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Project Seaside Sanctuary: Living Room Reveal

Updated: Mar 29

see more of this project: office/guest room

We LOVED working on this project; wonderful clients with great taste, in a gorgeous spot on Key Biscayne with dreamy views of the ocean! Our clients had embarked on a gut renovation on the interior of their 1970's condo when they reached out to us to assist with the design - their goal was to create an inviting yet elevated beach retreat which could work hard as a vacation home for themselves, as well as visiting children and grandchildren. We agreed that a bright and neutral aesthetic, with layers of organic texture and subtle nods towards the beach was the way forward. Most importantly, we wanted to create a refuge; a serene space our clients could walk into and breathe a sigh of relief and feel an immediate sense of relaxation.

A view over the treetops of Key Biscayne out onto the water of Biscayne Bay


The entry into this home leads straight into the open plan living area and the spectacular view of the water beyond. We created an inviting lounge area with a gorgeous, relaxed slip-covered Verellen sectional and two stunning accent chairs (all upholstered in performance fabric), centered around a large coffee table, stacked with books. We oriented the sectional so as not to block the view and opted for accent chairs with an open, airy frame. While we're on the subject, a special mention must go to these show-stopping chairs- they bring so much texture to the room and the rope detail just adds to the elevated coastal vibe. It's as if they were made for this space!

Photography by Trevo Studios

A prerequisite to the design of this space was the request for a large (75") TV. We didn't want this to overwhelm the room or become the focal point and contemplated various options to prevent this from happening. In the end we kept things simple and opted for a Samsung Frame TV, which looks like artwork when not in use. We designed a custom, built-in TV console, in a light oak finish (to keep things bright and beachy!) to balance the size of the TV and provide a good amount of storage. We wanted to create additional layers of texture and bring in some visual interest and utilized a couple of tricks to achieve this! Firstly, we added the most beautiful, textural wallpaper (we wish you could see it in real life!) and secondly, we created an "ottoman nook", where we placed a couple of custom made ottomans, upholstered in a gorgeous Susan Connor fabric. They bring some softness to the area and provide the perfect pop of organic pattern along that wall, and can be pulled out when additional seating is needed or if someone wants to sit on the sofa/chairs and pop their feet up!

Neutral Key Biscayne living room with a white sofa and rattan chairs

Photography by Trevo Studios

We found a beautiful jute rug, with subtle pattern to ground the living area, added a sculptural floor lamp with large linen shade for soft, diffused lighting in the evening and ripple fold drapery (along with motorized shades) to finish the space and frame that gorgeous view.

Photography by Trevo Studios

We'll be revealing the office / guest space next - stay tuned!


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