Soak In The Sunlit Interiors At This Beachfront Florida Home {Soak In The Sunlit Interiors At This Beachfront Florida Home} – English

Soak In The Sunlit Interiors At This Beachfront Florida Home {Soak In The Sunlit Interiors At This Beachfront Florida Home} – English

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So enticing was the prospect of waking up each day to the sight of the sand and waves that the couple decided to find a beachfront property and start again. When they did, they put together a dream design team: architect John Cooney and the couple’s longtime designer Bruce Palmer Coon, who together created a residence that satisfies the owners’ desire for an elegant and comfortable coastal abode that embraces the site’s views in every possible way—and fits right into its beachy environs without falling into seaside design tropes.

“[The owner] likes the West Indies-inspired, clean, tropical style,” Cooney says, “and he wanted me to get as many rooms on the view as possible.” The architect dreamed up a three-story concept with authentic detailing and materials: On the exterior, Cooney specified tabby shell stucco, mahogany windows and doors, and large overhangs with tongue-and-groove soffits and outrigger brackets and corbels. Even the gutters and downspouts—zinc-coated copper—align with the home’s distinctive style. Cooney prioritized the use of windows and sliding-glass doors; using as much glass as possible on the north and west elevations allows for ample views of the water and floods the interiors with natural light.

That sunlight illuminates exquisitely detailed interiors. The front door is at mezzanine level, splitting the difference between the exterior grade and the first habitable floor, and opens to a dramatic three-story-height entry. Coon designed a pair of handblown, Murano glass “sea bubble” chandeliers, one of which extends from the second-floor ceiling to the first floor, while the second fixture extends 31 feet through all three levels of the space. “We did countless drawings to ensure the space would be sufficient for what is, essentially, an art installation,” Coon says. “And we had to be sure the grandkids wouldn’t swing off of it,” he laughs.

The owners asked for main-floor living so they could reserve the second floor for those grandchildren and their parents, as well as a plan that fosters entertaining. Among the ways the design team delivered: the glowing dining room with a gorgeous pecky cypress ceiling treatment. “I’ve always loved pecky cypress, probably because it reminds me of Addison Mizner’s houses in Palm Beach. It’s very ‘old Florida,’ ” Coon says. To accommodate the HVAC grills and preserve the integrity of the ceiling’s design, Cooney worked with the mechanical engineer to create a hidden reveal—which appears as a shadow line in the ceiling details—behind which the ductwork resides. The room’s other elements, including gold-threaded grass cloth on the walls, sheer ombré curtains and a smoked-glass mirror, give the room an inviting feel.

This level of detail is omnipresent throughout. “The wood-clad walls, the millwork, the columns—it required a very high level of craftsmanship,” says builder Dave Rogers. His team, led by project supervisor Andy Warner, oversaw the installation of the architectural paneling and millwork that Coon specified throughout the home. In the living room, for example, paneled walls make a handsome backdrop for the coquina-limestone fireplace, and a silk Phillip Jeffries wallcovering defines the ceiling’s coffers. Even the powder room exudes elegance: Venetian-plaster wallpaper panels with a polished nickel trim complement a single-slab marble floor.

The interior beauty is matched, of course, only by its site on the Gulf. Cooney designed expansive outdoor, west-facing living spaces on each level, which provide privacy from beach-goers and protection from the afternoon sun. Landscape architect Koby Kirwin nestled the pool below the dune so the owners “have unobstructed views of the water breaking on the shore,” he says, “and the pool is protected from the winter winds off the Gulf.” To landscape the property, he used a small plant palette inspired by the site’s coastal setback, including native sea grape and clusia, railroad vine and coastal grasses; a wall of Sylvester palms and hedging gives some privacy from the public beach access. “The owners invested in the view and in a home that embraces it,” he says. “We all just wanted to give them a place that they never want to leave.”

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Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat {Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat} – English

Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat {Soft Blues And Whites Fill A Serene Florida Retreat} – English

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Designer Kara Hebert, who led the project, spent her childhood in Jupiter riding her bicycle to the beach and taking family boating trips to the Bahamas–idyllic experiences that have “influenced my work and my lifestyle,” she says. Her latest endeavor is no exception: Hebert incorporated variations of soft blue throughout every room, creating a soothing atmosphere in the home by residential designer Dennis Rainho and general contractor Michael Maxwell. To ensure the pervasive primary color is subdued yet engaging, she incorporated shades of white and gray, introduced prints and presented varying hues and textures. The result is a seamless, calming getaway.

