Luxury Home + Design: June 2012
ROOM WITH A BLUE
This contemporary Mexican-style home—awash in bright colors and clay accents—is a breath of fresh air among its neighbors on Barefoot Beach. Tasked with designing a home that channeled that of Casa Dos Estrellas, an expansive Mexican villa by renowned architect Manolo Mestre, interior designer Faith Fix relished the opportunity to utilize a colorful palette with reclaimed materials. “The owners are also very much about comfort,” Fix explains, “like bringing the family room outside. They wanted to be able to put their feet up, relax and enjoy the views of the water.”
Bold color takes center stage in the living room, and not just on the walls—the high transom windows and rough-hewn beam ceiling are painted a deep terracotta tone, inspired by the colorful upholstery on a pair of chairs. The shape of the fireplace drew from traditional Spanish-style architecture, as did the handpainted tile by Mizner Industries, a company that specializes in the Old World look attributed frequently to renowned architect Addison Mizner, surrounding the fireplace. An antique armoire reinforces the room’s slightly rustic feel.
Sconces flanking the kitchen “give a beautiful accent point,” Fix says, while stamped-tin pendants from Mexico center the gold-toned kitchen. Cobalt blue tile forms a contrasting backsplash with more Mizner-inspired inlaid tile to carry the home’s inspiration.
UP AND AWAY
In selecting the exterior appointments, Fix opted for hammered metal finishes for the railings and a heavier clay roof and chimney on an upstairs deck to keep with its Spanish feel.
The master bathroom is a departure from the bold, rustic colors used throughout the rest of the home. Instead, Fix says, the owners requested a “sense of simplicity,” which Fix achieved through a palette of more soothing tones.
INTERIOR DESIGN Faith Fix, Freestyle Interiors
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN RG Designs
CONTRACTOR Deerbrook Homes