Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Interior designer Lourdes Gabriela and her two dogs
Location: Grove Isle, a 20-acre island that is part of Coconut Grove in North Miami Beach, Florida
Size: 2,700 square feet (250.8 square meters); three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms
Designer: Lourdes Gabriela
Her plan of attack included taking down walls, replacing the window and door glass with hurricane-resistant glass, making the doorways higher, sanding down and honing the polished floors, bringing in new lighting and painting the ceilings a glossy white to bounce all of that natural light around. For her palette, she chose natural, tactile fabrics and wallcoverings with hints of metallic, along with light wood tones and whitewashed walls. This gave the place the “kick off your shoes and hang out” beach vibe she wanted for herself, her dogs, her family and her friends.
The living room mixes contemporary lines with quirky shapes and textures. Gabriela had the loungey sofa covered in a silvery fabric that provides an elegant contrast to the chunkier weaves of the area rugs. “I placed the sofa to take in the views of the bay and added extra pillows to cozy it up even more,” she says.
She also included special items she has picked up during a lifetime of travels. The top of the cocktail table is one such special piece. It is a 300-year-old door she purchased in Barcelona about 25 years ago. She had used it as her front door in another home, where it was beaten up by hurricanes. Now the very well-weathered antique serves as the top of her cocktail table.
Lighting: K-Corum Kable Lite, Tech Lighting; sofa: Lounge sofa, Crate & Barrel; accent tables: Fine Line; cornice: custom-upholstered by Carlos Upholstery in Meiji fabric by Élitis; rug: Zulu, Masland; rug: suede and hemp, Serena & Lily; shades: Neolux dual, automated by Somfy Motors
The large weathered rattan weave of the armchairs plays with scale and texture. Lilac cushions bring in a non-neutral color.
Chair: Artefacto; sconces: Nigel Coates for Slamp
Hardware: Shagreen, Turnstyle Designs
With all those people coming over, she needed a lot of room. The large farm table is made of poplar wood and steel legs repurposed from her twin boys’ former desk. The well-worn look of the leather on the chairs suits the casual style, while the chairs add modern silhouettes.
Long bookshelves beneath the windows could be used for serving pieces, but Gabriela opted to turn the space into a dining room-library and filled them with books instead.
Table: fabricated by Jorge Munoz; chairs: West Elm; sconces: Clemente, Visual Comfort; chandelier: custom, Blackbody
Pendant: Link suspension light, LZF; dining chairs: Grange, covered in fabric by Link Outdoor
The open area’s countertop serves as a kitchen workspace and a dining room buffet. Designing around an apartment building’s structure can be challenging; the column on the left of the counter is structural.
This shot also gives us a good look at the floors, which did not pose as tough a challenge as they could have. “I was really lucky that the apartment had these large, 36-inch-square, highly polished Saturnia Ivory travertine floors, because in this building you have to remove floors without the help of noisy power tools,” she says. She had them sanded, honed and finished with a natural sealant to lend the casual, beachy look she was going for.
Gabriela also played with the ceiling, getting rid of an awkward unnecessary soffit (formerly on the left) so that she could extend the cabinets up. Concrete ceilings were another apartment building challenge; she added drop ceilings, soffits and trays where needed to house certain lights.
A hand-knotted Indian rug adds some color and pattern to all of the neutrals in the kitchen, while the rest of the color comes in via the views out the windows.
Backsplash tile: Porcelanosa in Silk Blanco; quartz: Keys Granite; quartzite: Marble of the World; faucet: Brizo; sink: Blanco, Farrey’s; stool: Svelte table stool, Industry West
The sheer textured ripple-fold draperies “sparkle at night,” she says.
Headboard: custom-made by KB Design, covered in fabric by Élitis; linens: Sferra; duvet: Williams-Sonoma; swing-arm light: WAC Lighting; draperies, custom-made by KB Design with fabric by Stroheim; wallcovering: El Dorado, Élitis; wall sconce: George Kovacs; armchairs: Bernhardt
Paint by Benjamin Moore: Simply White in eggshell finish (walls) and Ice Mist in satin finish (molding); door hardware: Krown Lab
Chandelier: Bling by Robert Abbey, YLighting; wall lights: New Level, WAC Lighting via YLighting; ceiling light: Canter White Dolce, Shop Candelabra; counter: Mystery White marble, Marble of the World; floor tile: Porcelanosa in Ramsey; wall tile: Porcelanosa in Japa Blanco; shower: Radiance, Hansgrohe; shower floor tile: Thassos shell mosaic, Ann Sacks
Carpet: Canyon Crest, Unique Carpets via Judy’s Loft; wallcovering: Élitis; Roman shades: linen, custom-made by KB Design; lounge beds: mock croc, custom-made by KB Design; quilts: Restoration Hardware: throw pillows: Restoration Hardware and West Elm
Sofa bed: American Leather, upholstered in linen by Fabricut; pendant light: Cosmo, Crate & Barrel; blinds: wood, Hunter Douglas
Sconces: Restoration Hardware; carpet: Unique Carpets; desk chair: Artefacto
Table: Pier 1; chairs: CB2; floor tile: Porcelanosa