House at a Glance
Who lives here: A young family
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Size: 5,200 square feet (483 square meters); five bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms
Designer: DKOR Interiors
The home is a spec house the couple picked up before construction was completed. Large glass openings, patios, decks and balconies provide views of tall palm trees and the Intracoastal Waterway. Along with the homeowners’ penchant for bold moves and a whimsical vibe, the surroundings inspired the decor. Sometime during the design process, the homeowners and designers started referring to the home as “The Coconut House.”
“Every item in the house has its own identity and every room has a surprise,” the designer says. “That settee is French and it almost looks like it’s draped with a quilt. It has that quality of comfort we wanted throughout the house.” Ronderos covered the walls in a textured wallpaper. The design team also curated the art in the house. Using lots of live plants indoors played a large part in creating the tropical vibe.
The diagonal of the Minotti sectional sofa gives it an unexpected look. The two chairs in front of the window provide a more intimate spot for talking. The rug has an organic pattern with splashes of different deep blues. “The draperies we added look like a knit open weave and feel casual,” Ronderos says. “We even went casual with the flower arrangements to make it feel super comfortable in here.”
Another way they addressed the scale was to divide the open space into two separate areas for seating.
“We wanted to create a feeling of escaping the stressful world and being in the present moment,” Ronderos says. The circular area includes a pair of unconventional chairs with yarn-like fiber wrapped around bamboo, a playful hanging chair and a soft teal curved sofa that follows the lines of the round rug. “The hanging chair really sets the tone. It says, ‘Come and relax in here,’ ” Ronderos says. The pair of chairs, by Palecek, incorporate woven materials into more contemporary shapes.
The kitchen is by Italian company Snaidero. The streamlined cabinetry, free of hardware, provides a calm backdrop. The sleek island has integrated LED lighting.
The backsplash is a deep blue herringbone tile. “I told them we had to go bold there — it’s a bar,” Ronderos says. “Going so deep in color made it feel more rich. We needed to make it elegant and make sure the tile didn’t make it feel like a bathroom!”
Ronderos designed an extra-high upholstered headboard to stand up to the large proportions of the room. “Throughout the house we wanted to create things that were really over the top,” she says. And the multicolored glass globe lights add a funky surprise. “We wanted there to be a surprise in every room,” Ronderos says.
Closing up the openings between the bedroom and bathroom added more wall space to the bathroom. The vanity and tub are new. The dressing table chair’s unique upholstery adds the fun surprise in here.
“The homeowners have a lot of their extended family stay with them, and they wanted this bedroom to feel like the VIP bedroom,” Ronderos says. “This is my favorite room in the house — you feel like you’re in a jungle.” The wall mural, live plants, bamboo furniture and outdoor views give the room the ultimate tropical vibe.
“The Coconut House neon sign was an absolute must-have,” Ronderos says. “That has become the nickname for this tropical house. And it really shows that not everything has to be so serious in design.”
The designer notes that you don’t have to go expensive to go luxe or bold. “With this room we bought everything retail. There was nothing custom,” she says.
The bright coral walls bring in a tropical hue the jewelry designer loves. The team customized the shelves, backing some of them in a wallpaper that brings in natural texture and provides a great backdrop for her creations. It’s not shown, but they placed her desk under a window in here that gets the best light.
“The wife gave us about 50 different wallpapers she liked for the baby’s room and we helped her whittle it down to the choices that best suited their style,” Ronderos says. Expecting her first child at the time, she fittingly landed on storks.
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