Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. For one South Florida family, it means keeping interiors uncomplicated to fully enjoy the beauty of the lush landscape beyond. This sophisticated 6,000-square-foot waterfront home is located just outside downtown Fort Lauderdale, close to trendy shops, fine restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Situated on a double corner lot with an expansive dock with access to the Intracoastal Waterway, the home is perfect for a family who enjoys the outdoors and all that a South Florida lifestyle can offer.
Interior designer Danielle DePerro met the homeowners just a few years ago and this project marks the fourth house she has designed for the family. Having already established a great relationship, DePerro worked closely with her clients and architect Gregory Anderson to design the perfect home, maximizing views and connecting the interiors to the outdoors. The owners wanted a functional, comfortable and inviting space with clean lines for this completely new construction.
Towering, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows that soar 11 feet high invite the outside in, while clever interior design and thoughtful landscaping provide privacy. A unique porcelain tile flooring that resembles wood planks flows throughout the home warming it with a beachy feel to keep things light.
Open, bright and airy, the living room features neutral earth tones with rosy accents. A custom ceiling of floating walnut beams designed by DePerro is lit from above and below, adding interest with dimension and shadowing. A crushed-velvet sectional brings texture and warmth to the space, but the true star of the room is a custom fireplace feature wall comprised entirely of semi-precious rose quartz.
The dining room is sophisticated, yet casual enough for everyday use. A large mirror is installed above a fireplace set in a high-gloss, European laminate wall panel with a snow-white quartz surround. Cantilevered, cream-colored armchairs line a contemporary solid wood table and add sophistication to the space. In a hallway drop zone, a mirror framed in a starburst design hangs on a stacked stone wall to lend a layer of interest above a serving piece topped with quartzite. A large painting from RFA Decor adds a touch of color, while a stone sculpture poses in a corner.
Catering to the owners’ love for entertaining, DePerro designed a luxurious bar just off the kitchen that includes a custom wine room with floating shelving to store and display bottles. Complementing the rest of the home, blush tones continue in Brazilian quartz countertops, while a dazzling series of crystal pendants in amethyst hues hover over the bar like pieces of sparkling jewelry.
The custom-designed, contemporary stairway is a work of art unto itself. It features open floating steps wrapped in another porcelain tile that again gives the appearance of wood. The use of metal cable for the railing makes it virtually maintenance free, and a stacked stone wall with fiber optic lighting adds a layer of dimension that twinkles in the evening.
DePerro designed the media room with comfortable timeless furnishings. Arranged with a sleek sofa with chaise, it provides ample seating for family and friends to gather and socialize. An original fish carving, a commissioned piece by local artist Channell Glass, gives a nod to the sea. A large area rug with a linear geometric pattern grounds the space in comfort.
DePerro created a comfortable home with interiors that truly flow. The use of rich materials and a warm color palette throughout, along with unique lighting and textured area rugs, give each space its own unique personality. The designer kept the furnishings uncluttered and simple to allow the architecture and views to shine. “A lot was driven by function and lifestyle,” DePerro says. “Working with the architect to maximize the views and feeling connected to the active downtown Fort Lauderdale lifestyle was important to this family.”
Danielle DePerro with Leigh Serling, D. DePerro Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Carmel and Robert Brantley, Delray Beach, FL
Gregory Anderson, Gregory Anderson Architects, Deerfield Beach, FL
Joe DiMauro, JSD Builders, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Sofa – Casa de Seus, Carriage House Modern, Miami, FL
Accent pillow fabric – V Rugs and Home, Miami, FL
Armchairs and cocktail table – Planum Furniture, High Point, NC
Stone wall – Marble of the World, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Ceiling treatment – Architectural Casework, Pompano Beach, FL
Draperies – Romo, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Area rug – Fergana, High Point, NC
Table – Robert James Collection, Chula Vista, CA
Chairs – Cattelan Italia, Anima Domus, Miami, FL
Fireplace wall – Mica Products and Wood, Boca Raton, FL
Ceiling treatment fabricated by Ocean Coast Drywall, Deerfield Beach, FL
Artwork – RFA Decor, Boca Raton, FL
Sculpture – Phillips Collection, High Point, NC
Hallway mirror – Oly Studios, Reno, NV
Chandeliers – Wired Custom Lighting, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Countertops – Marble of the World, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wine room – Millesime Wine Racks, Montreal, Canada
Counter stools – Elite Modern, High Point, NC
Pendants – Farrey’s Lighting, Miami, FL
Railings – Zeron Metal Designers, Hialeah, FL
Sculptures – Century Furniture Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Sectional – Tomlinson, Thomasville, NC
Cocktail table – Oly Studios, Reno, NV
Small accent table – Elite Modern, High Point, NC
Side table – Global Views, Dallas, TX
Artwork – Channell Glass, Cocoa, FL
Light fixture – Visual Comfort & Co., Houston, TX
Area rug – Alchemy, High Point, NC
Tile and stairway tread fabricated by CJ Marble and Tile, Pompano Beach, FL
Ceiling and wall treatments, mirrors, stairway bench and stone wall – Custom designed by D. DePerro Design, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
Mirrors – Bruno’s Mirrors & Glass, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dining room mirror, stairway bench, bed and wall treatment fabricated by Lee Parker, Inc., Deerfield Beach, FL
Fireplaces – Fireside Distributors, Inc., Lake Park, FL
Bar and bath cabinetry – Custom designed by Designs by Innovative, Boca Raton, FL.