The girls behind the DKOR Interiors design team have been working away at finalizing details for one of our latest interior design projects in Miami Beach’s ILONA condominium. On this project we had the privilege of working in one of Chad Oppenheim’s buildings. Chad Oppenheim is an emerging architecture star launching onto the national and international architecture scene where he has received distinguished design awards at the national and international level, so we jumped on the chance to integrate our designs within his backdrop. As with most of our projects, the final step is the photo shoot and they are always a fun part of the job! We work closely with the photographer to make sure the interior design vision and lifestyle improvement is depicted just as we envisioned it and tastefully brought to life.
Take a sneak peak at this incredible interior design project in Miami Beach and how we turned this big open space into a modern and luxurious home. Let us know what you think of the space and our interior design mission!
Title: LUXE Magazine – South Florida Edition, picks DKOR Interiors as a feature in their most recent publication.
Written by: Saxon Henry
Photographed by Alexia Fodere
We are very excited to be able to share with you our most recent publication in LUXE Magazine – South Florida edition. As most of you know already, LUXE Magazine features the top interior designers in the world, so when they approached us to be in their most recent publication we were honored!!!
Over the last few issues, LUXE Magazine has been searching to feature new interior design concepts so when they saw our most recently finished project , they fell in love. Our Miami Modern Home project was a perfect fit for what they were looking for. With contemporary interior design ideas and innovative materials, the DKOR Interiors team created what Saxon describes the interior as “modern elegance.”
This month we were honored to have one of our favorite Miami interior design projects featured in HGTV’s BLOG!
Writer Briana Mowrey is “awed” by our recent installation of an Alex Turco art piece as the backdrop of this very sofisticated powder room. We have recieved a lot of questions as to what lies behind the inspiration of our Miami based Interior Designers and so we have included some initial sketches and the actual presentation slide used to convey the design to our clients.
Official Bathroom Presentation
Daily Delight: Agate Wall
Written by: Briana Mowrey
by Briana Mowrey in Design Inspiration, Floor & Wall, Inspiring Spaces Comments (16)Stumble Share I’ve always had a thing for agate, geodes and rocks of all manner, long before they were so on-trend. (I was one of those kids who, on elementary school field trips to museums, would head straight to the gift shop to see if I could buy some cool tumbled stones and gems for my collection. I know, nerd alert!) So imagine my appreciation of this stunning bathroom wall in a Miami home by DKOR Interiors.
"Miami Modern Home" Powder room
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much information about how the blue agate look was achieved, but my fellow Pinterest pinners came to the rescue. Pinner (and interior designer) Lauren Maggio pointed to Alex Turco waterproof art panels, and I think she’s spot on. However this bathroom came to be, it’s solid! (Solid as a rock.) (SORRY.)
Briana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is “mid-century modern magpie.” She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her boyfriend, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey, and approximately one million old shelter magazines. She cannot wait until she is a home owner, and can wallpaper and/or tile just about every available surface.
Creative wall treatments, bright colors and ever-present extended family make a modern renovation a lively affair
When a couple with three boys bought this house, it was a typical Mediterranean-style Miami home, with closed-off rooms, windows covered in panes and lots of clutter (see “before” pictures here). “My clients wanted to open up the home,” says Karina Donadel, lead designer at DKOR Interiors. “The wife loves very minimal modern, while the husband wanted to make sure it still had warmth.”
Meeting the couple’s needs meant a gut renovation that involved tearing down walls, using clear and translucent glass to increase the natural light and adding natural textures and finishes to add warmth to whitewashed walls. At the same time, the designers and the clients had to create a home that could stand up to boys ages 2, 4 and 6 and grow with the family. Now, “people are shocked when they walk through the door and see how modern the interiors are,” says Donadel.
Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: A couple and three boys Location: Aventura, Florida Size: 4,500 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms That’s interesting: A dining table custom made to accommodate extended family was so long, the house had to be enlarged.
This striking wall is actually not a slab of stone, but rather a large photograph covered in acrylic, created by artist Alex Turco. “You can order these in any size, and they are completely waterproof, so you can use them in the shower or as a backsplash as well,” explains Donadel.
The warm wood is a green product called Havana Strand by Plyboo, and it wraps up over the ceiling, providing a warm contrast to the porcelain floors, which continue throughout the first floor.
The design moved some rooms around and opened up the floor plan. Past the front foyer, the home opens up into this living and dining space. It was extended out the back beyond the column as part of the renovation, because the clients needed a dining table that would seat 14 people.
“The clients entertain all the time,” says Donadel. “My client is like Martha Stewart; she always has a beautifully set table.” Donadel differentiated the two spaces with a dramatic change in floor texture. The dining room floor is elevated and has lighting underneath the platform.
