Creating the Interior Design of a Luxury Getaway in the Heart of South Beach

This interior design project was for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath open loft condominium in a boutique luxury building in the South of Fifth area of Miami Beach purchased as new construction by the owner. Upon contract closing, I managed the completion of the interior construction and full interior design.

Scope included: Selection and project management of contractor. Architectural drawings of new cabinetry. Installation of new flooring, skim coating and painting of all walls and ceilings. Full interior design of the entire space including furnishings, flooring, window treatments, wall treatments, lighting, accessories and curating and selection of artwork.

The unexpected element in the entry way is a 25-foot long wall art installation I designed from collecting “postcard” sized artwork from artist all over the world. I had each piece custom framed in an identical white frame and then I created the architecturally inspired layout. The entry table is a beautiful iron and stone piece from ABC Carpet & Home, New York.

Two stories of windows are certainly the focal point of the apartment’s open living dining area. The leather and steel stools contrast nicely against the natural grain of the wood in the kitchen area. One of my favorite vintage finds was the gold plated coffee service set.

With exhibitions in prestigious galleries in Manhattan including Clic Bookstore and Gallery in Soho and Regeneration, along with other well-known galleries in Bridgehampton, NY you have probably come across the work of New York City artist Jody Morlock. A favorite among collectors and designers, she created this custom 4-panel piece especially for the interior design of this Miami apartment.

A refinished and re-upholstered vintage chair find contributes a wonderful block of color to the interior design of the living and dining area. Overhead the suspended light fixture is so light it seems to float magically above the modern Saarinen table.

Upstairs, I gave the open loft master bedroom a touch of color with an emerald green silk wallpaper, accented by dark gray walls. Colombian photographer Leo Matíz has always been a favorite of mine. I was able to track down his daughter to help me obtain an original print of one of his most celebrated pieces, Pavo Real del Mar – Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia, 1939.

Viewed from above, the interior design of the open loft living area is modern and inviting.

For the interior design of this Miami guest room, I wanted to create a luxurious, comfortable space for guests. For their enjoyment, I transformed a collection of coffee-table books into an unexpected piece of wall art. Rearranging or adding new books, suddenly creates a completely new look to the interior of the space. Another Jody Morlock piece, called “Bad Ingredients” is found above the bed.

A unique wallpaper print of bright fuchsia stemmed over-sized flowers lends a bold design look to the guest bathroom. I also designed the custom cabinetry and the unique over the sink deep–framed mirror. The metal “crabby” was found while antique scavenging near Richmond, VA. The two small paintings on the right—framed by a vintage hand–crafted solid brass Skultuna candle sconce from Sweden—were found in New York. They are from New York based artist and model Mitch Ferrin.

With the help of my friend, custom wood furniture designer/artist Palo Samko, we designed this custom wood credenza with walnut fronts to provide practical storage under the open staircase.