The residence’s restful tone is established in the entry courtesy of an abstract ocean watercolor, pale blue lamps and a chandelier made of white shells. From there, the great room takes over as the wide-open heart of the home, encompassing the kitchen, living area and dining area as well as leading to a family room and patio. Comfortable seating includes an approachable white sofa and four light blue chairs, two of which swivel–so during gatherings, occupants can turn toward any conversation. “Strong furniture and art placement in the great room were crucial,” Hebert says. “The space has a high ceiling and an abundance of natural light from windows and glass doors, a signature of Maxwell homes.” Clear handblown glass pendants allow unobstructed views from the living area to the kitchen’s focal shiplap wall, with the family room and patio on the right side and a stunning marble-walled laundry room on the left. “This sight line is my favorite view and probably the most interesting in the house,” the designer says. “It shows a layered effect, which is so important when using a singular color palette.”

To create more visual interest, Hebert selected a subtle patterned fabric for the living area’s swivel chairs and topped the sofa with throw pillows that add pops of blues and grays. For texture, she maintained wood as the main material for various tables, including round washed-mango-wood end tables, a square gray washed-wood coffee table and, in the dining area, a solid wood table surrounded by slate-colored upholstered chairs. “Because you can see into almost every space from the great room, I wanted a visual treat everywhere you looked,” Hebert says. Wooden elements reappear in the family room, where a lattice-back chair and a round drum coffee table retain the coastal vibe. Here, darker gray walls and a powder-blue linen sectional add to the cozy feel for movie nights and lounging. “This is the owners’ favorite room in the house,” Hebert says.

While much of the home gives a nod to the ocean, the master bedroom, where the wife requested a “cloud-like” feel, points toward the sky. Hebert combined a white custom rug, white linen draperies trimmed in seafoam and a comfy bed upholstered in the same powder-blue fabric as a nearby chaise. White linen bedside chests further soften the room, as do the cotton-sateen linens the designer acquired to outfit each bed in the house. The pampering continues in the spa-like master bathroom, where pale sky linen draperies frame a soaking tub. A dramatic wood bead chandelier and walls lined in horizontal shiplap reintroduce the beachy presence.

The restful spaces are more than what they seem: To stand up to the owners’ rescue dogs and visiting family members, Hebert incorporated performance materials throughout the home–notably Crypton fabrics on nearly all the upholstered pieces, including the living area sofa, the family room sectional, the dining chairs and even the master bedroom headboard and chaise. All of the countertops are engineered quartz, known for its durability. And there is not a carpet to be found: Rather, indoor-outdoor area rugs and durable tile that mimics wood provide proper footing for scampering feet. “I wouldn’t want to design a house that will stress someone out,” Hebert says. “I always tell my clients, I want their home to reflect their family and the way they live.”

It’s safe to say Hebert hit her mark: According to the wife, guests say their blood pressure drops in the peaceful environment. “So much of the gratification I get out of my job is making sure clients are comfortable in their home,” the designer says. “To me, that’s the best result.”

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Traditional Meets Whimsical In This Stately Florida Home {Traditional Meets Whimsical In This Stately Florida Home} – English

Traditional Meets Whimsical In This Stately Florida Home {Traditional Meets Whimsical In This Stately Florida Home} – English

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A waterfront lot bordering two bird sanctuaries offered the ideal setting for Wietsma and general contractor William Lippolis to create a house inspired by the islands. Reflecting a British West Indies style, also known as Anglo-Caribbean, the two-level structure is flanked by one-story wings, embellished with shutters and balconies, and rendered in a soft pastel palette. “The exterior’s primary yellow color appears to be slightly sun-bleached,” Wietsma observes. “And the green shutters are powder-coated aluminum with a matte finish to give an illusion of painted wood.” But its outward appearance isn’t purely for aesthetics. “Anglo-Caribbean buildings are designed for the harsh tropical climate, with eaves and hipped roofs able to repel rain and wind,” Wietsma says. “The details tend to be more ‘shipwright’ than ornamental.” And stone, stucco, concrete roof tiles and aluminum casement windows treated with salt-resistant Kynar paint are just a few of the durable materials showcased on the home.

The tropical touches become apparent as visitors approach the property. They are welcomed by a gate Wietsma had fashioned after one he had admired in Bermuda. A brick driveway with a cut-coral border then leads to a graceful circular turnaround. “We used two different species of date palm to give the property a grand entrance,” says landscape architect Joe Peterson. “It’s a formal design with three tiers of plantings across the front. There’s lots of color at two levels, while the plants set against the house are dark green to contrast with the yellow exterior.”

