Transitional Stylings Wrap A Fort Lauderdale Penthouse

Designer Aaron Taber Blends Elegance With Comfort For A Sublime Sensory Experience In This Transitional Penthouse Condominium Overlooking The Atlantic Ocean

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Interior designer Aaron Taber, with the assistance of colleague Jarett Beckman, designed and completed a full interior renovation of this 5,000-square-foot L’Hermitage penthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with an elegant and sophisticated scheme enveloped in comfort. “We wanted a good flow for entertaining, transitional styling and a color palette that maximizes the ocean views,” the homeowner says. “Also, since we live in a beach community, we wanted our condominium to be comfortable.” The design team chose tasteful furnishings and luxurious fabrics with textural undertones. “Using pale taupe, off-white, hints of aqua, and sea glass hues, we kept it neutral and light, with finishes in warm natural walnut and platinum accents,” Taber says.

Emanating elegance and ease, the dining room is furnished with a double pedestal table in natural walnut, paired with traditional oval-back walnut chairs, covered in an embroidered Kravet fabric in platinum and ivory. For light, a half-wall separates the dining area from the vestibule, and on both sides, Hickory Chair demilune consoles, inset with platinum detailing, create mirror images.

A pass-through to the kitchen allows for easy entertaining, but its translucent glass pocket doors can be closed for more formal parties. Light and bright, the linear space features custom, transitional-style Shaker cabinetry painted white, and stunning views of the ocean beyond.

Delineating the main social spaces, the designers created lighted drop-ceiling details. The well-appointed living room feels as tranquil and soft as a gentle ocean breeze. For continuity, flooring is platinum marble; walls are painted a soft shade of oyster; and aqua is used as an accent color. “For contrast, we chose the console with a dark walnut case and a whimsical wood inlay over églomisé mirror insets,” Taber says.

The master bedroom, however, transitions to deeper and darker tones, with a rich walnut flooring and aqua as the dominant color. Incorporating curves, the sculptural shape of the upholstered headboard echoes the organic silhouettes of the Venetian mirrors over the bedside chests. In the sitting area, the tufted linen-clad sofa joins high-backed chairs covered in chenille and the oval glass-topped cocktail table with a platinum-finished frame. “We used curves because we wanted everything to be natural and fluid, and we liked the sweeping walnut lines of the occasional table.” Taber says. “It’s transitional but not overly done.”

The clients were pleased with the end result: a home that gives them the feeling and lifestyle they desired. “We were able to create the home that our clients dreamed of … and when that’s accomplished, I could not ask to be in a better profession,” Taber says.

Story Credits: 

Interior Design

Aaron Taber, Retro Interiors, Wilton Manors, FL

Renovations Contractor

Jeff Snyder, Oak Group, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

Photography

Barry Grossman, Weston, FL

Text By

Christine Davis

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Dining Room

Table and chairs – Hickory White, Hickory, NC

Chair fabric – Kravet, Bethpage, NY

Artwork – Paul Robinson Fine Art, Marietta, GA

Floral – Ann’s Florist, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chandeliers – Currey & Company, Atlanta, GA

Buffet – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC

Shelving and area rug – Custom designed by Retro Interiors, Wilton Manors, FL

Shelving fabricated by Wood & Art of

Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, FL

Drapery fabric – Norbar Fabrics, Boca Raton, FL Kitchen

Cabinetry and island – Custom designed by Retro Interiors, Wilton Manors, FL

Fabricated by Wood & Art of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, FL

Countertops and backsplash – Marble of the World, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fabricated by Pino Napoli Tile & Granite, Pompano Beach, FL

Counter stools – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC.

Hood and cooktop – Wolf, Ferguson Enterprises, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Living Room

Sofas, lounge chairs, cocktail table and

cabinetry – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC

Sofa and lounge chair fabric – Fabricut,

Tulsa, OK

Bench and area rug – Custom designed by Retro Interiors, Wilton Manors, FL

Bench fabric – Kravet, Bethpage, NY

Bench fabricated by Fine Design by Willie, Oakland Park, FL

Silver accessories – John-Richard, Greenwood, MS

Table lamps – Currey & Company, Atlanta, GA

Artwork – Paul Robinson Fine Art, Marietta, GA

Drapery fabric – Norbar Fabrics, Boca Raton, FL 

Master Bedroom

Bed – Hickory White, Hickory, NC

Bed coverings – Eastern Accents, Chicago, IL

Bedside chests, mirrors, sofa, cocktail table and occasional tables – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC

Lounge chairs – Caracole Furniture,

Greensboro, NC

Table lamps and chandelier – John-Richard, Greenwood, MS

Drapery fabric – Fabricut, Tulsa, OK

Area rug – Jaunty Company, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Wood flooring – Real Hardwood Floors, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Master Bath

Vanity – Wood & Art of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, FL

Countertops – Marble of the World,

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fabricated by Pino Napoli Tile & Granite, Pompano Beach, FL

Mirror – Alpha Glass & Mirror, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Stool – Interlude Home, Trumbull, CT

Tub – Ferguson Enterprises, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Artwork – John-Richard, Greenwood, MS

Throughout

Flooring – Marble Systems, Pompano Beach, FL

Window treatments fabricated by GK Window Treatments, Pompano Beach, FL

Ceiling treatments – Custom designed by Retro Interiors, Wilton Manors, FL

Fabricated by Oak Group, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

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