10 Reasons Why Your Next Project Will Be Better With Stilo

1.   You’re going to save money – Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that looked amazing in the store, but then realized it was a too big once you got it into your space? Ever painted three or four times trying to find the right color? Hiring a designer can help you avoid those costly mistakes and guide you in decisions that give you results you want. If you’re on a tight budget, that’s totally okay! We know how to get the best value out of what you can spend. We are accustomed to working on a line item budget and will help you save and splurge in the right places.  

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2.   It’s all about you! -  We cringe when we hear about the stereotypical “Diva” designers out there who want to design for themselves while ignoring functionality and the needs/wants of the client. That is a big NO GO for us. You are at the forefront of every decision we make for your project; it is a collaboration. Our approach to design is comprehensive and multifaceted. We want to know about you, what you do, how you work, your lifestyle, what your likes and dislikes are, what your brand is about, what your goals are , what you want to experience when you walk into your space, what you want your guests to experience when they visit, what the function of the space is, what your budget is – (You get the gist, we can go on all day)

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3.   Access to exclusive brands - Life is too short to be basic and if you are going through the process of hiring an interior designer, you can expect access to the unknown (dun-dun). We have access to furniture companies that do not sell to the public. This opens a new world of exclusive and unique pieces. Did we mention that you get it for below retail price? With our resources we can create a space for you that looks collected and feels special (instead of the big box retailer stuff).

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4.   One stop shop – Managing all the components of a design and/or renovation can be very stressful in addition to your daily responsibilities. At Stilo, we handle everything from beginning to end. We create and develop your design concept, source products that are in line with the design concept, handle purchasing/manage deliveries and oversee every installation done by our trusted crew of professionals.

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5.  Space planning geniuses - We understand the art and science behind a proper space plan. You need adequate clearances to meet code along with circulation space to make you feel comfortable and unrestricted. We also have the ability to use creative techniques to maximize your existing space. Whether you need to fit 20 people in an office space that once only held 15 employees or maybe you need to make your tiny boutique hotel lobby feel grand and luxurious, we have you covered.

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6.  It’s all about the feels – Interior spaces have the power to make you feel and act a certain way. Think about how different you feel and act in a library versus your favorite restaurant. Someone intentionally made design decisions to influence the way you behave in these settings. It’s our job to achieve the feeling/function you want/need. We do that by selecting textures, finishes, lighting, textiles, and furniture that are in line with the use of the space. We have a vast knowledge of different design genres and stylistic elements which enable us to achieve the feeling you wish to feel. Design is all about the feeling it gives you when you walk into a room but it is our job to select specific pieces to make your ideas of a feeling a reality. If you want it to feel like you walked into a room where 50 shades of grey met Eat Pray Love – How do you envision a sofa that gives you that feeling and where do you even buy it? Challenging right? That’s why you have us.

7.   We know our stuff- Our team has experience in workspace, hospitality, and residential design. We live in a tactile and visual world where ideas sell more effectively by seeing a finished product with your own eyes.  We bring your projects to life with architectural programs such as Revit, Auto Cad, V-Ray, Photoshop, and SketchUp to provide you with high quality renderings/construction documents. This ensures you’ll never have to worry about the end result. You can ask for test renders for your final product and even request changes if it does not suit your vision.

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8.   We teach you what NOT to do - Not only will we help you decide on what to buy we will also tell you what not to buy – As designers, it is our responsibility incorporate elements of design, varied styles and use your influences to create a collected look that reflects your brand/culture.  Ideally, you want a space to “coordinate” but not “match.” Interiors that coordinate have varied textures, prints, materials, and tones that work together and communicate balance and cohesion. Design is a process that continuously evolves into a finished product opposed to buying everything on the showroom floor in a day.  

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9.    Super Powers - Yes, that’s right! Designers have this super power where magical ideas pop into their minds when collaborating with clients on how to bring their interior to the next level. You may not realize it, but branding and interior design go hand in hand.  In order to create a clear and memorable impression, you need a unique identity and what better way to show that than through design for all eyes to see.  How do you want the world to perceive your company and what elements do you want to incorporate in the design that follow that ideal? In addition to selecting furniture, finishes, wall coverings, lighting (everything you typically think of when you think of interior design) we also go a step further and help you select the right marketing tools, for example, client interactive experiences, music, signage, and smell  to follow your brand identity. This is what sets you apart from everyone else and ultimately makes your company thrive.