Lively hues from outdoors flow inside, where interior designer Ellen Kavanaugh made a splashy statement in the foyer, pairing lime-green-striped wallpaper with black-and-white tile flooring. “The homeowners wanted an interior that has kind of a resort feel,” she says. “It’s very colorful–when you walk in, it feels like you’re on vacation.” The foyer opens to the living room, where Wietsma and Lippolis incorporated more hallmarks of Caribbean architecture such as mahogany flooring, a cypress ceiling and a grand window that offers views of the water and the verdant landscaping. Kavanaugh continued the theme by introducing elements that coincide with the style. “We wanted to select furniture commonly found in the beautiful old British West Indies homes in the islands,” she says. “A lot of the pieces are dark mahogany or teak. Then, we mixed in fabrics that are very tropical and colorful.” The sunny elegance that pervades the house is evident in the living room, where the classical white fireplace and teak furnishings combine with yellow damask wallpaper and floral-print seating.

The adjoining dining room also boasts water views as well as access to the home’s loggia. Kavanaugh animated the surroundings with green patterned draperies and a chandelier decorated with a gilded-leaf motif. The nearby kitchen offsets the home’s dark flooring with white painted cabinets and brushed Calacatta marble countertops, while the office is a study in mahogany enlivened by green botanical-print draperies and a pair of cozy armchairs. “It’s formal, but it’s also inviting and it’s very comfortable,” the interior designer says of the room.

In addition to satisfying the owners’ desire for interesting architecture, Wietsma and Lippolis devised a layout to suit the couple’s lifestyle. “They have four grown children and wanted a house that would accommodate them at holidays but also be intimate when no guests are there,” the architect says. “We ended up putting all of the guest suites upstairs and the master downstairs. This way, the house works as a one-bedroom when the owners are alone and gives everyone privacy when the house is full.” Sunny and airy, with a high ceiling and ivory tones, the private main sleeping quarters provide a tranquil oasis. Facing the Intracoastal, the room’s curved sitting area holds a loveseat, an ottoman and a pair of upholstered chairs, offering another spot to relax and unwind.

“The amount of detail that went into this project is what sets it apart,” Lippolis says. “Every tile layout, trim carpentry and cabinet was perfect.” For clients in the spice trade who longed for Caribbean bliss, it was the recipe for success.

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The New Palm Beach Resort Making Wellness A Way Of Life {The New Palm Beach Resort Making Wellness A Way Of Life} – English

The New Palm Beach Resort Making Wellness A Way Of Life {The New Palm Beach Resort Making Wellness A Way Of Life} – English

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If you’re looking to rejuvenate in the new year—and who isn’t?—head to wellness mecca Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences on Palm Beach’s swoon-worthy Singer Island. Set to open in March, Amrit spans more than seven beachfront acres and offers a mix of residences and resort guest rooms between two sleek towers aptly named Peace and Happiness.

A stone moon gate flanked by urns overflowing with water and illuminated by fire makes for a dramatic entry to the property, while inside textured patterns inspired by sand dollars, sea urchins and driftwood reflect the feel and colors of the ocean. “A key feature of the lobby is the spiral grand staircase inspired by the shape of a seashell,” says Mauricio Salcedo, principal at Bilkey Llinas Design.

Guests and residents can expect cutting-edge, individually customized programming that marries Eastern well-being philosophies with Western technology (think everything from acupuncture to sound and light therapies) while enjoying a sculpture garden, a 40,000-square-foot Ayush hydrothermal therapy experience for alternating between hot and cold pools and a salt chamber, and a plant-centric spa restaurant.

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Miami Architect Reinaldo Borges Shares Plans For The Future {Miami Architect Reinaldo Borges Shares Plans For The Future} – English

Miami Architect Reinaldo Borges Shares Plans For The Future {Miami Architect Reinaldo Borges Shares Plans For The Future} – English

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From envisaging luxury waterfront private residences on Hibiscus and Palm Islands to shaping Miami’s skyline with projects like the American Airlines Arena, Reinaldo Borges boasts a diverse portfolio in South Florida and the Middle East. His firm, Borges Architects + Associates, is currently celebrating 20 years, its design philosophy driven by tropical modern architecture and a passion for sustainability. Borges often glides over South Florida in an ultralight seaplane, seeking inspiration. borgesarchitects.com

What are you working on? We’re starting on a new Istanbul-based restaurant-lounge concept on the water in Miami, finalizing the Celino Hotel on Ocean Drive, and creating a delivery-only kitchen concept, an important service now with COVID-19. Plus, in Fort Lauderdale, a senior housing high-rise we designed will be the first of its kind in South Florida.

