Windbound in an Eclectic Fort Lauderdale Condo


Neutral Fort Lauderdale Home With Water Views

A French Canadian couple trade in their boat shoes for a Fort Lauderdale condo that mixes vintage and contemporary furnishings and art.

Relaxing Bedroom with Outdoor Space

A Napoli bed from Adam’s Interiors, flanked by Tonelli Design tables from Addison House in the master bedroom. George Kovacs wall lamps from Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, painting by Peruvian artist Cala. Stark rug. Furniture on terrace from Broward Design Center. Drapery Castle fabricated the draperies

Warm Grey Office in Fort Lauderdale Condo

Metallic-finished Atrium wallcovering from Jeffrey Michaels wraps the walls of the ultramodern home office. The desk was fabricated by Delorie Countertops & Doors. A painting by Brazilian artist Ferjo overlooks the space.

Orange Pops in an Eclectic Fort Lauderdale Condo

The den offers comfortable seating by way of a tailored Bassett sofa and ottoman, which are anchored by a Stark rug. Taupe and gray tones hold the neutral theme, while punches of orange add a bit of energy and color. The lamps are by Arteriors Home; art is by Tomi G.

Art Dominates the Accent Wall in Fort Lauderdale Condo

A prototype of a Le Corbusier chair from Decades Design Group joins a silver Manacle accent table by Ren-Wil. Sconces by Sonneman - A Way of Light, from Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, flank a Raphaëlle Séguin paintingfrom Las Olas Fine Arts. The rug is by Stark.

Modern, Neutral Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale Condo

The kitchen has minimalist Jenn-Air appliances, Caesarstone countertops and custom-lacquered cabinetry with flat-paneled fronts from Delorie Countertops & Doors. Loewenstein barstools are at the island beneath pendants from Luxe Cable + Light. Curtis Jere’s gold wall sculpture is from Mostly Modern

Industrial Accents in a Fort Lauderdale Condo

The living area features a concrete column, another industrial touch. Against it, Jefferds’ colorful rubber sculpture from Joseph Anfuso 20th Century Design perches atop a Lucite pedestal. The creamy flooring throughout was installed by Prestige Flooring of North America.

Grey and White Dining Room in Eclectic Fort Lauderdale Condo

A concrete dining table from Adam’s Interiors lends an industrial lean to the dining area, while white-leather-and-walnut chairs by Addison House Private Label soften the grouping. A Quoizel Ribbons pendant from Farrey’s Lighting & Bath hangs from the dropped ceiling.

Greys Contrast With Water Views in Fort Lauderdale

In the great room, an open floor plan and low-rise furnishings keep water views the star. Custom leather sofas from Addison House sit on a carpet by Stark. Interior designer Joseph C. Fava custom-designed the media cabinetry, fabricated by Dynamic Design and Services.

Pops of Art in Neutral Fort Lauderdale Condo

Bold color draws the eye to a vignette in the living area that was created as a work space. A Vasar mirrored console for Roberta Schilling from Addison House serves as a desk and a cozy drawing surface for grandchildren beneath a painting by Dalia Kantor. The chair is by Addison House Private Label.

Glam Master Bath in Fort Lauderdale Condo

The master bathroom's touch of glam comes from an Access Lighting chandelier from Farrey’s Lighting & Bath. Fllooring & vanity from Delorie Countertops & Doors create an elegant retreat. A Stark rug provides a soft base for the vintage Lucite bench from Vermillion with Pindle's pewter Oasis fabric

Vintage Starburst in Fort Lauderdale Condo

A French Canadian couple trade in their boat shoes for a Fort Lauderdale condo that mixes vintage and contemporary furnishings and art.

Pops of Art in Neutral Fort Lauderdale Condo

Bold color draws the eye to a vignette in the living area that was created as a work space. A Vasar mirrored console for Roberta Schilling from Addison House serves as a desk and a cozy drawing surface for grandchildren beneath a painting by Dalia Kantor. The chair is by Addison House Private Label.

Until recently, a French Canadian couple looked forward to spending a month or so on their yacht in Fort Lauderdale to escape the winter’s wrath. It had been the perfect plan for 14 years, until one day—while cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway—they spotted a condominium, complete with a dock, for sale. Within a few months, they had purchased their new residence and began the adventure to make it their own. “We already knew the area and wanted to spend more time here,” the husband says. “Our priority was the view and the proximity to the ocean, a five-minute walk away. The residence is in a very nice locale, close to restaurants and shopping, which we enjoy. And it gives us the space we need to accommodate our children and grandchildren, as well—also our priority.”

