Riviera Retreat is a Symphony of Elegant Touches

Inspired by sea and sky, a design duo puts a couple’s collection of art and objects to good use in a Sunny Isles Beach vacation home

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For anyone who has ever immersed themselves in the scenic splendor of Sunny Isles Beach, it’s easy to imagine why savvy world travelers would choose this location for a vacation home. Fondly known as Florida’s Riviera, the idyllic seaside city boasts miles of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, making it a paradise for swimming, snorkeling, and other oceanic activities.

The area’s sunny charm is precisely what appealed to a Central American couple who selected the exclusive Jade Signature tower for their family vacation home. With adult children and a few grandkids, they sought a space where they could all feel comfortable, share time together, and entertain friends often. To bring their ideal residence to fruition, the couple enlisted the husband-and-wife design team of Susana and Jacobo Stolear, whose holistic approach—from construction execution to the last design detail—paved the way for their vision to materialize.

With its flow-through layout, the 2,937-square-foot apartment displays sweeping views of the ocean on the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west. The couple purchased the property decorator-ready, meaning only the cement floors and walls were in place. This perfect scenario allowed them to customize the floorplan to their particular requirements.

“First and foremost, privacy was an essential issue,” says Jacobo. “As the elevator opened directly onto the dining room, the owner did not like that, at any given time, the doors could open, and strangers might see him having breakfast in his pajamas.”

To achieve a more private point of entry, the team revised the original floorplan, redirecting the entrance to the sea side and creating a closed elevator foyer using a screen made of wood panels and glass. “This change provided an interesting backdrop for the dining area as well as reflective light for the new foyer,” says Susana. “Repositioning the entrance to one side also helped us create a larger social area by transforming one of the bedrooms into an open TV den with enough space for the whole family to enjoy.”

The next driver for the design team was to create more storage opportunities. Outfitted by Pininfarina for Poggenpohl, the kitchen and island layout provided the opportunity to level a wall by the dining area, creating additional space for dining and kitchen accoutrements. The custom dining screen separating it from the foyer hides a storage cabinet and incorporates a built-in blue and rust marble serving buffet that aligns with the home’s coastal palette.

The apartment’s beautiful east and west water views informed the coastal color scheme. “We were inspired by the sea and sand, and our palette became a continuation of that theme,” notes Susana. Using hues of blue and beige mixed with natural materials such as leather, stone, and wood, the furnishings create a symphony of fresh and relaxing textures and colors that give the exact mood the clients requested.

“Working for this couple was a pleasure, to say the least,” adds Jacobo. “We enjoyed our meetings together, and I believe that positive energy [is what led] to the final result. When they walked into the finished space, they were ecstatic.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Susana Stolear, Stol Design Group, North Miami Beach, FL

Builder Jacobo Stolear, Stol Construction Corp., North Miami Beach, FL

Text by Jeanne De Lathouder

Photography by Libertad Rodriguez, Hypoluxo, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources

Living Room

Sofa & bench – Desiree, Addison House, Miami, FL

Lounge chair – Saccaro, Addison House, Miami, FL 

Cocktail table – Saccaro, Addison House, Miami, FL 

Side tables – Roberta Schilling, Addison House, Miami, FL 

Area rug – Oriental Rugs, Miami, FL

Powder Room

Floating sink designed by Stol Design Group, North Miami Beach, FL, and fabricated by Opustone Miami, Miami, FL

Pendant light – Troy Lighting, Brand Lighting, Miami, FL 

Conversation Area

Round table – Frag, Addison House, Miami, FL

Barrel chairs – Frag, Addison House, Miami, FL

Bar cabinet – Roche Bobois, Miami, FL

Kitchen

Cabinetry and island – Poggenpohl, Dania Beach, FL

Stools – Addison House, Miami, FL

Dining Room

Table and chairs – Adriana Hoyos, Miami, FL

Floating shelf designed by Stol Design Group, North Miami Beach, FL, and fabricated by Italian Woodcrafters, Miami, FL

Pendant lighting – Tom Dixon, Brand Lighting, Miami, FL

Breakfast area chandelier – Uplight Group, Miami, FL

Guest Bedroom

Bed and bedside chest – Pianca, Addison House, Miami, FL

Sconce – RH, rh.com

Wallcovering – Philip Jeffries South Florida, Hollywood, FL

Office Area

Cabinetry, desk, and shelving designed by Stol Design Group, North Miami Beach, FL, and fabricated by Pianca Italia, Addison House, Miami, FL

Desk chair – Herman Miller, Design Within Reach, Miami, FL

Wall covering – Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL

Primary Bedroom

Bed – Desiree, Addison House, Miami, FL

Headboard paneling designed by Stol Design Group, 

North Miami Beach, FL, and fabricated by Italian Woodcrafters, Miami, FL

Bedside tables – Jesse, Addison House, Miami, FL

Chandelier – RH, rh.com

Hanging lighting – RH, rh.com

Vanity designed by Stol Design Group, North Miami Beach, FL, and fabricated by Italian Woodcrafters, Miami, FL

Mirror – Robern, Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, Miami, FL

Wall designed by Stol Design Group, North Miami, Beach, FL, and fabricated by Italian Woodcrafters, Miami, FL

Area rug – Oriental Rugs Co., Miami, FL

Throughout

Wall paneling designed by Stol Design Group, North Miami Beach, FL, and fabricated by Italian Woodcrafters, Miami, FL

Roma marble – Opustone Miami, Miami, FL

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