May 16, 2022

Dare Quill

The Real Estate Maniacs

Bold shade plan enlivens South End penthouse

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Chocolate with a shot of citrus in mint ailment

That description tells the tale of Stephen Collins’ hottest job, his co-operative penthouse, No. 808, in the 2774 South Ocean complex on the South Close of Palm Seaside. 

When Collins retired and moved to Florida from Boston in 2007, he explains, he began a cycle of buying properties that he redecorated, lived in and later resold in “turnkey” situation, completely ready for go-in by the consumer. 

And when he purchased his South Stop penthouse in 2018, the oceanview unit came with an unusual but significantly-appreciated housewarming present. 

“A good friend of mine, who has labored with (Palm Beach interior designer) Joseph Pubillones for several years, informed me, ‘I am likely to give you Joseph for a day as a gift.” 

On the appointed working day, Collins and Pubillones laid out a approach, which before long grew to be multi-phased and ended up executed to the ‘nth’ degree. 

Pubillones’ contributions went far beyond the scope of that initial consultation. Work progressed, and the apartment was, literally, camera-ready when it was photographed for Up coming Luxury, a trade-journal. 

“It was listed as just one of the top 52 ‘chocolate’ themes,’” Collins clarifies. 

However, in Collins’ brain, the apartment was not concluded. 

“I’d say (the decorating) was about a few-quarters alongside, but I preferred to do far more,” Collins recalls. 

“Joseph would say, ‘done,’ and I’d say: ‘But I want to do a few more amounts. And last but not least, he stated: “There’s very little else you can do’ — and I knew it was time to cease.” 

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Now, Collins is ready to go on to yet another project and has stated his penthouse with Douglas Elliman Real Estate agent Gloria Rodriguez-Allsup. Totally furnished and accessorized, the two-bed room, two-bathtub unit — with 1,364 sq. ft of living area, inside and out — is priced at $1.4 million. 

Collins says he likes to uncover apartments that have now been renovated. 

“I was wanting for mint issue,” he explains. “And this device was now renovated by its prior homeowners, an aged pair who preferred to market. I realized it experienced a great deal of possible.” 

The penthouse is in a 1968 building designed by the late Palm Beach architects Gene Lawrence and Ronald Kent Belk. In addition to the swimming pool, facilities include a tennis court docket, an exercise room and deeded access to the beach front. 

The building is unique from other folks on Condominium Row because there are no interior hallways leading to the apartments. As a substitute, the penthouse’s front doorway opens on to an open-air breezeway. 

The foyer leads directly into the living place, with the kitchen area and guest suite to a single facet and the master suite on the other. The most important dwelling area and both bedrooms feature walls of impact-resistant glass doors that open up to the balcony.

The building’s curvilinear footprint gives Collins views to the southeast overlooking the pool, the lawn, the sand and the sea.  

At the beginning of the redecorating course of action, Pubillones suggested light-coloured palettes, Collins recalls. 

“But I wanted chic, refined and dramatic — something you never see all the time,” Collins suggests. “With this area, I also needed organic, textured and homey.” 

So the color scheme ended up in different shades of brown, from cocoa to earthy tones. There are textured wallpapers, plantation shutters at the windows and panels of tender fabric to frame sliding doors. White ceramic tile flooring throughout are topped with seagrass region rugs for effortless upkeep. 

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The customized furnishings came from Pubillones’ own collection, and the art and accessories were preferred at Neiman Marcus and style showrooms in Essential Largo and Boston. 

The kitchen is fitted with honey-colored tailor made-designed cabinets, granite counters and stainless-metal KitchenAid appliances. “Also, we chose beautiful grass-cloth wallpaper, and place in shelving and mirrors to open up up the space,” Collins says. 

In his previous homes, Collins often used his dining-area desk as a desk, so this time, he resolved to do absent with a official dining location, per se. 

“For 12 years, I by no means ate at my eating-home desk,” he states. “When I entertain, I like to have cocktail get-togethers, and I provide appetizers, then we all go out to consume.” 

However, there’s a room in the penthouse that effortlessly can serve as a dining room, and it is directly across from the entertaining area’s created-in bar. 

“I could seat 6 about my desk, and there’s also a console table in the den that can fold out,” Collins suggests. 

He uses his guest bedroom as a den, with each the living area and den furnished with comfortable Natuzzi sleeper sofas that occur into perform when he hosts guests, he adds. 

For wallpaper, the residing room is embellished with a chocolate-colored grass-fabric, and the den is completed in a textured jute grass-cloth. 

 And then, for that pop of citrus, you can find the orange wallpaper in the visitor toilet by Hermes. 

Collins will miss his penthouse – the building, its location, the typical-area amenities and the staff. But he’s fired up to transfer on, he claims, and he’s now dreaming of a navy coloration palette for the next time all around. 


A prior version of this story detailed the mistaken credit score for the phtographer, J Quick Studios.

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