Design

FABULOUS FINDS

The goods that make up a home
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THE IRISH EXPERTS

You won’t hear a Texas twang when you meet Nevan O’Shaughnessy of Rockwell Antiques in Dallas. His lilting Irish brogue reflects the origin of many of the store’s treasures. And the company’s name recalls his years at a noted Irish boarding school—Rockwell College in County Tipperary.
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FRANCO RUGS HAS YOU COVERED

We’ve all heard flying magic carpet stories that conjure up images of exotic, faraway places. But, much nearer to home, Franco Oriental Rugs in Boca Raton, Florida, offers an Aladdin’s cave overflowing with exquisite treasures.
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FINDERS KEEPERS

Southwest Florida residents and designers looking to cash in on exceptional deals on home furnishings flock to The Find Furniture Consignment in such droves, sometimes the police have to get involved.
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EXTRAORDINARY ENTRANCEWAYS: DAYORIS DOORS

The famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell is credited with coining the phrase: “When one door closes, another one opens.” It refers to the fact that endings are often the preludes to new beginnings. Doors and new beginnings are part of the story of DAYORIS Doors, a company that designs, manufactures and installs contemporary Italian doors for luxury residences here in South East Florida, across the country and around the world.
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ARTFUL LIVING

When interior designer Sarah Zohar began working with a family to transform two condominiums into one sprawling residence at the Solimar in the quiet beach town of Surfside, she was immediately, yet exhilaratingly, pushed out of her comfort zone. Not only was it her first time merging two condos, but the owner desired a gallery-esque setting to display his vast collection of Judaic art. This meant the interior design would solely revolve around the art.
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MIAMI VICE

While Nina Magon’s mid-century modern home may be tucked away in a central Houston neighborhood, the vibes are all about white-hot Miami. “Miami is one of my favorite places in the country; it’s where I feel most comfortable. I love the culture and the feel of the place,” says Magon, who is the creative director of Contour Interior Design in Houston.
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INSIDE OUT OUTFITS OUTDOOR SPACES WITH SMART STYLE

When Joy Eber-Sachs arrived in South Florida more than 25 years ago, she headed straight for the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach. After briefly working in a showroom, she thought to herself, “I could do this better on my own.” Confident in her pricing and buying skills, she devised a plan to compensate for her lack of experience in how to make things look beautiful.
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CRAVE-WORTHY CLOSETS

Inspired Closets SWFL provides beautiful, exceptionally made custom closet organization for the everyman or “everywoman” (the majority of its clientele), according to owner H.L. Burkley, a former general contractor, who fell in love with closet organization after seeing it in a client’s home.
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APLOMB PLUMBING

Sometimes bargain hunting for the best deals pays off, while at other times, like during a home build or remodel, cutting corners on cost can be a bad idea. Lisa Roosevelt, founder of Naples Plumbing Studio, advises customers against comparison shopping for the lowest bid on their plumbing fixtures, despite how often it happens in the industry.
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FIT FOR A PALACE

An incredible assortment of rugs, in styles like modern, contemporary, transitional and traditional, that are made in the United States or as far away as remote villages in the Middle East are found just blocks from the University of Miami at Royal Rug Gallery.
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INNOVATIVE, SUSTAINABLE ART AND DESIGN

For Carlos Falkenhagen and his wife, both of whom have backgrounds in architecture and environmental sciences, this was a no-brainer when launching the family business. Originally from Venezuela, the two architects have done projects across that country as well as in Barcelona and in Miami, where they frequently visited on holiday. In 2014, when the political situation started to worsen in Venezuela, they decided to stay in Miami until “things cooled down,” always with the idea of launching a design-driven project in the city, particularly in Wynwood. What originally started as a passion project, the home design retailer Cable Urban Modern evolved far beyond their dreams.
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CREATING SPACE AND LIGHT WITH NATURE

As a Filipino immigrant, Kue King turned to art at a young age when he realized the power it had as a universal language. “Growing up, I was a silent child without a voice, I communicated through art more than through use of language,” says King. “I was identified as Asian, Hawaiian and Native American in my early life, and this set of cultures gave me strength to build a unique understanding of who I was to become. My background inspired me to read about mysticism and spiritual journeys.”
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INTO THE BLUE

Interior designer Perla Lichi lives for a challenge, so when it came time to purchase a weekend retreat on the ocean for herself, she gave the realtor two ultimatums: The condo must have an ocean view and it must be dated. “I said, ‘Find me an older building with the ugliest unit that hasn’t been touched or remodeled,’” explains Perla Lichi, ASID and founder of the luxury interior design firm Perla Lichi Design.
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FABULOUS FINDS

The goods that make up a home
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TREMENDOUSLY TALENTED TALIN

If you could enter the name Talin Lyman on thesaurus.com, synonyms like artist, painter and entrepreneur would pop up along with emojis of pineapples, flamingos and palm trees. It is no wonder that her studio is called Talin Tropic. The woman exudes a vibe of tropical delight, like sipping a colorful cocktail on an island holiday.
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DREAM-WORTHY DESIGN

When an architect and a designer team up, what do you get? In the case of Norberto Grundland and Patricia Arango, clients get a design team that creates custom built-ins and furniture courtesy of the duo’s 30-year-old brainchild, Manufacturing by SKEMA.
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ALL-IN-ONE ANTIQUES SHOP

