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July
28

Peruse some of South Florida's most exceptional new luxury estates soon to be completed. Our estate agents have been working closely with local builders to promote several luxury estates scheduled to be completed on or before 2022. If you are interested in any of these listings, you and your family could be the first owners to reside in these stunning properties. 

1133 Cocoanut

1133 Cocoanut Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Listed by D'Angelo | Liguori

Situated in the prestigious Estate Section of Old Boca Raton, this distinctive Farmhouse Modern Estate was designed by B1 Architects and constructed by Elysee Homes. The full master wing will be located on the ground floor and will feature a set of dual closets and a sleek bathroom. In the main foyer, a stunning floating staircase leads up to the second floor where four additional bedroom suites, a loft, and a viewing deck await. An elevator provides additional access to the second story. 

An inground pool, a luxury spa, and an inviting sundeck give owners plenty of ways to spend pleasant days outdoors. 

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July
7

Premier Estate Properties' Estate Portfolio encompasses a widely diverse selection of the finest ultraluxury properties currently available on Florida's East Coast. Featured here is just a small sampling of our newly listed estates and condominiums, each offering a sublime lifestyle opportunity for the discerning buyer.

1801 Spanish River Road

1801 Spanish River Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Listed by D'Angelo | Liguori

Our estate agents are pleased to be the first to represent this brand new four-bedroom luxury estate on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway. Designed by Alejandro Borrero Architecture and Marc Julian Homes with interior finishes by Michael Grey Interiors, this spacious estate is comprised of a single level encased in an angular glass shell. 

The gated courtyard at the entrance welcomes visitors across a bridge flanked by a set of carefully landscaped ponds. Additional features like vault ceilings and a custom decorative mirror and fireplace add to the beauty and exclusivity of this space, which also offers multiple bars for entertaining.

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June
24

A luxury residence should be as unique as the people who live there. Designer interior finishes can turn any space into a one-of-a-kind paradise. 

Our estate agents represent estates with some of the most distinctive interior design elements. From eye-catching wall paneling to dramatic columns and archways, the following five estates include designer finishes you will never forget.  

2367 S Ocean Boulevard, Highland Beach, FL 33487 | Listed by D'Angelo | Liguori

Designed by Marc Michaels, this contemporary Italian-style compound incorporates luxurious white marble in fixtures ranging from countertops to stately Roman-style columns. Hardwood detailing is also prevalent, including stairs, paneling, and other accents.

This combination of pale lustrous stone and warm inviting wood sets the stage for a sophisticated yet relaxed lifestyle on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Airy open archways and delicate coffered ceilings complete the refined look of this 18,000± square foot property. 

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May
26

Mayfair Collection

Sellers who list their important properties for sale with Premier Estate Properties can expect a world of exposure both online and through exclusive print publications. Case in point, the Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Fort Lauderdale estate properties featured below are currently showcased in the Spring/Summer edition of the UK's Mayfair Collection, where Premier Estate Properties is a premier advertiser. The reason is this.

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May
11

Designed by renowned architect Randall Stofft with interior design by award-winning Martyn Lawrence Bullard, this reimagined Italian Renaissance rare oceanfront estate boasts 26,000± feet in total living space and seamlessly integrates modern luxury and comfort. Our estate agent, Evan Musa, invites you to preview this ultraluxury estate and explore its many exceptional details.

2325 Delray Beach

2325 S Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach, FL 33483 | Listed by Evan Musa

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October
29

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and our real estate agents invite you to embrace the warm, welcoming spaces of these gorgeous South Florida kitchens. With elegant designs and top-of-the-line features, these amazing spaces will delight those who love to cook as well as residents who enjoy watching a personal chef whip up tasty cuisine.

719 Grove

  • 719 Grove Place, Vero Beach, FL 32963 | Listed by O'Dare Boga Group
    A sprawling Vero Beach property totaling nearly 10,000± square feet, this beautiful home on the Indian River within the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club has four bedrooms, four full and 2 half bathrooms, and a fantastic custom kitchen. The kitchen opens to a porch facing the Indian River, inviting you to enjoy a view with each meal. Appliances within the kitchen include two dishwashers, a combined refrigerator, a freezer, and wine cooler, and a six-burner gas range with dual ovens. A separate laundry room acts as a butler's pantry with an additional refrigerator/freezer/wine cooler. With granite countertops, furniture-style cabinetry, and a lovely island/bar, this Vero Beach estate is a delight.

