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Home Away From Home
By Riki Altman-Yee | Photo: by Emilio Collavino | Interiors by 2id Interiors | January 29, 2018
With rich millwork and an unexpected color choice, 2id Interiors spectacularly transforms a second home for a Carioca couple.
When Brazilian designers Rafaela Simoes and Laila Colvin, co-owners of 2id Interiors in Miami, secured a plum project recently, they didn’t initially realize that plum tones would end up being the dominant color pops. Their canvas was a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath residence with a den in Aventura’s Peninsula condo tower. The clients, a couple who primarily reside in Rio de Janeiro, largely gave the firm carte blanche. “They wanted modern, elegant decor but had no specific requests,” Colvin says. “We came up with the concept, presented it and got it approved. We are very lucky to have clients who trust us!” The designers did learn what color their clients were partial to, however. What emerged was a design-forward scheme in white, wood—and shades of purple.
A few years ago, 2id had handled the interiors for the couple’s son when he moved to Miami Beach, and his parents were so pleased with the end result that they called on Simoes and Colvin shortly after purchasing their 2,900-square-foot pied-à-terre facing the Intracoastal and Williams Island. “They wanted a beautiful living room, open and airy, that didn’t block the gorgeous view. They love to entertain and have family over,” Simoes says. The space was hardly in turnkey condition, though. “The unit was very outdated,” she recalls. “It had an old kitchen, old bathrooms, ugly flooring.”
The duo embarked on a complete renovation, turning the circa-2003 residence into a stylish environment that pays homage to amazing views of surrounding turquoise waters. Their primary challenge, Colvin says, was creatively masking unsightly and ill-placed doors, so they called on Miami-based Anamar Cabinets to fashion walnut panels as camouflage. Hung so the grain is directed vertically, the panels envelop the entrance to the master bedroom and cover closet doors in the foyer. Walnut cabinets with horizontal grain were used in the two full bathrooms and in the master bedroom, where panels flank the master bed.
The earthiness and ubiquity of wood (it dominates most of the rooms in the home) suited the Brazilian sensibilities of the designers and their clients. Simoes and Colvin introduced white materials throughout for contrast. They utilized it not only in the bedrooms, but also in the living-dining area and the full bathrooms, in various materials ranging from leather and linen to granite and porcelain. The kitchen, however, is exclusively a study of neutrals, where Arctic White lacquer cabinets and light taupe countertops from the German designer and manufacturer Nolte Küchen complement stainless appliances.
In the bedroom, the mix of white and wood achieves a comforting balance of clean and warm. “All the master bedroom furniture is custom made,” Simoes says, “including the leather bed and headboard, nightstands, desk, dresser and panels. The master set is from Comodino, our new company dedicated only to bedroom furniture all designed by us.” The den, which features a built-in desk and playful abstract paintings by Brazilian artist Lu de Paula, is also entirely custom. “It had to be an everyday office with the option to turn it into a guest bedroom. The millwork serves as a nightstand and closets and the sofa bed opens to a queen size.”
In the living room and bedrooms, water views demand the color blue has a natural presence, so the designers wisely incorporated turquoise hues in a large abstract painting by Miamian Margot Jannes. That painting also ushers lilac onto the scene, and indeed, the couple’s beloved purple plays a crucial role in the project. The hue can be found on a pair of Artefacto velvet armchairs in the living room, in throw pillows and in eggplant-colored wall coverings resembling cowhide in the powder room. In every room where you find the color, the effect is festive and surprising all over again, signaling to guests that they’ve found the party.
Leaning mirror, guest bedroom furniture
Living room sofa and glass table
Living room chairs
Large-format porcelain floor tiles
Dining room chairs and table
Kitchen cabinetry and design
Den sleeper sofa
Living room area rug
Powder room wallpaper