Raquel Mothé Designs An Awe-Inspiring House In Fort Lauderdale

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It is particularly inspiring when you enter a home as beautiful as the latest project by architect and designer Raquel Mothé of Mothé Design.

This recently-constructed 7,000-square foot vacation retreat is located in Harbor Beach, one of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest neighborhoods that has stood the test of time thanks to its desirable location and exquisite real estate.

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The owner asked Mothé for a “pristine, clean, transitional-style home that approaches contemporary, but is warmed up and softened by well-placed curves.” Mothé delivered that and more on this, one of her greatest designs.

“It’s like a surprise,” Mothé says about the facade’s white color, concealing of what awaits inside. “Outside, it’s a white house, but when that front door opens, you are instantly captivated by the ‘wow’ factor.”

The contemporary interior design welcomes the eyes first. Then the water. And then the yachts docked at Pier 66 Marina across the Intracoastal Waterway. “Everything is aligned to that view,” says Mothé.

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Throughout the house, shades of white-to-gray fabrics adorn the walls, giving a touch of symmetry to the multiple rooms and spaces.

The home’s inviting and overall feel is not by mistake. “I wanted something that flowed and would appeal to everyone’s taste,” says the client.

A grand, custom-designed, curving, glass edged in stainless steel staircase is a work of engineering art by itself. It has marble treads that connect the flooring of both upstairs and downstairs.

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Mothé set the tone of the house with the layout and furniture grouping. She looked to create a “cozy and intimate” impression in the living room, with effortless passage to the kitchen, bar, and dining area.

The living room has a circular cocktail table topped in black glass; a large leather sofa; and a pair of comfortable, rounded armchairs. These lay on top of a dark-gray rug made of silk and viscose.

The master bedroom and suite bath have large panels and a generous window that lets the natural light in.

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The view and effect of the master bedroom are a favorite of the client. “When I’m in my bedroom, I feel like I’m in a penthouse,” the client says. “It has an incredible view with everything oriented toward the water.”

Outside, an infinity-edged pool is a straight-lined oasis, complete with a seating ledge to lounge on and watch the aforementioned yachts. Fort Lauderdale, Florida luxury lifestyle does not get better than this.


Water was an ever-present feature in the development of the house. “The water is what grabs you, wherever you are in the home,” says the client in appreciation of Mothé’s talent.

Mothé is known for implementing neutral schemes on her projects. “With an understanding of both the structure and architecture as well as interior design, a home comes together better and is more cohesive,” she says.

This one came together quite well.

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For more on Raquel, visit www.raquelmothe.com.

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