North Miami Home is a Celebration of Color

Art and high-tech design create a bespoke home brimming with elements that deliver on expression


Relocating to North Miami was a dream come true for homeowners Mr. & Mrs. B. After deciding on a full gut renovation for their 5,700-square-foot home, the couple commissioned interior designer Dawn Causa to fulfill their aesthetic visons. Although the project took nearly two years, it was a labor of love for both the designer and the owners.

Architectural integrity immediately prevails upon entry. Here, a cantilevered stairway exudes the true essence of ultimate modernism as stainless steel railings, glass panels and gray wood treads step up to a wall of interlocking woven wood — a personal favorite of Mr. B’s.

An abundance of textural dimension in a unique hybrid of gray and beige pairs with the high sheen of polished porcelain that grounds the foyer and living area in glistening reflection. Sharing the space, modified barrel chairs ergonomically designed for comfort join a gray velvet settee with dark gunmetal arms that speak to the dark bronze and stainless steel hex shape of mini, two-tone accent tables. Opposite the pouf of color, a white credenza takes on an unprecedented casual elegance with a fusion of three elements — white matte wood, silver leaf and glossy white lacquer for the concave draw handles. “I love mixing finishes, the more the merrier,” Causa says.

An interplay of interactive furnishings unfolds in the dining area and lounge area beyond. Modern pieces are paired with nature as a live-edge wood dining table in a custom gray finish and polished chrome base casts a dramatic effect. Brno chairs sport a classic contemporary style that is renewed with the lavender sheen of a textured weave. Color translates a sense of excitement as a monoprint collage with an engraved embossment of hand-dyed paper represents words and phrases with insightful meanings. “I needed something big with plenty of color,” the designer says.

Thinking outside the box, circular ottomans act as cocktail tables and provide extra seating in the family room. Here, supple fabrics are layered in a lush and inviting fashion with color being an important factor. Atop a sumptuous velvet-clad sofa, accent pillows in an animal hide print are striped in purple with a subtle hint of orange to create an impromptu look that is expressive. “There is a psychology of color, it is inspiring and creates conversation,” the designer says.

Contrast and variety present a clean minimalistic setting in the kitchen that announces a sense of innovation and integrity. Upper cabinets have a matte finish with an embossed wavy texture while base cabinetry and the island impress in a glossy white finish. A wall of dark gray cabinetry boasts a striking coarseness from carved wood that plays off the lustrous, slab of dark charcoal quartz set beneath a stunning duo of LED island hoods. “The kitchen is the heart of the home and one of my favorite places,” Mrs. B. says.   

Designed to make a grand statement, the daughter’s room is colored with soft shades of plum on a repetitive oversized flower pattern and the rich, amethyst hue of the luxurious shag area rug. With simplicity in mind, the room becomes magical as feminine white sheers drench the space with sunlight. “They are very dreamy and wispy and add a little texture,” Causa says.

In the one area that eschews color, the look of marble has ultimate presence as white porcelain tile with striations of gray veins canvases the couple’s closet and master bath. With that, the white quartz shower adds interest grounded in a patterned mosaic.

Whether it is a dip in the pool or dining alfresco, there is no better place to relax and unwind than outdoors on the patio. Not only designed to withstand the elements of the tropics, furnishings are attractive and comfortable with thick cushions framed in powder-coated gray metal. Aqua hues draw the eye across the pool and to the water’s edge, where gently curved daybeds swathe the body, soothe the soul and suggest a little color goes a long way.

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Dawn Causa, Causa Design Group, Plantation, FL

Architecture by Ruben Bolaños, RDB Architects, Plantation, FL

Builder Greg Milopoulos and Ed Johnston, built by owner, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Text by Regina Semeraro

Photography by Troy Campbell, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:


Entry Foyer

Front door – Last Chance Glass, Coconut Creek, FL

Stairway – The Stair Company, Margate, FL

Railing – JC Iron Ornamental Work, West Palm Beach, FL

Wood wall treatment – SFE Hardwood Flooring & Mouldings, Dania Beach, FL

Lavendar floor lamp – Aqua Creations, Aqua Gallery, New York, NY

Living Area

Artwork – Sothebys, London, UK

Sofa, barrel chairs and occasional tables – Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Sofa fabric – Brentano, Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Barrel chair fabric – Pollack and Associates, Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Striped pouf – Missoni, Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Credenza – Shine by S.H.O., LDC, Laguna Niguel, CA

Ostrich feather lamp – Porta Romana, Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Mirror – E.G. Cody, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

“Vandal Gummy” sculpture – WhIsBe, Art Miami, Miami, FL

Dining Area

Table – Doro Designs, Miami, FL

Chairs – Artistic Frame, Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL

Fabric – Zinc Textiles, Romo, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Acrylic pedestal and wall art – Rosenfeld Gallery, Miami, FL

Sculpture on pedestal – Art Life Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Lounge and Bar Area

Lounge chairs – Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Fabric – Armani Casa by Rubelli, Donghia, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Cocktail table – Minotti Miami, Miami, FL

Accessories on cocktail table – Alexander Lamont, Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Artwork – Michael Olsen, London, UK

Barstools – E.G. Cody, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Family Room

Sectional sofa and side table – JAB Anstoetz, Carriage House, Miami, FL

Fabric – Link Outdoor, Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL

Cocktail ottomans – Della Robbia, Judith Norman, Hollywood, FL

Large artwork – Rosenfeld Gallery, Miami, FL

Small artwork – Pictures on Walls, London, UK

Sculptural piece – Judith Norman, Hollywood, FL

Area rug – Loloi Rugs, Dallas, TX


Cabinetry and island – Eggersmann USA, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Countertops – Cambria USA, S&T Marble & Granite, Inc., Miami, FL

Counter stools – Addison House, Miami, FL

LED island hoods – Futuro Futuro, Air Forte, Inc., Hallandale, FL

Master Bath and Closet

Tub – MTI Baths, Farrey’s Lighting and Bath, North Miami, FL

Vanity – Custom Millwork of Florida, Hollywood, FL

Shower enclosure and closets – Mirrors & Closets of Florida, Hollywood, FL

Light fixtures – Wired Custom Lighting, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Wall covering and flooring – Cavastone Group, Boca Raton, FL

Cabinetry top – Cambria USA, S&T Marble & Granite, Inc., Miami, FL

Daughter’s Room

Bed and bedside chests – Whiteline Modern Living, Miami, FL

Body pillow – R&D Contract Window Coverings, Hialeah, FL

Fabric – Missoni, Addison House, Miami, FL

Table lamps – Artemide, Lumens, Sacramento, CA

Wall covering – Phillip Jeffries, Fairfield, NJ

Frog sculpture – Jerry Pair, Hollywood, FL

Drapery fabric – Duralee, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL

Area rug – Loloi Rugs, Dallas, TX

Wood flooring – SFE Hardwood Flooring & Mouldings, Dania Beach, FL

Patio and Pool Area

Pool – Outdoor Miami, Inc., Miami, FL

Grill – Alfresco, Monark Premium Appliance, Pompano Beach, FL

Sofas and armchairs – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Cocktail table and occasional tables – Clima Home, Miami, FL

Aqua daybeds and chaise lounges – Restoration Hardware, Aventura, FL

Planters – Best Cut Landscaping, Miami, FL


Home automation system – Elite Audio Design, Inc., Miami, FL

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