Splashes of Sunrise-Inspired Hues Warm Sunny Isles Condo

Themed around the sunrise, this spectacular beachfront condo is a dream come true for one couple in Sunny Isles


Floating between the sea and sky with the focus on the horizon, colors throughout this Sunny Isles condo shimmer with an ethereal silvery blue that underlies both worlds. “Even so, think sunrise,” interior designer Ivonne Ronderos says. “The concept was the horizon, highlighting the sunrise in the main living areas with colors that cover a range of serene taupes to a striking dash of burnt orange. As we move through the day and into the private spaces, it’s all about the blues.”

The concept came from the husband. “He kept talking about his dream to see the horizon on the oceanfront every morning, which is why we created a casual eating area in the corner of the living area where he could have his breakfast,” the designer says. For the wife, she knew their move signaled a new time in their lives, and she wanted their new condo to be welcoming to their three grown daughters. “She didn’t want a super contemporary style, because it wouldn’t feel like home,” Ronderos says. “She went with splashes of orange to add the warmth.”

Elements of antiqued brass, gold, chrome and even brushed gunmetal continue the homey feel throughout. “We like mixing different metals,” Ronderos says. “You don’t have to pick a metal finish and stick to it; you can mix and match, just like jewelry.”

Shimmer and shine reappear in the kitchen, where the original white upper cabinetry integrates beautifully with the new dark wood bases. “We pulled the book-matched marble backsplash forward to accommodate LED lighting, and we also topped the breakfast island with marble in complement to the compact stone counters,” Ronderos says.

When entertaining, a custom ash-toned, bleached-oak sliding wall panel closes off the kitchen from the dining area and wraps around to a lighted design feature of tinted glass in the living area. Reflections bounce between a lacquered-topped dining table and the drop ceiling above styled in Bellagio’s high-gloss vinyl. Another custom feature, the glass-topped, lacquered buffet was especially tailored to fit the space.

Panoramic ocean views wrap the master suite, where the bed appears to float center stage strategically facing a wall of glass that frames vistas in three directions. An oasis of tranquility, the marble-clad master bath was reconfigured to position the deep-soak tub and walk-in shower to overlook the ocean as well.

While the couple was anxious that their condo would not feel like home, in the end, the design team achieved their goals with the right mix of cool silvery shimmer and vibrant splashes of warmth. “This is ‘their place,’ perfectly suited for a new life on the horizon,” Ronderos says.

Story Credits: 

Interior Design by Ivonne Ronderos with Margaret Smith, Anahi Carrillo, and Sabrina Zavarce, DKOR Interiors, North Miami Beach, FL

Builder Newman Brothers Construction, North Miami Beach, FL

Text by Christine Davis

Photography by Alexia Fodere, Miami, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:



Sofa, lounge chairs and occasional tables – Clima Home,

MDD, Miami, FL

Dining table and side chairs – Dedon, Clima Home,

MDD, Miami, FL

living area

Sofas and armchairs – Minotti, MDD, Miami, FL

Cocktail tables – Arravanti, Miami, FL

Occasional tables – All Modern, allmodern.com

Rosel tray – overstock.com

Saarinen breakfast table – Knoll, Miami, FL

Breakfast chairs – Potocco, Sklar Furnishings,

Boca Raton, FL

Area rug – Horchow, Dallas, TX


Dark wood cabinetry and island – Snaidero USA, Coral Gables, FL

Countertops – Marble of the World, Miami, FL

Island table base – Eurostar Marble & Granite, Inc.,

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Breakfast chairs – Addison House, MDD, Miami, FL

Light pendants – The Lighting Studio, Miami, FL

dining area

Dining table – Aalto Exclusive Design, Malaga, Spain

Dining chairs – Potocco, Sklar Furnishings, Boca Raton, FL

Chandelier – Terzani USA, Pembroke Park, FL

Buffet and drop ceiling fabricated by Artec Custom Wood,

North Miami, FL

Vinyl on drop ceiling – Bellagio, DKOR WIndows & Walls,

North Miami, FL

Stretch ceiling treatment – Newman Brothers Construction,

North Miami Beach, FL

Artwork above sideboard – Owners’ Collection

Fan palm – cb2.com

master bath

Vanities – Artec Custom Wood, North Miami, FL

Sinks – Cube Collection, Wetstyle, Montreal, Canada

Tub – Victoria + Albert, Farrey’s Lighting & Bath, North Miami, FL

Makeup vanity countertop and bump-out tub wall – Marble of the World, Miami, FL

Light pendants and wall sconces – The Lighting Studio, Miami, FL

Vanity chair – Modloft, North Miami, FL

Shower door and shower set – Coral Gables Kitchen + Bath,

Coral Gables, FL

Shower niche wall and flooring – Porcelanosa USA, MDD,

Miami, FL

master bedroom

Bed and lounge chair – Arravanti, Miami, FL

Table lamp – Arteriors, Dallas, TX

Artwork – Owners’ Collection

Area rug – Horchow, Dallas, TX

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