While Burke is known for crafting colorful interiors, this project led her in a whole new direction. “The owner is originally from Cape Cod,” she says. “So he wanted to pay homage to this house’s Palm Beach roots, but his style is also deeply rooted in the Northeast.
“With 10-foot ceilings throughout most rooms, the home is gracious, but still manageable,” says Burke. To optimize the natural light without sacrificing privacy, the designer covered the home’s windows with simple woven-wood shades. The chandelier is crafted from pieces of sandblasted grape wood.
Burke further maintained aesthetic continuity by furnishing the home in a single style and palette. Liberated by the fact that this is a vacation retreat—not a highly personal primary residence—she felt free to impose “a wonderful uniformity” upon its decor. Both bedrooms, for instance, are furnished in practically identical pieces, in the style of a luxury hotel. (The Standard, one of Miami’s leading resorts, is among the owner’s favorite interiors.)