Coastal Surroundings Inspire in Fort Lauderdale Condo

A savvy design team transforms this Fort Lauderdale condo into an elevated, modern vacation retreat without sacrificing style or comfort

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A true group effort, this project forged one New York couple’s vision with the expertise of a talented design team. When previous clients of Workshop/APD asked the design and architecture firm to renovate their 3,240-square-foot vacation condo on Fort Lauderdale Beach, founding principal Andrew Kotchen and his team stepped up to the challenge. “This was a very satisfying collaborative experience,” says interior designer Nickie Anderson of the soothing retreat certain to lure the family to South Florida year-round.

“When you work on three projects with a client within a span of a few years, it creates a synergy that builds,” Kotchen says. “Everyone was passionate about giving this family environments to love.” One of the strongest preferences the wife gave the team had to do with color — subtle touches of color. “She really likes an array of blues and neutrals,” says Michael Ellison, Workshop/APD’s director of residential interiors. “Given that the apartment is on the water, we took our cues from the sky, ocean and beach.” These influences were infused into a day/night color palette to create a tranquil atmosphere that feels seamlessly indoor/outdoor, approachable and livable.

With relaxation always included in the conversation, this waterfront refuge is designed to be a backdrop for tranquility with a focus on layering natural textures to reinforce the coastal modern feel. Low-profile, yet roomy upholstered furnishings topped the clients’ wish list. “They are very family-oriented,” Ellison says. Since most of the furnishings sourced were selected for comfort and sustainability, the designers chose deep-seated cushions to sink into and soft performance fabrics. “Each of the curvilinear shapes we included in the upholstered pieces helps to soften the modern aesthetic while fitting seamlessly within the architecture of the space,” Anderson says.

Created as social vignettes that are intimate yet engage with each other, a trio of settings serve varying purposes — one for dining, one for conversation, and one for watching television. Each of these is accentuated by light. “Defining the dining area, a chandelier of white painted mesh is organically sculptural,” Anderson says. “I like how its soft form is in direct contrast to the linear arms of the fixtures above the adjacent living area and family room.” Beachy elements like bleached jute rugs, whitewashed wood and grass cloth wall covering harmonize with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

“This couple entertains a lot,” Anderson says. “So they wanted spaces that were beautiful but very functional.” Space planning was highly considered with kids’ rooms created to double as guest rooms and designed to make certain visitors would feel right at home.

Pushing for fresh and new, the design team shaped a sophisticated yet soft spot for this couple to call home away from home — perfect for frequent entertaining and family relaxation.

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Andrew Kotchen, Michael Ellison and Nickie Anderson, Workshop/APD, New York, NY

Interior Architecture by Andrew Kline and Tarika Thienapirak, Workshop/APD, New York, NY

Builder Brennon Coble, Coble Builders, Miami, FL

Text by Saxon Henry

Photography by Read McKendree, Westerly, RI

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

SOURCES

foyer

Console – Paul Marra Design, Los Angeles, CA

Mirror and chain link – CB2, cb2.com

Vase – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Stools – Baker Furniture, NYDC, New York, NY

Area rug – Sacco Carpet, New York, NY

dining area

Dining table – DDC, New York, NY

Chairs – Fabien, Ben Whistler, Ltd., London, UK

Fabric – Holly Hunt, D&D Building, New York, NY

Centerpiece dish – Martha Sturdy, Vancouver, BC

Chandelier – Aturo Alvarez, New York, NY

Sideboard – Noir, Gardena, CA

Table lamp – Regina Andrew Design, Riverview, MI

living area

Sofa – Rene Cazares, City of Industry, CA

Swivel chairs – Four Hands Home, Austin, TX

Sofa and chair fabrics – Holly Hunt, D&D Building, New York, NY

Console table and cocktail ottomans – Naula,

New York, NY

Ottoman fabrics – Holland & Sherry, D&D Building, New York, NY

Occasional table – Global Views, NYDC,

New York, NY

Table lamp – Arteriors, NYDC, New York, NY

Poufs – CB2, cb2.com

Cabinetry – Coble Builders, LLC, Miami, FL

Mirror – Rene Cazares, City of Industry, CA

Light fixture – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

Area rug – Jamie Stern, River Vale, NJ

balcony

Table and side chairs – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Wood spheres – Broward Design Center,

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Wicker chair – Isa Project, Florence, Italy

kitchen

Waterfall island countertop – Marmol, Miami, FL

Counter stools – Design Within Reach,

New York, NY

family room

Sofa – Suite NY, New York, NY

Chairs – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Sofa and chair fabrics – Link Design Solutions, Hines & Co., D&D Building, New York, NY

Cocktail table – Phillips Collection, High Point, NC

Occasional tables – iModerni, Miami, FL

Floor lamp – Arteriors, NYDC, New York, NY

Artwork – Art Addiction, New York, NY

Light fixture – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

Area rug – Jamie Stern, River Vale, NJ

den

Sofa – Interior Define, New York, NY

Artwork – Art Addiction, New York, NY

Square cocktail cubes – Jamie Young Co.,

France & Son, New York, NY

Occasional tables – Room & Board, New York, NY

White wall lamps -YLighting, Walnut Creek, CA

Planter – CB2, cb2.com

guest room

Bed and area rug – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Bedside chests – Consort Design,

Los Angeles, CA

Table lamps – Regina Andrew Design,

Riverview, MI

Artwork – Lumas Gallery, New York, NY

Chandelier – YLighting, Walnut Creek, CA

Wall covering – Phillip Jeffries, D&D Building,

New York, NY

master bedroom

Bed, African gourd baskets and balcony

chairs – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Wall covering – Thibaut, D&D Building,

New York, NY

Photo triptych above bed – Gray Malin,

Los Angeles, CA

Table lamp – Made Goods, D&D Building,

New York, NY

Bench – Room, New York, NY

Fabric – Link Design Solutions, Hines & Co.,

D&D Building, New York, NY

Light fixture – Studio Dunn, Rumford, RI

Chest – ABC Home, New York, NY

Area rug – Sacco Carpet, New York, NY

throughout

Recessed lighting – Lutron, Coopersburg, PA

Flooring – Imperial Stone, Hallandale Beach, FL

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