Organically Inspired

A Bit Of The Outdoors Is Brought Indoors, Where Colors And Textures With A Rhythm Echo Throughout The Home To Create A Calm Setting With Unbeatable Style

Story Credits

Interior Design:
Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio, Dunagan Diverio Design Group, Coral Gables, FL
Troy Campbell, Miami, FL
Cesar Molina, CMA Design Studio, Coral Gables, FL
Mathieu Massa, Massa Construction Group, Miami, FL
Landscape Architecture:
Christopher Cawley, Christopher Cawley Landscape Architecture, Miami, FL
Text by:
Regina Kaylie
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A stones throw away from a city full of endless entertainment is Miami’s Sunset Islands, four gated islands with the most desirable and intoxicating views. This is where owner Mathieu Massa decided to build a splendid 7,500-square-foot home with a little help from his friends. Accolades go to a strong collaborative team — interior designers Charlotte Dunagan and Thomas Diverio, architect Cesar Molina, and of course the builder, Massa himself. “We were good friends from our home country of France,” Dunagan says of Massa. With every good friendship comes trust, which allowed the designers freedom to create. “I showed them my ideas and they helped me achieve my goals,” Massa says.

Exotic woods punctuate this “Modern Tropical” house with expression, while an Asian flair was appointed to create imagery of a visually relaxing retreat. The pool area is paved with limestone slabs spaced with large black pebbles to accent. Unique in nature and aesthetically appealing to the eye — bronze powder-coated lounge chairs with white cushions are designed to look like rope chairs. In the center, a teak wood table is meant to withstand outdoor elements. “It’s like a Zen house,” Massa says.

Just past the reflecting pond, Cumaru wood louvers flank the home’s entry in prelude to the abundance of natural elements found within. Once inside, the eyes are immediately drawn to a keystone wall that houses dark wood shelving and a linear fireplace, and the adjacent oak wood stairway that appears to float to the second floor. A white linen-clad sofa and armchairs form a conversation grouping hearthside, while brown slipper chairs live up to signature style with an intricate weave pattern on the back — intentionally placed to capture attention upon entering the home. “I wanted to choose warm tones with touchable textures along with minimal pops of color,” Massa says.

An introduction of rich oak wood unfolds in the kitchen with its cabinetry and center island. Keeping things neutral and contrasting, modish style barstools with woven seats and a bronze-metal frame pull up to the natural quartzite countertop. Beyond, a circular light pendant shapes the casual eating area that offers lush garden views. “The accent color for the space is green, brought in by the lush foliage of the outdoors,” Dunagan says.

The dining room is a sight only a visionary could create — one that reveals architectural ingenuity. A wall of wine with two built-in bar units is intelligently designed to control the temperature based on the type of wine. Fit for a banquet, the expansive Skorpio dining table epitomizes nature with a full slab of walnut wood.

Slip away to sensational slumber in the master bedroom, where a plethora of fabrics and textures preserves the soft tones of the home. Made of real engineered oak, charcoal-hued wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries with a herringbone pattern emphasizes the tufted, cream-colored suede headboard.

In the family room, a soft yet durable fabric covers the sectional sofa that boasts an invitation to an extraordinary outdoor scene. “This is one of the best views in the home,” Diverio says. Mindful of the homeowner’s large family, two swivel chairs join the mix smartly designed with resilient, crisp white-linen slipcovers.

“It was my vision to create and build a unique product in Miami, something modern but warm, cozy and relaxing,” Massa says. It was a mission accomplished for all.