10.    Let’s have fun - All biases aside we are pretty darn fun to work with! We truly love what we do and we like to think you can witness that in our work. The most important thing for us is that we provide a design that you love, of the best quality, realistic for your lifestyle and budget while creating an atmosphere in which you thrive. Let’s bring your vision to life, together!

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***Perk Alert! *** - Your designers come with coffee (mic drop).

We wouldn’t be authentic Miamians if Cuban coffee didn’t play a large role in our overhead expenses. Our clients are typically just as busy as we are so coladas are must, always.

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Dissecting the Perfect Workspace

In the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday we wanted to share a past blog post featuring a collaboration with partner Michelle Setty and Racked Miami. We spend majority of our day at work, so why not give it the undivided attention it deserves and make your daily work experience a great one? Check out the Racked article below written by Alejandra Torres and photographed by Luccia Lowenthal.


Albert Einstein once asked, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" We all know your office space can be a tricky thing to master. Even ol' clever Albert pondered the question.

Should you use your notes app for reminders, or keep it old-fashioned and opt for a pen and notebook combo? How about leaving your accessories out on display?

With the help of Michelle Setty, designer extraordinaire and Florida-based interior designer, we came up with a handy guide to create a stylish and productive workspace, a space that even the father of relativity would approve of.

Desk Essentials

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Aside from paper essentials, desk accessories add a personal touch to your space and make your work less drab, more fab. Some of these can definitely be hidden away in a drawer to save desk space, but if styled the right way, your tape dispensary, scissors, and stapler can look like abstract pieces of art. Poppin is a modern office furniture site where colorful desk tools are taken to the highest level.

Tip:

Toss the old black stapler. This colorful collection will keep the office culprits in check. Don't worry about stamping your name on your stapler either. Everyone knows that highlight green ensemble is yours and yours only.

Tech Essentials

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Do you ever feel like there are too many cords in your life and somehow you can never find the one you need? Aux cables, phone chargers, computer cords...When does this string of madness stop?! Answer: When you add a cord catch to your desk. Chargers are an obvious must at work and with this item, you can anchor all your needed battery lives in one spot. You'll have the inevitable makings of a cluttered desk, but can instead enjoy a clean, cordless look for your workspace.

While you're at it, get yourself a weighted knot charger. These are simultaneously stylish and functional. See that bundle at the end of the charger? That serves to hold your cord in place. Genius. Plus, these cords are extra long, so say goodbye to the days of dropped cables and the no texting while charging dilemma.

Tip:

Easy access to your cables and power decreases set up time in the AM and the PM. By removing these little nuisances, you'll stay on task much easier.

Paper Essentials

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We get it. We're the app generation. Everything we do is digital, paper-free, and, if the wifi is good, done in less than two seconds. Still, your work area should include a couple of those ancient bits. When your eyes are straining, it's good to have your favorite pen and highlighter on deck to jot down notes. And stickies. Stickies will always be a must for mental notes. They're the OG of reminders.

Naturally, this section will be a little more cluttered, a little more tousled, and will show that there's a human working behind this desk, as paper clips, notes, and an assortment of your favorite writing tools are dead giveaways. But if you score some stationary from The Scarlet Letter, this section of your desk can be a beautiful mess.

Tip:

Notebooks are great for to-do lists. To make your day easier, split your notebook in half. Use the front half for note-taking and the back half strictly for tasks. Also, wrap up your workday ten minutes early to prep for the following day. By jotting down the top five tasks you want to accomplish the next day, you'll know that you've finished your work for the day. So don't take your work home with you and enjoy that glass of vino stress free.

Miscellaneous

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Business card holders, a cup of joe, and your work chair are the last three things to round out your perfect workspace. Replace that boring holder for a fun, patterned plate. It's not the conventional way to store your cards, but adding this personal fashion item makes your space look and feel like home. Another homely item to decorate your desk with is a mug. Everyone needs a morning, afternoon, and evening pick-me-up, so make it a cute one. This mug is here to stay.

