Upon leaving her life in Manhattan and the Hamptons, a lively New Yorker alighted in Miami with several suitcases and one dresser. “She was moving here because it was important to be close to her youngest daughter and her family,” says designer Laura Martzell. “She wanted a fresh start.”
The owner found the quintessential Miami condo in a sleek elliptical-shaped building in Aventura with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Williams Island Marina and Biscayne Bay, complete with glass-railed balconies that further showcase the views.
The first hit of saturated color can be seen right away on the doors in the elevator entry—home to owner's precious collection of wooden puppets—which were done in a striking sapphire using watercolors, acrylics and resin over an aluminum base. “We had the custom painting done right on the doors themselves, so that’s your introduction into the apartment,” Martzell says of Julia Alejandra Gentile’s artistry. “It’s killer!”
Now settled in her new apartment, she says it feels truly her own. “When I went to college, my mother picked out absolutely everything down to the bedding. And being married, there was always someone else who was giving their input,” she says. “This time, I picked out everything, and I’m surrounded by things I adore. It’s a hoot, and I just love it.”