An All-White South Florida Retreat Defined by Contemporary Art


Contemporary White Foyer Vignette

Damien Hirst’s butterfly pieces from his 'Cathedral' series are aflutter in the foyer above a bench from Judith Norman covered in Romo fabric. The vibrant wool-and-silk rug beneath it is from ABC Carpet & Home.

Contemporary White Living Room with Arched Niches

Donghia chairs and ottomans, in Cowtan & Tout fabric, join 'Alba' by Alex Katz, Yves Klein’s 'The Venus of Alexandria' and Jonathan Borofsky’s 'Man with Briefcase' in the living room. Allan McCollum’s 'Thanks' tablets give their sentiments from a Baker side table.

Contemporary White Living Room Artwork

The homeowners wanted a sun-drenched space to showcase their powerhouse collection of contemporary art. Mel Bochner’s 'Ha Ha' from Two Palms in New York adds a splash of color to the living room. The rug is from the Allison Paladino line for New River Artisans.

Contemporary White Living Room with Arched Niches

Donghia chairs and ottomans, in Cowtan & Tout fabric, join 'Alba' by Alex Katz, Yves Klein’s 'The Venus of Alexandria' and Jonathan Borofsky’s 'Man with Briefcase' in the living room. Allan McCollum’s 'Thanks' tablets give their sentiments from a Baker side table.

Contemporary White Main Gallery-Like Hallway

Sconces by Fine Art Lamps line the colonnade near the living area. Takashi Murakami’s 'Will Spring Also Come to Space?' from Blum & Poe in New York adds color. A 1960s Jean Dubuffet sculpture nestles in a niche on the way to the master suite.

Contemporary White Bay Window Breakfast Nook

In the breakfast nook, the table’s base by Mr. Brown supports a recycled-glass top from Haifa Limestone. The custom settees and chairs, from Artistic Frame in New York, have seats covered in Romo suede and backs in a China Seas print. The spiraling pendant by Sonneman – A Way of Light is from Capitol Lighting.

Contemporary White Staircase with Walnut Treads

The family room’s custom walnut shelves, fabricated by Hamlin Woodworks, echo the walnut-stained oak treads of the staircase beyond, which was added in the renovation and leads to the upstairs mini master bedroom.

Contemporary Black-and-White Dining Room

A table from the Allison Paladino collection for E.J. Victor centers the dining room; Artistic Frame chairs don a print by Lulu DK and Kravet Ultrasuede. A rug from ABC Carpet & Home unifies the furnishings and art, which includes a Robert Graham sculpture. Restoration Hardware’s chandelier suspends in elegance.

Contemporary White Family Room Seating Area

A plush sofa—from the Allison Paladino collection for E.J. Victor—and custom club chairs made by Dicembrino set the casual tone for the family room. A custom oversize Ralph Lauren Home ottoman, also from E.J. Victor, provides comfort and function for the family. The faux-wood silver lamp is by Made Goods.

Contemporary Cream Covered Poolside Patio

A sofa and chairs from L'angolo Furniture & Art surround the Restoration Hardware fire pit on the loggia, while the tall planters, also from L’angolo, help delineate the gathering area from the pool, by A&G Concrete Pools. The landscape was originally designed by Krent Wieland of Krent Wieland Design. The owners have since worked with Pat Robb of Florida Innovative Landscape to maintain the property.

Contemporary White Master Bedroom with Seating Niche

Textures are found in the master bedroom in a Thomas Pheasant bench wearing an inviting navy velvet and an elegant sideboard by Barbara Barry with a ribbed lacquer face; both are from Baker. The floral artwork is by Donald Baechler. Carpet from Jack Walsh trade showroom leads to the sitting room, where custom chaises made by Dicembrino are covered in a Perennials tweed from David Sutherland.

Contemporary White Guest Bedroom Vignette

In the upstairs guest bedroom, visitors are summoned to a mindful moment through Donny Miller’s 'The Future Just Happened.' The gray Faux Bois City bench is by Global Views.

Contemporary White Master Bedroom Headboard

In the master bedroom, a lamp by Fine Art Lamps sits atop a chest from the Allison Paladino collection for E.J. Victor. The custom bed, upholstered by Associated Interior Designer Service, boasts fabric by Zinc Textile. The floral on the pillows is by Bergamo Fabrics.