Finally, the most important part of your desk is you. Where you sit and work needs to be as comfortable as your mattress. After all, you spend the same amount of time, if not more, on this chair as you do on your bed. Constantly adjusting yourself decreases your focus, which decreases your productivity. Plus, a bad chair equals bad body aches. Make your seat a good one, and you'll be on your way to CEO status, not a masseuse.

Tip:

The items on the surface of your desk should foster the work you are doing, so if something isn't being used on the daily, put it in a drawer. Less is more and more is less. Take a seat. You're now desk-ready and all set to take on the workday.

Hand-Made Mother's Day Shop Guide

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So, with Mother's Day coming up on May 13, I've rounded up 10 creative presents for the special mama in your life. Whether you're married to one, the father of one, the daughter of one, the sister or brother of one—you get the idea—buy that talented human being something nice. After all, the mom in your life loves design and is amazing in every way.

Kaya spend months growing the best herbs, the very same ones to design and produce products at Kaya Soaps. They use ingredients found far away from cosmetic laboratories helping you scrub, soak and moisturize your body. Their mission follows a zero waste philosophy to craft their skincare products while preserving the traditional methods. Kaya is committed to good quality, small batches of goods and their hands-on approach most effectively ensures the integrity of the product. Shop now.

Inspired by Origami, Geometry, and modern art, founders of Armadillo started the design process of their ceramic products with folded paper mock-ups, turned them into computer models, fine-tuned the designs on the computer, 3-D printed their final designs, and then turned them into plaster molds. All of our products are handmade in Israel, in small workshops, run by highly skilled artists. Shop Now.

Founder of Hearth and Harrow and her husband had spent many years gardening, farming, making art, and striving to make our lives richer through connecting family, home, nature, and art. For them, Hearth and Harrow brings forth that merger between art, home, and nature through creating honest, handmade pieces that they would enjoy displaying or using in their own home. Each Hearth and Harrow piece begins as an observational drawing of objects from their natural environment, such as a bird's nest found in the barn or a lavender plant growing in our backyard. The drawing is then either burned into a silkscreen or hand-carved into a linoleum block. Their textiles and paper goods are then hand-printed in small batches using eco-friendly processes. Maintaining a natural home is a top priority  and they carry on that value to the work they create. They only use solvent-free, non-toxic inks and eco-friendly packaging. We hope you enjoy their beautiful pieces as much as we do! Shop Now.

Founder of Light a Fire has spent nearly his entire life working in clay. He works by hand with ceramic materials such as stoneware and porcelain to make a large variety of one of a kind utilitarian wares, as well home lighting elements and sculptures with a wide range of prices for everyone's budget. His finished pottery and artworks are hand finished with in-house formulated glazes and fired to around 2200 degrees Fahrenheit; making the functional pieces dishwasher and microwave safe and the sculptures durable and long lasting. Shop Now.

Spicer Bags is operated by mother-daughter team Bonnie Gemmell and Sarah Gemmell. With marketing backgrounds but absolutely no manufacturing experience, they took a leap of faith and purchased Spicer Bags from Sally Spicer Rankine (the founder) in March of 2013. Sally was battling cancer and was going to close down the much-loved 13-year old business unless she found someone willing to carry on the legacy. Well, she found two people! Today, Bonnie and Sarah are having a blast designing new bag shapes, picking out fabric, attending local artisan events and running a manufacturing studio (who would have ever thought!) They are 100% committed to manufacturing in America, and look forward to expanding the reach of Spicer Bags in the coming years. Shop Now.

Michelle, (Founder of Silver Wren) spent her summers growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico walking through the Spanish Markets. She was always enamored of the beautiful jewels spread across the rugs. Michelle knew at a young age that handcrafted jewelry made her smile. Contemporary designs, beautiful turquoise and lavish layers make her work unique. The Silver Wren started in 2008 as a hobby and has since grown into a team of AMAZING women. Shop Now.

