A Florida Condo Goes Coastal With Some Eclectic Flair


coastal orange entryway rattan mirror

Designer Lisa Michael wasted no time setting a colorful tone in the entryway to her clients' North Palm Beach apartment. She mixed a punchy hue--Sherwin Williams' Robust Orange--with natural materials, such as an exotic rattan mirror with leather wrappings by Selamat, along with a neutral Bungalow 5 console sheathed in papyrus reeds.

coastal sitting area orange and...

In the elevator vestibule, bold orange stencils on a gold metallic wash backdrop crafted by decorative artist Dana Donaty offset a wood Moroccan charpoy bench topped with metallic throw pillows, all from ABC Carpet & Home. The artwork is a giclee of a painting by Robert Robinson from RFA Decor.

coastal living room white sectional...

Michael designed the living room's etagere, fabricated by Tritter Feefer, and used the paisley pattern on the Robert Allen fabric throw pillows as inspiration for the hand-stenciled wallcovering behind it. Below the white-denim-slipcovered sectional by Lee Industries is a jute rug from Saxony. The raffia-ikat-covered side table is by Made Goods, and the antique Moroccan-tray coffee table was found on eBay.

coastal living room rattan chairs...

In the living room, a circular- patterned rattan armchair by Palecek is topped with a pillow covered with Kate Spade indigo woven fabric from Kravet. Just beyond in the dining area, a Ro-Sham-Beaux white hemp chandelier with blue agate beads lights a table inspired by a 19th-century French garden table and rattan bistro chairs from Serena & Lily. The vintage print on the wall is from RFA Decor.

coastal white kitchen indigo accents

A mosaic Artistic Tile backsplash from Ceramic Matrix adds a textural contrast to the sleek European-like Nolte kitchen cabinets and hardware. A trio of Ro-Sham-Beaux glass pendants with hemp rope detailing light the taupe quartz island, where the Charleston Forge iron barstools wear indigo Kate Spade fabric.

coastal sitting room orange wall...

A bright blue Duralee sleeper sofa backed by a wall of Sherwin Williams' Knockout Orange creates a wow moment in the multifunctional sitting room/guest room, where fair-trade woven straw bowls from All Across Africa complement the throw pillows from Excentricities. The Acapulco chairs are from Innit Designs in Ontario, Canada; the coffee table is by Selamat; and the leaf batik- patterned drapes are Robert Allen.

coastal bedroom indigo and white

Saturated indigo walls in the master bedroom supply a calming background for the white wood bed and side table with a silver-leaf frame finish, both from Redford House. Shading the space is an embroidered window covering by Robert Allen. The bed's scalloped euro shams are from Serena & Lily; the blue throw is from Anthropologie; and the sea fan art above the bed by Karen Robertson is from WJC Design.

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A giclee of a seascape by Lisa Cuscuna from Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery brings the colors of the ocean into the master bathroom, where the window covering, fabricated from Robert Allen fabric with a Kravet shell trim, provides the perfect complement. The hand-carved wooden drum shade pendant is from Arteriors Home in Carrollton, Texas.

It was a full three months before designer Lisa Michael was in the same room with her clients, a New Jersey couple who hired her to outfit their North Palm Beach condo retreat. “We found Lisa on the Internet,” the wife shares. “She’s a really good communicator and made me feel like I was there with her throughout the process.”

Having determined the couple favored “ethnic flair with a contemporary bohemian twist,” Michael deftly mixed saturated orange and indigo walls, open weave rattan chairs, a Moroccan inspired etagere, and African baskets to achieve the requisite eclectic vibe.

“I didn’t want a literal coastal feel but rather a resort ambience or exotic escape that you’d find at an exclusive boutique hotel in the Caribbean, Bali or Thailand,” she says.

Just prior to the big reveal–and her first meeting with the husband–the designer made the decision to stencil the living room wall with a blue paisley pattern. “I was nervous he wouldn’t like it but he loved it, and everything else,” says the designer.