Stylish Miami Estate Shines Thanks to Artful Touches

Design firm DKOR delivered for a family that loves to entertain family and friends. A new, open floor plan created better flow throughout, unique lighting emphasizes the high ceilings, while the homeowners' art collection adds color and personality to the home.

Hand-Tufted Area Rug Defines Living Room

Hand-Tufted Area Rug Defines Living Room

A pair of Minotti sofas and a leather bench invite guests to stretch out in style. Meanwhile, a deep blue and gray area rug defines the space, as well as echoes the same hues found in the home's entry.

Photo by: Alexia Fodere

Alexia Fodere

What did your clients want for their home?

The home was very dark, with a Mediterranean color palette, dark woods and poor lighting. There were specific architectural details throughout, like arches, that made the interior spaces feel confined. First thing on our list was to open up the floor plan, remove arches and paint the walls white. Not surpassing the value of the home was also very important, so for that reason we stayed on budget throughout the project.

How well did the original layout work for your clients?

The family loves to spend time together and to entertain, with frequent visits from relatives. They like the house not only because of the location and size, but also because of its history. Looking to transform this house into their forever home, they felt the existing conditions didn’t meet their design needs.

They wanted an open common area and kitchen. They also love sports and friends coming over. We needed to transform the spaces into open, airy interiors, making them feel cozy and inviting. The goal was to improve the life of the family through a well-designed space that invites itself to be discovered and enjoyed, with delineated areas in an open floor plan.

What was your biggest obstacle on this project?

Chic Sitting Room Includes Custom Light Fixture

Chic Sitting Room Includes Custom Light Fixture

Down the hall, guests will arrive at a spacious sitting room. Here, they can choose from several comfortable seating options and admire a custom light fixture from Casa Zeta Italia, which is made of steel and fabric. Floor-to-ceiling drapes emphasize the room’s height and also allow for privacy at night.

Photo by: Alexia Fodere

Alexia Fodere

This project had a lot of challenges, including the existing architecture. We knew we required some modifications, so one of the first things we did was meet the engineer on-site to discuss demoing existing columns and walls. We discovered that we needed to keep some of them. Our solution was not only to incorporate them into the new design, but also to create the most open space possible. For example, there was a column we needed to keep for the foyer, which was perfect for creating a cozy and welcoming console vignette that separated the entry hallway from the living room. We love it!

Budget was a big challenge, too. First we had to identify and prioritize which areas required more money to be renovated. For example, we knew there were some important big-ticket items to address, like the outdated stair railing, the kitchen expansion, new flooring, carpentry pieces and lighting. We listed the demo/construction items in order of priority. This encouraged us to go bold on more decorative items, such as colorful chairs and wallcoverings in the common areas.

What inspired this home’s warm, contemporary style?

As with each of our residential projects, the inspiration came from our clients and their desire for style and function. “Breezy Miami Estate” was inspired by the movement and freshness of a crisp ocean breeze. The concept that guided the design was called the myth of a windy island. The family loves to entertain and host large family events. That was something our design team had in mind while working on space planning. We know that guests naturally gather in the kitchen; it’s a place where lots of social interaction occurs. We opened up the kitchen and integrated it with an adjacent family room and casual eating nook. Now this space is a bright, welcoming, natural gathering place when entertaining guests.

How did you create room transitions?

We chose a general color palette and created a concept that allowed us to maintain the harmonious design in each space. We landed on a monochromatic palette of grays, paired with pops of blue and sandy hues that provided lightness to the home. The natural materials, like wood, stone and concrete, ground the design, allowing our color palette to be as light and refreshing as a breath of fresh air.

How did you choose the palette for your design?

We started with gray and then developed our complete color palette from there. Neutral tones provided a monochromatic scheme with elegance. Existing art pieces inspired our team to choose deep shades that added a pop of color and complemented the palette.

What was your favorite space to design in this home?

Charcoal Wallpaper, Metallic Accents Meet in Foyer

Charcoal Wallpaper, Metallic Accents Meet in Foyer

This chic entry is also fully functional thanks to a console table for storing keys, mail and other essentials. Gold-trimmed containers complement the mirror above, while Daikon Stilk sconces in onyx offer an unexpected yet luxe touch.

Photo by: Alexia Fodere

Alexia Fodere

Our favorite space is the foyer. We loved the strong graphic features. We retained the exquisite wood front door, but lightened up the space with a coat of paint, new tile and a wood ceiling treatment. We also squared off the arch that leads into the rest of the home for an updated look. The entryway now provides a gentle, stylish welcome for guests.

The most difficult spaces to design were the dining room and family rooms, because of our clients’ seating requirements. As they spend a lot of time together, they wanted a comfortable chair and sofa. We researched dining chairs and visited furniture showrooms with the client. We tested more than 20 dining chairs until they found one that made them happy.

Spacious Silver-Infused Formal Dining Room

Spacious Silver-Infused Formal Dining Room

For more formal affairs, the owners can head into the dining room just off the kitchen. Here, a long table with fourteen slipper chairs allows for large family-style dinners, while a silver chandelier overhead generates serious interest.

Photo by: Alexia Fodere

Alexia Fodere

Was there an element that tied the design together?

The palette for the first layer of the home (flooring, walls, carpentry) was in very neutral tones and light-colored materials. This was the perfect canvas for the clients’ existing art pieces and for colorful accessories. For example, the breakfast room chairs gave the space life.

What is your favorite element of the space?

The best thing is the flow that the open spaces created. It feels luxurious, but comfortable and contemporary.

Tell us about the artwork and the light fixtures used throughout.

Connected Pillar Makes For Seamless Detail

Connected Pillar Makes For Seamless Detail

Behind the sofa, a charcoal-painted pillar connects to a console table for an intriguing detail. Two gold accents below give the design a luxe touch and tie the space together.