Stone wall: Vena Grigio limestone; chandelier: Atlantis Suspension Light, Tarzani
Living Room & Dining Room
The artwork draws the eye upward and fits the space perfectly. “We needed something bold that could stand up to the scale of the wall,” says Donadel. “Each panel of this triptych is 60 inches by 60 inches.”
Floors throughout the home are covered in Kerlite, which is a very thin porcelain. “This is a great product that comes in 48-inch by 48-inch by one-sixteenth-inch pieces. Though we didn’t do it here, it can be laid atop existing flooring,” says Donadel. “It’s very durable, easy to maintain and it has a seamless look.”
Art: Blue Movement, commissioned via Art Design Resources; dining table: two bases by Minotti with custom glass top
Once the more open plan brought in a modern feel, Donadel needed to add in the warmth. “We cozied up the space with a careful balance of materials,” says Donadel. “Using very clean sharp lines keeps things from looking cluttered.” Case in point: To keep it as clean lined as possible, the glass railing you see upstairs has a support system hidden within the floor.
Here, a sharp line between a limestone wall and more Plyboo wood differentiates the two floors. The wood continues up the wall and across the ceiling. “The element of wrapping is an important one we carried throughout the house, to give things continuity,” explains Donadel.
The previous photo shows the translucent doors that mark the entry to this office. Donadel added them to provide privacy yet still let in light from the living room. She also designed custom cabinetry to make sure the room worked for everyone, as the entire family uses this room for work, crafts and homework.
Pops of yellow inside the shelves and cubbies add some bright color to the space. Dashes of color like this are also used in many of the other rooms.
This staircase was once closed off and contained a closet they didn’t need, so it was gutted and opened up. The wall was reinforced to support the floating risers. A glass railing and the open risers continue the open theme, and the circular stone sculptures create a strong contrast to all the straight lines.
Stairs: Bella Stairs; sculptures: Michael Dawkins Home
This former bedroom now serves as a comfortable family gathering spot. The entire wall on the left is covered by a custom built-in storage system that holds movies, games and media equipment. It also has a full-service bar including storage for wine and wineglasses and a refrigerator.
“It was very important to my client to have a place for everything, so we planned out the storage very carefully,” says Donadel. Similar to the office, pops of chartreuse break up the long storage wall.
Sofa: Arravanti; coffee table: Pool Coffee Table
The kitchen used to end where the first group of cabinets ends, and the breakfast room had a big wall unit blocking the windows. A pop of green is provided by the Panton chairs and plays off the vibrant foliage seen in the backyard. “We designed the house to bring in as much of the outdoors as possible, from enlarging windows and bringing in plants,” explains Donadel.
The cabinets continue the theme of mixing natural textures, in this case walnut and glass, and the backsplash is white back-painted glass. “The pendant lamps were the very first thing my client and I picked out on our first shopping trip together,” says Donadel. “We didn’t know where we were going to use them, but we knew we had to have them.”
Kitchen crafted by Mia Cucina; Bertoia counter stools: Knoll; Saarinen kitchen table: Knoll; Panton kitchen chairs: Vitra
Donadel took this downstairs bathroom and turned it into a cabana bathroom by replacing an existing window with a door that leads to the yard. “This space is transitional between the landscape and the house, so I used porcelain tile that looks like wood, pool towels and those fun ferns,” she says.
The extension in the dining room below meant that the master bedrooms gained some length. “We needed to break up the long walls and add some softness, so we created three sections down the side the bed is on,” Donadel says. The wall composition alternates between wood veneer and fabric-upholstered panels.
The storage system on the opposite wall mirrors the three sections as well and includes a desk, a media center, dresser storage and even a refrigerator.
This bathroom continues a wrapping theme, with the Vena Grigio stone extending across the floor, around the tub, up the wall and into the shower stall (look closely; this picture was taken from inside the shower stall, which is covered in a pebbled tile).
The stone contrasts with a porcelain backsplash behind the vanity. “The backsplash is a ceramic matrix that has a slight shimmer that adds just a little glitz,” says Donadel. This is representative of the subtle glamour that is woven throughout the house.
In keeping with having a place for everything, the custom vanities have built-in hampers. Even some of the lighting is built in. “We chose a mirror with integrated lighting for a very clean look. We didn’t want to clutter up the wall with separate sconces,” she says.
This bedroom is shared by the two youngest boys, and making it fun was the most important thing to Donadel. While function was brought in by lining beds and desks along opposite walls, fun was brought in via brightly colored and patterned MDF panels, which continue the wrapping element seen throughout the home.
She also added an area rug composed of Flor tiles, which can be individually replaced in case of any damage.