Half Pint Ink Studio is a great place where you will can find hand made quality gifts and keepsakes. This woman owned and operated business is a custom letterpress and woodworking studio located in Lewes, Delaware specializing in all things letterpress and custom hand routed growth charts. They were selected by Martha Stewart and her panel of judges as a finalist in the 2014 & 2015 Martha Stewart american made awards! Martha Stewart's American made is a nationally recognized awards program that celebrates new rising stars of the growing nationwide maker community who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-­-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America. Shop Now.

Celina Mancurti is an Argentine textile designer living in U.S.A. Her roots, culture, and background from  Buenos Aires are the imprint of her designs, style, and life. How she works and what she does is simply an extension of who she is. After working in the textile industry for more than 10 years she decided to start her own company and explore outside of the industry standards. Her pieces exhibit timeless craftsmanship and the art of creating beautiful and simple things for everyday life. Shop Now.

The Bauer Pottery Company has been a trusted brand since 1878. They make all of their products by hand using a traditional cast and kiln method. Their pottery is made from earthenware sourced right here in California. Using existing vintage pieces to derive new molds, the company now manufactures replicas of original Bauer designs, in many original and new colors. Shop Now.

Zoe and Lev, named after her first daughter Zoe, takes a refined and fashion-forward approach to design. She spent her childhood visiting her grandma in New York and Miami, and was often found sorting through her collection of estate and costume jewelry. She was especially taken by the stories behind each piece and drawn to the beauty of the stones. Although her love of jewelry was put on hold for a career as a fit model in LA, she soon returned to the industry to work with one of the largest pearl houses in the US. Her personal and professional experiences sparked a longstanding fascination of jewelry and meticulous details. Shop Now.

Textile Collection Spring Edition

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Today we want to share a couple of simple ways to choose and arrange your throws/accent pillows. Yes, we are all about addressing the hard-hitting issues of life here on the Stilo Blog. But seriously, who doesn’t like a little pillow talk? The simplest way to invigorate any space is by adding new color and texture. Groups of pillows on a bed or sofa look best when they have a layered look which you get from using different pillow sizes. There’s no right or wrong way to make your pillow arrangements but we’ll share what works well for us.

Our Pillow Formula

For a sofa, we usually use two 22″ pillows on the ends with two 18” or 20″ pillows in front of them and to finish it off, we incorporate either a lumbar accent pillow or any other unique form that breaks away from a more square or rectangular shape.

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The Asymmetrical Look

Take a bold step and go asymmetrical with your pillow arrangement. Break up paired sets and make every pillow different, varying the patterns, sizes, and shapes. You can also do sperate groupings of 2 pillows and a throw adjacent to a 4-pillow grouping. Even though the final result is eclectic, still look for ways to unify your ensemble, such as a shared color scheme.

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Color Palette Matters

When a pillow ensemble lacks cohesion, often times the culprit is poor color flow. To solve the issue, look for pillows that are united by a key color. Above we have a grouping of 4 organically textured pillows. They all share a wheaty, soothing neutral color that makes you feel right at home. The black and grey details provide contrast and anchor the neutral colors. We have a pop of salmon pink to add brightness to the arrangement and adding a completely different texture such as leather brings yet another element of interest to the mix.

Last but not least, color has a major effect on our mood and behavior. Try and use cooler temperature color tones in areas where you want to unwind and go with a warmer, brighter color scheme in areas where you wish to be productive or entertain.

Now that you are officially a pillow/throw expert, click on the images below to shop directly for some of our favorite finds.

REFRESH: Spring Edition

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When it comes to changing seasons in Miami, let's face it, we don’t have them. It’s typically hot, hotter, or insanely hot. But that’s okay, we are still going to help you refresh your home for “Spring”. Not only does the occasional refresh feel fulfilling and inspiring, it allows you to refocus on the things that matter. Over time, homes become a place where you begin to accumulate unnecessary belongings. We encourage you to take a step back and reevaluate the things you need and that truly matter. Giving your home a refresh doesn’t have to be a monumental task – oftentimes it’s the small things that make the biggest impact. Here are a few simple tips to transform your home.

