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Point of Americas II

When designing this Harbor Beach, Florida vacation home, the client turned to Raymond Nicolas to design a bachelor pad that had the perfect combination of masculine design and theatrical whimsy.

LOCATION Miami, Florida
TYPE Private Residence

With a long-standing history in the Chicago art scene, the owner of this 2,127-square-foot condo tasked Raymond Nicolas to design a unit that embraced fun and creativity. Having been influenced by the industrial nature of the Meatpacking District in New York City, the client tasked Raymond Nicolas with bringing a piece of urban living to Fort Lauderdale. Upon entering, a wallpaper mimicking vintage-style mailboxes wraps around the foyer and a large Restoration Hardware chandelier cascades overhead. The drama created by the larger-than-life crystal chandelier instantly lets guests know that the home is nothing short of fantastic. The wallpaper continues into the kitchen and conceals a pantry door which adds plenty of storage without disrupting the visual impact of the design. 


Matte black shaker style cabinets are juxtaposed against the bright, cool metallic shine of Waterworks kitchen fixtures, a farmhouse sink, and appliances to create a rugged but modern aesthetic. A deeply veined, moody Frappuccino Quartzite countertop cascades partially up the wall to create a continuous backsplash. The leather finished stone was selected for its unexpected physical qualities and durability. Leather high-top chairs line the island, bringing warmth and comfort into the kitchen.

Upon entering the master bedroom, the client’s background and love of theater are apparent. Heavy woods and dramatic lighting create a bold impact and feel like you are stepping into a sea captain’s quarters. The Restoration Hardware lighting fixtures were selected for their raw, industrial qualities. Thick linen Andrew Martin wallpaper and a high pile rug tie back to the rustic nature of the custom barn door that leads into the master bathroom. Stepping through the barn door, the complete floor-to-ceiling subway tile and tastefully exposed plumbing encapsulate and instantly transport to old New York. The double vanity and double sconce are crisp and clean and take inspiration from classic New York City hotels.

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