Photo by: Alexia Fodere

Alexia Fodere

The artwork was part of our clients’ existing collection. The placement of these pieces was key for our design team. Integrating the pieces into the new interior design was essential to reflect our clients’ style, complement the color palette and add uniqueness to the home. The great thing about the light fixtures was not only the designs, but how our team created unique groupings with them. In the foyer, we created an unexpected and playful grouping of Daikon Stilk onyx and brass sconces. Instead of one large chandelier in the living room, we paired three pendants from Casa Zeta Italia in varying sizes for interest and to emphasize the high ceilings.

What makes this project uniquely yours?

On each of our projects, the end goal is to design spaces that are timeless, practical, elegant and warm through the use of natural materials, straight lines and correct proportions. For us, these are the components to a space that make up a DKOR home and style.

What “hidden gems” are in your design?

The custom Lucite console connected to the wood column in the foyer. It creates an intriguing detail and sets the tone for the entire home, giving guests a hint of the spectacular interior details throughout. The overall success of the design was created through small touches, like the textures and colors in the area rugs, accent pillows and accessories, that made this house feel like a home.

Charcoal Wallpaper, Metallic Accents Meet in Foyer

This chic entry is also fully functional thanks to a console table for storing keys, mail and other essentials. Gold-trimmed containers complement the mirror above, while Daikon Stilk sconces in onyx offer an unexpected yet luxe touch.

Modern Miami Estate Boasts Refreshing Entry

With cool white walls and a splash of blue art, this entryway offers a refreshing escape from the Miami heat outside. For additional visual interest, the designers added Koroseal wallpaper to the right and layered a round mirror to break away from the straight lines.

Chic Sitting Room Includes Custom Light Fixture

Down the hall, guests will arrive at a spacious sitting room. Here, they can choose from several comfortable seating options and admire a custom light fixture from Casa Zeta Italia, which is made of steel and fabric. Floor-to-ceiling drapes emphasize the room’s height and also allow for privacy at night.

Orange Decor Adds Warmth to Living Area

A closer look at the living room reveals orange pillows and throw blankets, which give the cool white sofas a hint of warmth. A custom coffee table anchors the space and allows guests to keep their drinks within reach.

Hand-Tufted Area Rug Defines Living Room

A pair of Minotti sofas and a leather bench invite guests to stretch out in style. Meanwhile, a deep blue and gray area rug defines the space, as well as echoes the same hues found in the home's entry.

Contemporary Great Room With Impressive Ceilings

A charcoal-painted pillar easily catches the eye in this open living space, accentuating the room's tall ceilings. A custom console table connects to the piece and gives the owners another drop-zone for mail and keys.

Built-In Bar Includes Chic Black Seating

On the far side of the room, six chic black barstools create a casual yet stylish spot for drinks. Floating shelves showcase favorite shakers, as well as keep the counters free of clutter.

Photo By: Alexia Fodere

Custom Bar Connects Living Room, TV Area

Between the living and TV rooms sits the home’s very own bar, a custom carpentry creation topped with Caesarstone countertops. Barstools from Restoration Hardware provide comfortable seating for enjoying a beverage while watching a movie or ballgame.

Contemporary TV Room With Plush Gray Sectional

The family’s TV room is a more casual version of the living room, borrowing elements like the painterly patterned rug and the fabric-wrapped lighting (a favorite from Soho). The designers utilized the family’s existing sectional sofa and stunning wall art, but added in new elements to bring the whole room together.

Custom Kitchen With Bright Blue Seating

Eight teal chairs make a fun addition to this sleek dining space and give the all-white kitchen a pop of color. A funky light fixture hangs overhead, brightening the room and complementing the unique design.

Kitchen Includes Sleek Cabinetry, Modern Light Fixture

Sleek cabinets and a minimalist light fixture make an eye-catching combination in this modern kitchen. A large white island below complements the space's clean lines, as well as gives the owners a designated spot for prepping dinner.

Photo By: Alexia Fodere

Comfortable and Contemporary Living Area

Opposite the open kitchen waits the family's main living space. Two plush gray sectionals ensure that everyone has enough room to stretch out, while a floating cabinet offers storage for video games and movies.

Spacious Silver-Infused Formal Dining Room

For more formal affairs, the owners can head into the dining room just off the kitchen. Here, a long table with fourteen slipper chairs allows for large family-style dinners, while a silver chandelier overhead generates serious interest.

Dining Room Includes Cool White Drapes

Soft white drapes decorate the far wall, providing shade from the sun during the day and privacy at night. Meanwhile, a sleek sideboard showcases the family's favorite sculptures and art.

Photo By: Alexia Fodere

Modern Powder Room With Chrome Details

Sleek lines and white walls easily define this powder room, making it feel clean and modern. A vessel sink with chrome fixtures adds a luxe touch, as well as gives visitors a way to freshen up.

Living Area Boasts Chic Black-and-White Artwork

For a casual twist on traditional hanging art, the designers tucked a custom built-in shelf behind the Alberta Morrison sofa and layered paintings across it. In turn, a once blank wall now packs a visual punch.

Custom Floor-to-Ceiling Shelving Unit

A custom floor-to-ceiling unit anchors the pool room and gives the family a spot to display favorite items. Better still, a chair can be pulled up to the bottom to create a built-in desk.

Detailed View of Modern Living Area

A closer look at the family room shows unexpected hints of green by the TV! A green vase and leafy little plants break up the modern design and make it feel a little more natural.

Connected Pillar Makes For Seamless Detail

Behind the sofa, a charcoal-painted pillar connects to a console table for an intriguing detail. Two gold accents below give the design a luxe touch and tie the space together.

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