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE

It’s not like we’ve been cooped up all winter – quite the opposite – but there’s still plenty of time to really enjoy the outdoors before we get into the scorching 90's. Walk outside and take inventory of the things you like and dislike about your outdoor space. Perhaps there aren't enough seats to enjoy with your guests. Maybe your yard is too dark at night and you need to add some outdoor lighting. Take the 'dislikes' and pick 3 you can easily fix. Too sunny, purchase an umbrella or change the layout/location of the seating area. You get where I am going with this. 

Another approach would be to evaluate activities you like to do outdoors and think about design solutions you can incorporate to make the things you enjoy a reality. Maybe you enjoy gardening - Home Depot has plenty of material to help create a meditation garden or even a vegetable garden! Perhaps you already have a great canvas to work on but you need a functional furniture layout to entertain your guests - Crate & Barrel has sleek and affordable items that stand the test of time.

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SWITCH UP YOUR TEXTILES

If you’re looking to invigorate your living room or bedroom, think about changing out your textiles to add new color and texture. There is no need to swap out heavy linens or bedding here in Miami. Adding some fresh color into your space through pillows and throws can be a quick and very affordable way to make your space feel new. Make sure you choose textiles in complementary tones that will work harmoniously with your existing décor. Try and use cooler temperature color tones in areas where you want to unwind and go with a warmer, brighter color scheme in areas where you wish to be productive or entertain.

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UPGRADE YOUR ART 

You do not have to break the bank to give your art the face lift it so deserves. Swap out your old frames with some fun mixed metallic frames. You can also make small investments in good quality prints. If you want to add dimension and show your art and objects in a unique way, combine frames and objects on a floating shelf or picture ledge. Art is personal, so have fun with it and let your unique taste show on your walls! If you are unsure where to begin, CB2 has a great print gallery platform to get you started!

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COLOR COORDINATE & ORGANIZE

Nowadays, there are a plethora of options to turn any size closet into a functional one. How many times have you leaned on the door of your closet and felt overwhelmed and frustrated because you can't find anything? When tackling your closet, we have few recommendations that work for us. 

- Always think in terms of shades and keep them together. Start with darker variations of colors in the back of your closet, and lighter shades colors toward the front. This allows your mind to process colors quicker.

- Ditch the plastic hangers where clothes can easily slide off and invest in some felt hangers that grip perfectly to any garment (and also take up less space). You can thank us later!

- Maybe you have too many shoes and not enough shelf space? Get yourself some clear plastic shoe bins that allow for you to clearly see what is inside and you can easily stack them in any location. If you need a place to get started, take a trip to the Container Store for all your organizational needs.

- Bins can be your best friend. Use bins for items like scarves, socks, belts, and bathing suits.

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EXPLORE A NEW LAYOUT

It happens to all of us. We grow tired of our old furniture pieces and assume it is time to make yet another investment in your home. Believe it or not, rearranging items or furniture in your home is a great way to give your current pieces new life without having to dish out a dime. Moving a few pieces or even just accessories from one room to another can give your entire home a lift. When you switch things up, you are shifting the energy in the space and that's exciting! Try thinking about how the space is being used and how moving the location could increase the functionality or aesthetic appeal of the space. The right arrangement of furniture can make a room feel bigger. Not everything has to be up against a wall — unless you’re really short on space. In that case, getting rid of any excess clutter or furniture can do wonders. Just the act of moving the furniture can allow for you to clean underneath difficult to reach areas, you can avoid awkward tan lines on your floor and furniture due to direct sunlight, and even extend the life of your flooring. 

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NATURE NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

Plants make a house feel like a home. Introducing plants and greenery into your home is the perfect way to breathe life and energy into your space, regardless of the season. Know which direction your windows face and approximately how much light the space gets every day. Allow for that to help you determine what plants will work best in your existing space. If you feel you may not have a green thumb, try incorporating low maintenance succulents or air plants.

These simple and affordable Spring tricks are some of many you can do this year in your home. That being said, if you find you are having trouble with product or color selections, we offer interior design consultations and design services to bring your home into Spring.

Need a spring refresh consultation? Call us at 305.985.1884 or email us at hello@stilo.design

Love Lost Miami

 

In February, we had the pleasure of collaborating with Love Lost Miami to design their exhibit! Love Lost is annual exhibit hoping to shine a spotlight on the stories of loss that live in our own backyard. In it, you will encounter ordinary objects that come alive as deeply personal artifacts through their accompanying stories.

