Five-Star Finesse in Serene Pinecrest Home

A serene, resort-minded palette transforms a Pinecrest residence into a year-round retreat


When a globetrotting young couple reached out to Miami-based interior designer Maite Granda for her services, they explained that they wanted to transform their 4,700-square-foot Pinecrest home into a sanctuary that was not only perennial and modern but also practical for their two young children and beloved terrier. As the clients had overseas travel plans in place and needed Granda to complete the job in eight months to ensure it was ready for the winter holidays, collaborative meetings between the homeowners and design team ensued quickly. “Even when they were away, their responses were fast,” says Granda. “We maintained constant communication.”

During her first visit, the designer immediately saw why the home was in need of a new look: “Nothing had been updated since the original build was completed in 2017.” At first glance, Granda assessed the home’s large-format porcelain tiles and decided they were worth preserving, but she felt the walls needed to be covered in elegant Armani/Casa wallcoverings and wood panels in a complementary “cashmere” color for a harmonious blend. “The clients asked for an elegant environment with a neutral, soft color palette in the common areas,” she explains. One tactic to fulfill those wishes was to surround a doorway (leading to the primary bedroom and powder room) in dimensional layers with paneling for visual interest, a move that transformed it into an eye-catching feature. During the day, its height and depth make for a mesmerizing aperture, and at night, hidden LED lights within the panels turn it into a stunning composition. From certain vantage points, it also appears to be an ideal frame for art.

Over in the kitchen, the goal was to bring light in. In came Mastercraft Wood & Hardware to the rescue to reface all the cabinetry. “I decided to take the paneling [surrounding the refrigerator] all the way to the top to give a sense of hierarchy,” says Granda, who also incorporated other linear elements, including a substantial light fixture, to complement the perpendicular lines of the appliances, floor tiles, and wall treatment.

In terms of furnishings for the rest of the home, the designer turned to Artefacto, Anima Domus, and Minotti. “We selected beautiful and functional furniture with curves,” she says. “And they’re made with high-performance materials that are easy to clean in case of an accidents.”

Outside, the homeowners were insistent on a look and feel that would remind them of the beautiful gardens of Europe. “We did an extensive amount of work to accomplish this,” says Granda. “We brought in butterfly-attracting flowers, bamboo trees for privacy, a doghouse, and playful outdoor sculptures.” Another outdoor must that took extra effort was the Buddha statue by the pool. After finding a company in California to make the figure to her specifications, Granda designed an elevated shelf made of black marble (complete with a waterfall) that makes it appear as if the statue is floating above water. For the home’s outdoor bathroom, the designer opted for Ibiza vibes with a white color scheme and sandy textures: “It’s not so curated,” she says. “It’s rather informal.”

After nearly a year of design work, the family was able to move in just in time for the holidays. “In the end, the project exceeded all expectations,” says Granda. “The home feels like a beautiful oasis of tranquility.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Maite Granda, Interiors by Maite, Miami, FL

Text by Riki Altman-Yee

Photography by Bettinelli Mattia, Lurano, italy

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Living Room

Sofa – Enne, Miami, FL

Cocktail tables – Anima Domus, Miami, FL

Sculptured ottomans – Artefacto, Coral Gables, FL

Lighting – Flos,

Area rug – Kaymanta,

Family Room

Sofa groupings – Minotti, Miami, FL

Lounger and ottoman – Eames, Design Within Reach, Miami, FL

Cocktail tables – Minotti, Miami, FL

Planter – CFA, Miami, FL

Area rug – Kaymanta,

Dining Room

Table – Armani/Casa, Miami, FL

Chairs – Anima Domus, Miami, FL

Buffet – Anima Domus, Miami, FL

Mirror – Addison House, Aventura, FL

Wallcovering – Armani/Casa, Miami, FL

Chandelier – Flos,

Area rug – Kaymanta,


Cabinetry designed by Interiors by Maite, Miami, FL, and fabricated by Mastercraft Wood and Hardware, Miami, FL

Stools – Artefacto, Coral Gables, FL

Lighting – Flos,

Primary Bedroom

Bed – Artefacto, Coral Gables, FL

Wall designed by Interiors by Maite, Miami, FL, and fabricated by Mastercraft Wood and Hardware, Miami, FL

Bed side tables – Artefacto, Coral Gables, FL 

Lighting – Flos, 

Chandelier – Flos,

Accent chairs and round bar – Armani/Casa, Miami, FL

Area rug – Kaymanta,

Outside Dining

Table – Artefacto, Coral Gables, FL

Chairs – Addison House, Aventura, FL

Hanging swings – Serena & Lily,


Construction documents – Valero Drafting Services, Doral, FL

General contractor – WG Construction, Miami Lakes, FL

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