2007 home of legendsProduced and Written by Carolyn Weber |
Styled by Geri Radin | Photographed by Carlos Domenech
OUR ANNUAL NFL CHARITY-BENEFIT PROJECT
TEAMS GOOD DEEDS AND GREAT INTERIORS
p A long, lean, leather sectional sofa dominates the living
area of our remodeled condominium showhome. “The piece reflects
the unit’s style,” says project designer Ivette Cardenas. “It’s simple
and elegant with straight lines—and comfortable, too.”
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OOOMING CONSTRUCTION IN MIAMI HAS LOCALS JOKING THAT
the city’s new official bird is the crane. Most of the development is in
the multifamily sector—mid- and high-rise condominiums boasting
luxurious lobbies and a plethora of services for residents. So when
the Super Bowl went to South Florida this year, a condo seemed a
natural choice for our annual showhome project benefiting the NFL
Alumni’s Caring for Kids programs. We opted for the Flamingo South
Beach, a vast, 1,688-unit, 1960s-era high-rise rental complex that is
being converted to condominiums by MCZ/Centrum Florida. The
location is ideal: on Biscayne Bay, within walking distance of the
beach and the shopping and restaurants along trendy Lincoln Road.
As part of the festivities surrounding the big game, a one-year lease
on the $2.2 million property was raffled off to a lucky celebrity winner—actress Scarlett
Johansson—who generously donated her prize to Miami Children’s Hospital. It will be used
by families of out-of-town patients during their kids’ treatment.
Under the direction of principal designer Ines Ferrari-Garcia and project designer
Ivette Cardenas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida–based Ferrari Interiors, our 2,300-square-
foot, three-bedroom, three-bath, ground-floor unit underwent a complete renovation.
The designers gave this formerly drab apartment a hip facelift; now it’s light-filled and
sophisticated. Major structural changes were prohibited, so they worked with the devel-
oper to invigorate the space with a series of smaller modifications that made a big impact.
For example, dropping the ceilings by about an inch added some helpful depth. “It creates
packs a lot of storage
and function into a
small space. It’s per-
fect for a young urban
family on the go.
from the kitchen to
the dining area lets in
natural light and
handy breakfast bar.
White leather stools
with chrome bases
visually link to the
sofa in the adjacent
Backsplash Modern collection in
Beaux #4022. Soli; 305-573-4860,
Bar stools Alo leather in Polare.
Poltrona Frau; 305-576-3636,
Cabinets Mirra collection in Onyx
Gloss with frosted glass inserts on
upper units. Venicia by KraftMaid;
Countertops Lagos Blue #4350
quartz composite. CaesarStone;
Faucet Culinaire Hi-Flow
pullout fixture with brass spout.
American Standard; 800-442-
Flooring Maple Sambuca.
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pwith sheeR Curtains and a neutral
palette, the master bedroom is a dreamy
retreat. Brown pillows and dark-stained oak
side tables (one shown) anchor the design.
drOpping the ceiling allOwed
curtain tracks tO be cOncealed
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OOOshadows and a little personality, and forms a good place to conceal cur-
tain tracks,” Cardenas explains.
The vibe of the interior is very much like that of South Beach itself—
cool and eclectically contemporary. The designers arrayed ultramodern
furniture and bold, colorful objects against a backdrop of white walls
and ebony-stained maple hardwood floors. “The idea was to create a
blank canvas. Then everything on it appears brilliantly showcased,”
Cardenas says. For example, in the living area, star billing goes to a
vibrant abstract acrylic-and-oil painting by Colombian artist Paula
Sarmiento; its bright swirls are echoed by the shape of the coffee table
and the geometric patterns in the rug.
Demolishing the old, dark kitchen and constructing a pass-through
to the dining area allowed natural light into the cooking space, and it
facilitates conversation between diners and those doing food prep. The
kitchen decor is sophisticated and European-inspired, with glossy black
base cabinets and frosted-glass-front upper units. The team kept it neu-
tral with smooth, concrete-colored quartz composite countertops. The
pizzazz comes in the form of a white, split-face quartzite backsplash that
sparkles and gives the walls a three-dimensional look. A sculptural glass-
and-stainless-steel exhaust hood crowns the room’s modern style.
Chic boutique hotels inspired Cardenas and Ferrari-Garcia to give the
master bedroom a mostly white palette. Floor-to-ceiling sheers cover the
windows, lending an ethereal look, and the shag rug and white leather
platform bed (with a reclining headboard) add a bit of retro panache. The
bathroom walls, floors, and tub surround were covered with sheets of
horizontal-patterned beige marble, and the designers used a pebbled tile
on the walls and floor of the glass-enclosed, walk-in shower. “All of these
finishes make for a spa-like feeling at home,” Cardenas says. n
with bronze vessel
sinks in the master
plenty of space for
two people to share.
A built-in storage
unit combines open
shelves and drawers
to stow essentials.
used a mixture of
brown- and taupe-
colored stones in
Smooth honed marble
covers the floor and
tub surround, and
a fun pebble tile
enlivens the walk-in
The living and dining areas have views out to the pool and Biscayne
Bay; sliding doors in the dining area lead to a patio. A new pass-
through between the kitchen and dining area invites natural light
into the cooking space. Both bedrooms have an attached bathroom
and a walk-in closet. The third bedroom is used as a media room.
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