141 Ocean Beach Trail

  • 141 Ocean Beach Trail, Vero Beach, FL 32963 | Listed by Brown Harris and Webb
    Take advantage of this rare oceanfront estate in Vero's Ocean Colony. Every inch of its 7,386± square-feet was custom-designed to balance extravagance with elegance. The first floor includes an exceptional chef's kitchen and glassed breakfast area with ocean views. The kitchen has been outfitted with a Miele espresso machine, convection-heated double-ovens, a professional six-burner gas range, dual dishwashers, double refrigerators, custom cabinetry, and granite countertops.
    141 Ocean Trail Wine Cellar141 Ocean Beach Trail, Vero Beach, FL 32963 | Listed by Brown Harris and Webb
    A wet bar in the spacious master bedroom and a custom wine cellar complete this flawless masterpiece that will not stay on the market for long!

211 Ocean Terrace

  • 211 Ocean Terrace, Palm Beach, FL 33480 | Listed by Jim McCann Group
    Be the first to call this gorgeous Palm Beach estate home. Custom designed by Smith & Moore, this two-story house includes four bedrooms, five full and one-half bathrooms, a two-car garage, elevator, and a heated pool across nearly 5,000 square-feet. Natural light fills the open kitchen, complete with a breakfast area that overlooks the patio, pool, and garden. After your meal is prepared, enjoy it upstairs in the master suite's private breakfast bar.

429 E Alexander Palm Road

  • 429 E. Alexander Palm Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Listed by Geri Penniman & Jackie Feldman
    Fall in love with an estate within the prestigious Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. With 6-beds, 6.2-baths, and just under 8,100 square-feet, this Boca Raton deepwater property is eye-catching inside and out. A spectacular chef's kitchen contains a breakfast bar, professional-grade appliances, custom wood cabinetry, granite counters, and two working islands. Not to be outdone, the fully-equipped summer kitchen and fireplace on the sprawling patio makes outdoor dining comfortable no matter the season. Also on the first floor is a convenient temperature-controlled wine room, completely customized for discerning collectors.

4020 Ibis Point

  • 4020 Ibis Point Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33431 | Listed by D'Angelo | Liguori
    Enjoy an estate like no other in Boca Raton. This reimagined deepwater mansion in The Sanctuary includes a resort-style patio with a brand-new pool, LED lighting, and 105± feet of deepwater dockage. Recently renovated in 2018, this six-bed, eleven full and 2 half bath home features three stories of luxurious space. The spacious kitchen features a gracious eat-in island, stunning white cabinetry, an electric range, and other high-quality appliances. A separate bar area provides additional entertaining options. With long water views and exceptional indoor/outdoor living, this Boca Raton estate is a fabulous place to call home.

Would you love to prepare meals in these amazing properties? Let us give you a tour. Contact us today to explore the chef's dream kitchens in our Boca Raton homes for sale

August
6

Our estate agents invite you to live the South Florida lifestyle to its fullest within a luxury home that maximizes indoor/outdoor living space. Imagine lounging in your spacious living area then leisurely strolling outside to soak up the sand, sun, and surf. Picture family dinners on the lanai, cookouts by the pool, and drinks with friends near the shore all while having the convenience to duck under the shade of your chef's kitchen when the temperature is at its highest. If you want to live an unlimited indoor/outdoor South Florida lifestyle, then these properties are sure to catch your eye.

9620 Highway A1a

  • 9620 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963 | Listed by O'Dare Boga Group
    While the stunning water views from the first-floor breakfast area, gourmet chef's kitchen, and dual balconies are exceptional, it is the ground floor's gated courtyard and covered verandahs that truly make this home special. With a lap pool, extended pergola, and guest house providing a perfect balance to the oceanfront views in the front of the home, this highly-desirable property provides splendid indoor/outdoor living around every corner.

237 Brazilian Ave

  • 237 Brazilian Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480 | Listed by Suzanne Frisbie
    This sprawling nearly 6,000 square-foot property has 5-bedrooms, elevator, pool, and comfortable indoor/outdoor space to entertain dozens of guests. The luxurious ambiance is created through an interior open air courtyard featuring a stunning garden with banks of  French doors opening to the interior living and dining areas. Every moment spent in this romantic courtyard will make you feel like you are at your own private resort.