“We wanted to keep this bath minimal and clean, but not institutional,” explains Donadel. A unique wall composed of white stones embedded in gray resin adds natural texture, interest and gloss.
Natural light streams in thanks to the clear glass shower enclosure. “We extended the glass to the ceiling so that it didn’t create an extraneous line,” she says.
Tile: Riverstone, Artistic Tile
The eldest boy’s room is futuristic, cool and fun. It gets a loads of bright blue color from painted Inhabit textured wall flats, an FL/Y pendant lamp and an Eero Arnio Ball Chair. The wrapping theme is continued from the floor up the wall and across part of the ceiling. The occupant’s favorite thing? The bright green headphones.
“My clients were very scared, but their complete trust let us accomplish this project together,” says Donadel. Their leaps of faith resulted in a unique and beautiful home that works for their family. Donadel is now working on transforming the yard. We look forward to seeing it when it’s done.
Thank you Houzz.com for featuring our Miami Modern Home Interior Design Project!!! and thank you Becky for such a great feature. You really captured the essence of our intention through this article.
Portfolio of Miami’s Best Modern Interior Design Firm
Check out our most recent portfolio including some of Miami’s best interior design, as our designers unleash their capabilities. DKOR Interiors has been providing the South Florida community with sophisticated and innovative designs for the past eight years. This updated portfolio showcases our favorite designs along with the inspirations and stories behind select projects. One of our favorite additions to book are some exciting “before & after” photos of one of our favorite projects, Miami Modern Home.
Everyone is looking for that “WOW” factor so take a look at how we gave each home a design feature to call their own.
First lets take a look at the headboard on this HOLLYWOOD REGENCY home. In this master bedroom we used oversized upholstered diamonds across the entire headboard to create a really plush and elegant look while tying in the Hollywood Regency feel.
Master Bedroom Headboard for HOLLYWOOD REGENCY, Turnberry Ocean Colony - FL
In the same HOLLYWOOD REGENCY home we used oversized horizontal upholstered panels as a back drop to this handsome bedroom.
Bedroom Headboard for HOLLYWOOD REGENCY, Turnberry Ocean Colony - FL
Our third example comes from our MIAMI MODERN home. In this master bedroom we have applied a similar ideas as those examples above but this time we mixed in some wood panels with a delicate metal trim between the upholstered panels.
Master Bedroom Headboard for MIAMI MODERN HOME, Presidential Estates - FL
There is a little glamour in all of us and in our RUSSIAN ELEGANCE project we used a more traditional take on this headboard wall. By applying wall paper on the walls and framing it with moldings painted in high gloss, we play with texture to create a subtle yet striking headboard.
Master Bedroom Headboard in RUSSIAN ELEGANCE, Jade Beach, Sunny Isles - FL
Whenever we show off this master bedroom from our WEATHERED ELEGANCE project, everyone is very curious as to what the actual material on the wall is. Well, it’s not stone, it’s not bone, it’s porcelain tile that is available in different sizes and we have developed this design that was tiled against the entire wall.
Master Bedroom Headboard in WEATHERED ELEGANCE, The Bath Club, Miami Beach - FL
Last but not least, this is a quick, inexpensive approach; WALLPAPER! In this project done in the ICON – South Beach, we have used a cool wall paper with a slightly iridescent pattern on it.
Master Bedroom Headboard in ICON, South Beach - FL
When we last touched the subject of our Modern Miami Home we showed you the first layers of the interior design of the living areas and bathrooms. Now its time to explore the the furniture and accessories we will be using to tie this whole project together. From local vendors to ones over seas our designers hunted down the most unique and luxurious pieces for this home. On top of this homes white setting with added natural textures from stone surfaces to several wood applications our designers hand picked pieces that would accompany the setting of our modern Miami home.
It’s been a while since we caught up with the interior design process of our Modern Miami Home. When taking on any project, we always jump on the opportunity to remodel bathrooms. Out of the 5.5 bathrooms we will show you the powder room, boys and master bathroom from start to finish. In this blog, we will present some renderings, materials, and accessories, then follow up with the finished bathrooms. See the design move from general ideas to finished product. We used minimal aesthetics with the use of interesting materials throughout; we also made sure to incorporate the right decorative accessories that would best complement our design.
Stay Tuned for the finished Modern Miami Home and keep your eye out for this project in your national publications!!
If you haven’t stopped by to say hello lately, maybe it’s time you do. Here at DKOR Interiors we’ve recently renovated our office in hopes to capture more natural light and create a more inspiring atmosphere for some of our upcoming Miami Interior Design Projects.
