Intracoastal House Party

White-On-White Textures And Textiles Mix And Mingle With Eclectic Glass And Metal Details In a Fort Lauderdale Home on the water

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“The client wanted a very sexy vibe — backdrops with a cool white Miami scene,” interior designer Lori Morris says. She achieved the goal with a white-textured palette, shimmering Murano glass focal points and metallic flashes. Step inside the 11,000-square-foot house overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, where Morris led a two-year renovation for a couple with four teenaged children. This is the third project she has designed for her clients during their 12-year relationship.

is juxtaposed with full-length windows. Modular and amorphous shaped sofas from the designer’s own House of LMD are grouped beneath a glass leaf chandelier.

“When you design an overall white house, it’s very beautiful on first observation; but to live in a white house, you have to create different layers for contrast. There has to be enough weight to give it enough balance,” Morris says. “We upholstered walls in white, black and charcoal throughout, and introduced metals — brass and polished nickel.”

Universally smooth to bare feet, versatile porcelain tile crafted to resemble an understated wood grain travels from the social spaces to the private areas. “With a large family, lots of kids and many dogs, it’s always important to have a recreational area,” Morris says. The teens and their friends gather in their own private den, where channeled velvet walls are reprised along with linear and organically shaped daybeds that follow the architecture of the room. Within this “party of texture,” Morris created the ultimate destination to chill, watch TV and just hang out.

The master bedroom is layered in texture — dripping gold-leaf wall covering, faux chinchilla, creamy textiles and shots of pink. An upholstered headboard appears to float above the platform, while the curves of a sumptuous pink and gold settee balance the lines of the récamier nearby. The master bath returns the interior to its classically inspired black and white palette. Just past alternating black and white marble slabs paired with high-gloss vanities, the centerpiece is revealed behind custom-designed doors: a couple’s walk-in shower equipped for both him and her.

“As an artist, I approach every design from an artistic, creative way of thinking,” Morris says. “We do couture design. It’s always layered and sophisticated. As true artists, we never do the same house twice.”

Across the threshold, the entrance presents with a dramatic statement. The eye is instantly drawn toward a cascading, white glass chandelier in a formal reception area central to the floorplan. The line of sight stretches toward the living room, where serenity is captured in views of the water shaded by palm trees. A black-velvet wall banded with a playful, white faux-fur edge balances the high-contrast, black-and-white living room palette. Fronted by channeled black leather armchairs, the layered backdrop of textureis juxtaposed with full-length windows. Modular and amorphous shaped sofas from the designer’s own House of LMD are grouped beneath a glass leaf chandelier.

“When you design an overall white house, it’s very beautiful on first observation; but to live in a white house, you have to create different layers for contrast. There has to be enough weight to give it enough balance,” Morris says. “We upholstered walls in white, black and charcoal throughout, and introduced metals — brass and polished nickel.”

Universally smooth to bare feet, versatile porcelain tile crafted to resemble an understated wood grain travels from the social spaces to the private areas. “With a large family, lots of kids and many dogs, it’s always important to have a recreational area,” Morris says. The teens and their friends gather in their own private den, where channeled velvet walls are reprised along with linear and organically shaped daybeds that follow the architecture of the room. Within this “party of texture,” Morris created the ultimate destination to chill, watch TV and just hang out.

The master bedroom is layered in texture — dripping gold-leaf wall covering, faux chinchilla, creamy textiles and shots of pink. An upholstered headboard appears to float above the platform, while the curves of a sumptuous pink and gold settee balance the lines of the récamier nearby. The master bath returns the interior to its classically inspired black and white palette. Just past alternating black and white marble slabs paired with high-gloss vanities, the centerpiece is revealed behind custom-designed doors: a couple’s walk-in shower equipped for both him and her.

“As an artist, I approach every design from an artistic, creative way of thinking,” Morris says. “We do couture design. It’s always layered and sophisticated. As true artists, we never do the same house twice.”

 

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