717 Seagate Drive

  • 717 Seagate Dr., Delray Beach, FL 33483 | Listed by Pascal (Pat) Liguori
    Immerse yourself in luxury within the much sought-after Seagate neighborhood and enjoy prime indoor/outdoor living. Over half of an acre, this property features a two-sided gas fireplace, outdoor living area and bar, fully-equipped summer kitchen, large covered loggia, salt-water pool, new decking, a spa, gas fire bowls, a batting cage, gazebo, and half-basketball court. If you want the ultimate resort-style indoor/outdoor magnificence that you can only find at a five-star resort, this Delray Beach estate is calling your name!

3750 NE 6th St

  • 3750 NE 6th Dr., Boca Raton, FL 33431 | Listed by D'Angelo | Liguori
    This elegantly refined, luxurious waterfront showplace in Boca Raton offers the quintessential South Florida indoor/outdoor experience. The highlight of this ultra-luxury property is the waterfront terrace accessible from the interior by way of retractable glass doors. A saltwater pool, summer kitchen, and striking gas fire table provide an alluring atmosphere for you and your guests to spend every evening spoiled in style.

4900 NE 28th Ave

  • 4900 NE 28th Ave., Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 | Listed by Kevin Kreutzfeld
    This Lighthouse Point estate features a luxe master suite and fabulous interior amenities throughout. A waterfront gem ideal for the avid boatsman, you will love entertaining guests with masterful meals cooked up in the chef's kitchen and served on the outdoor patio. Sitting adjacent to the resort-style pool and spillover spa, this outdoor entertaining space is the perfect place to host backyard barbeques with poolside drink service.

2494 South Ocean Blvd

  • 2494 S Ocean Boulevard, Unit C-9, Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Listed by Scot Karp
    Luxurious indoor/outdoor living awaits at the exclusive Aragon! Situated on a wide, sandy beach, this penthouse offers stunning views and a wraparound oceanfront balcony to enjoy the Florida sunshine. Or head to the beach and spend the day at the private beachfront cabana. With 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 1 partial baths, there is plenty of room to entertain and host guests. Plus, you can take the party upstairs to the rooftop to relax at the private rooftop pool and waterfall spa. 

Would you love to indulge in the ultimate indoor/outdoor living spaces that these stunning properties showcase? We're happy to help you find your piece of paradise along the Atlantic Coast. Contact us today.

October
1

Although we don't experience extreme temperature shifts as the seasons change, that doesn't mean we can't admire the many fall looks created by talented interior designers around the world. Incorporating autumnal hues, warm lighting, cozy textures and other signature elements of the season, these spaces offer a subtle nod to fall.

Explore this curated collection of fall interior design inspiration for luxury properties — then follow us on Instagram for more interior inspiration all year long. We regularly share glimpses of our $1.14 billion estate portfolio, comprised of some of the most impressive properties for sale in South Florida.

 

Subtle Autumnal Tones

From @mackenziestudio

 
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Mackenzie & Company shows how to transition from bright summer hues to warm autumnal tones, without having to add vibrant oranges or reds to your interior. In fact, read the full caption on this post to learn three tricks for a subtle fall look, including incorporating brown hues and natural elements!

 

Sleek Modern Bathroom

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Moody dark colors, warm lighting, and natural elements come together for this gorgeous modern bathroom look. The space feels extremely inviting yet sophisticated and sleek, creating a seamless flow from the indoors to the outside with a wall of glass.

 

Spacious Airy Kitchen

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While this kitchen looks stunning all year long, it has an airy and bright autumn feel with its leather seats, hygge-like accessories and wicker light fixtures. Even a few small details can create a fall look in any space.

 

Pops of Orange + Cozy Texture

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Studio LIFE/STYLE shared this minimalist interior, which transitions perfectly from summer to fall. Notice the cozy bouclé texture on the chairs, the burnt orange pillows, and the other orangey accessories on display.

 

Bold Gold Bed Frame

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One of our favorite materials during the fall — and all year long — is gold metal. This thick golden bed frame makes a striking statement and is complemented by subtle details and neutral colors.

 

Elegant Living Space

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This comfortable and elegant living room is the epitome of a fall look. Designer Lissa Lee Hickman incorporated orange tones in the chairs, curtains, and artwork above the mantel. And the elegant chandelier and gorgeous coffered wood ceiling add an extra dose of warmth and character to the space.