How has the threat of sea-level rise affected what clients are looking for? South Florida is blessed with great exposure to water and that drives a lot of the real estate valuation in our community. At the same time, we are challenged by a future with lots more water. We are designing several waterfront luxury homes with innovative climate-ready strategies to ensure they have resiliency to storms and sea-level rise. It’s a passion of ours to think through the future and design smarter, long-lasting projects.

Looking ahead, share your predictions for 2021. Integrated wellness concepts with sustainability and resiliency design will be big. From trends on how we drain our cities and waterways to reducing our energy footprint, it’s all part of the new normal for architects, planners and those involved with the city and its infrastructure.

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An Opulent, Eclectic Estate In Coral Gables Gets A Refresh {An Opulent, Eclectic Estate In Coral Gables Gets A Refresh} – English

An Opulent, Eclectic Estate In Coral Gables Gets A Refresh {An Opulent, Eclectic Estate In Coral Gables Gets A Refresh} – English

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It’s a strategy that proved crucial for her latest project, a French Provencal-inspired estate in Coral Gables that called for an interior design refresh. The client, a world traveler who grew up in Kenya, had developed a taste for the exotic. Boasting authentic French details, the home was originally created by architect Bill Taylor and residential designer Phyllis Taylor.

“The rough textured Florida keystone on the front of the house is similar in color to houses in the south of France,” Bill Taylor points out. Inside, Phyllis Taylor incorporated diverse elements acquired during a trip to Paris, including elaborate replace mantels sourced at a flea market and architectural salvage stored in warehouses. “The antique paneling in the library was a lucky Internet find,” she adds. “And features like the kitchen’s tiled barrel vault and the office’s tin ceiling were important components for the ambience of each space.”

Working with designer colleagues Patricia Duran and Susana Kempen as well as general contractor Patrick Lee, Scurtis was tasked with editing the home’s opulent look and giving it purpose. “It couldn’t be decoration for decoration’s sake,” she notes. “And the most important thing was to make this palatial home feel cozy.”

Scurtis began by looking up and down–at lighting and rugs. A Baccarat chandelier in the main living area, for instance, led to the introduction of a second one in the dining room, where the washed faux-wood paneling was an unfortunate shade of peach. “The room was impressive and intimidating, so to make it more elegant we painted the woodwork dark green–like a London supper club–and added an emerald rug featuring a massive leopard on it for a bit of fun,” Scurtis says. The piece rests beneath the owner’s sizable wood table surrounded by antique chairs.

A zebra rug, meanwhile, adds a note of playfulness to the mosaic tile flooring in the office. Sunny and airy, the space is minimally styled with new ivory-colored barrel chairs and the owner’s understated antique desk, allowing the ornate tin ceiling and French-style gold chandelier to take center stage.

A similar idea prevails in the family room, where the team stripped the dark blue ceiling beams and let the client’s rainbow-beaded chandelier come into focus. “A huge set of windows in the room looks out to a canal, so the water and chandelier became our palette guides,” Scurtis says. The trio peppered the o -white sofa with pillows in various textiles and added a rug with an indigo motif. As a final touch, framed HermeÌ€s scarves pop against the room’s new white-paneled walls.

The designers lined the family room’s bar with shagreen leather stools and placed a few more within view. “They’re repeated as counter stools in the kitchen, so there’s a connection from one space to the next,” Duran explains. There, the owner requested a display of art and objects, but Scurtis insisted they be related to culinary purposes. To compromise, she says, “We celebrated his heritage with African pottery and hung beautiful dishes on the walls.”

A nearby corridor connects to the main spaces, and to underscore its prominence, Scurtis lined a wall with mirrors as a nod to the Palace of Versailles. “The homeowner is in the hospitality industry, so he wanted his living spaces to recreate the attention to detail so prominent in his hotels,” Duran says. Along the mirrored wall, the designers placed a black settee to enjoy views of a courtyard it faces–one of the nontraditional ways they considered the client’s love for entertaining. “That hallway is so wide, I thought: What if you had a moment when you break away from the cocktail party where you could sit and enjoy the view?” Scurtis says. “You could have a cocktail party in the courtyard and move to the kitchen for dinner, where the food and prep provide entertainment and theater.”

