Keystone Island Family Home is a Bayside Beauty

A boating family finds waterside bliss in a sublime Keystone Island home

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Poised on a prized corner lot with wraparound docks and easy ocean access, Obed and Cristina Arias’ 5,200-square-foot home offers top-notch waterfront living, one of the main reasons the avid boaters chose it. Situated on Miami’s exquisite Keystone Island, directly west of Bay Harbour, the coveted location boasts some of the area’s most spectacular views—beauty and function in one package.

“When we first met with Obed and Cristina, they had a specific vision in mind,” says Jenny Zalkin, who worked on the project alongside partner Josh Fein. “They wanted a contemporary organic feel, so we knew immediately what lines of furniture, fabrics, and finishes would be perfect to execute their vision.”

The team kept the color palette light with shades of taupe, cream, blue, and surprising pops of pink. They hand-picked exquisite natural stones for countertops and bathrooms to coordinate with their lavish custom built-ins. From the expansive kitchen and bar to all the bathroom vanities, they used natural walnut to lend an organic vibe throughout. “The architecture of the home came with a lot of windows overlooking the gorgeous water views,” adds Zalkin. “So, we draped them with textured sheers to create warmth and selected a brass finish for the lighting fixtures, hardware, and cabinet doors to generate some bling.”

Built for a young couple and their son, the home needed a warm and inviting environment while including elegant details to dress it up. “Whenever starting a project for a family home, we consider what materials will best suit their lifestyle and not compromise the design,” says Fein. “Because this family entertains so much and loves having a seamless indoor/outdoor environment, we incorporated indoor/outdoor fabrics that gave them kid-friendly durability and versatility.”

For the formal living room and game area, the clients envisioned a fun and relaxed atmosphere, so the designers opted for luxe oversize seating, a stone-topped Botempi Italia coffee table, and a plush area rug to lend more depth to the space with texture and materials. The main attraction is a knock-out custom pool table from 11 Ravens that strikes an elegant pose with its curvaceous metal base. Another exceptional feature is a customized bar outfitted with an electronic drop-down shelving system that holds barware and spirits. “Our purpose for putting the extra effort into this motorized unit was to offer the family functionality when needed,” says Fein. “When it’s not being used, it disappears to create a clean, minimalist space rich in texture with a white onyx stone surface.”

The streamlined vibe continues in the kitchen, where gourmet cooking is a daily occurrence. A sleek, natural-stone waterfall island, chic Cattelan Italia dining pieces, and hi-tech Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances provide modern luxury and efficiency, befitting the homeowners’ active lifestyle.

“Building a custom home was something my wife and I always dreamed of,” says Obed, “and we love indoor/outdoor living and being on the water. We wanted a lot of different seating spaces for our guests, and Fein Zalkin executed this very well. The fabrics they chose are amazing—we love how it all came together.”

When conceptualizing this house, the design team also put much thought into the backyard and outdoor kitchen layout. “Schematically, it almost became endless, as we had a beautiful piece of land to work with that wrapped around a sea wall,” says Zalkin. On a blanket of lush green turf, the finished outdoor oasis features a fire pit, gaming space, and, of course, a signature Fein Zalkin wow piece—an elaborate A-frame cottage daybed from Kettal that gazes out at the water.

“We entertain often, and we have wonderful family gatherings in our beautiful backyard,” adds Obed. “We love nothing more than fishing on our boat all day, coming home to cook our fresh catch, and being with those we love to create lasting memories.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Josh Fein & Jenny Zalkin, Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Text by Jeanne de Lathouder

Photography by Kris Tamburello, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Living Room and Game Area

Club chairs – Thayer Coggin, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Chairs – Global Views, globalviews.com 

Cocktail table – Bontempi Italia, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Ottoman – Kravet, SFDP, Hollywood, FL 

Bench – Nathan Anthony, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Area rug – Stark Carpet, SFDP, Hollywood, FL 

Bar cabinetry designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Pool table – 11 Ravens, Los Angeles, CA

Lighting over pool table – Hubbardton Forge, hubbardtonforge.com

Wall covering – Omexo, Romo, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Entry

Console tables – Cattelan Italia, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Stairs designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL 

Kitchen and Dining Area

Cabinetry and island designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Stools – Interlude, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Pendant lighting – Victo, Secto Design, sectodesign.fi 

Table and chairs – Cattelan Italia, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Lighting – Hammerton Studio, studio.hammerton.com

Son’s Bedroom

Bed and headboard designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Lamps – RH, rh.com 

Puff designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Family Room

Sofa – Thayer Coggin, Wassers Furniture & Interiors, Hallandale Beach, FL

Cocktail ottoman designed by designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Wall unit designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Area rug – Stark Carpet, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Terrace

Lounge – Roda, Kettal, Inside Out, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Day bed – Kettal, Inside Out, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Tables – Kettal, Inside Out, SFDP, Hollywood, FL 

Primary Bedroom

Bed and headboard designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Pillow fabric – Romo, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

Side tables designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL 

Bench designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Primary Bathroom

Floating cabinetry designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Tub – Kallista, kallista.com

Ottoman designed by Fein Zalkin Interiors, Aventura, FL

Throughout

Builder – Angler Development, North Miami, FL

Flooring – Prosein, Aventura, FL 

Drapery fabric – Romo, SFDP, Hollywood, FL

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