A Miami Abode Transforms Into A Colorful Pad


contemporary patio outdoor sitting area...

Brightly colored pillows add punch to Toan Nguyen's Mu sectional sofa and the twin Swingrest rotating loungers, both from Dedon, on the patio. The three Bouquet tables by Kenneth Cobonpue from Designlush in New York sit atop Porta Forma's Sayer outdoor rug from Frontgate.

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Kaiser Suidan's custom Jacks installation sprawls across the breakfast room's living and dining area, which features a Larrea Studio walnut pedestal table with an inset reverse-painted glass top, Powell & Bonnell side chairs and a Pelle bubble chandelier. The sectional is bookended by Anthony Lawrence Belfair custom tables of yellow lacquer and silver mica; the Kendall Oval Mod Swivel coffee table is from GDF Studio.

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A Claudia Wieser faceted-mirror artwork from Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York welcomes visitors in the entry of this Key Biscayne home designed by Ellie Cullman and Alyssa Urban with the help of architect Thomas Kligerman and builder Grey Marker. Manhattan decorative painting firm Uriu LLC lacquered the entry wall in a bold citron yellow, while a vintage tubular glass pendant from Karina Gentinetta Disegno hangs from the ceiling.

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A seating area in the living room is anchored by a custom Habite sofa by Anthony Lawrence Belfair flanked by vintage Willy Daro lamps; a custom chaise sits next to a brass side table purchased through London dealer Alexander Cohane. A vintage Gigi Radice armchair from Gustavo Olivieri Antiques in East Hampton, New York, and a Greek key coffee table from John Salibello, also in New York, complete the setting, which sits atop a custom pale zebra-pattern carpet by Joseph Carini Carpets.

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A faux-shagreen credenza by Larrea Studio complements the dining room's chic aesthetic. Above the sideboard is an Anne Doran multimedia work bracketed by lamps of smoky quartz rock crystal and brass from Phoenix Gallery in New York.

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Color and a sense of whimsy, rather than time consciousness, is the point of the array of clocks in the gray driftwood kitchen, which showcases custom barstools fabricated by Anthony Lawrence Belfair and covered in faux snakeskin.

contemporary dining room yellow accents

In the dining room, Urban designed the table with a brass-inlaid top crafted by Larrea Studio and a base made by Harris Rubin. It is surrounded by custom Kate dining chairs by Anthony Lawrence Belfair and illuminated by a Charles de Lisle chandelier from The Future Perfect in New York. A painting by Eddie Martinez from New York's Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery hangs above the Harris Rubin console from Dennis Miller Associates, also in New York.

contemporary library multi-colored books glass...

Kligerman built cantilevered shelves throughout a transitional space to create a library, which now holds glass pieces commissioned from Long Island artist Michael Davis through Comerford in Bridgehampton, New York. The book chair is from the clients' collection.

contemporary bronze wall unit multi-color

In the home's "man cave," Kligerman designed a bronze wall unit backed with milky glass, which can be illuminated in different colors. It houses the TV, a bar and shelves that fit into notched panels.

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In the master bedroom, marble lamps from Hudson Mercantile in New York perch on Irwin Feld nightstands from CF Modern, also in New York, and flank a custom-lacquered headboard featuring a blue shagreen panel; Ted Abramczyk's Cumulus chandelier for Ralph Pucci hangs overhead. The arrow paintings are by Midwest artist Tony Tasset, purchased at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton, New York; the vintage chaise by Milo Baughman is from John Salibello; and the carpet is custom.

contemporary outdoor blue dining table

Near the pool, the family dines in Forest side chairs surrounding a rectangular dining table topped with Angela Adams blue glass fabricated by Weatherend Estate Furniture, all available through Janus et Cie. In the distance is Dedon's Mu adjustable beach chair.

Transforming this Miami-area home was all about embracing bold colors–and, admittedly, doing a little convincing.

“My husband didn’t see anything until he walked into the house at the end,” says the wife. “We both have strong opinions. I thought if we both did this, we might have to get divorced. So, I said, ‘You just have to let me do it.’”

With that, designers Ellie Cullman and Alyssa Urban took the lead in transforming the Key Biscayne abode into a welcoming, whimsical retreat perfect for the couple and their three young children.

They enlisted help from architect Thomas Kligerman, who, with builder Grey Marker, worked some zing into the home’s nondescript construction. Take, for example, the library, which is now wrapped in cantilevered shelves with uplights; or the “man cave,” which features a wall of glass shelves framed in bronze. A complete master bathroom overhaul and a glass barn-style door in the living room only add to the interiors’ visual appeal.

To top off the project, the design team worked in fun, contemporary art throughout the home and gave rooms distinct personalities defined by bright colors–daring turquoise, burnt orange, marine blue, just to name of few. It was a mission they took pride in completing.

“We are excited by clients who challenge what our firm has been doing for 30-plus years,” says Urban. Cullman adds: “This was just so much more fun because of the vivid color and the dynamic personalities involved.”