 

Pops of Mustard Yellow

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This space proves that just one pop of color can make a huge difference. This mustard yellow ottoman, paired with matching yellow pillows, adds an autumnal touch to this modern industrial living area with soaring ceilings and brick details.

 

Natural Light + Leather Details

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Natural light illuminates this comfortable seating area adorned with soaring window walls. This architecturally stunning space is enhanced by leather furniture, gold accents, and wood details.

 

Moody Speakeasy Feel

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This scene is straight out of a swanky speakeasy, complete with warm lighting, leather furniture and natural elements like the stunning stone accent wall. The unique golden-yellow lamp adds a pop of color, serving as both a source of light and a piece of art.

 

Gold Accents + Neutral Tones

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Here's another example of gold statement pieces in the bedroom, complemented by neutral tones. The minimalist space feels refreshing, clean and serene.

 

Light Woods + Cream Fabrics

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This simple and airy space is filled with light woods, warm browns, cream fabrics, and soft leathers to create a sense of calm. The awe-inspiring view over the water doesn't hurt either (and it's something we have plenty of here in South Florida!).

 

High Contrast With Pops of Orange

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Orange is undoubtedly a fall color and this interior incorporates it in a brilliant way. The living room is chic, comfortable and sophisticated, with light grays and a contrast of stark white and black, plus matching pillows and a chair in a gorgeous burnt orange hue.

 

Happy Fall!

What look inspires you? Let us know which interior is your favorite in the comments below.

August
13

It's no secret. Staging is an essential step during the process of selling a significant property. High-end furnishings and tasteful decor can significantly enhance the look and feel of a luxury property, attracting potential buyers and allowing them to envision themselves living in the space. One of our favorite designers is Meridith Baer Home, the premier home staging company in the nation. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hamptons, and Miami, they offer staging, interior design, luxury furniture leasing, and instant home services from the West Coast to the East Coast, and everywhere in between. The Meridith Baer Home team recently completed a staging project in a gorgeous modern condominium in Boca's Sabal Ridge. We caught up with Brianna Smith, the head of design of Meridith Baer Home in Florida, to learn more about the project and the art of luxury staging as a whole.  

Staging an Ultraluxury Condominium in Boca Raton

Utilizing their most elegant furnishings, the Meridith Baer Home team eloquently styled this luxury condominium listed by Scot Karp for $2.5 million. They incorporated a thoughtful layer of pillows, throws, florals, and abstract art, providing accents of soft, welcoming color. The goal was to make the condo look not just staged — but lived in and loved.   750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432   PEP: What was the overall vision of this project? MBH: Our overall vision was to emphasize the unit's stunning coastal views and highlight the renovations that the sellers underwent prior to listing the property with Premier. A great deal of work was done to make the unit more fresh and contemporary, and it was important for our staging to be in the same vein aesthetically.    PEP: Do you have a favorite piece of furniture/decor or a specific area? MBH: I love the artwork in the living room, which is an original piece by Lynn Hanson, a close friend of Meridith's. Lynn does phenomenal work, and I love that this piece ties in seamlessly with the water outside and brings depth and contrast to the room.    PEP: How would you describe the style of the end result? MBH: The end result is a "comfortable contemporary" aesthetic. The unit features clean lines and neutral finishes, and while the furniture does as well, the use of shades of blue with white linen upholstery softens the feel of the home, making it feel approachable and soothing while remaining contemporary and up-to-date.    PEP: What is your favorite part of the staging process? MBH: My favorite part of the staging process is the flexibility that our vast inventory allows to tailor the furniture, artwork, and accessories to any space. Each home that we stage is different, and I love being able to address each home's needs to ensure that the spaces present to buyers in their best light.   

About the Property

750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N Boca Raton, FL 33432 Enjoying panoramic views of the vast ocean, this ultraluxury condominium underwent a complete renovation in 2018. The custom contemporary residence features chic finishes and opulent amenities, including a wet bar with a sink and wine cooler, a custom hall office, and outdoor spaces providing ocean, city and Intracoastal views. The sleek chef's kitchen is equipped with Neolith counters imported from Spain, cabinets made in Italy by Spazio di Casa, soft-close drawers, a SubZero refrigerator, a Wolf oven and range, and a wall-installed coffee station. Sweeping ocean views can be admired from the fabulous master suite that is suited with a large double walk-in closet, tray ceilings, and recessed lighting. Served by dual sinks and counters from Italy, a vast glass-enclosed shower with double showerheads and a lit shaving mirror complete the master bath. The residence contains a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a fully equipped laundry room, and two offices. No detail was overlooked and no expense was spared with the renovation of this 3,079-square-foot condominium. Click here for more details about 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N.  

