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Publication Date: 2015-06-25

House Tours

Tour an Art Collector's Modern Miami Beach Home

In this Miami Beach home, interior designer Charlotte Dunagan of Charlotte Dunagan Design Group knew the focus would be the client's colorful paintings and sculptures. Acting as both an exhibition space and a household, Dunagan favored plentiful neutrals and minimal furnishings to properly display the owner's art collection while providing an elegant space to relax.


The exterior of the home features two Medjool date palms in raised planters, creating a focal point for both the sculpture and covered entry, where wood ceiling inserts soften the architecture.

With a string sculpture installation by Karen Rifas behind the staircase, glass railing and baby grand piano, the entryway is both artistic and modern. The home is unified by limestone flooring, which starts at the entry and continues throughout the home.

This contemporary home is created with a minimalistic but warm, neutral palette so the clients’ extensive art collection can stand out as the primary decorative element. Near the piano stands a marble sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry.

“There are so few pieces in this room,” says Dunagan, that “they need to have drama.” With the Wilfredo Lam painting as the focal point, Dunagan played with sleek lines in warm colors and textures, as seen in the pair of Christian Liaigre sofas.

With a muted palette and transitional furnishings, the family room further displays the owner's collection of colorful artwork. The custom U-shaped sectional from Monica James is covered in beige chenille.

Dark floor-to-ceiling cabinetry conceals staff quarters and contrasts with white lacquer cabinetry at the sink.

Although the home itself is quite formal, the objective was to create a dining room of relaxed elegance that lets the art collection shine. Opposite the wine unit is a Tomas Sanchez painting.

Whether the homeowners are dining alone or with guests, the dual Bon dining tables with custom Monica James armchairs allow for flexibility. The Julio Larraz painting is the dining room’s focal point, while a pass through window from the adjacent kitchen provides views of the water from both rooms.

The library is designed with masculine, subdued colors to balance the colorful art collection. The painting next to the bookshelves, “Unexpected Death of Ana Nicole Smith,” is by Rosario Rivera-Bond. The custom desk is by Camilo Office Furniture and features a glass topped display area. Chairs by J. Batchelor surround the desk.

A modern yet warm home office was achieved using natural materials with clean edges and finishes. Behind the desk is an original Scott Prior painting.

The contemporary powder room that adjoins the home office has an elegant simplicity with clean, sleek lines.

A wall of segmented suede from Arabel fabrics makes for a quietly dramatic headboard in this master bedroom. A Palmer Hargrave fixture from David Sutherland hangs above a separate seating area.

In the master bath, the gilded veins of Calacatta Gold marble bring warmth to the predominantly white space. The minimalism of the space provides a clean, spa-like ambiance in their rather long narrow bathroom.

This outdoor living space brings the look and feel of the home's interior into the exterior. David Sutherland lounges surround the pool area while ligustrum and bougainvillea plants dot the length of the home.

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SHOP (Top Row): Stella 1 painting, Curated Kravet (price upon request) // Spaulding Bar Stool, Michael Berman Limited (price upon request) // Presidio Lamp, Huniford Collection ($4,200) // Oscar sculpture, Karpa (price upon request)

SHOP (Bottom Row): Wilshire sofa, Kravet (price upon request) // JBS Marais Sconce, Jonathan Browning (price upon request) // Lulu chair, Giannetti Home (starting at $1,900) // Salon Ottoman, Maxine Snider (starting at $2,150)


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