A year-old, 7,200-square-foot home on Mockingbird Trail earned recognition this month for its interior design.
Kaywell Interiors, a West Palm Beach-based interior design firm that works with many properties in Palm Beach, won the 2020 Design Excellence Award in Transitional Interior Design from the Florida South chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Transitional interior design refers to a mix of traditional and modern furnishings, fabrications and decorative features. Kaywell Interiors was recognized for its design work on a home that is more than 3,000 square feet.
The 2020 Design Excellence Awards were presented recently during a virtual ceremony that recognized winners in a variety of categories including traditional design; contemporary design; bathroom design; kitchen design; outdoor space; residential renovation, Aging in Place, showhouse/model, small space; commercial design; product design and residential lighting design.
“It’s an absolute honor to be judged and recognized by other interior designers for your work,” said Margaret Kaywell, principal and head designer of Kaywell Interiors. “I was excited for my clients who put their faith in my skills, my staff at Kaywell Interiors and all the talented people that worked long hours to create a beautiful, award-worthy home that will hopefully be a part of Palm Beach for decades to come.”
The five-bedroom, Colonial shingle-style home at 200 Mockingbird Trail, which was completed in January 2020, was designed by Michael Perry and built by Tim Givens for owners Ken and Amy Viellieu.
The Viellieus razed the home that formerly occupied the property, Kaywell said, and built their two-story home with input from their builder and designers.
Kaywell, whose firm specializes in high-end residential and commercial interior design, worked closely with the Viellieus on the home’s interior design, including its furniture, flooring, countertops, plumbing, lighting and surface finishes.
“Every little detail is coordinated,” said Kaywell, who designed the home with a northeastern United States shingle-style mixed with a Florida casual feel. “It’s a long process. It took about two years.”
The owners had some basic ideas for their home, Kaywell said, but let her handle much of the design.
Kaywell added textures to the home such as rattan and bamboo, selected additional art, and picked a soft palette for the wood floors throughout the home.
“I had a great client,” Kaywell said. “She knew that she wanted quiet colors and a clean, uncluttered look. She wanted pale blues. So we just ran the color scheme throughout the house.”
Kaywell has won a handful of professional awards for interior design, including a Design Excellence Award for her rework of the historic Sea Gull Cottage that was once owned by oil, railroad and hotel tycoon Henry Flagler. That property, built in 1886, sits on the grounds of the Royal Poinciana Chapel on Cocoanut Row.
“It’s always nice to be published in magazines,” Kaywell said. “But nothing compares to an industry recognition.”