grappa chess set – Sotheby’s
Auction House, New York, NY
Occasional tables – Sunpan, Ontario, Canada
Lamps – Kristine Daniel Designs, Ontario, Canada
Area rug – Fibre by Auskin, Arvada, CO
Rear Exterior
Pool – Roberts Pool Design, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Sculpture – Eric Berg Studios, Philadelphia, PA
Wall tile and bar – Florim USA, Clarksville, TN
Cabinetry fabricated by Uzi Kashuv, Unique Designs, Pompano Beach, FL
Barstools – Skyline Design, Miami, FL
Chaises – Terrace 436, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Recessed lighting designed by Innovative
Illumination, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL
Window – The Glass Professionals, Inc., Stuart, FL
Wallpaper installation by Wallpaper by Wendy, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
Flooring – Iris Ceramica, Eurowest Decorative Suraces, Anaheim, CA
Installation by Dutch Master Tile & Marble,
West Palm Beach, FL

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