A Miami Home with Vibrant Modern Aesthetic

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Modern White Bedroom with Striped Feature Wall

Splashes of red take center stage in the boys’ room, which also features bamboo flooring and a concrete finish on the ceiling by Parlor Arts. A swivel chair pulls up to a white lacquered desk, both from Bon, Balance Order Nature. The ceiling fixture is from the owners’ collection.

Modern White Bedroom with Orange Accent

In one of the girls’ rooms, Kartell’s Thalya chair sits at an integrated desk and bed from Bon, Balance Order Nature. A separate seating area behind beaded drapery from Ball Chain Manufacturing features a Panton chair.

Modern White Bathroom with Sliding Mirror Cabinets

In the master bath, Robern mirrors lift to uncover storage and outlets; the vanity and tub surround are by Porcelanosa.

Modern White Closet with Lucite Chair

Kartell’s mirror and Mademoiselle chair await in the dressing area.

Modern White Bedroom Detail with Lacquered Side Table

Phillip Jeffries’ wallpaper add texture to the master suite.

Modern White Bedroom with Floating Side Table

Bamboo floors from Carpet Creations, installed by Evensurfaces.

Modern White Staircase with Base Lighting

Staircase with a glass railing by Bella Stairs is lit from underneath, making the entire structure appear to float. A B&B Italia daybed from Luminaire lends a sculptural quality, and a grid of skylights above allows sunshine to flood the space.

Modern White Outdoor Room with Orange Accents

The refurbished pool area is outfitted with a coffee table by Poliform and modern seating. Vibia’s Plis outdoor pendants from Carlos Leon & Associates appear to dangle from the sky. Landscape architect Lewis Aqüi, of Lewis Aqüi Landscape + Architectural Design, created a lush, tropical setting that softens the home’s modernity.

Modern White Sitting Area with Geometric Tray

A Roche Bobois sofa offers a place to lounge in the media room. The Red Rock Garden pendant by Lepere forms an artsy vignette, along with an orange bent-glass spider table by Sovetitalia and art from the owners’ collection.

Modern White Dining Room with Bar Area

In the dining room, Cattelan Italia chairs from Arravanti Contemporary Interiors surround a custom table crafted by Rotsen Furniture. Mirrored doors conceal storage and a passageway to the butler’s pantry.

Modern White Kitchen with Floating Shelves

Bamboo paneling behind the shelving and on one of the islands contrasts the otherwise all-white Snaidero USA kitchen. Stools are from Bon, Balance Order Nature, and the adjacent island has wheels for easy mobility. Compac quartz countertops are from Fine Surfaces and More; A B.Lux pendant adds a dash of red.

Modern White Family Room with Textured Rug

A multihued rug anchors Patricia Urquiola’s Bend sofa for B&B Italia, from Luminaire, in the family room, infusing the space with color and texture. An Artemide pendant hangs above the breakfast table in the background. Windows are from Behar Window.

Modern White Hall Detail with Sculptural Mirror

A light fixture made by Yellow Goat Design pierces through a floating console from Bon, Balance Order Nature in the foyer; both pieces are custom designs by DKOR Interiors. A mirror from Addison House adds geometric flair.

Modern White Living Room with Deep Sofas

“Our challenge,” says Ronderos, “was balancing ‘minimalism’ with ‘homey’ so it would be comfortable for the kids. It may not be apparent at first glance, but this is a truly lived-in family home.

For a young family of six that splits their time between Florida and Brazil, establishing a sense of personal space was a driving factor when designing their new house in Miami. after purchasing a sprawling Mediterranean-style structure in a sought-after suburban neighborhood, the owners gutted it to make the home more in line with their family-focused lifestyle and modern aesthetic. to achieve this, the wife called on designer Ivonne Ronderos after seeing her firm’s work in a friend’s home. “our challenge,” says Ronderos, “was balancing ‘minimalism’ with ‘homey’ so it would be comfortable for the kids. it may not be apparent at first glance, but this is a truly lived-in family home.” 

First, architect Jorge l. Esteban of accolade construction company and designer Philip Chappelle—of Philip Chappelle design—came on board in the early stages to modernize the Mediterranean lines of the house and develop the interior space planning. Ronderos and her associates at DKOR Interiors then stepped into further modernize the home and attend to every detail. The wife’s desired color palette was mostly white, with natural textures added for warmth, and spaces were to be spare and visually uncluttered—no heavy window treatments, for example. Wires, outlets and light switches were to remain unseen and, whenever possible, furniture should hang on the walls to keep the floor space clean. The deadline: 10 months. 

“Our client had very specific ideas and an acute design eye. she definitely kept us on our toes,” says Ronderos with a laugh. “we guided her a lot, but she took the lead and became part of the design team.” working closely with builder Joey Newman (“our partner in crime,” says Ronderos), DKOR delivered a meticulously detailed home where function is just as important as form. They not only honored the wife’s requests but also took them to levels beyond, resulting in a modern design that is as playful as it is elegant and as sophisticated as it is family friendly.

The home’s bright, soaring spaces are warmed with bamboo, linen and controlled doses of vivid color. Vanities, tables and shelving hover, legless, above the floors, and through clever use of recessed metal baseboards and indirect lighting, walls appear weightless. Light fixtures hang in the air, and doors and frames are flush with the walls so sightlines are unbroken. “The homeowner wanted windows anywhere and everywhere possible,” says Ronderos. “And where we couldn’t put windows, she installed solar tubes to bring in sunlight.” 

In the dining room, a cloud-like light fixture floats above a custom glass-and-wood table, and off-white leather chairs with curved chrome legs add softness to the horizontal planes. Panels of mirrored glass reflect the view of the backyard in the adjacent room, providing the windowless space with the illusion of natural light. Hidden behind the panels is a secret door leading to the kitchen and a mirrored wet bar with a single orange panel that conceals additional storage. In lieu of a bulky buffet, a ledge pulls out of the wall and locks into place; when not needed, it folds back into its niche, disappearing from sight.  

Bamboo envelops the media room, extending from the floor to the ceiling behind the television, where it conceals wires and storage drawers. Adjacent recessed shelving keeps toys and games tidy and close-at-hand. “We used the bamboo to obscure the storage instead of building a huge wall unit,” says Ronderos. “It’s functional and looks cleaner and more beautiful.” 

Upstairs, the master bedroom and the children’s spaces were treated to the same level of thought and design detail as the public spaces on the floors below. In the study area, which features a sleek desktop backed with orange magnetic glass, each child has a designated computer station and file cabinets for schoolwork and supplies. Unlike their sisters, the two boys share a room, but privacy can easily be achieved at the push of a button: a partition lowers from the ceiling, dividing the room in two. It retracts entirely into the roof, leaving only a thin line on the ceiling in its wake. 

Although the beauty and success of the custom design elements lie in their subtle presentation, their execution required substantial amounts of thought, planning and precision, according to Newman. “So many people have to be on same page to get it just right. But it’s the effort and attention to detail that make this house stand apart,” he says. “The homeowners didn’t just want everything to look good—they wanted to build a quality home.”

They also wanted to create a place to forge family memories. “our client was very thoughtful about how her family lived, and she was a perfectionist in the best possible way. No detail was overlooked,” say Ronderos. “It was a definite challenge, but she taught us how to seek perfection in our own work, and that was the greatest lesson.”

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