Clean and Contemporary in Porto Vita Condo

Abstract art, custom millwork, and Poltrona Frau furnishings strike a tone of modern sophistication in an Aventura residence


While many interior designers are loath to claim a defined approach, Jessica Jaegger has found success knowing her aesthetic serves as an alluring calling card.  

“My style is very contemporary with clean lines and the intense use of wood and natural stone,” she says. “It’s modernity with warmth.” 

That Jaegger fusion is exactly what a couple was looking for after they traded their large house for a condominium that allowed them to be closer to their children and grandchildren. The homeowners, who hail from Mexico but moved to South Florida years ago, knew the 5,000-square-foot residence in the north tower of Aventura’s tony Porto Vita development could be transformed into the cozy and sophisticated family retreat they envisioned—and they wholly trusted Jaegger to do so.  

Before work began, Jaegger asked the couple to consider the materials they wanted to be surrounded with, as opposed to just color and design direction. “The clients came from a house with dark accents and heavy pieces, but they wanted to change all that for this new phase of their lives,” says the designer. “Once they decided on wood as a texture, that dictated the palette of taupe, brown, and off-white used throughout the residence.” 

The design remodel began with the installation of two massive walls in the center of the common area intended to define new spaces without entirely closing them off from the rest of the home. The design team opted to apply vertical oak paneling here to cocoon the space in a unifying motif. The copious carpentry—whether in the form of panels, slatted accents, or built-in shelving—helped Jaegger skirt the occasional design challenge, such as a pipe running vertically through the middle of the space that could not be moved. “We couldn’t relocate it,” says Jaegger, “so we just hid it.” 

Wood reappears in the primary bedroom suite and its bathroom, where the flooring features planks from the entry door almost to the shower. “We wanted a continuous flow,” says Jaegger.  

In the kitchen, the textures chosen include laminate from Florense paired with veined porcelain on the countertops and backsplash.  

White travertine floors and gauzy draperies in the main traffic areas of the home provide an ideal backdrop for the numerous paintings and sculptures Jaegger and her teamed sourced for the couple. The modern and abstract artworks, which range from towering, tapered glass vases to a life-size bronze figure by Charlotte Yazbeck, complement the wood grains and entice conversation when guests visit.  

When it came to furniture, the owners insisted almost exclusively on Poltrona Frau and Jaegger was happy to comply. Many of the accent pieces chosen from the Italian brand incorporate leather, including a woven Brera bench in the foyer, a Cestlavie storage table in the family room, and a pair of Ming’s Heart armchairs in the living room. Soft textiles define larger furnishings and area rugs.  

“The end result is a beautiful combination of organic materials and man-made creations, highlighted by touches of artistic flair,” says Jaegger. “It’s just the type of home the clients envisioned.” 

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Jessica Jaegger, Jaegger Interior Design, Miami, FL

Text by Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Kris Tamburello, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Entry Foyer

Artwork – Enrique Pichardo Egea, Mexico 

Console – Etel Design, São Paulo, Brazil

Living Room

Sofa sectional – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Cocktail tables – Camerich, Miami, FL  

Decorative chair – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Drink table – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Area rug – The Carpet Boutique, Miami , FL

Dining Room

Table and chairs – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Artwork – Roberta Schilling Collection, Miami, FL 

Chandeliers – Vonn Lighting, North Miami Beach, FL 

Wine Room

Wine room designed by Jaegger Interior Design, Miami, FL

Bar stools – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Family Room

Sofa – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Decorative chair – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Cocktail ottoman and side tables – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL 

Area rug – The Carpet Boutique, Miami, FL

Primary Bedroom

Bed and headboard – Poltrona Frau, Miami, FL

Pendant lamps – Vonn Lighting, North Miami Beach, FL

Wallpaper – Orlean Miami, Miami, FL

Artwork – Roberta Schilling Collection, Miami, FL

Area rug – The Carpet Boutique, Miami, FL 


Millwork designed by Jaegger Interior Design, Miami, FL

Kitchen – Florense Miami, Dania Beach, FL

Drapery – Shadelux, Miami, FL

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