A Shared Vision In The Gables

This Sophisticated Yet Relaxed Coral Gables Home Is Visually Appealing With Sleek Furnishings, Layers Of Texture And Intriguing Artwork

Story Credits

Ivonne Ronderos with Mariana Cerullo Di Bella, DKOR Interiors, North Miami, FL
Alexia Fodere, Miami, FL
Rafael Gomez, RBG Carib Construction, Coral Gables, FL
Text by:
Regina Kaylie
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Relocating from Switzerland to South Florida, this well-traveled couple had a few things in mind when they chose designer Ivonne Ronderos and the DKOR design team to guide them in the reimagining of this 5,000-square-foot residence in Coral Gable’s exclusive Cocoplum neighborhood. The team set out to create a rich environment integrating the homeowners’ desire for a contemporary residence that would incorporate intriguing design elements found in Miami.

The designer and her team began in the living room, a sophisticated space that evokes the feel of an outdoor oasis with its exhilarating views of the sparkling pool and tranquil outdoor colors that pull warmth inside. Lending a natural vibe, two gray Désirée Koster chairs, a Cierre Imbottiti sofa and a channel-tufted bench from Arteriors create a contemporary arrangement that is soft with a bit of an edge. A wall of porcelain tile that lends Old World style pairs with a custom-shelving niche accented with the owners’ eclectic artwork collection. “It’s a fine balance that works well,” Ronderos says. An expanse of light-taupe porcelain flooring sweeps throughout the home creating fluidity and balance.

In the dining room, the owners’ dark wood table contrasts with taupe-leather chairs and a buffet in an ivory hue to inspire timeless elegance. A geometric mirror from Cattelan Italia that extends outward adds reflective dimension with an ultra-sleek visual effect. Artfully placed columns separate the dining area from the living space. “It was a creative approach to maintaining an open floor plan with oak columns that offer a barrier between spaces without the challenge of structural work,” Ronderos says.

Overlooking the patio and pool through a large bay window, the breakfast area conveys a simple fresh aesthetic. “The setting of this space was meant to be easy and low maintenance,” Ronderos says. A Mid-century modern, glossy white pedestal table and iconic dining chairs by Herman Miller designed with walnut legs withstand the test of time.

Echoing the breakfast area, the kitchen is a minimalist space with clean-lined cabinetry from MiaCucina. A breakfast island created with a bright-white quartz countertop lends dramatic contrast atop an oak breakfast bar with a dark grainy texture. Displayed on open shelving, Italian artist Piero Fornasetti’s “face” plate adds artistic interest.

In the family room, a plethora of colors, textures and patterns blend well with an area rug created in the colors of the earth and sea. “It’s very playful and durable,” Ronderos says. With ample seating for family and guests, a tufted sectional from Roche Bobois upholstered in a plush fabric is modern, textural and fashioned with a leather base. Hanging behind a pair of comfortable armchairs, a rare work, entitled Memory by Chinese artist Zhao Ya Nan, displays an intriguingly posed clan of graduates.

The owners are just thrilled with their home born from a strong design vision and teamwork. “We deem it a ‘thoughtful design,’” Ronderos says. “We respected our clients’ requirements while delivering their needs — it was a wonderful collaboration.”