Patterns Color Dan Marino’s Weston Home

Be it a big house or a more modest one, the various residences of former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and his wife, Claire, have always been “home”


interior designer phyllis Taylor has joined forces with NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and his wife, Claire, on many residences. From massive Mediterranean estates to their current 3,000-square-foot newly renovated ranch house in Weston, Fla., Taylor has come to know the colors, the favorite pieces, and many of the domestic needs of this very busy family.

“The Marinos have six children — they needed a lot of space,” Taylor says. But now, with the older children on their own and the last two in college, those space requirements changed. Even though the square footage may have altered, the desire for openness, the strong devotion to cherished possessions, and the dramatic palettes of their previous homes would remain. Attaining all of that would be a challenge in a home originally built “in the early ’90s,” Taylor says. “After eliminating the outdated popcorn ceilings and most of the interior walls, there was still the concern for a distinct entry transition into the living area. The outdoor foyer created a unique space before ever entering the front door.”

Framed with wide-striped draperies from Jeffery Michaels, the entry doubles as a pleasant place to take in evening sunsets. Matching the patterning of fish scales on two art pieces to the metallic geometry on Monica James’ wall pieces gives the space a lively, yet unified vibe — a perfect preamble to the colors and lines inside.

From the entry, a small living area gives way to the kitchen. “Here, we provided a stylish solution with elevated drawers in the middle of a large island counter,” Taylor says. “The drawers serve as convenient catch-alls and the elevation gives more counter space as well as hides the disorder from meal preparation.”

The Marino’s ability to reimagine their beloved pieces in new environments set the stage in both the living area and family room, where “Syrian” chairs that pay homage to the Middle East find contemporary homes away from their original Mediterranean placements. A green and white area rug from Niba expands patterns into ellipses and curves.

From the pass-through in the kitchen, guests can be served at the dining room’s British Colonial dining table. The imposing walnut chest from Normandy stands as a proud period piece in a 21st-century locale. Overhead, a white wooden chandelier appears almost iconically French, while the Foo dog sculpture and Chinese faience offer their own version of chinoiserie.

In a master bedroom bursting with color, Taylor balanced the strength of Phillip Jeffries’ coral grasscloth wall covering with patterns to tempt the eye. But in a custom oversized bed by Ralph Lauren, upholstered in plush leather and covered in pale and embroidered linen from Niba, there is the perfect restful respite. The interlocking tracery of a Stark rug unifies the room. To enlarge the master bath, the designer incorporated a new dressing room and closet beyond. With gray marble flooring to match the marble mosaic of the walls, the coral-colored covered bench becomes a star.

Having done a half dozen projects with the Marinos from a 15,000-square-foot home to one the fifth of that size, Taylor says that “with 22 years as friends and collaborators they think along the same lines.” And now, it seems this family has found the home perfectly scaled to their every need.

Story Credits:

Interior Architecture and Design

William and Phyllis Taylor, The Taylor & Taylor Partnership, Miami Beach, FL


Thomas and Sherry Donovan, Donovan Construction, Plantation, FL


Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Atlanta, GA

Text By

Marina Brown

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Pool Area
Sun lounges and umbrellas – Janus et Cie, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Accent tables – Jalan Jalan, Miami, FL
Planter – Art & Decor, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Front Entry
Sofa and armless chair – Janus et Cie, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cocktail table – Taylor & Taylor Find, Miami, FL
White occasional table – Made Goods,
City of Industry, CA
Fish art – Century Furniture, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Silver fish sculpture and planter – Art & Decor, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Candleholder – Jalan Jalan, Miami, FL
Light pendants – Restoration Hardware,
West Palm Beach, FL
Metal wall art – Monica James, Miami, FL
Striped draperies – Link Outdoor, Jeffrey
Michaels, Hollywood, FL
Fabricated by Sutton Draperies, North Miami, FL
Floor lanterns – 2Modern, San Francisco, CA
Area rug – Vondom, Miami, FL
Backsplash – Waterworks, MDD, Miami, FL
Counter stools – Owners’ Collection
Pot rack – Custom designed by The
Taylor & Taylor Partnership, Miami Beach, FL
Stove and hood – Wolf, Sub-Zero Group,
Madison, WI
Dining Room
Dining table, walnut chest and
chandelier – Owners’ Collection
Dining chairs – Century Furniture, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Drapery and chair fabrics – Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL
Draperies fabricated by Sutton Draperies,
North Miami, FL
Ceramic centerpiece fruit – Janus et Cie, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Vase – Monica James, Miami, FL
Candleholders on chest – Mantra, DCOTA,
Dania Beach, FL
Ceramic urns – Art & Decor, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Family Room
Sofa – Ferrell Mittman, Jerry Pair & Assoc., Hollywood, FL
Fabric – Perennials, David Sutherland, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Syrian wood-framed chair – Owners’ Collection
Cocktail ottoman – Bunny Williams Home,
New York, NY
Table lamps – Ethan Allen, Miami, FL
Occasional tables and sconce – Circa Who,
West Palm Beach, FL
Green artwork – Art & Decor, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Area rug – Niba Designs, Hollywood, FL
Master Bedroom
Bed – Ralph Lauren, Bal Harbour, FL
Bed covering and white pillows – Niba Designs, Hollywood, FL
Black pillows and mirror – Margaux Interiors, South Miami, FL
Bedside chests – Erinn V, Tate & Assoc.,
Pompano Beach, FL
Table lamp – Jalan Jalan, Miami, FL
Wall covering – Phillip Jeffries, Holly Hunt,
Miami, FL
Shutter and window treatment – Sutton Draperies, North Miami, FL
Area rug – Stark Carpet, Hollywood, FL
Master Bath
Sconces – Circa Lighting, Savannah, GA
Vinyl wall covering – Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL
Stone wall covering – Modern Interior Mall, Miami, FL
Bench – Serena & Lily, Sausalito, CA
Vanity chair – Kelly Wearstler, Monica James, Miami, FL
Tub – BainUltra, Inc., Quebec, Canada
Light fixture – Shades of Light, Richmond, VA
Carpet – Stark Carpet, Hollywood, FL

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