Month: October 2018

Saved from Thailand

This large and beautiful home graces the family-friendly suburb of Pinecrest close Miami, Florida. The Martinelli family enlisted the talents of Miami designer Fernando Sanchez of Pineapple Designs to soften the contemporary lines of the home using an exotic and tropical aesthetic. They asked Sanchez to pay tribute to the family’s love of nature, and gave him carte blanche with respect to the design. Sanchez even followed the homeowners on a visit to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, to accumulate their décor. Sanchez scoured antique stores, warehouses and flea markets to find rare and gorgeous building materials for your family’s expansive 5,300 square foot home.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Dillan, Elysse, Lucas, Miranda and Richard Martinelli
Location: Pinecrest, Florida
Size: Approx. 5,300 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
Constructed in: 1978

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The dining area features raffia fina background, also utilized at the master bedroom and living area. Sanchez found the clean-lined wall and furniture sculpture in an antique store in Thailand. The table centerpiece is a beautifully arranged bowl of shells and other natural elements.

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Upon entering the home, you are greeted with one of their family’s treasures, artwork from their Thailand shopping expedition.

Sanchez knew Thailand so nicely, “It made our trip super efficient as the leg job was already done,” Elysse states. “Thailand is hot and humid like Miami but the Thai people were very hospitable, greeting you with a glass of water since you walked in to their shops. The Thai people understand exporting really nicely. Even in the flea markets, they understand what to do about transport.”

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The entry hall showcases exquisite large wooden sconces and a pair of antique Thai cabinets which provide appreciable storage for their seasonal décor.

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Their living area combines exotic, contemporary and traditional styles. An antique dining table is an unexpected element next to the contemporary leather couch and chairs.

Leather sofa and chairs: Design Depot

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Fernando utilized symmetry in designing the media area of the living room. The homeowners have two separate living spaces with TVs, which come in handy if their teenaged children want to do some entertaining of the own. The vibrant painting above the tv was done by Colombian artist Patricia Farinaz.

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The master bedroom is expansive and features vaulted ceilings. The bedframe was purchased in their visit to Thailand and is flanked by dressers custom-built in Miami. The carpets across the home were also purchased in Thailand and are made of water hyacinth that are soft to the touch. The beautiful baskets at the base of the bed were a Thailand flea market find.

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Dillan and Elysse integrated an office area into their master bedroom suite. The desk and bookcase hutch were built in Thailand to Fernando’s specifications and sent over. A notebook is generally on the desk, and also this area functions as a quiet and private area for your couple.

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The family room off the kitchen leads to the large enclosed patio.

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The huge scale furnishings exude warmth and relaxation. The color palette is neutral yet infused with pops of color.

Carved pair of lamps on networking console: Jalan Jalan at Miami, Fla..

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The kitchen is at the center of the home, where there is generally a flurry of action. Elysse enjoys using her Kitchenaid appliances, and the rich wood tone of this island presents a beautiful contrast to the custom-built cabinetry.

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Welcome into the kitchen, the breakfast nook features a custom created banquette and chairs from Elysse’s childhood home.

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The bedroom which belongs to their son Richard features a gorgeous wood wall remedy as the headboard. Richard is now in elementary school, and the bedroom is intended to develop with him over time with just a few minor changes.

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Here, the calm and serene bedroom belonging to their high school age daughter Miranda has amazing tropical art above the bed that was also brought from Thailand.

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Dillan and Elysse frequently use their expansive covered and screened patio to amuse — some of the parties have had more than 200 people. Sanchez added exotic components to their current patio furniture to create a space that invites relaxation and calmness.

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Natural components are evident in their terrace with all the wood carved sculpture and the natural coffee table. When they amuse, the homeowners fill out the space with lovely orchids and wood stained serving pieces to boost the enchanting ambiance.

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Their pool area and gazebo is an inviting area amidst lovely landscaping. Dillan and Elysse made landscaping a priority after they bought the home. Sanchez, a collector of rare plants, lined the pool with some of his potted plants. The umbrellas at the distance are held by Thai elephant figurines bought in Thailand after Elysse spotted them at the resort they were staying at.

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The home is located on more than an acre of land. This beautiful Thai edition of a canoe takes a prominent place on the home.

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Lush landscaping and massive pots from Thailand create an inviting and inviting extrance.

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Elegant and Playful in New York

A soothing neutral color palette, luxurious upholstered furniture, and diverse accessories and art specify the design of Sue De Chiara’s house. This magnificent house is located in Westchester County, New York — a suburb of New York City — where De Chiara resides with her husband and three kids.

De Chiara, a design writer and owner of Zhush, hired designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors to redecorate her living area. De Chiara loved the area so much she hired Muse to assist with the pool home, offices, mudroom and master bathroom. “I always say that you can’t design a great space without a great customer, and Sue was fantastic,” Muse says. “She pushed my imagination, and motivated me to greater heights.”

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Remodeling the living area involved tripling the size in addition to decorate the space. The living area and its abundance of space was pretty overwhelming, so De Chiara reached out to Muse to get assistance. “She wanted the new layout to work for large groups when entertaining,” Muse says. “But she wanted it to be more intimate enough for regular use.”

Drapery Fabric: Farm Fresh, Robert Allen
Large Pair of Sofas (Fabric): Skye Linen, Osborne & Little
Big Sofa Pillows: Mirella, Echo by Kravet
Painting above Mantel: Amanda Talley

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“I think the living area has the ideal balance of sophistication and approachability,” says Muse. The color palette was based off a paint color De Chiara had already picked out for the walls. This neutral backdrop inspired all the textile and accent options.

