3 South Florida Spaces That Bring The Outdoors In


Let the walls fall away to form inventive indoor-outdoor spaces that embrace the sun-kissed lifestyle.

Second Nature

3 Florida Spaces That Bring The Outdoors In

Outfitted with all the leisurely trappings, this outdoor escape in South Florida–designed by architect Raul Sotolongo–is the epitome of cabana culture and the perfect excuse to stay out well past sunset.

1. Party Line: Think beyond the pool for outdoor entertaining by creating multiple areas–and opportunities–to mingle. With a full kitchen, generous dining table and comfortable seating area, this outdoor room has plenty of space for copious festivities.

2. Wild Card: Break free from the typical Floridian cabana with more unconventional finishes, like pairing plantation-style columns and shutters with industrial-steel beams on the ceiling.

3. Material Grounds: Traditional outdoor materials like wicker need not seem so ordinary when reconsidered in unexpected silhouettes. Wicker certainly feels less beachy and more refined here when used on the club chairs in the main seating area.

4. Light Fantastic: Skip the standard alfresco lighting for something more distinctive. A row of wall sconces along the columns, as well as a pair of lamps from Country French in the kitchen area, injects much-welcomed variety.

Sea Change

3 Florida Spaces That Bring The Outdoors In

Not an inch of view is wasted in this Rose Aiello-designed living room in Palm Beach, which seamlessly melds sophisticated interiors with the breathtaking expanse of the Intracoastal.

1. Raising Stakes: A deck can become so much more when constructed as an architectural extension of the interior. Floating over the water, this cantilevered deck stands at the same elevation as the living room, creating a sense of uninterrupted movement.

2. No Boundaries: Sweeping, floor-length glass doors are a must in crafting that seamless connection with the waterfront. Here, an entire wall slides open for effortless flow between indoors and out.

3. Front Seat: No need for wall decor. Make your ocean vistas the center of attention by orienting your furniture toward the spectacular views. In the living room, for instance, cozy seating arranged in clusters provides ideal moments to enjoy the seascape.

4. Bolt of Blue: Consider taking notes from nature when composing the color palette. Accent shades of ocean blue pop throughout the interior, reflecting the vibrancy of the surrounding surf.

Court Life

3 Florida Spaces That Bring The Outdoors In

It’s Mediterranean-courtyard-meets-sleek-modernity for this glamorous loggia in Jupiter, transformed by designer Allison Paladino and architect Scott Disher from the obligatory poolside scene into a stunning architectural statement.

1. Modern Times: The sleek lines of a Romanesque patio can make surprising bedfellows with unapologetically contemporary furnishings, like this sofa and chairs set from L’angolo Furniture & Art, and these sculptural lounge chairs by the pool.

2. Fresh Face: Contrast the classical bones of your loggia with a pared-down profile for your pool, which is simply framed with crisp pavers and a delicate mosaic around the spa.

3. Fire Born: A minimalist fire pit makes nights by the fireside feel as refined as they are inviting. This Zen black design, lined with river stones, from RH continues the modernist fare of the decor.

4. Garden State: Layer texture into your greenery by using a thoughtful blend of plantings. Here, statuesque palm trees are mixed in with tapered shrubbery, including these perfectly spherical potted plants in the seating area, complemented by tall planters also from L’angolo