Before & After: Palm Beach Retreat

July 14, 2023

Workshop/APD founding principal Andrew Kotchen is not known for shying away from a challenge, and when it came time to create a family retreat in Palm Beach he actually welcomed one. Charmed by his new apartment’s location, potential, and sweeping ocean views, Kotchen and the Workshop/APD team set out to transform the space through a complete gut renovation. Led by Senior Project Manager Adam Dello Buono, the result is a warm, modern getaway that embodies the firm’s Crafted Modern ethos, showcasing extraordinary custom millwork, Workshop/APD designed custom and Workshop Collection furnishings, and perennial design and décor favorites, as well as a highly personal collection of art and objects.

The home’s original entryway consisted of a door that opened into a rather narrow passage and swung directly into a closet. Our team replaced the dysfunctional door with a sleek wooden substitute that opens the other way, added a landing zone with a bespoke Workshop Collection Guild Entry Console, and widened the doorway by removing the closet.


A sunny living room incorporates a slightly dropped ceiling, fashioned to conceal technical elements and create a cove for window shades. The gut renovation included sealing off certain doorways to create a more intuitive flow about the apartment.

Living Room

In the dining space, an organically-shaped pop up communicates directly with the custom dining table below – another Workshop Collection bespoke product first devised for this project. A cluster of pendant lights in varying shapes comprise a freeform chandelier, playing into the cutout to add verticality to the room. Curved walls around the hallway openings continue the softness found throughout the home.

Dining Area

Another entrance to the apartment originally neighbored the refrigerator, creating a jammed kitchen with limited storage. Our team decided to seal off the second entrance, replacing it with smooth millwork that conceals appliances.


The two bathrooms in this home reached their full potential in gray tile and textured travertine – a far cry from the original carpeted floors and white cabinets. A narrow window in the guest bath became a focal design element, allowing just enough of an aperture to invite some natural light.


Framing the room’s existing windows, the guest bed with its custom headboard and plum pendant lights creates the perfect vignette. As in the rest of the home, carpeted floors are replaced by hardwood and popcorn ceilings by a smooth, floating canopy.

Guest Room

To create dimension in the primary suite, a simple wainscot is layered behind the bed’s custom headboard. On the opposing wall, a ceiling-height mirror allows the room to expand despite its limited space.

Primary Bedroom