Slipper Chair Fabric: Ikat Diamond, Kravet
Carpet: Dante Strie, Stark
Interior color: Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand

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Muse began with these great cut-velvet pillows in dusty gray-blue and taupe, and worked on the color scheme from there. “For me, fabrics are usually the springboards to my own layouts,” she says.

Lamb pillow cover: West Elm

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The mudroom off the main entrance hall was carefully crafted to organize the odds and ends the household collects each day.

Many of the rooms in De Chiara’s house were motivated by the protector magazines she reads voraciously, as well as ideas from friends’ houses and resort rooms she enjoys.

Basket Liner Fabric: Continuum,
Kravet
Lantern: Sorenson 18 Lantern, Remains

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Clear plastic and chrome stools dress up the more customary poolhouse pub. De Chiara and Muse accented the space with an easy white framed mirror and George Nelson Ball Pendant. “The internet is obviously my first step when searching for home decor projects,” says De Chiara. “I am a Google fanatic.”

Barstools: Vapor Stool, CB2
Mirror: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Roman Shade Fabric: Groundworks by Lee Jofa

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Muse and De Chiara worked closely with each other to create the perfect house for De Chiara and her family. “The colors, the artwork, and the accessories all convey a very lighthearted approach to decor and fashion generally,” De Chiara says. “I don’t take myself too seriously, and I don’t want my home to.”

The master bathroom is a soothing and elegant space. Muse added a little bit of play by covering the walls with a contemporary wallpaper in a neutral colorway. Isn’t the tub almost begging to be full of a bubble bath? It’s the ideal place to unwind after a week.

Wallpaper: Mimosa, Cole & Son
Garden Stool: Lillian August
Embroidered Towels: Leontine Linens
Cabinet: Cartwright Cabinet, Restoration Hardware

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De Chiara’s home office is her favorite room in the home. “It’s little, it’s cozy, and it is the only room that’s really all mine,” she says. Muse made this room more womanly than the rest of the home and played gentle purples and greens to give it a distinctive touch.

Rug: Diamond Sprout, Dash and Albert
Roman Shade Fabric: Ming, Manuel Canovas
Chair Fabric: Petite Zig Zag, China Seas
Negative Table: West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table

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De Chiara’s husband’s office is a more decorative area, with wood paneled walls that remember the feel of an old-fashioned library. “It’s really a treasure hunt to create and locate the ideal balance of new and found objects,” says Muse.

Sofa: Custom
Sofa Pillows: Dovecote
Roman Shade: Arlon Check in Camel, Hinson
Coffee Table: Noguchi Table
Carpet: Hexagon House II, Stark
Chair Pillows: Madeline Weinrib

Next: More pictures of this home, accepted by Sue De Chiara.

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One of those matters that De Chiara enjoys most about her house is the flow of the home as you walk from room to room. Before renovating, she and her husband believed moving, but no additional home had the same open flow as this one.

The shot above is of the entryway once you first walk in the home. Silhouettes line the stairwell, and a quirky mix of chinoiserie and zebra cloths accent a little sitting area.

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This vintage-styled bench sits in the back hallway outside the kitchen. The artwork on the right is by De Chiara’s 11-year-old daughter, and the rest was completed by her grandmother years back.

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This turquoise and lime green bedroom belongs to De Chiara’s 11-year-old — a job they worked together, and just finished recently.

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This staircase leads up to a space located over the garage, which holds De Chiara’s home gym along with the Zhush headquarters. The stairs were given a special touch with hand painted amounts along with an easy rope bannister.

Watch more decorated stair risers

Stylist: Karin Lidbeck Brent
Photography: John Bessler and Sue De Chiara

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Design Mix: Contemporary Cottage

It’s time to update the cottage, so what exactly do you do first? This may be a painful question especially if your ideas about cottage design are stuck in custom.

Your preference is modern. So, again what exactly do you do? The solution is simple: You muster up the guts to go against convention and make what you love.

Blend your attachment for simple forms with organic components. Blend stainless steel with driftwood, woven baskets with modern art — frankly, there are no hard-and-fast rules. To get the ultimate advantage of combining styles, just stay consistent with two layout styles. This ideabook concentrates on the modern cottage that marries ultramodern design with Mother Nature’s bounty. Let’s take a look.

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Vaulted ceilings offer ample space to highlight the expansive stacked-stone fireplace and welcome the disturbance of an oversize, hammered-metal pendant lighting. Slipcovered furniture, even though compact, allows the cottage to honor its hot, comfortable roots.

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Clean lines and a two-toned wood mix modernizes this quaint cottage bedroom. Accessories featuring concentric circles from the modern artwork along with the overhead drum pendant mix with woven baskets in the same shape.

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Clapboard cottage walls are calmed by ethereal blue paint and soft neutral squares. Like fine jewelry, the wall sconce and pendant chandelier are showstopping accents. A conventional whirlpool bathtub is replaced with a state-of-the-art soaking bathtub.

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Cozy mid-century furnishings provide an update in this seaside living room. Natural elements like driftwood and rock soften the look of the electronics and allows the tv to feel integrated.

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Bamboo cabinetry, aluminum tiles, and stainless steel appliances change this cottage from shabby-chic into metro-sleek. Exposed wire track lights provide an artistic contrast to the elegant crystal chandelier over the table.

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Boi-glass green countertops take color cues from seaglass, a coastal treasure, and converts natural components into modern forms.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Woven accents in the barstools and roman shades maintain the cottage aesthetic while the shiny metallic pendant lights insert an industrial element reserved for much more modern spaces.

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A partial-floating staircase is a remarkable architectural feature in this cottage as makes excellent use of space to get a handy office nook.

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