But when it’s time for relaxation, the master suite is an ideal respite. In a clever move, Scurtis relocated a bed from a guest room–a better t for this space–and paired it with an ivory-colored sofa. To balance the tone of the traditional wallcovering, the team sourced a contemporary rug featuring abstract lines. And in the master bathroom, they added practical elements like a cozy chair and a blue cotton dhurrie rug near the freestanding tub.

By the project’s end, the combined taste of homeowner and designer helped transform the house, ushering it into the future. “His opulent aesthetic and my edited approach work well together,” Scurtis says. “Ultimately, it became a dance we did very well.”

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Your Stay At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach Awaits With Fresh Details {Your Stay At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach Awaits With Fresh Details} – English

Your Stay At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach Awaits With Fresh Details {Your Stay At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach Awaits With Fresh Details} – English

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PHOTO COURTESY THE BRAZILIAN COURT

Something lovingly old, something whimsically new is the theme behind a collection of redesigned guest rooms at The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach.

While they still embrace traditional dark wood floors and crown molding, Lauren Hastings of LSI Designs installed lush green velvet headboards and sofas, and added splashes of lavender. The standout feature: dreamy wisteria-upholstered wall panels. “In early design development we were pulling color inspirations that are strong enough to carry the weight of the room but that are also tranquil and contemporary,” explains Hastings. “Wisteria, with its varying tones of lavenders, blues, greens and yellows, was a perfect fit.”

Artist Austin Kerr created the artwork, and Frameworks printed the image on silk-like fabric. Renovations will continue, with special touches like custom art using Pierre Frey patterns and one-of-a-kind pieces from Keller Palm Beach.

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Kick Your Feet Up At This New Hotel All About Island Style {Kick Your Feet Up At This New Hotel All About Island Style} – English

Kick Your Feet Up At This New Hotel All About Island Style {Kick Your Feet Up At This New Hotel All About Island Style} – English

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Hotel bedroom with wood wall and artwork.

Welcoming vacationers since July 15, the new Compass by Margaritaville hotel has settled fittingly into the serene landscape of Anna Maria Sound. Delivering a slice of the trademark relaxation lifestyle Margaritaville resorts have long supplied, this property overlooks a marina and offers a pool, a daily cocktail hour and its own seaside-inspired restaurant. Each of the 123 rooms features a water view, Margaritaville bedding and oversize bathrooms with rainfall showerheads, while complimentary daily breakfast, a lounge stocked with books and board games, and a snack-laden Welcome Cabana promote a laid-back itinerary—Jimmy Buffett-approved. compasshotel.com/annamariasound

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Tour A Cheerful Palm Beach Home With Patterns That Pop {Tour A Cheerful Palm Beach Home With Patterns That Pop} – English

Tour A Cheerful Palm Beach Home With Patterns That Pop {Tour A Cheerful Palm Beach Home With Patterns That Pop} – English

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Owning a primary residence in Boston, the clients wanted an uncomplicated retreat where their friends, adult children and grandchildren could gather. The single-level abode by Dailey Janssen Architects in the north end of Palm Beach had been the first property they toured when house hunting. They found themselves instantly attracted to its bright spaces and open floor plan, which conjured a carefree air of being on perpetual holiday. “What I love about the house is the sort of casual-living, Malibu vibe,” the wife says. “You walk in the front door, and the first thing you see is the outside and the pool. It instantly feels relaxing.” The Turkish stone flooring contributes to the mood, as do the soaring beamed ceilings and simple white and gray kitchen.

While the layout of the newly constructed dwelling appealed to the owners, the interior paint colors and light fixtures did not. Skok updated both and then set about curating a diverse selection of artwork, fabrics and rugs, incorporating not just her own creations but also those of her industry friends, to produce a layered, lived-in look. “There’s so much talent out there, and I love back-and- forth collaboration and integrating other designers’ work into my projects,” she says. “Personally, I think it’s boring to only use your own fabrics.”

Born and raised in South Africa, Skok lived in London for several years and brings an international sensibility to her projects through her use of eclectic fabrics and daring combination of bold patterns and rich textures. Elements of a Skok design are easy to identify, as in this residence: In the foyer is a settee she upholstered in a graphic Zulu-inspired material. Opposite is a dramatic braided ra a mirror, and on a nearby wall are painted ceramic plates by an emerging South African artist she discovered.

Just past the foyer are the living and dining areas, where Skok kept the furnishings neutral to employ her trademark mix. Pillows in graphic red and blue prints top the cream-colored sofa. Striking abstract art enlivens the dining area. And a trio of South African basket lids decorate a hallway leading to the master bedroom, where a tufted yellow bed and tropical window treatments add a youthful note. Down the hall, an explosion of unexpected patterns of Skok’s own design infuses the wife’s office with whimsy.

