Zen Spirit Reigns in Bali-Inspired Wellington Barn

Part of a horse barn in Wellington is reborn as a wellness-centric retreat with equestrian elan

162

Hailed as the winter equestrian capital of the world, Wellington is a bucolic paradise in Palm Beach County that grows exponentially in the winter months—or “season” as it is known to the locals. All disciplines of equestrian sports compete here, from show jumping to polo, which makes this quiet little town a unique cultural melting pot where people from across the globe keep homes and show their beloved horses. 

Designer Heather Weisz and her partner, Lisa Hynes, seized what they consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when they were selected to transform part of a client’s barn into a spectacular Bali-inspired retreat. To this day, the industrious duo behind HW Interiors continues to process the project’s size, complexity, and amazing outcome. “We consider ourselves so fortunate to have been involved in this endeavor,” says Weisz. “We are beyond grateful for our amazing client who entrusted us with something this unusual and large in scope.”

An accomplished equestrian and wellness aficionado, their client was naturally drawn to this peaceful Wellington neighborhood. Its sprawling lots exceed five acres a piece, all with barns adjacent to their homes and plenty of wide-open space with trail access for riding. The main house boasts 4,500 square feet, but HW’s design focuses on the barn. Weisz and Hynes converted one third of it into 3,500 square feet of livable luxury play space while renovating the remaining two-thirds for the owner’s horses, including two adorable Gypsy Vanners, Sugar Bear and Brown Sugar. “The property itself has gorgeous mature landscaping,” says Hynes, “making it ideal for our client who values all aspects of health, wellness, and social connection.”

The homeowner’s primary goal was to make the space feel Balinese inspired, with a dedicated Zen yoga retreat, sauna, gym, lounge area, and outdoor cold plunge pool. Her intent was twofold—an exercise space that overlooks the lush landscape, as well as a destination for friends and get-togethers. The design team’s initial concept utilized this generous space to give their client the best possible layout to provide privacy for yoga and gym time, along with public areas to host large gatherings and take advantage of the lounge, kitchen, and pool table area. “We applied an imported bamboo ceiling treatment along with earthy tones in the wood floors and quartzite island slabs and an organic live-edge shelving detail to transport visitors to a soothing luxury oasis upon stepping through the doors,” says Weisz.

A long view into the yoga studio from the entrance reveals bespoke pecky cypress barn doors with custom brass inlaid handles and a stunning beaded chandelier from Africa. Two oversized living walls flank the opening, emulating the landscape’s lavish growth and vivid natural colors. To keep the property in tune with its surroundings, the team installed oversized sliding glass doors to invite natural light and serene views inside from every vantage point. Working closely with Surfside Contracting, they brought the project to life, ensuring every detail—from the AC vents to the kerfed door jambs and baseboards—feels elevated and luxurious. “Personally, Heather and I would have moved in if we could,” jokes Hynes. “The place is a dream.”

As for the client, she is enjoying the space thoroughly, utilizing it for group yoga and meditation retreats and daily health and wellness. “We’ve also heard from her that those beautiful stone countertops are sturdy enough to hold several people dancing,” laughs Weisz, “so we know it’s getting plenty of use for entertaining.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Heather Weisz & Lisa Hynes, HW Interiors, Wellington, FL

Text by Jeanne de Lathouder  

Photography by Jessica Glynn, Lantana, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Game and Kitchen Area

Armchairs – Taracea, High Point, NC

Drink tables – Four Hands, Austin, TX

Pool table – The Billiard Shop, Houston, TX

Wall art – Vita Boheme, vitabohemeartstudio.com

Island designed by HW Interiors, Wellington, FL, and fabricated by Palm Beach Custom Woodworks, West Palm Beach, FL

Stone – Stone Gallery, Riviera Beach, FL

Stools – Thomas Hayes, Los Angeles, CA

Wicker pendant lighting – Hudson Valley Lighting Group, hvlg.com

Chandelier over pool table – Hollis and Morris, York, Ontario, Canada

Beaded chandelier – Ngala Trading, New York, NY

Area rug – Feizy, High Point, NC

Main House Breakfast Area

Banquette designed by HW Interiors, Wellington, FL, and fabricated by Shelby Parker, Lake Park, FL

Pink chairs – Shelby Parker, Lake Park, FL

Table top – Palm Beach Custom Woodworks, West Palm Beach, FL

Table base – Mr. Brown London, High Point, NC

Lighting – Apparatus, New York, NY

Main House Office

Desk designed by HW Interiors, Wellington, FL, and fabricated by Palm Beach Custom Woodworks, West Palm Beach, FL

White lounge – Dmitriy & Co., New York, NY

Pillows – Marquis Design Group, West Palm Beach, FL

Wallcovering – Phillip Jeffries, Fairfield, NJ

Lounge

White sofas – Kravet, Woodbury, NY

Cocktail tables – Four Hands, High Point, NC

Side tables – Four Hands, High Point, NC

Wallcovering – Phillip Jeffries, Fairfield, NJ

Area rug – Jack Walsh, West Palm Beach, FL

Sauna 

White stool – Four Hands, High Point, NC

Pottery – Global Views, High Point, NC

Primary Bathroom

Tub – MTI Baths, mtibaths.com

Gazebo

Lounges – GAN, Gandia Blasco, gandiablasco.com

Pillows – GAN, Gandia Blasco, gandiablasco.com

Throughout

Exterior architecture – Roy & Posey Architecture, West Palm Beach, FL

Additional architecture – Avercamp Associates, West Palm Beach, FL

Builder – Surfside Contracting, Inc. Jupiter, FL

Landscape architecture – Armstrong Landscape Group, Jupiter, FL

Living walls designed by Miami Vertical Gardens, Miami, FL

Facebook Comments