To us, Love Lost Miami is a place for the community to share grief, humor, nostalgia, and harrowing memories. This annual event is an opportunity to accept, honor, and heal lost love. While it is pain that has brought all of these meaningful objects into one room, it is connection, community, and a step into the light that grants both those that submitted their work and viewers alike a feeling of belonging. In composing this exhibit, we wanted to create micro experiences, bring you physically into each story, stimulate your senses, and express that we, as Miami, are connected in the most real, raw and emotional way.

Below are some images of the event and artifacts showcased. 

Just as stories are best told in a linear, often chronological manner, we ran a red line through the space to act as a guide through the exhibit. The single, uninterrupted red line touched each piece to remind us that we are all connected, and while the stories are different from one another, pain is pain and we are never alone.

Upon entry we set the tone of the space with white sheers suspended from the ceiling in a circular form. The softness and translucency of the sheers was meant to put visitors at ease while peaking their curiosity. We laid out the exhibit in such a way that guests would have two unique experiences. The outer perimeter displayed items in a variety of settings while the inner core took a uniform look for impact. Perimeter settings were designed to be interacted with, bring you in close and physically put you in a moment in the story. While the sheer lined core was designed to communicate a "shining light" on pain felt in hopes to help the healing process from within. 

Below are some images of our process in action.

Special thanks to Melaine Saco for her wall calligraphy, The Biscayne Poet for his wonderful impromptu poetry, Canvas Miami for the location and the lovely ladies of Love Lost for letting us be a part of this event!

Designer Dining for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, February 14 can be a fairly stressful day. You've got to come up with the perfect gift, the perfect location, and the perfect plan. Don't stress: we've got Valentine's Day ideas in Miami to make sure your day goes off without a hitch. Each restaurant is designed by world-renowned Architects/Interior Designers that we love, so not only will the food be delicious, you and your date will also enjoy some serious eye candy. Now you can focus on being the smooth, romantic, love bird that you are and don't worry, you can thank us later!

Bazaar Mar

Design by Philippe Starck

Design school dropout Philippe Starck began his career by designing two Paris nightclubs in the 70s. The clubs captured the attention of then-President François Mitterrand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Élysée Palace. From there he was quickly on his way to becoming a design celebrity.  

His inexhaustible creativity can be seen in his furniture designs, as well as at luxury hotels and restaurants around the world. Here in Miami, he’s designed the Delano Hotel, as well as the SLS Brickell and SLS South Beach. All three would serve as a stunning backdrop to an unforgettable evening or weekend getaway, but it’s the daring and uniquely crafted interior at Bazaar Mar in the SLS Brickell that really sparks our imaginations.  

The imaginative menu fits flawlessly into Starck’s space, which creates the perfect backdrop for the chef’s tendency towards dramatic and fanciful presentations. The whole experience is a whimsical nautical fantasy, complete with fairy-tale sea creatures, exaggerated artwork, and a distinctive white and blue color palette.  

The 7,200-square-foot space is composed of two dining rooms and a raw bar, all decorated with more than 6,000 hand-painted Spanish tiles. The tiles feature the drawings of artist Sergio Mora, and are painted in a style reminiscent of 16th-century Dutch pottery. Portraits of people involved in the project, including Chef Andrés, appear throughout the surreal scenes, along with sea creatures both real and mythical. The furnishings include marble tables, upholstered love seats, and wooden chairs, interspersed with pops of color from the decorative elements, creating a captivating atmosphere that’s both beautiful and bizarre - in the best possible way. In keeping with Starck’s penchant for contradiction, the bright white and blue dining room contrasts with a separate cocktail bar, finished with the same design motifs but in a more mysterious palette of black and gold.  

Starck’s designs create experiences that transport us from the ordinary and into his dreamlike world. There’s never a dull moment, and his unexpected approach never fails to surprise and delight.   

