The Living Room
Designer Lars Bolander wanted the main living area to be a “casual, easy place for entertaining and relaxing.” With east and south walls made entirely of glass, he ensured the space was light and cheerful even if it was pouring rain outside. The blue and sand palette was informed by the seaside location as was the beech flooring and bamboo shades.
Idea to Steal: Bring in natural elements in unexpected materials like the wood mushrooms and Luciano Zanoni sculpture of a fig tree.
The Media Room
This space presented some challenges for designer Lynda Murray. The room was small and had an unusual shape. To make it inviting and comfortable, Murray followed a “less is more” theory and added minimal furniture and mirrored pieces such as the silver cabinet from Jalan Jalan Miami.
Idea to Steal: Adding mirrored surfaces to small, darker spaces will take advantage of every sliver of light available, making a room feel brighter and bigger.
Designer Wade Hallock’s vision for the kitchen was to be a place “people actually used, not like one of those gorgeous kitchens where everything is hidden from sight.” He chose natural hard materials like quartz countertops, onyx backsplash tiles, and a granite island. In a nod to ’70s avocado kitchens, Hallock painted the ceiling in Ralph Lauren’s Astor Green which is “more apple than avocado.”
Idea to Steal: Have extra space? Create a seating area just off the kitchen for guests to have a drink and chat while you finish preparing dinner.
The Entertaining Terrace
Vincenzo Avanzato’s approach to this impressive outdoor space “was like ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ I just threw a bean out there, and it all started to grow,” he says. That included a custom dining table with driftwood as a base. The color approach was to marry white with pops of orange, red, and blue creating an open, lively space.
Idea to Steal: Be mindful of the environment while designing a space. Because this room was outdoors and at a higher elevation, Avanzato made sure the lanterns had extra reinforcing to withstand strong winds.
The Dining Room
Capturing the exuberance of Miami, designer Deborah Wecselman’s dining area is all about the custom banquette, covered in teal blue velvet, that was designed so that everyone gets a view. The saturated walls were painted in Ralph Lauren’s Baltic Blue paint. Wecselman says teal “is a very Miami color.” She glammed up the spaces with gold and silver tones and a Stark goat-hair rug.
Idea to Steal: Wallpaper is not only for walls. The designer used a Porter Toleo paper named “Tangled” on the ceiling to add graphic punch.
The Covered Terrace
The rope wall in this semi-outdoor space is no accident. Designer James J. Wall grew up on the water. “Rope is a very natural material for me,” he says. To add a bit of interest, Wall weaved some gold chains in between the ropes. Inside the roping, the designer chose simple, streamlined furniture. He saved the big moment for the light fixture, which “has a python pattern embossed in gold on the shade, to enhance the coziness.”
Idea to Steal: When faced with unmovable architecture like this room’s pipes, embrace the details rather than hiding them. Wall even painted one of the pipe’s gold.