In a home where an art collection includes works from such big names as Mel Bochner, Jean Dubuffet and Takashi Murakami, the term “artists in residence” takes on a whole new meaning. Employing vibrant colors, bold messages and graphic lines, the artists more than reside—they influence. And designer Allison Paladino took creative cues from these works for the interiors and fashioned a dynamic design that not only complements the art but also stands on its own.

The owners were looking for a vacation home in South Florida where they could visit with their two grown sons and spend quality family time together. They also wanted a sun-drenched space to showcase their powerhouse collection of contemporary art, which, in addition to those mentioned above, includes Damien Hirst’s butterflies seen in the entry and an Andy Warhol in one of the hallways. “Coming in with this art collection,” says Paladino, “they needed natural light, tall ceilings and room for the art to breathe.”

When the clients spotted a Mediterranean-style house—designed by architect Scott Disher, of Architectural Studio, and built by Marc Julien—they immediately fell in love with its light and proportions. With vaulted coffered ceilings; expansive windows; long, high hallways and even a niche perfect for their Dubuffet, the house couldn’t be more accommodating, while classical architectural elements add elegance and visual interest. “The arches keep in theme with the Mediterranean style, whether it’s the radius bay window or the entry,” says Julien. All it needed, architecturally, were guest rooms for the owners’ sons. To remedy this, Julien and Disher added on two mini master bedrooms—identical rooms on top of one another—built onto the east side of the house. Paladino designed the interior architectural details and specified finishes for the new bedrooms, guest bathrooms and added stairway.

For the interiors, Paladino and her senior designer and junior partner, Zita Rudd, emphasized family and comfort. “I saw their old house and understood their need to be comfortable,” says Paladino. So, furnishings are kept cozy and casual with clean lines and a neutral palette incorporating pops of blue that play off the nearby artwork. In the living room, for instance, a pair of shimmering royal blue velvet club chairs mingles with the Yves Klein torso in cobalt blue—known in the art world, of course, as International Klein Blue, an electric shade the artist created and patented in 1960. A portrait by Alex Katz offers a direct contrast—its orange hue lying across from that IKB in the color wheel. In addition, Paladino was thrilled that a Donghia sectional she’d been admiring would fit perfectly in this space, as it was large enough to give the substantial sofa some air. “The fact that I could float it in the room was important for a piece like this,” she says of its sculptural form. “It’s a perfect complement to the art yet it’s also edgy.”

In the more casual family room, which opens up to the kitchen and breakfast nook, a plush chenille-covered Sir Martin sofa—from Paladino’s E.J. Victor collection—anchors the space. Thanks to its canted back and strong silhouette, this sofa is also ideal for floating in a room, and the oversize leather ottoman not only begs for the husband’s feet but those of the whole family, as well. Classical elements in the form of a Greek key-patterned rug adds texture underfoot with its wool composition. “It’s a multilevel rug, so it has a lot of depth,” Paladino says. “The three-dimensional quality gives it an architectural feeling.” The same can also be said for Paladino’s custom rug in the living room.

Adjacent to the family room, the breakfast nook is an extension of its laid-back feel—views of the pool certainly help keep it airy and light. Two curved open-back benches and a couple of side chairs clad in a fun zebra print encircle a glass-top table, their upholstery continuing the blue palette found throughout the house. Cascading industrial lights bring warmth to the rounded cove.

The nearby dining room, however, is a distinct counterpoint for more formal occasions. Soft parchment-colored walls, sheer draperies and a sparkling chandelier complement the graphic simplicity of the large-scale works by Ted Stamm and Georges Noël. Even the chairs are sculptural, with their sinuous curves and tufted backs.

The palette of cream and blue continues in the spacious master suite, where the design is intentionally softer. Here, navy is a quieter accent, and small details—the cream headboard, a tufted bench, pretty handle pulls—are what Paladino calls “transitional twists” that lend a more feminine feel.

If a cozy gallery sounds like an oxymoron, Paladino proves otherwise. Now, when the family of four comes together for some quality time, the mood is relaxed and easy, and art can be appreciated from all corners of the home.