For those looking for Asian antiquities, dinosaur teeth, 18th-century European art or mid-century modern furniture, Sarasota Estate Auction, and its associated Sarasota Trading Co., is a one-stop bonanza for home furnishings that span eons and continents.
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BEYOND THE MARBLE SLAB

Whether you are choosing a new floor for your kitchen or bath or deciding what stone to use in your new retail space, finding the perfect tile, marble or stone is always a challenging process. Along with bringing instant warmth and architectural interest to a space, tile and stone are also a stylish way to play with color and texture.
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PALM BEACH PALACE

Passersby don’t often see French-style châteaux while traveling along South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach. The exclusive road, known to locals as Billionaires Row, is resplendent with mansions, many hidden behind hedges, a few glistening in the sunlight. Thanks to its European facade, the stunning oceanfront estate at 530 South Ocean Boulevard looks like it has been in the neighborhood for hundreds of years.
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WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS THE SKY

Perched above the sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic, just minutes from the chic Bal Harbour Shops, known for drawing a well-heeled crowd, is an oasis evocative of the pristine water below. Bought as a summer home for a family hailing from abroad, the three-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot condominium in the South Tower of the shiny new Oceana Bal Harbour feels like a luxury vacation stay at a swanky hotel. It wasn’t always this way—like the ocean waves shape a shoreline, it took a strong vision from architect and interior designer Federico Teran to form this sanctuary in the sky.
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WALK THIS WAY

Upon entering the elegant flooring emporium at Naples Flooring, one is instantly aware that this is no ordinary showroom. Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue South and 41st Street in Naples, the address alone announces that you are in a stylish neighborhood. Wide plank white oak floors glisten in an array of patterns that you could easily get floored by. Luckily, any member of the Naples Flooring team can help you walk the wide planks to find the flooring of your dreams.
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A MASTERFULLY CRAFTED, MODERN FISHER ISLAND RESIDENCE

Located off the tip of Miami Beach and accessible only by private yacht or ferry lies the exclusive paradise of Fisher Island. An oasis of tropical landscaping and Mediterranean-style architecture, this island houses a community of about 700 families, although only a handful are there at any given time, with most spending vacations or a few months there annually. This elite community is situated on 216 acres and represents one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States as well as one of the greatest concentrations of wealth on the planet.
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MIAMI MEETS THE MEDITERRANEAN

Tucked away on posh Star Island, a longtime haven for Miami Beach’s rich and famous, like music royalty Gloria and Emilio Estefan and NBA basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, sits a sprawling, Mediterranean-inspired estate befitting a star. Designed and built by architect and contractor Jorge Esteban, with interiors by interior designer Perla Lichi, the opulent property overlooks the sparkling turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay and showcases a trio of lavish living: an 18,120-square-foot main house, a two-story guest house and a wellness retreat with bragging rights to a racquetball court, gym and massage loft.
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DEFINING CONTEMPORARY COOL

After more than four decades in business, Louis Shuster and his team have mastered the art of delivering timeless interior design and impeccable service. His close-knit team of 10 professionals is like family; some have worked with him for as long as 25 years.
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SURPRISING FINDS

The most dazzling treasures are often hidden inside of inconspicuous surroundings. A dull gray oyster is home to a magnificent pearl. A mottled, round rock reveals sparkling crystals within. An unassuming warehouse entrance to the Loyd-Paxton Gallery in Dallas opens to a treasure trove of fine antiques from around the globe.
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IMPRESSIVE ARTIFACTS

The natural décor business owned by mother and son Empress and Micah Gilbert displays a breathtaking collection of earthly treasures, and their gallery is, literally, the most impressive in Dallas.
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ABBOT HILL CABINETRY

Among the many things America’s Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana are known for is a rich heritage of exceptional handcrafted furniture with unmatched quality. Reflecting centuries-old traditions, craftsmen from these Amish societies fashion unique, custom-built designs out of natural wood for long-lasting function and form.
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AZHAR’S ORIENTAL RUGS

Astroll through azhar’s Oriental Rugs is a walk back in time 3,000 years to the first rugs hand-knotted from 100 percent wool or silk. More than a hundred generations later, Azhar sells rugs made with the same singular dedication to …
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CLEAR VISION

Steve Stolow and his son, Jesse, share a lot more than their last name. Neither father nor son at the helm of Total Window attended college with the goal of running a window treatment company, but both ended up in the business, and both love what they do. Steve majored in philosophy but found more enlightenment thinking about window treatments than pondering the meaning of life.
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SPACE-SAVING SUPERSTAR

As decluttering fever sweeps the nation, largely thanks to Marie Kondo’s smash Netflix series, Tidying Up, based on her New York Times bestselling guide to organizing, there is no better way to hop on the organizational bandwagon than with an expertly designed closet by California Closets Miami.
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MASTERS OF THE TRANSPARENT MEDIUM

Whether functional or purely decorative, glass can add a striking design element to any home or office. Think glass-topped desks and coffee tables, balcony partitions, stair railings, shower doors, kitchen backsplashes, sliding doors, office partitions and many more applications.
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