Tips for Staging Luxury Properties From Meridith Baer Home

  1. Start with a neutral palette.
We utilize a large amount of white, cream, and grey upholstery, then add pops of color and personality through artwork, pillows, throws, and accessories. 
  1. Bring in greenery.
Meridith once told me that she likes to have something green and living in every room. Flowers, trees or green moss provide contrast and a more organic feel to any space. 
  1. Depersonalize.
This is probably the hardest message to deliver to staging clients but is one of the most vital steps in preparing a home for market. It's important to remove as many personal photos and other personalized items from the home prior to staging. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home, and it's difficult to do so when a seller's photos and personal effects remain.  

More Information

For more information about staging, interior design or luxury furniture leasing in South Florida — or across the country — contact Meridith Baer Home. Their expert team has the expertise and artistic eye to properly stage or design your luxury property. If you would like more details about 750 South Ocean Boulevard 6-N, contact Scot Karp, Director of Premier Estate Properties' Ultraluxury Condominium Division.
March
21

This breathtaking estate is poised directly along the Atlantic sugar sands stretching to the tranquil Intracoastal Waterway on Manalapan's coveted stretch of barrier island coastline. The ocean-to-Intracoastal paradise was completed in 2012 after a meticulous design and construction process. It was designed by Affiniti Architects and constructed by Mark Timothy Luxury Homes, and features finishes and furnishings by Marc-Michaels Interior Design. Visitors approach 700 South Ocean via a long drive winding across the well-manicured lawn, passing a state-of-the-art basketball court, and finally arriving at a regal fountained courtyard. This tropical Georgian-inspired residence is a sight to behold, with a romantic balcony overhead, palm trees framing the double-door entry, and a four-bay garage. Once inside, the soaring foyer features a dramatic, curvaceous staircase, soft-toned checkerboard marble flooring, and a chandelier hanging overhead. Indoor/outdoor living is a consistent theme in this expansive property, exemplified by the immediate ocean views visible from the entryway framed by columns as you peer beyond the living room. In fact, the serene ocean waters can be seen from nearly every vantage point of the estate. This is something the team at Marc-Michaels was cognizant of as they created a beautiful "Coastal Traditional" feel in the space, incorporating outdoor elements in the interior. Plus, the endless natural views and overall layout of the home encourages the indoor/outdoor flow. 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 The process of designing this home lasted approximately two years. In the initial phase, the Marc-Michaels team had several meetings with the client and builder to better understand their vision for the home. They then met together as a design team to go room by room and program each space in the home. The designers and interior detailers worked together to pull finishes, furnishings, and draw elevations, ceiling, and floors to present together to the client. Once the client approved everything, the builders moved forward with constructing the home, keeping the designers and detailers informed of the progress. The detailers and designers even had a chance to visit the property throughout the building process. Once the home was finished, the designers were able to work their magic, installing all furnishings, accessories, and art. We admire the high-style and cohesive look the Marc-Michaels team created throughout this residence. All design elements come together in picture-perfect harmony, and all features function together with effortless ease. Over the years, the Marc-Michaels team has recognized the power of staging, particularly in the high-end real estate space. "The more inviting and complete the spaces feel, the more likely a potential buyer is to envision themselves living in the house," said Tara Kaufmann, Director of Interior Detailing with Marc-Michaels. And they have created both an inviting and complete feel in this property. 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 One of the more notable areas of the estate is the living area opening to the outdoor space. Comfortably inviting with a beamed ceiling and white-washed oak floor, the open family room has a coral-backed media space between see-through windowed display cabinets and joins to the main oceanfront lanai. The use of coral, shells, and coastal-themed prints highlights the home's tropical feel. The design elements are simultaneously neutral and bold, masculine and feminine, and classic and whimsical. Designed as an extension of the family room, the air-conditioned, glass-enclosed lanai features coral-stone walls, a beamed ceiling, a fire-pit, a summer kitchen/bar, and a cabana bath. These two separate rooms manage to feel connected and coherent, creating an effortless flow through the use of glass and consistent design themes. "The house has an exceptional indoor/outdoor living space," Kaufmann said. "The entire family room feels as if it could be outdoor space thanks to the pocketing glass doors and the glass display cases on either side of the TV." 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 700 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, FL 33462 The Marc-Michaels team working on this particular project included a mix of designers and interior detailers, including Kathryn Dunagan, Rachel Ortiz, Tara Kaufmann, Jeff Strasser and Shannon Callahan. Founded in Winter Park in 1985 as a partnership between S. Marc Thee and Michael J. Abbott, Marc-Michaels is an international interior design firm with approximately 70 industry professionals. Their philosophy, "The difference is in the details," reflects their meticulous attention to detail and commitment to excellent customer service. The size of their firm, the magnitude of international interior design projects, and long-standing vendor relationships makes them one of the most trusted firms in the industry. Marc-Michaels is particularly set apart from other firms, as they provide interior detailing as an optional part of a full-service design package, resulting in a seamless design/build process. This unique offering makes a difference in the design process, as displayed in their work in this Manalapan estate.  

