BY LINDA MARX | PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMILIO COLLAVINO
When designer Steven G. was asked to create the interiors of this 11,531-square-foot, waterfront mansion in Golden Beach, he faced an intriguing challenge. The owners wanted a contemporary home, but the large space was designed in the Classical Mediterranean style. “The house was a new build,” says Steven G. of Interiors by Steven G., which has showrooms in Sunny Isles and Pompano Beach. “We were fortunate to be able to simplify some of the exterior detailing and remove enough of the traditional moldings and detailing that would typically be associated with a Mediterranean home design.”
The owners, who live in the gated, seven-bedroom, ten-bath mansion with expansive Intracoastal views from nearly every room, wanted a contemporary look with stress-free living for four children and two dogs, a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. The designer and his team made the interiors contemporary by emphasizing the massing of the elements as statements. Not only was this simplification of details realized but the designers also extended the modern concept to the exterior material colors and finishes. “The exterior is plaster and painted a bright white, which gives the house a fresh, new and modern appeal,” says Steven. “We also extended the white into the interior space. This allowed us to view the interior spaces as simple background but with modern detailing in the ceilings with cove lighting throughout.”
The color scheme for the architectural components is the purest white possible. The designer and the owners wanted a youthful, modern and open feeling throughout the house. Since the family owns a fine collection of modern art from around the world, the designer used it for color, texture and excitement. “Some of the art pieces are notable works of Andy Warhol,” he points out. “So the choice of pure white was a great way to lend greater importance to the art, like in a museum. Adjusted recessed lighting was meticulously located to illuminate the art.”
With white glass marble floors throughout, the home comprises spacious, flowing rooms. There are two staircases: one is in the foyer as a grand entrance, and the other goes from the second floor to the pool area, where the children can come and go after swimming without getting rooms wet in the rest of the space. “We love this house, and it has been perfect for us because we like to entertain a great deal,” says the owner, who has listed the home for sale with Douglas Elliman since some of the children are now away at college. “We also swim and enjoy being close to the beach. Plus, we like the safety and security of living in Golden Beach. There are lots of kids here, we walk our dogs all around, and the people are very friendly.”
The grand 35-foot foyer that leads into the home is ideal for showcasing art. Recessed lighting is circular and the ceiling resembles a dome one might see in an exotic foreign palace. The magical tableau is intoxicating. “At night, even the stairway lights up,” says the lady of the house. The family room is marked by fantastic architectural columns around floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the water. Since the husband and wife like to entertain, the eat-in chef’s kitchen is a contemporary masterpiece of design, form and function, with Aster Italian finishes, hidden storage areas, dark cabinets and Miele appliances, including two refrigerators and a freezer, microwave, double oven and cappuccino machine. An impressive oversized island with a functional quartz countertop seats 12 and also serves as a work space for family members. The eat-in portion of the kitchen is separated from the rest of the room by arched double doors.
Formal dinner parties take place in the formal dining room, which overlooks a Zen garden-in-progress. Inside, a rectangular wood dining table with orange chairs combines contemporary Florida with a scene from Zanzibar or Thailand.
In the private area, the master suite is another room where the owners’ main desire focused on the great views of the water. Architecturally rounded windows allow for vistas from every area of the bedroom. “I wanted to look at the Intracoastal and the Aventura canal,” the lady of the house says. “I asked Steven G. to incorporate the contemporary look of the bed and furnishings to take full advantage of the water views.”
With its arched columns, the patio that leads to the pool and Intracoastal is split by a waterfall wall, which also divides the dining area between the table and chairs and a charming lounge with white furniture. The 70-foot infinity-edge pool and infinity-edge whirlpool are the same color as the Intracoastal, lending a feeling of continuity from one to the other. A shallow area is ideal for enjoying the sun. “The home has a very modern pool design with a dark gray pool,” the designer notes. “The pool is one of the hallmarks of the house and emphasizes its modern appeal.”
That appeal has brought the family that lives in it many memorable moments over the past few years. “We love the house because it is comfortable, in a great neighborhood and provides us with easy living,” the homeowner says, adding, “which is so important in South Florida.”