Near Fort Lauderdale Beach, condo owners had a mission to create a space that feels warm and welcoming, while embracing its views and their love for culture. The beautiful home features three bedrooms, four baths, library, elevator vestibule and a wine room.
Richmond, Virginia-based designer Kathy Corbet Interiors was approached by the owners, who had worked with her before and needed their space to display their love of Asian art. “The homeowners have a passion for world travel and have collected art and furnishings from many countries, the majority being from Asia and Africa,” says Corbet. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, her goal is always to produce client-focused interiors with worldwide inspiration.
“It was essential to them that all of [their art] be included in the home, and it was my job to present the art and artifacts in a beautiful and livable way, which significantly impacted the inspiration of the design,” she says.
Throughout the home, Corbet made adjustments to complement the artwork through walls and textures. Entering the foyer, the hall to the left became a gallery hall for much of the clients’ artwork. “I had the doors to closets and utility rooms changed out to slab doors with hidden hinges, making them disappear,” says Corbet.
To keep with the Asian-influenced design theme, Corbet made sure the window valance in the guest room had an Asian-inspired shape.
In addition to the art gallery-esque ambiance, the semi-retired couple wanted to highlight the magnificent views of the nearby Bonnet House and Intracoastal. By implementing décor simulating an “up-in-the-sky” feel, Corbet was able to highlight their views and invite them into the condo. “Another source of inspiration was the homeowner’s view and comment regarding living in the sky,” she says.
Similarly, the living room features a sky-blue metallic ceiling. She covered the ceiling with silk in pale blue and then a pale gold in the dining area to distinguish where one space starts and the next begins.
In the living room, a linear fireplace was added with intricate details making it the focal point. “I selected a scenic printed grasscloth wallcovering as a bridge between the sky and art.”
She also made sure the window treatments didn’t distort the views. “The goal with the window treatments was to soften the edges but not block the view, which was a challenge as they were arched and on a curved wall.”
The last objective was to bring a sense of peace into the home. Corbet started with the elevator vestibule where guests are immediately greeted with warm tones, statement lighting and leather-textured walls. The foyer further sets the tone with a Buddha statue and soothing water feature as the backdrop to another statue. Woods like European oak stained dark with metallic gold in the grain lines, installed in a herringbone pattern, also add warmth to the room.
“Every effort was worth it, and it turned out beautifully,” says Corbet.