Coastal Vero Beach Home Balances West Indies Flair

Designer form follows unique function in this spacious, coastal modern house that celebrates West Indies flavor within a practical and open floor plan


In an Island Village enclave of Vero Beach, this dwelling is where design meets functionality, adhering to both with no compromise in sight. Homeowners Jill and Peter Weise’s 6,200-square-foot house is accessible and uncluttered, but strays from starkly minimal, retaining an identity of a coastal modern aesthetic with undertones of West Indies design. “This balance is essential,” says Jill of the necessity to accommodate her sister-in-law, who utilizes a wheelchair and lives with the family.

“My favorite part of the project is how my design team and I were able to push the boundaries of a traditional floor plan,” interior designer Leah Muller says. “By minimizing and not removing architectural elements, by applying rich textures, mixed metals and seductive materials, we gave careful attention to accessibility and family purpose.”

Cameos of color pull the eye beyond black-and-white to an interior grounded with a subtle, neutral base. Striking that balance between simple yet nuanced, the foyer delivers a crescendo welcome. “We wanted a postmodern style in the entry,” Muller says. “We found this perfect, geometric black metal light fixture that wows as a sculptural element.”

Characterized by celebrated views of the waterway, a coastal presence is easily discernable throughout. In the living room, bold accents give a nod to the tropics, while pale blue and sandy hues wash over the dining room.

With a nod to homeowner Peter Weise’s German roots, the kitchen exudes a modern European aesthetic. Centering the fully open and linear space, a 16-foot-long Pompeii quartz island ensures that the area supports multi-functional use. It’s a prep station on one end, a casual table with easy access for all on the other.

“The powder room is everyone’s jewel box,” Muller says. “We scoured for the perfect vanity and paired it with a freeform white sink that oozes over the top of the stained, wood cabinet.” The undeniable organic nature of the space is a nuanced highlight.

Organic elements make an appearance in the music room. Artwork from the Weise’s collection perches atop the fireplace adorned with noncombustible, geometric white-glass tiles. “The artwork is a bit fanciful but in a modern aesthetic. The artist uses bright colors and presents a somewhat conceptual view of things,” Jill says. “The piece is of white poppies, so it’s a nice abstract that evokes whimsy.”   

A bit of whimsy even taps the guest house, where a vaulted ceiling defines the master suite with island-style luxury. “It’s meant to be a retreat for our guests … a little bit of Florida fun and relaxation,” the homeowner says.   

“We used a spa-green glass for a whisper of color in the homeowners’ master bath as well,” Muller says. “The floating cabinets are finished in a dark espresso hue for rich texture to complete the modernly spa-like space.”

Slightly more masculine, the upstairs media room is a youthfully daring and urban space for video game playing and general hanging out — a favorite for the Weise children. And speaking of gathering spaces, the outside loggia is the go-to place for family fun.

“The family’s frequent travels to Europe and affinity for postmodern design cemented the home’s final style,” the designer says. Practicality and style are not mutually exclusive in the Weise residence. They exist in a finely tuned balance that makes this a luxuriously livable home.

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Leah Muller and Shannon Colkitt, Leah Muller Interiors, Vero Beach, FL

Builder Carl Lachnitt, CAL Builders, Inc., Vero Beach, FL

Landscape Architecture by Mark Sartain, Sartain and Associates, Vero Beach, FL

Text by Alexandra Roland

Photography by Jessica Glynn, Atlantis, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


rear exterior

Railings – Custom Metal Creations, Fort Pierce, FL 

Orange table and chairs – Christopher Knight Home,


Front door – Signature Door, Inc., Altoona, PA

Console – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Mirror – LMI Collection, Vero Beach, FL

Chandelier – Hudson Valley Lighting,

Wappinger Falls, NY

Area rug – Surya, White, GA

living room

Sliding doors – Vero Millwork, Inc., Vero Beach, FL Sofa – Custom designed by Leah Muller Interiors, Vero Beach, FL

Fabricated by Paul Petersen & Co., Vero Beach, FL

Fabric – Perennials, David Sutherland Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL 

Pillow fabric – Romo, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Cocktail table – Bernhardt Furniture, Lenoir, NC

Occasional table – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Fan – Big Ass Fans, Lexington, KY

Area rug – Owners’ Collection

dining room

Photographic art – Maxwell Muller, San Diego, CA

Table – Owners’ Collection

Chairs – Star International Furniture,

Foothill Ranch, CA

Cabinet – Bungalow 5, New York, NY


Counter stools and chairs – Calligaris, Miami, FL

Cabinetry, island and table – Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry, DW Designs, Vero Beach, FL

Countertops – Macata Stone & Tile Design,

Vero Beach, FL

Backsplash – Precision Ceramic & Stone,

Vero Beach, FL

Light pendants – LMI Collection, Vero Beach, FL

Double ovens – Miele, Jetson, Vero Beach, FL

powder room

Vanity and sink – Laufen, Miami, FL

Mirror – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Light pendant – Varaluz, Las Vegas, NV

Wall covering – Sonoma Tilemakers, Windsor, CA

music room

Sofa and fireplace – Custom designed by Leah Muller Interiors, Vero Beach, FL

Sofa fabricated by Paul Petersen & Co.,

Vero Beach, FL

Fabric – Perennials, David Sutherland Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Fireplace fabricated by Precision Ceramic & Stone, Vero Beach, FL

Armchair – Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Miami, FL

Accent pillows – LMI Collection, Vero Beach, FL

Cocktail table – Crate & Barrel, New York, NY

Artwork – Tusinski Gallery, Rockport, MA

Display shelving – Styles & Rails, Vero Beach, FL

Light fixture – YLighting, Walnut Creek, CA

Area rug – West Elm, New York, NY

guest house suite

Bed – Serena & Lily, Sausalito, CA

Artwork – LMI collection, Vero Beach, FL

Chest and bedside tables – West Elm,

New York, NY

Table lamps – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Mirror and stools – LMI Collection, Vero Beach, FL

Area rug – Pottery Barn, New York, NY

master bath

Tub and vanities – Wetstyle, Montreal, Canada

Mirrors – HBS, Inc., Vero Beach, FL

Wall sconces – YLighting, Walnut Creek, CA

Flooring – Precision Ceramic and Stone,

Vero Beach, FL

media room

Sofa and occasional tables – LMI Collection,

Vero Beach, FL

Red chairs – Fritz Hansen, New York, NY

Cocktail table – Lumens, Sacramento, CA

Artwork above sofa – Timothy J. Sanchez,

Vero Beach, FL

Wall lamps – Troy Lighting, Wappinger Falls, NY

Fan – Lowe’s, Vero Beach, FL

Area rug – Crate & Barrel, New York, NY

loggia / pool area

Pool – Crystal Pools, Vero Beach, FL

Chaise lounges, dining table and side

chairs – Restoration Hardware, New York, NY

Sofa, armchairs and cocktail table – West Elm, New York, NY

Fireplace – Empire Comfort Systems,

Belleville, IL


Windows – HBS, Inc., Vero Beach, FL

Flooring – DLC Flooring, Inc., Vero Beach, FL

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