Recently in our Modern Miami Home, we decided to use Staghorn ferns to bring additional life and greenery into the cabana bathroom. Since these ferns were low maintenance and looked amazing in the cabana bathroom, we decided to implement them into our new office space. We picked up five Staghorn Ferns from Plant the Future and after a week of watering them with only a spray bottle, we noticed they looked a little dry. Since none of us are experienced gardeners, we had to do a little research on how to care for these new additions to the office.
This is what we discovered; it is a tropical plant that enjoys a lot of water. When the plants are in air conditioning they require that you water them 2 to 3 times a week and if you notice any dry areas to spray them to keep them moist. These plants are low maintenance and great to implement into many different atmospheres such as a bathroom and office, but they do require some TLC (tender loving care). So our new task at our Miami Based Interior Design Firm is to water the ferns two times a week and to make sure they remain moist and happy!!
So last week you saw photos of the existing home. Better said, “the before” of our Modern Miami Home Interior Design project. As you may have gathered by now from our other projects, the first step in developing the design is CONCEPT DEVELOPEMENT. This is where we have gathered images that depict our design intention throughout each space. Since this will be a project will be a complete renovation, we have developed detailed slides for each space including the stairs, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc. Now that you are a little bit more familiar with the property, take a look at our concepts for some of the individual rooms.
The house has 5 bedrooms (including a master, three bedrooms, and a maid’s quarter), 5.5 bathrooms, an office, a family room, play room, living, dining and kitchen with an extensive breakfast area.
The office will be used mainly by Mrs. Modern Miami and the children to do homework. We are building a custom wall-unit in an espresso wood finish with cubbies at the top and a desk at the bottom in a U shape that wraps around the room. The interior of the cubbies will have a lacquered chartreuse finish and the space will be enclosed with custom frosted glass doors.
The kitchen is head – to – toe Mia Cucina with cabinets in a white glass face and walnut base.
For the kid’s r0ooms we are staying within the modern and fresh feel of the house while bringing in pops of bright color such as lime green. We are looking to incorporate interactive features such as a chalkboard wall and fun unique kid size furniture.
Last but not least, the bathrooms are very linear and play with the concept of planes in the use of materials. They will be a study in contrasting and complementary textures established with tiles from resin inlaid with pebbles to a long porcelain tile that resembles wood grain. Look out for our Bathroom Presentation soon to come!
So I want you to take a good look at these existing photos of the existing Presidential Estates Home because once we’re finished with this house it’ll be a completely different animal! We’re taking this typical South Floridian Mediterranean Revival home in Aventura, FL and transforming it into a beautiful Modern Miami Home.
Front facade of home
Entry foyer where we are proposing the wood paneling and veneering the door in a macassar ebony
This is the main living area of the house where we are wrapping wood on the ceiling and then down along the wall (shown with the yellow art piece in the photo).
This room will be transformed into a loungy family room that incorporates a bar and a card table
We are extending the dining room until the columns beyond and are building up a wooden deck to accentuate the area from the rest of the space.
View of Living Area
We'll have an amazing landscape architect on board to recreate their backyard
The kitchen has been gutted and we are installing a brand new head - to - toe Italian kitchen and the space you see in the background will become a breakfast room
This awkward space will become a home office enclosed with sliding frosted glass doors
We're tearing out the stairs and bringing in a seamless design with individual risers supported by the adjacent walls
We're removing the existing half wall on the left (that looks down into the living space) and bringing in a clear star-fired glass to replace it. The opposite wall will be covered in long rectangular pieces of a gorgeous stone.
In this master bathroom we will bring new stone floors and tiles on all the walls, rain showerheads in the shower and new custom vanities
So we at DKOR are up to a lot these days. We want to bring you into our studio and let you accompany the development of our projects as they go from concept to reality. Pretty much like a design show, you’ll see the “Before” and “After” and of course the behind the scenes look at the “During”. This “Modern Miami Home” Interior design project is destined to blow you away!
This first project I’m introducing is so current that it’s literally happening as I’m typing. A young Mexican couple approached us to create a streamline modern and fresh home for their growing family. They expressed a desire for natural textures and finishes such as natural stone and a variety of woods to juxtapose against a clean linear white backdrop.
This beautiful house is a 5 bedroom home located in Presidential Estates in Aventura, FL. Renovations in Presidential Estates seem to be all the rave lately because after a few visits to this community, it is clear we are not the only ones doing so upgrading. From the hours of 9am – 5pm, there are all sorts of commercial vehicles parked everywhere; painters, General Contractors, Plumbers, Electritians, etc. etc.
The following images are the concept boards for the primary spaces of the house: Living, Dining, Foyer, Stairs, and Outdoor.
Next week we’ll give you a sneak peek into our concepts for the rest of the home as well as a look inside the job site! Can’t handle the suspense? check out photos of this completed Miami interior design project at www.dkorinteriors.com