The one aspect that did not suit their taste was the interior. So they began a quest for someone who would understand their vision and were won over by interior designer Joseph C. Fava’s collaborative approach. “Clients hire us to utilize our expertise to fine tune their vision,” says Fava. “With this couple, it was clear from the beginning what they were looking for, and the fine-tuning came into play as we took shopping trips together and presented ideas.”

The overall concept was to create a space where the fabrics and wallcoverings were neutral and where color would come from both the art and the breathtaking water views. “We wanted a contemporary atmosphere, refined in natural shades with a warm appearance,” says the wife. There was just one hurdle the three had to overcome: Fava does not speak French nor are his clients particularly fluent in English. “In the beginning, there was a lot of pointing,” muses Fava, noting this just made for a more interesting, enjoyable exchange.

Fava worked on the project over the course of two years, which included five months of downtime while the couple tended to business commitments in Canada. “They own a chain of grocery stores, and they were expanding the business at the same time we were renovating their new home,” he says. Originally, the plan was to make only cosmetic changes to the rooms and bring in furnishings and art. But once new marble flooring tiles were installed throughout, the dated elements became really noticeable. Plans soon changed, and the kitchen was added to the list of major renovations, as were the master and guest bathrooms. Fava designed these changes with Stephane L’Ecuyer from IDEA serving as the architect of record.

The 3,500-square-foot residence sits on one level with a massive rounded-glass wall running more than 100 feet and offers painterly water views from nearly all of the 13 rooms. The master bedroom and bathroom sit in a separate area off to the left as one enters, and the other rooms are off to the right, including two other bedrooms, a den and a home office. “The previous look of the home was neoclassical with lots of black lacquer moldings,” Fava explains. And since the main public rooms—living and dining areas and kitchen—all open up to each other, it became even more obvious that the kitchen had to blend in with the roomscape, as well.

Today, a lustrous island and backsplash along with taupe lacquer cabinetry present an elegant, sleek and minimalist kitchen that works perfectly with the new design. Weaving unusual pieces into the great room, such as a vintage metal sculpture on the wall, made for an eclectic, visually interesting space. “The homeowners requested a sleek and monochromatic design, using color through art and accessories,” Fava says. “Due to the open floor plan, we specified taupes, grays and walnuts throughout to keep a cohesive aesthetic, and selected everything together, including the art.” For example, a vignette was created in the vestibule leading to the office to showcase a quirky piece by Canadian artist Raphaëlle Séguin.

Another major renovation came in the master bathroom. Wrapped in cream-and-gray polished marble, it’s an elegant and subdued space. The walk-in shower enclosed in a seamless glass box, a wall of mirrors fronted by cream- colored lacquered cabinets and an oversize tub all make for a mini-spa within the master bathroom. A lush earth-toned rug adds another level of comfort, as does the vintage Lucite-and-chrome bench.

Leather and suede furnishings, including the sofas in the living area and den, as well as the bed in the master bedroom, were chosen for their no-fuss functionality and comfort. “The owners wanted something sleek and durable that could even withstand grandchildren in wet bathing suits,” Fava says. The living area’s coffee table with a reclaimed-wood base and the nearby walnut- veneer walls give the contemporary space an organic feel. When wallpaper was chosen over paint for select rooms, Fava favored designs by Phillip Jeffries, Atrium and Romo, which wrap the walls of the foyer, office and guest bedroom and bathroom, respectively.

For the dining area, the low-backed sculptural chairs and clean-lined concrete table allow the immediate water views to take center stage. “We wanted something industrial and loved the lines of this table,” says Fava. “To soften the space, we used white leather chairs with walnut legs to tie in with the wood walls.” The designer’s decision to have sheer draperies sheath the glass wall helps reduce sun glare without losing the essence of the view. Recessed lighting, sconces and chandeliers bring direct light to specific areas, and the absence of table lamps keeps the look clean. Fava’s sculptural lighting choices add yet another level of art to the space.

Being on the first level with the clients’ own outdoor space makes this feel like a private home, which suits them just fine. “Now that we live here and love living here,” the husband says, “we are thinking of selling our boat.”