An Eclectic, Worldly Design Shines In Miami Beach


eclectic multi-color dining room great...

In his client's Miami Beach home, interior designer Barclay Butera used two agate-and-iron chandeliers by Fuse Lighting from Thomas Lavin to crown the dining and great room area, which greets visitors as they step down from the entry hall. Chairs by Hickory Chair surround a wood-inlay table by Therien from Kneedler-Fauchere, and underfoot is a custom rug from Kravet.

eclectic great room multi-color

Saturated colors fill the great room, including a custom Kravet rug and Baker chairs upholstered with Jane Churchill's Crispin in Tomato fabric. The sofa and coffee table are Holly Hunt, and the X benches are by Chaddock; the marbleized emerald lamps are by Currey & Company.

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Butera designed a custom plaster hood surround on wood corbels for the kitchen's centerpiece. The double-oven range is by Wolf; the Hickory Chair barstools wear Jane Churchill's Odissa in Red fabric, and the trio of pendant lights are by Visual Comfort & Co.

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Butera's first selection for the kitchen was the Moliere 2 custom backsplash tile by Polanco from Mission Tile West. The Perla Venata countertops are from Marble of the World, and the cabinet hardware is Flute by Rocky Mountain Hardware.

eclectic den multi-color wine room

>Builder David Wilson designed the glass-enclosed wine room in the den, which includes a tasting bar with stools by Hickory Chair. A Fuse Lighting chandelier hangs over a Holly Hunt coffee table and the Butera-designed Manhattan sectional, which adds a pop of turquoise to the space's palette. The Hickory Chair armchairs wear Shawnee Weave Blanket Stripe in Rattan by Ralph Lauren, and the sideboard is Baker.

outdoor sitting area pool

In the distance, a covered dining loggia with a pizza oven connects the family room addition with a gym, and steps down to a pool designed by landscape architect Orlando Comas and built by Freddy Rodriguez of National Pool Design. The sleek outdoor furnishings are Brown Jordan, and all of the home's hurricane-resistant windows and doors are by Hope's Windows.

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Hacienda floor tiles from Mission Tile West guided the master suite design. The King Sorraia bed is by Holly Hunt with custom bedding by Butera. The draperies are Tudor in aqua by Cowtan & Tout fabricated through Lazar Interiors, and the chairs and accent table are Baker.

eclectic bathroom colorful flooring marble...

The Natalya chandelier by Visual Comfort & Co.--whose larger version hangs in the bedroom--crowns the Waterworks tub in the master bath. The Kara mirror by Arteriors and Mother sconce by Hudson Furniture hang on facing vanity walls of Monrovia tile from Mission Tile West.

When designing his client’s newest home — an aging villa located on the scenic Intracoastal waterway in Miami Beach — Barclay Butera envisioned an eclectic vibe with strong Moorish-Moroccan influence.

Having worked together on six other homes, the homeowner entrusted the designer to take the reins. “It is a privilege to have a client that allows that level of creative freedom,” Butera says.

The designer, from Newport Beach, California, worked with a local team — architect Antonio E. Rodriguez, builders David Wilson and Gary Shear, and landscape architect Orlando Comas — to produce a modern homage to vibrant worldly designs in a lush, tropical setting.

He created a rich envelope for his interiors with hand-painted tile and exotic lighting but left the walls white for his client’s art collection. “Normally, we use a lot more wallpaper and color, but I knew this would be a walking gallery,” he says.

The color, instead, comes in through tile and deeply hued fabrics and rugs, layered with varieties of finishes in the lighting and hardware–just as one might see while strolling through a Moroccan souk.

“When you walk into a space, it feels worldly, and that’s the kind of feeling we wanted–a well-collected home,” Butera says.