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house guest: tropical treat.

house guest: tropical treat.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM SARGENT

What good is a vacation property that doesn’t make you feel like you’re on vacation? Not very good at all, if you ask the owner of this Palm Beach pied-à-terre. “So many of my friends have such serious apartments, but they could be in any city,” she says. “I’m in Florida. I want it to look like I’m in Florida.” So, she turned to New York interior designer Bruce Bierman for a gut renovation that would bring a touch of the Caribbean to the cramped, 1980s layout of her newly purchased condo in The Breakers. The result is a warm, bright space that is wide open to the breathtaking ocean views and perfectly functional as an escape from city living; there’s only one hitch: “It was supposed to be our weekend hideaway,” says the owner. “But now we want to be here all the time.” 

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hgbie3Sources: Sectional from JM Upholstery; game table from Holly Hunt; walnut paneling by Architectural Woodworks & Cabinetry; chandelier from MSK Illumination.

hgbie4Sources: Starck tub from Duravit; bath filler from Dornbracht; rattan table from Objects in the Loft; ghost chair by Philippe Starck; rug by H Groome.

hgbie5Sources: Bench from Donzella; wicker chairs from Paul Himber; desk from Ralph Pucci International; desk chair by Jean-Michel Frank; rug by Elizabeth Eakins.

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