|Before & After: what happens |
give a designer
(and the keys!)
Florida-based designer Melida Williams
What brought this project about?
My clients are from New Jersey and I met them through my contractor. They were looking to buy a property in South Florida for awhile. One was for investment (stay tuned for this property next week!) and the other one was for their vacation home, pictured here. This space is located in the historic Shelborne Hotel (with the beach as their backyard).
Did your clients have a vision for their
home or did they leave everything to you?
I was lucky to have clients with great taste and an open mind. Since
they are from out of state, they handed me the keys and put a lot of trust
in me and my design ideas (which always makes for a better end product).
I had an initial design presentation showing the vibe I was going for
and basically worked with their budget to achieve the overall look
(modern/ casual/ eclectic). Their only request at the beginning was
to "make it look a little funky!"
What does your client love
most about this redesign?
My clients love how personalized the space is. This space was all about a monochromatic look with rich textures and exotic woods.
Are there any design elements you
used in this space that our readers
should try for themselves at home?
I do have a few design elements, which I always incorporate in almost every project:
• Bookcases: I love a bookcase! They are the
best way to display anything and create a great
architectural feature in a space.
• Wallpaper: Used as an graphic accent or
textural element throughout, it's always a good
way to add interest to walls or ceilings.
• Artwork: Whatever your budget allows, it's the
best way to infuse personality in any space.
What is your favorite
memory of this project?
I love the beginning and right before the end. My favorite part is
the initial process of reimagining the spaces. The property was in
disrepair and needed a complete overhaul. We basically gutted
the interiors, knocked down walls, raised ceilings and came up
with a more functional use of the space.
And the biggest challenge?
Construction! It's always a challenge when working in
old buildings. Once you open walls, you don't really
know what you are going to find.
We're having many different kinds of chair envy from this home. We'd love to know where they're from!
I have a chair obsession myself. For the desk chairs in
the bedrooms, we wanted something fun and with a
pretty back and profile (not your typical desk chair). In
the master bedroom, we used the Frida black chair with
Tibetan fur by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. It was so fun!
As soon as I saw it in the showroom, I felt like saying "It's
so fluffy!" (in my despicable me voice). For the guest
bedroom, the Francesca Chair has a great mid-century
modern feel which complements the more graphic
elements of the room.
The large mirror seems to be a recurring element. Was that something the clients wanted
or is that all you?
I love mixing scales in spaces, so when I was shopping
for my client and saw this mirror I knew it would be perfect
above the sofa. The thin framed brass mirror is a great way
to bounce the light around in the room and because the
frame is simple, it does not look heavy or out of place.
Also, using a large-scale mirror above a sofa is a great alternative to a large-scale piece of art. In the guestroom
bedroom, I thought the mirror was a nice layer to add
above the wallpaper. Both mirrors have simple yet
interesting frame details.
Any advice for readers
interested in using large
mirrors in a similar way?
My advice is to think of the overall room and use the
mirror as an accent (use different material/ interesting
frame detail). The large scale of these mirrors works
well because the frames themselves are not overpowering.
It's all about layers! And always make sure you have
backing in the wall (so the mirror stays up!).