Amara at Paraiso

Design by Meyer Davis Studio

The 4,500-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space designed by Meyer Davis Studio features floor to ceiling windows with stunning views of Biscayne Bay, deck seating on the water, graphic concrete tiles, white washed paneling, natural woods, exposed trusses, and banana leaf wallpaper. The design celebrates the natural beauty of its surroundings, creating a warm and inviting space that's open and relaxed, but still feels special enough for a night out.

Byblos

Interiors by Studio Munge

Byblos is open and airy, fresh and glamorous. The design allows you to experience the warmth of the Mediterranean combined with a modernized Art Deco setting. The space feels eclectic and residential, but there's enough drama in the double-height, accordion-style wall hangings, and custom light fixtures to keep it from being too "homey". Chairs and banquets alternate between soft velvets and patterned fabrics in mostly blues and yellows.The palette also features a lot of white with gold accents, parquet flooring, and large terra cotta pots throughout the main dining area. It's an oasis that'll make you feel transported and refreshed.

Juvia

Interiors by Alejandro Barrios-Carrero

Dinner in a parking garage sounds kind of terrible, unless that parking garage is 1111 Lincoln Road - designed by internationally acclaimed architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Juvia, located on the penthouse level, is an indoor/outdoor space offering unsurprisingly beautiful views of the Miami skyline. It features an innovated rectractable roof, 22 foot tall plant wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, and furniture from notable designers such as Patricia Urquiola. The concept for the space is meant to create a welcoming contrast between the massive concrete structure and the more subtle and natural oasis above. The design is so significant that designer Alejandro Barrios-Carrero even won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design. 

The Tides South Beach

Interiors by Kelly Wearstler

“Love color. Take risks. Stay curious.”

It's not necessarily any one restaurant in particular, but a list of well-designed Miami spots would be incomplete without mentioning the Tides by the iconic Kelly Wearstler.  The Tides itself is a historically significant example of Art Deco style, built in 1936, but it became even more notable after a full redesign by Wearstler, including all of the guest rooms, common areas, pool terrace, restaurant, and bar. The interiors are lush, but the mostly monochromatic palette keeps it soothing. The inspiration comes from the colors, textures, and materials that recall the ocean - sandy hues, petrified wood, and coral, for example. The dramatic exception is the lobby's Coral Bar. It features fiery colors, a gold leaf mural of sea creatures, shagreen-topped bar, brilliant red upholstery, and opulent decor. It looks like a Wes Anderson movie, and the atmosphere is inspired by the look and feel of old luxury liners. Unfortunately the hotel closed right now for repairs after sustaining some hurricane damage, but it's definitely a place to keep in mind.

TWENTY EIGHTEEN TRENDS

Can one be both trendy and timeless in decor? Is that even possible? While trends come and go and timelessness lasts forever, the two can certainly be merged together to form something quite beautiful. In order to combat making large investments for something that will soon go out of style, here are some easy modifications you can make to your home to indulge in the latest trends.

Color of the Year

Twenty eighteen’s color of the year is Pantone Ultra Violet 18-3838! This blue-based purple is described as inventive and imaginative. It invites exploration, artistic expression, and spiritual reflection.

With that said, painting your entire living room Ultra Violet may not be the best idea. Although it is THE color that everyone is talking about this year, next year we will have another color in hot demand. So we say take it easy, start out slowly. If you absolutely adore the color we recommend adding it to your décor in flexible ways. For example; throw blankets, pillows for your favorite reading chair/chaise. Or incorporate accessories such as lamps, vases, and bookends that have shades of purple. This way should you tire of the color, your accessories can be swapped out.

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Mixed Metallics

Mix things up, BE FEARLESS. Designers are mixing metallic elements and are paying more and more attention to sheen and texture. Think shiny brass mixed with matte black steel, or a honed counter top with matte tile back splash. You can create a dynamic space by incorporating metallic textiles, artwork, picture frames, and even some wallpaper in a small area. Choose a metal you love to be the most prominent in your space, then select one or two metal accents to complete the look. The dominant metal gives the room a sense of unity, and then the accent metals guide the eye throughout the space. Note: Iron is the neutral of the metallic world, it pairs harmoniously with any finish and grounds other metals.

Below you find a few of our favorite metallic decor items right now!

