Waterfront Living #2 – Sophisticated SEASCAPE


Written By: Jeanine Matlow

In the heart of the heavily sought-after community of South Beach, Florida, an oceanfront property is usually as good as it gets. But when a homeowner with one of the hottest locations in town sought the help of interior designer Susan Levinsohn, the best was yet to come.

Aided by designer Ken Crawford, and project coordinator Julie Green, Levinsohn, Director of Design for FineDesign Interiors, in Fort Lauderdale, came aboard for a complete renovation of the high-rise condo.

Comfort and color were also at the top of her client’s list.

The elegant interiors reveal their setting in a distinctive way.

Well-designed yet whimsical interiors are the result of the clever use of color and texture as well as what Levinsohn calls “the subtle details” of the home.

The dazzling entry sets the tone for the refined space with custom wall paneling and glasswork.

Exquisite details include a wall of custom mosaic tiles and a floating light fixture made from individual pieces of glass. Paneled walls disguise the door leading to the master suite. As Levinsohn notes, the foyer also introduces one to the fact that they are about to enter an incredibly unique environment.

That environment extends all the way to the magnificent ocean views.

The designer chose to mimic that look by featuring crystal rain glass backed by mirror on the cabinetry.

Soothing yet playful color combinations, such as ecru and aqua with punches of coral, also accentuate the water and contrast beautifully with the darker woods in the home. The luxurious living room features a set of chairs with pillows held in place by weighted strips of fabric. A cocktail table of Macassar ebony with an onyx inset was designed for display.

While her collections are meant to be seen and enjoyed by others, what you won’t see, the designer says, is the home’s audio/video equipment.

Outside, the terrace beckons with a glass railing overlooking the ocean, woven rattan furniture, and coral-colored pillows.

Upholstered chairs surround two dining room tables. Custom-made chandeliers, created from individual pieces of blown glass, are the stars of the show.

While some of the dining room wall panels are stationary, others contain sliding pocket doors that lead to the kitchen.

A multihued sitting area was designed with cocktails and conversation in mind. Two distinct fabrics on the chairs add a touch of whimsy to the decor, while a round table with curved supports ground the space. Built-in shelves showcase the homeowner’s Chihuly glass collection.

More of the collection is found in the master bedroom, which is done in quieter shades of champagne, ecru, and touches of gold. While much of the home has stone floors, this private space features dark, stained cherry wood flooring underneath a custom wool and silk rug.

The well-placed mirrored accents also make an appearance in the guest room.

The high-rise condo offers high style and flexibility for the homeowner who loves to entertain. Her favorite space just happens to be the one visitors get to see first: the foyer.