A Seamless Collab Leads To An Expertly Designed Home


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Designer Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis planned a client's Brickell Key apartment along a dark-to-light color gradient. In the centrally located living room, the design focuses on smoky shades including a large work by Leonardo Drew and Italian-made seating, such as a Henge sofa and Ashton chairs, both from Minotti. A Jalan Jalan coffee table decorated with Christofle vases centers the room, while in front of the balcony's floor-to-ceiling sliding doors is an Oly lounge in Dragon leather.

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A Lindsey Adelman chandelier suspended above a Henge dining table and Grace chairs from Poliform continue the sleek, modern aesthetic in the condo's dining room. A JR photo work hangs above a Minotti buffet while, at left, between the dining room and kitchen, is a Jorinde Voigt piece from the artist's Hagia Sophia studies.

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Mia Cucina cabinetry surrounds the kitchen while honed Carrara Statuary marble appears on the island, adjacent table and perimeter walls. Lee Broom's Chamber pendants for Future Perfect illuminate the space. In front of the window are an Alfi sink and a Waterworks faucet.

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Unicom Starker's La Scala wood-like porcelain tile runs throughout the house, including in the boys' room, where the owners' vintage leather Ralph Lauren sofa is adorned with Madeline Weinrib ikat pillows and flanked by a Henge reading lamp and a telescope. Above the sofa, a photo of a colorful magazine rack by Liu Bolin is one of two pieces by the artist embellishing the apartment.

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Instead of hanging artwork above the living room sofa, Scurtis went against the grain and placed pieces in non-conventional places, such as Terry Haggerty's Out of Light, which adorns the wall next to the sofa. To the right of the couch is Kelly Wearstler's marble Apollo stool from Nest.

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In the office, M Tec Custom Cabinets fabricated the floating shelves as well as the desk that runs perpendicular to the wall. Suspended above the Scandinavian oiled-walnut Mary's chair from Future Perfect is a Serge Mouille light fixture from DWR.

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In the uniquely shaped office, Scurtis commissioned a custom sectional covered in Romo fabric made by GJ Upholstery Masters to outfit the corner correctly. Two Henge tables, one with a brushed sand-sprayed Cappuccino Stone top and another made of Eucalyptus Thermowood, and a Liu Bolin photograph complete the vignette.

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Unlacquered brass fixtures--a faucet, pendant, shelf and towel rack, all by Waterworks--add a bit of low-key glamour to the powder room's polished Calacatta Gold marble walls from Innovative Surfaces.

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Aerin's Frankfort wall light from Visual Comfort & Co. illuminates a Holly Hunt Flynn table next to the Poliform bed in the master suite. A classic and comfortable Hickory White reading chair, covered in Romo fabric and draped with a Sferra throw, sits alongside a geometrical W-Table by Henge.

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Barry Goralnick's aged-iron Hatton chandelier for Visual Comfort & Co. provides a dramatic contrast in the mostly white master sitting room, where a Minotti Kirk "Cross" table is surrounded by Febo armchairs from Maxalto. On the wall to the right of the bedroom doorway is a work-on-paper by DanishIcelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

Designer Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis took on this Miami-area project looking for a challenge, but what she didn’t expect was a blossoming friendship and a professional partner.

“It’s very unusual for a client to have a strong eye for design and also be receptive to their designer’s vision,” says Scurtis, who eventually went on to hire her client, Maria Corina Sosa.

With a passion for interiors and knowing exactly the aesthetic she wanted, Sosa assisted the designer in revamping her family’s Brickell Key apartment.

Hoping to update the floor plan by incorporating an ocean view from each room, the homeowner entrusted Scurtis with the monumental task of reconfiguring the space for maximum functionality. The designer opened up the kitchen to the dining room and incorporated some of her client’s belongings into the renovation.

“I wanted to keep some antiques that had sentimental value and a story,” says Sosa, whose taste, over time, skewed a bit more contemporary. The mix of pieces allows the interiors to feel modern, yet grounded.

The completed space also features art hung in a gradient fashion, with black pieces on the east side of the home and white works in the west, while those in the middle dwell in gray tones.