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A Rainbow Inside
By Riki Altman-Yee | Photo: by Claudia Uribe | Interiors by Antrobus + Ramirez | July 24, 2018
A tropical modern facade leads to a riot of color—and not only in the kids’ rooms.
Trimmed with ipe wood and stone, this two-story, 6,500-square-foot home in Golden Beach (designed by architect Ralph Choeff) exudes sedate tones, yet one step over the threshold ushers guests into a wonderland splashed with hot pink, green and various yellows. “The lady of the home gave us great creative freedom for adding pops of color,” explains Alison Antrobus, of the Miami-based design firm Antrobus + Ramirez. “I would say that she was single-handedly the inspiration!”
The homeowners, a married couple with young children and a dog, gave Antrobus and her partner Ruby Ramirez a list of priorities for their primary residence, which encompasses six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. “First, unobstructed water views,” Antrobus begins. “Second, the dining room had to be flexible for different levels of entertaining. And, third, a design sensibility where kids, adults and art could coexist harmoniously.” For the designers’ part, Antrobus says they looked at the environment holistically as “a lived-in art gallery where kids run freely and adults can relax.”
Spaces like the living room speak to just how successful the design team was when it came to incorporating just the right furnishings to complement—and not compete with—the homeowners’ enviable contemporary art collection, along with some whimsical furnishings already in the clients’ possession. Antrobus explains: “There were a few key pieces that we kept that were of importance to the couple. All other furnishings were either custom made by Le Jeune Upholstery, Madison Millwork, Vero Design or sourced at antique shops, in stores or online. The client found many great pieces on One Kings Lane, believe it or not.”
In the living room—where two large-format painted works by Keith Haring and Vik Muniz, plus a neon heart by Tracey Emin, lead the eye up and around—Antrobus + Ramirez craftily anchored the space with a sofa covered in velvety Robert Allen fabric in Showtime Cerulean. More than any space in the home, the living room functions as a haven filled with colorful art and furnishings meant to delight adults and kids in equal measure. Even the family room, which adjoins the white quartz-topped Snaidero-designed kitchen, benefits from spunky colorful pieces like a leaf green Knoll chair and lemon chiffon Eames chairs at the breakfast nook. These joyful choices accompany a cast bronze Valentin Carron work and a colorful “invisible artist” photograph by Chinese artist Liu Bolin.
The designers went bold yet traditional in the children’s rooms: blue for the son, pink for the daughter. The son’s entire room is a vivid color field awash in superhero blue, save a white desk/bookcase designed and built by Madison Millwork. And in his bathroom, a faucet attached to the bathroom sink is nearly invisible against a wall painted the exact same color: Benjamin Moore Blue Macaw. In the daughter’s room, striped drapes and a complementary chandelier crafted with crystals that resemble pink bubble gum hang alongside a zigzag sofa and a multihued dotted rug reminiscent of retro rainbow-hued Candy Buttons. Her adjoining closet is even more riotous: a fantasia wrapped in Suzani wallpaper dense with fuchsia tulips, poppies and other flowers in yellow, orange, turquoise and lime green against a black background.
Though the home’s facade is white and natural, and the interior pulses with electric color, Antrobus says the designers looked for opportunities to marry the home’s outdoor and indoor personalities. That meant introducing exterior elements inside, including ipe wood planking for various walls, and stone features. Custom transparent dining chairs made by artisans at Vero Design + Build in Chicago might largely disappear into the ipe plank-covered walls—were it not for their Cassaro Torre Del Oro acid yellow cushions.
Conversely, the designers created bright moments outside. The vast pool deck contains an outdoor kitchen and gazebo brought to life with mustard yellow pillows, lilac ottomans and a large hot pink snail sculpture from Italian artist collective Cracking Art Group. To contrast with the ipe panels surfacing an outdoor shower, the designers pulled the color from the dining room chairs and striped the changing room walls with a similarly arresting yellow. Even visitors can tell that the art-loving homeowners apparently agree with David Hockney, who famously decreed, “I prefer living in color.”
Choeff Levy Fischman
Antrobus + Ramirez
CURREY & COMPANY
Daughter’s room chandelier
Fleuve Vaise drapes in the daughter’s room
Dotted rug in the daughter’s room
Son’s room desk/bookcase
Living room floor lamp and kitchen chandelier
Outdoor dining furniture
VERO DESIGN + BUILD
Dining room table and chairs