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Wall Art

Bare walls are officially on their way out. Collect your favorite family photos, artwork, and prints and use the walls as your personal canvas. You can artfully arrange a beautiful gallery wall and allow your personal style to show. Your home is the best representation of who you are, what you like, and how you live. 

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Earthy Pastels

This year will bring more soft pastels, gentle colors that appear in nature, and oak-hued wood finishes. We’re long overdue for the return of color in décor. These pastels aren’t pure but rather have been muddied with earthier tones in the mixing process. Check out Benjamin Moore’s Silver Marlin, Farrow, Ball’s Cinder Rose and Cooking Apple Green. We’ll see mint greens mixed in with jades, sages and other combinations working off some mustard tones. To apply this trend, paint an old piece of furniture in this color spectrum, or perhaps paint your office or powder room to give a fresh and airy start to the year. With brighter colors, at least initially, less is more. If you find that the brighter route is what works for you, your home, personality and lifestyle, then by all means color your world!

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COLORFUL KITCHENS

White will always be a classic color for kitchens but its increased popularity means there’s going to be some all-white-kitchen fatigue as homeowners look for ways to personalize their space. So while white kitchens aren’t even close to going away, expect to see a rise in color use this year. Apart from color we are going to see warm wood tones being used in place of painted cabinets, leading us to sophisticated, rich finish palettes.

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KARTELL x STILO

Known for its advanced use of plastics and dynamic color palettes, Kartell is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of design furnishings for home, office, and hospitality. You have probably seen some of their iconic pieces such as the Louis Ghost chair which is a comfortable armchair in transparent and colored polycarbonate inspired by the original Louis XV style chair. Or maybe you are a fan of the Bourgie lamp, one of Kartell’s best sellers. The design skillfully combines classic style, richness and tradition with innovation and irony. (It is one of our favorites too)

As fans of this iconic brand we were over moon when their Miami Showroom invited us to style a tablescape for their Art Basel event. To showcase the Jellies Family designed by Patricia Urquiola we took a nontraditional approach and composed the table in a whimsical arrangement that was more art than table setting. Each piece in this collection has its own personality and depth. Variables like light and what a piece is paired with can completely change how you see it. We had such a good time playing with light, shadows and reflections to highlight the intricate designs. We hope you enjoy!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

It's an indisputable truth: A beautiful presentation gives everything a little extra flavor, and your Thanksgiving dinner is no exception. We wanted to inspire you to go all out this holiday with an epic tablescape that’s inviting, simple and so much fun to put together! You want your tablescape to set the mood for dinner, start conversations, and be a gorgeous background for all those pictures of your delicious food  .

Having a beautiful table setting doesn't mean you have to plan far in advance and break the bank. We were able to pull this look off in a day of shopping at retail stores like West Elm, Crate & Barrel & Anthropologie. ::Drumroll:: Here is our take on an informal, yet sophisticated, dining experience where you and your guests can let loose and have a great time! 

Design Breakdown:

Jewel Tones & Metallics: So Fall! They communicate sophistication. We did a combination of purple and green plates to keep things fun & interesting.

Neutral Napkins: The plates had so much character and color so we let the napkins be the backdrop and remind us what Thanksgiving is all about.

Glassware: How sexy are those wine glasses, “more wine please”.

Charger Plates: The mirrored decorative base setting for which other dinnerware is placed on top adds some extra glitz.

Centerpiece: The dynamic focal point, we incorporated three different accessories all varying in size to keep it simple and added some beautiful purple alliums as the finishing touch. Tip: Always add some seasonal flowers or garland to get that wow factor.

Ultimately, Thanksgiving is about breaking bread with the people you love, so why not make it a memorable and beautiful experience? Loved our tablescape? Click on the images below and make this look yours. Mix it up, and have fun with it! 

Water Cups

$14.00

Glass Plate

$2.95

 

Glass Vase

$69.00

Napkins (set of 4)

$39.95

Lantern

$99.95

Candle Holder

$59.95

 

Small Plates

$24.00

Placecard Holders $29.00

Mirror Chargers

$24.00

Flatware

 

$59.95

Wine Goblet

$22.00

Runner

$58.00