A Compact Miami Condo Makes a Bold Statement


contemporary living room blue couch

With an established design theme of eclectic with a Parisian accent for a couple's Brickell Key apartment, designer Maite Granda combined classic French black-and-white stripes on the lounge chair with an Ikea sofa wearing Perennials fabric in the living room. The midcentury modern-inspired coffee table is from West Elm, as are the sofa's throw pillows. The geometric Seabrook wallpaper is from Palmetto Paint & Decorating Center, and the hand-tufted wool rug is from CB2.

contemporary office nook in living...

To maximize space, Granda created an office nook in a corner of the living room that includes a built-in desk by Alarcon Millwork and a Herman Miller desk chair. The glass-and-bronze etagere and circular mirror, both from CB2, anchor the corner's sleek modern aesthetic.

contemporary dining room side Ghost...

In the dining room, a Sputnik-style chandelier, a nod to the husband's aeronautic background, lights the brass sawhorse table and Jannis Ellenberger host chairs, all from CB2. The side Ghost chairs are from Design Within Reach, and a mirror from Anthropologie hangs above an RH shagreen console.

contemporary black bar wine fridge

Opposite the dining area, a bar and wine fridge accommodates the couple's fine wine collection. The custom cabinetry is by Alarcon Millwork, and black textured wallpaper by The Ferrari Group adds a touch of drama to the modest space.

contemporary black bathroom green vases

A pair of electric green vases in the powder room flank a Forte sink with a Kohler faucet set in a custom vanity by Alarcon Millwork. The glossy countertop is from Opustone, the wall-mounted medicine cabinet is from RH, and the floor tiles are from Italgres.

contemporary bedroom white bed red...

An upholstered Skyline Furniture bed from All Modern topped with Nordstrom bedding is the centerpiece of the master bedroom, where bedside lamps from West Elm rest on white nightstands. The area rug is by Nuloom; the red chair and ottoman are from Anthropologie; and the two-tone floor lamp is CB2.

contemporary white bathroom Bisazza-style shower...

A vanity by Alarcon Millwork with a countertop from Opustone lines one wall in the master bathroom. The contemporary Kohler sinks and faucets are from Ferguson, and the Bisazza-style shower tiles and the porcelain floors are from Italgres. The designer framed the existing mirrors with a thick black border to tie together the darker shades of the shower tiles.

contemporary terrace sitting area

On the terrace, Granda selected a high table from Crate & Barrel's Dune Collection and Trattoria side chairs from Poly & Bark so the owners could enjoy the ocean views when dining outside. The striped table runner provides further Parisian flair.

For most people, the thought of downsizing and shrinking a lifetime of memories and furnishings into much tighter quarters is a daunting one. For homeowners Robyn and Allan Webb, who were accustomed to small-scale apartment living after years of vacationing in Paris, the transition from their multi-level Virginia home to a one-bedroom apartment on Miami’s Brickell Key was made with relative ease.

With the help of designer Maite Granda, the homeowners, an award-winning cookbook author and a retired aeronautics engineer, carefully culled a few things to display in their new digs. “Incorporating souvenirs from their travels, we picked items that were fun and colorful,” says Granda, who designed the apartment with broad brush strokes of black and white, and bold interjections reminiscent of a chic pied-a-terre.

Knowing she had to make every inch of the 900-square-foot space usable, Granda eliminated a row of upper kitchen cabinets to establish a more social flow between the adjacent dining room, and tucked a desk into one corner of the living room to serve as Allan’s home office. Even the balcony functions at a high level. As Granda explains, “There’s a comfortable swivel chair on one end just for Robyn where she can work on her computer while enjoying the ocean views.”

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