Known for serene palettes and neutral-toned spaces, Laurie Walter and Diana Hall of Cinnabar Design decided to showcase a different side to their design prowess with this model at Altaira, a luxury high-rise within The Colony Golf & Country Club. Taking inspiration from the vibrant sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, Walter and Hall created a transitional home with accents of tangerine that energize this spacious condo. “Our goal was to make the home contemporary without going over the top with modern elements,” explains Walter. “There are so many special features, but we wanted them to be subtle and flow with the interior of the home.” They also like to create homes that feel comfortable, not just showrooms. “We always envision life in each particular space we design. We want to create timeless and livable homes, not just a staged collection of rooms,” Hall says.
“We call the secondary seating zone the ‘chat area’,” says Hall. Elegant armchairs from Vanguard sport a traditional shape and are given a contemporary twist with the vibrant citrus orange fabric. Accompanying the chairs are sleek, stone-topped tables, and hide rug. The oil-rubbed bronze tables with travertine tops are from Michael Weiss. This seating area is the first thing seen when entering the home so the color and arrangement was selected to create the maximum visual impact. Throughout the home, French oak floors in a truffle color adds a warm and comfortable feel.
The great room is divided into two areas via a comfortable circular sofa from Vanguard. The sofa was chosen because of the scale of the room. “It’s a large, open space so if we had used a traditional straight sofa or sectional, it would have created a gap that would have felt like an unfinished hole,” says Walter. The elegant curves of the sofa also soften the space while providing enough seating for the gathering area. The floating backlit panel across from the sofa was a clever way to create a memorable design element and break up the large TV wall. A curved bookcase by Vanguard perfectly complements the space. The beautiful window treatments with woven and gossamer textures tie the different great room zones together.
The dining room’s custom drop ceiling is both practical and decorative. “We quickly realized the lighting box wasn’t centered which meant the table couldn’t be centered. That’s not the look we were going for in this room! Our solution was to create this beautiful drop ceiling that matched the wood floors. This created more texture and visual interest while also fixing an issue that could have affected the whole look of the room,” says Hall. The plaid fabric of the banquette seating matches the citrus hues of the kitchen while the art was chosen to add blue and grey to the room. Over the glass-topped table, the onyx-like chandelier is actually made from resin.
In the well-appointed kitchen, the cheery mandarin shade adds a visual punch to the space. Walter explains, “We decided to make color the focal point of the kitchen; it stands alone as the conversation piece in the room. Other items, like the designer-ready backsplash and the counters are more subtle and complement the space without taking too much attention away from the color of the room.” The beautiful barstools with sleek metal frames and vibrant fabric perfectly accent the feel of the mid-century inspired lighting pendants.
The serene palette used in the master bedroom creates the relaxing space Walter and Hall are eager to capture for all their clients. “We feel the master retreat should be just that, a comfortable retreat. We love to use calming colors and textures in these important rooms,” Walter explains. The custom Vanguard nightstands with mirrored top are accented with unique, geometric lamps. The headboard wall has been painted in a soft shade that draws the eye and the chaise lounge was added to create a reading area.
Light and bright with a bold pop of color that energizes the room, this fantastic home office is the perfect place to read and work. Near the window with a custom valance, a seating area has been placed on a wool rug with organic colors and abstract patterns, perfect for this transitional space. The hammered silver rain drum table is both practical and elegant. Across the room, the modern desk sports sleek dark wood with metal inlay and base. The art on the wall behind actually served as the inspiration for the room and are two of Walter and Hall’s favorite items in the home.
The kiwi color of this guest bedroom is the perfect complement to the bright colors in the main living areas of the home. The chequed, geometric pattern of the upholstered built-in headboard wall matches the custom-built sandbox bed. The bed is flanked by linen covered nightstands with nailhead details. Above, the modern light fixture is comprised of individual lighting cups creating an intriguing design.
The custom floating cabinet in the powder bath is the focal point in this small, but beautiful space. The walls feature new coverings that Walter and Hall were excited to incorporate into the bathroom. With a modern take on florals, the bronze, silver, and metallic pewter of the wall coverings perfectly fit the natural porcelain tiles while applied trim adds a special touch.