Breakwater Home Stuns with Breezy Boutique Resort Style

A vacation home in Duck Key gives a multigenerational family a place to get away from it all and bond in style


Sometimes a piece of land and a family are just meant to go together. Such was the case for a family from central Florida and a waterfront lot in Duck Key. The family had owned a property on Duck Key for years, but they kept a close eye on this particular lot with oceanfront views and elbow room from the neighbors. “It seemed like every few years, the property would go up for sale again and again, at times with astronomical price tags. In January 2018, we decided to make a call to find out what they were asking; it seemed to be the right time,” says the client. “We leapt at the opportunity.” 

The client hired D’Asign Source of Marathon and senior designer Destin Barkley. “Since they are truly a one-stop for everything construction in Monroe County, it really was a no brainer. You need a firm that can navigate the unique challenges and intimately knows the type of construction that will hold up to the harsh climate.” The decision paid off: Custom builds typically take two years, yet the D’Asign Source team completed the 5,000-plus square foot home within 12 months of breaking ground. Barkley also credits the client, who remained actively involved and available throughout the process. 

Aptly named for the offshore structure protecting the land, Breakwater embodies the client’s Florida roots with its Old Key West architecture and strong emphasis on outdoor living. “They wanted their home to emphasize and accentuate their tropical surroundings. Outdoor living space was essential and needed to function for large gatherings, year-round, no matter the time of day,” says Barkley. 

“Let’s face it: You do not go to the Florida Keys to sit in your bedroom with blinds shut,” says the client. “No matter the season or the weather, you want to be outside.” The multiple outdoor patios accommodate cooking, entertaining, and relaxing and are outfitted with automated roll-down hurricane shutters and a screen layer for windy days, allowing the client to return to central Florida stress free. In many ways, the indoors is an extension of the outdoors within: The decor is crisp, white with natural textures like rattan, and living greenery, and every primary living space looks toward the horizon and ocean. 

The client had two design priorities: a spacious floor plan for the main floor to accommodate five children and 10 grandchildren and a classic design that would stand the test of time. “When you have that many people visiting, you want to be able to cook dinner while listening to a card game happening nearby. You don’t want to be closed off from enjoying the different conversations going on,” says the client. With no hard divisions, the open concept kitchen, dining, and living room features a sectional and dining table. Immediately adjacent to the sofa is a game table for a more casual setting. The space seamlessly merges with nearby outdoor dining, summer kitchen, and lounge areas. The main floor houses the guest suites and bunk rooms; upstairs is the master suite.

“We really wanted that feel of a ‘boutique resort’ when we were all said and done. We were adamant of having the home feel like you were stepping into a Caribbean destination spot and [wanted] the decor and vibe to be 180 degrees different than our primary residence,” says the client. Thanks to a flawless collaboration between D’Asign Source and the client, Breakwater has achieved just that.

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Destin Barkley, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Architecture by Matt Prince and Sarah Girard, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Landscape Architecture by Nicholas D’Ascanio, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Photography by Austin Follos Photography, Marathon, FL

Text by Lola Thelin

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Front Exterior

Front door – CGI Estate Series, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Sconces – Bevolo Coach House Light in Copper, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Medallion designed and fabricated by Mosaicist, Miami, FL  

Pavers – Old Chicago Brick, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Guest Bathroom

Vanity – Woodmode, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Round mirror – Regina Andrew, High Point, NC

Pendant – Hudson Valley, Pelham Pendant, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Wall coverings – Ralph Lauren, Kravet, Bethpage, NY 


Island designed by Destin Barkley, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Fabricated by Jose Rua, Rua Granite & Marble, Miami, FL

Counter top – Opustone, Miami, FL

Counter stools – Century Furniture Hickory, NC

Counter benches – Palecek, Richmond, CA

Cabinetry – Crystal Cabinetry, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Pendant lighting – Currey & Company, High Point, NC

Dining Area

Table and chairs – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Chandelier – Circa Lighting, Miami, FL

Sofa table – Serena & Lily, Palm Beach, FL 

Lamps – Circa Lighting, Miami, FL

Master Bedroom

Bed – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Bench – Palecek, Richmond, CA

Bedside chests – Lexington Furniture, High Point, NC

Lamp – John Richard, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Striped chairs and ottoman – CR Laine, Hickory, NC

Fireplace designed by Matt Prince & Destin Barkley, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Fabricated by D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL 

Area rugs – Nourison Rugs, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL 


Desk designed by Destin Barkley, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Countertop – Jose Rua, Rua Granite & Marble, Miami, FL

Desk chairs – Ballard Designs

Covered Seating

Wicker chairs and cocktail table – Lexington Furniture, Tommy Bahama, High Point, NC

White side tables – Surya, High Point, NC

Back Exterior

Umbrellas – Tuuci, Hialeah, FL

Lounge chairs in pool – Ledge Loungers, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Dining table and chairs – Barlow Tyrie, D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL

Wicker lounges and side tables – Frontgate,

Pool custom designed by D’Asign Source, Marathon, FL 

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