Welcoming

A rich, warm palette of colors and textures helped transform this house into a home
view of the formal dining room featuring antique chair, dining room, function hall, furniture, home, interior design, living room, room, table, wall, red
view of the formal dining room featuring antique rugs and red silk wall coverings

One of the most important things to consider when moving into a new house is that it feels like home. No matter how large or grand the house is, the occupants should still feel it is a place where they can feel comfortable.

When the owners of this new French Revivalist house moved in, they realized that they needed to change the interior design to make it feel more like home. Design and architecture firm Taylor & Taylor was responsible for the transformation.

The owners wanted the home to be ready in six months to host a party, so the Taylor & Taylor team of ten employees visited the home to see what could be done in that time. Interior designer Phyllis Taylor says there was hardly any color in the house.


view of the large pool room that was billiard room, billiard table, chapel, english billiards, estate, furniture, home, interior design, living room, pool, recreation room, room, table, wall, black
view of the large pool room that was opted for instead of a living room, it feature red leather panels

"Every surface was the same beige, and our clients are not beige people. Also, the foyer looked like it was a hotel," she says.

To make the foyer seem like it belonged in a home rather than a hotel, they painted it aqua, had stone installed on the walls, and hired a mosaic artist to decorate the fountains.

As the ceilings are extremely high, they specified cypress wood beams and ceilings to make the ceiling height appear lower. A special touch in the foyer is the hanging light fixture. Phyllis Taylor discovered that the hotel the homeowners were married in was being demolished, so she was able to obtain one of the hotel's light fixtures.

view of the large pool room that was billiard room, billiard table, chapel, english billiards, estate, furniture, home, interior design, living room, pool, recreation room, room, table, wall, black
view of the large pool room that was opted for instead of a living room, it feature red leather panels

Recessed lighting fixtures throughout the home were removed so that more decorative light fixtures could be used. Rich, warm colors and heavy, textured fabrics were used throughout the home to help make it feel warm and comfortable.

For more information, contact The Taylor & Taylor Partnership, 1211 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, phone (305) 534 9862, fax (305) 534 1582. Website: www.taylorntaylor.com.

Nov 17, 2005
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