Interior Designer Mary Widmer Revamps A Boca Raton Home
Tucked away down a quiet street in Boca Raton sits an Intracoastal beauty. Inspired by its expansive water views, the home embodies coastal living. Developer and designer Mary Widmer’s goal was to marry form and function so that the home’s splendor didn’t stop at the surface—although, visually, the home is stunning. Details like core-fill insulation treated with borax to lower energy costs while deterring bugs from entering, a Caterpillar generator and a central vacuum system allow for a low maintenance and breezy upkeep as well. Plus, the residential-sized elevator makes hauling luggage upstairs that much easier for visiting guests.
Widmer, founder and creative director of Mary Widmer Luxury Collection, has been developing luxury waterfront properties for 11 years in Boca Raton. She puts her entire heart and soul into each of her projects, building and designing the homes as if she was going to live there. “It’s gratifying to have satisfied customers and to know that they are enjoying what I created,” she says.
The luxury home’s British West Indies-inspired architecture exudes a modern, clean style. The precast stone columns, along with custom aluminum brackets, anchor the home, while the hurricane rated garage door and impact windows ensure the home can vanquish any storm. A shell-infused brick paver driveway in silver-gray complements the home’s stucco exterior. The second floor balcony’s aluminum railing and shutters in Santorini blue add texture to the home’s façade.
The Great Room
Stepping through the home’s 300-pound Vintage Ironworks steel doors, using Widmer’s design, and into the main foyer, guests are instantly greeted with abounding natural light, expansive water views, 12-foot ceilings and a neutral color palette accented with pops of aqua and turquoise that embrace the home’s sophisticated coastal design.
An Italian leather Incanto sectional in stone gray anchors the formal living room and is accentuated with two turquoise velvet circular chairs, several fluffy accent pillows, a neutral rug that picks up the taupe, gray, beige and teal hues of the room, and a Bernhardt glass and chrome coffee table.
The home’s walls have a premium Level Five drywall finish to ensure a smooth, even surface. And the paint colors throughout the home are custom, one-of-a-kind “Mary Mixes,” as Widmer likes to call them.
Kitchen & Breakfast Nook
With Thermador luxury appliances—including three ovens, a microwave, a warming drawer, a gas stove and a Sub-Zero 48-inch refrigerator—this home is craving to host a dinner party. The kitchen centers around a 9-foot island with a quartz countertop. The backsplash, a wavy Island Stone glass in a pale soft green, mirrors the water’s movement—and combined with the white shiplap detailing on the ceiling—the space has a sophisticated, nautical feel. Widmer balances that with modern, industrial white and aluminum hanging lights and leather and chrome stools. The chrome and leather décor continues into the circular breakfast alcove around a circular glass table overlooking panoramic views of the water. A crystal Libby Langdon chandelier and a contemporary inverted ceiling with rope lighting finish the space.
This oversized room is the kitchen’s counterpart when it comes to hosting a festive feast. A glass Bernhardt table that seats eight takes center stage while a massive custom mirror, nearly 11 feet wide, ensures that every velvet seat in the space has a view of the water. The mirror’s faux-finish frame matches the bird’s-eye maple Caracole chairs. Chrome and crystal sconce lights and a chandelier illuminate the room and artwork. When designing, Widmer always looks to support local businesses and artists, so when she saw Dalia Kantor’s work, she knew it would be perfect for the dining room. The coffered shiplap ceiling with rope lighting adds an element of interest.
Club Room & Office
Perfect for watching game day on two flat-screen TVs or entertaining guests for a lively happy hour, the intimate club room is an on-trend addition to the home—complete with a stylish wet bar and seaside views. The porcelain tile that adorns the wall reminded Widmer of the pattern water makes on the sand as it washes ashore. Handblown glass light fixtures hang above the wire-brushed white oak floors and cream American Leather sofa. One of Widmer’s signature design features, staining the window returns on each of the five square windows along the wall, is combined with the tongue-and-groove ceiling and curvilinear inverted ceiling above the bar, giving the space a little extra contrast and intrigue.
Through the 10-foot double glass doors, sits the home’s office. Two modern chairs in gray microfiber with fun V-shaped chrome bases sit opposite a white lacquer and chrome desk. The area rug with metallic thread gives the room a slight shimmer. The office’s full bathroom features Tommy Bahama mosaic tile throughout and a wall-to-wall mirror to add extra dimension to the space.
Upstairs Foyer & Family Room
Arriving on the second floor, a spacious loft with oak floors, a quaint desk and a gorgeous Van Teal light fixture in chrome and gold sits adjacent to the family room, morning bar and second laundry room (the first one is located downstairs between the three-car garage and kitchen).
The Bernhardt entertainment unit in a brush oak finish sits in front of the vintage Lucite coffee table. “Vintage items give a warm and friendly feeling to the house,” Widmer says. Her goal was to intermix hard surfaces with warm, welcoming fabrics, like the circular velvet chairs and velvet dark teal couch with Lucite legs. To elevate the space, Widmer brought another design element into the home—the use of end tables that don’t necessarily match, but simply have elements in common.
Double doors open up to a vast master bedroom and expansive waterfront views from the private balcony. The king bed’s silver metallic leather tufted headboard complements the Caracole bird’s eye maple nightstands with mother-of-pearl metallic handles. A second, and more private morning bar sits nearby with white quartz countertops and Tommy Bahama mosaic tile. The area rug gives the room a modern, colorful flair. Window treatments throughout the house are all electronic and slightly sheer to let the light in while still offering privacy. Custom drapes in the master add an element of soft glamour to the room with silver threads that shimmer in the moonlight.
The master bathroom will take anyone’s breath away. The at-home spa’s centerpiece is the impressive shower with two shower heads, four body sprays, a rain shower, a personal handheld shower and a striking Caesarstone floating bench. Natural light and relaxing water views pour into the shower from five large windows that are surrounded by Tommy Bahama mosaic tile. The shower’s floor, an Island Stone glass in a pale gray with a matte finish to ensure it’s slip-resistant, balances the gray and white marble wall. White quartz countertops enhance the two custom vanities, each with a tower, and the separate makeup vanity. A deep-seated soaking tub sits under a double ring chrome and crystal chandelier.
The marbled floor in a gray and white silver lining pattern leads you from the bathroom into the spacious walk-in closet. Custom-made shelves and a built-in dresser offer plenty of space for folded and hanging garments, and the display cases are perfect for those exquisite, extra-special pieces. Closets can sometimes be cavernous, but not in this home—two windows grace the space, allowing for plenty of natural light.
Guest Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The four bedrooms and three bathrooms that complete the upstairs living space are uniquely designed sizeable suites. Each room has a king bed, balcony and finished walk-in closet. The rooms boast lavish finishes and notable décor from linen and Italian leather headboards to beautiful Arteriors bronze and ceramic lamps with delicate laser cutout brass shades.
Built on more than 100 cement pilings that go nearly 40 feet underground, this house is sturdy. It’s also set on 120 feet of waterfront with a 100-foot fully electric dock with its own pump-out station. For the furry residents, the backyard offers replica turf that’s pet-friendly and low-maintenance. The shell-infused marble patio with pebble detailing leads out to an outdoor dining area that overlooks the 30-foot saltwater pool with traditional Lunada Bay aqua iridescent mosaic tile. A sun shelf featuring flat glass azur-colored pebbles complement the ten-person spa with its waterfall edge.
With so much to offer, this home was created for a variety of buyers, and that’s what makes it so appealing, says Olive Belcher, the home’s realtor. This new-construction waterfront property, built by an experienced developer and timeless designer like Widmer, is sure to delight its new owners for years to come.