Throughout the home, the designer emphasized an informal Palm Beach vibe by sourcing accessories from Antique Row shops and other local vintage stores. A framed Japanese print discovered nearby hangs in the guest bedroom, and perched on the living area’s replace mantel is a growing flock of porcelain parrots–cheeky findings Skok calls her “wink to Palm Beach.”

Yet the essence of the locale is best captured in the home’s outdoor gathering spots. The U-shaped structure wraps around the pool, yielding a private backyard as well as an extra-deep loggia. That space–a key attraction for the couple, as the wife loves spending time outside–allowed Skok to form an exterior dining spot and a living area, outfitted with a large sectional. Continuing the strategy from inside, she kept the furnishings white and introduced color through pillows clad in wildly printed fabrics.

Despite the home’s lived-in feel, Skok completed the job swiftly and effortlessly by heeding her own design advice: “‘Enjoy yourself’ is what I tell clients. There is a lot of serendipity in each project, and sometimes you just have to follow that instead of the rules. Decorate, and then get on with your life.”

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A Midcentury Fort Lauderdale Co-Op Goes Modern {A Midcentury Fort Lauderdale Co-Op Goes Modern} – English

A Midcentury Fort Lauderdale Co-Op Goes Modern {A Midcentury Fort Lauderdale Co-Op Goes Modern} – English

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The residence initially required a few structural changes to reconfigure its tight, closed-in layout. “Everything had been blocked off, and the owners wanted a more open concept,” Scott recalls. To tackle the renovations, the interior designers turned to general contractor Andres Hoyos. With Bruce Carlson serving as architect of record, Hoyos and his team gutted the rooms and demolished the walls around the kitchen. The resulting free-flowing space has become the centerpiece of the home, with proximity to the living area and the den. “You can now walk a full circle throughout the interior because of the floor plan,” Jimenez says.

Hoyos also installed porcelain flooring throughout the home as well as trimless frame lighting and ipe wood ceiling planks from the living area to the kitchen. “The wood structure is floating and is cut in an L-shape to create a cove light,” he says. “The sides have a knife-edge profile, so you don’t see the thickness of the wood.”

To delineate areas such as the master bedroom, den and bathrooms, Jimenez and Scott employed sliding smoked-glass partitions, rather than traditional doors. Also a clever space-saving measure, the doors stack together and allow the homeowners to completely open the residence to guests when entertaining. Framed in bronze, the glass still offers privacy; only silhouettes are visible from the other side.

Within the new setting, the interior designers introduced modern finishes, contemporary lighting and understated tones in line with the airy aesthetic. In doing so, the duo played to each other’s strengths: Jimenez, for instance, considers himself a refined modernist and tends to focus on details such as millwork and how features should be flush and trimless. “Ray has an architectural mind for streamlining,” Scott says, pointing out how Jimenez ensured the living area’s side table aligns with the trimless recessed and surface-mount lights. He also painstakingly composed the master bathroom’s convex ceramic art piece tile-by-tile.

For her part, Scott, who favors more eclectic styles, takes the lead on elements related to mood and atmosphere, such as material compositions and furniture placement. In this case, she and Jimenez took Andrea on a shopping trip to the Windy City to hunt for the perfect pieces. “Ninety percent of the furniture in the home comes from Chicago,” Scott says. “We get a different perspective there.” The trio returned from the excursion with items such as the kitchen’s contemporary copper bar stools, the living area’s blush-toned modular sofa and the master bedroom’s curved black-and-white houndstooth-patterned loveseat.

The furniture is especially striking against the neutral color palette and understated features that pervade the home, such as the gray croc paneling that spans most of a wall in the living area. “Ray had to be convinced of the croc,” Scott laughs. Jimenez concurs, “The subtlety of the color, the scale of the croc and the stitching around each panel help to refine it.” Nearby, the off-white Corian kitchen countertops dominate the center of the space. And the master bathroom’s cool black, white and gray color scheme underscores the modern mood. Still, the interior designers found ways to incorporate pops of color, including blue and brass accessories, plum gray cushions on the kitchen stools and a red leather chair in the den.

Much like Jimenez and Scott, who merged their design talents, the residence is a posh, pleasing blend of two distinct looks: contemporary and beachy, uniting the best of both styles. As Jimenez notes: “When you can make a space modern, clean and sophisticated, that is the ultimate satisfaction.”

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