Interested in a redesign or custom build?

Contact Marc-Michaels to get in touch with a designer to begin discussing your dream design and unique living experience.  

Interested in viewing this breathtaking home in person?

Contact Pascal Liguori for an exclusive showing of 700 South Ocean.
September
27

A home's design should be a reflection of its inhabitants — either refined and elegant, eclectic and artsy, or anything in between. Interior designers make it a priority to create an environment that speaks directly to his or her client's personality through the color scheme, furniture choice and overall aesthetic. John De Bastiani, based in New York City, is one such designer. Drawing inspiration from his client's preferences and the surrounding landscape, he creates stunning yet approachable homes all over the country — some of which have made it into publications such as Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Boston Globe Magazine. We spoke to him about his background, his inspiration behind a stunning Miami project, and current trends he admires. John De Bastiani
Premier Estate Properties: How did you get your start in interior design? Has design always sparked your interest?
John De Bastiani: I started out working for Brunschwig & Fils, a leading industry fabric house, in the 90's. [Interior design] was always a great interest of mine, and really grew into something that I wanted to pursue as a career while working in the business for B & F. I love the creative process and seeing "the fruit of your labor" in a relatively short period of time.  
PEP: Can you tell me about your firm?
JDB: I have a pretty small firm. It's just me, an assistant and a bookkeeper. I share an apartment in New York City with my partner, and have a home office there which I work out of when doing projects on that side of the country. Right now I have several clients on the east coast so I've been spending about 2/3 of my time in New York, and the remainder in Los Angeles.  
PEP: What is one big trend in interior design right now? How do you feel about it?
JDB: I think the biggest trend hands down is mixing modern with traditional. You see this a lot in new construction — especially developer residential construction. Things like "farmhouse modern" or taking a traditional house and changing the interior finishes to create a more contemporary or streamlined look. You see this a lot in kitchens and bathrooms especially.
John De Bastiani
PEP: Tell me about this project in Miami. What was the client looking for? How did you help bring their vision to life?
JDB: [This project] was done for a Silicon Valley mogul. The client wanted a modern look, but not one full of Italian, glass and chrome furniture. They wanted the house to have its own personality. I took cues from their other houses and interpreted them into a more coastal, organic and modern design. Many have commented that it looks like "the Hamptons meets Miami." We also had the benefit of using our client's wonderful art collection.  
PEP: It looks like the art collection is made up of abstract, statement pieces. Would you say that decorators should stick to a certain theme when decorating their walls?
JDB:  I'm not one just to mix things just for the sake of mixing, it must work and have some relation and congruity. The room can take on a "dog's breakfast" look if things do not marry well. It also helps bring together the soothing palette if art is in the same color range.
PEP: The color palette incorporates so many shades of blue! Would you say blue acts as a neutral in this case?
JDB: I love blue, and I do use it almost as a neutral. It has a calming effect and also worked well in this case with the ocean right outside the windows. I also wanted to highlight the main art piece in the living room, the overcalled Massimo Vital photograph. It's a wandering European beach scene that incorporates lovely blues, grey, and sands colors, pretty much the living room colors.  
PEP: How do you typically go about choosing color palettes for a project?
JDB: I typically pick an overall palette after meeting with my client and finding out what colors they enjoy. Many people are attracted to my work because of my use of blue, so often people choose a blue color palette. I try to not do blue in every room though, but break it up a little with something else. John De Bastiani
PEP: Does the landscape of a community influence your designs at all?  
JDB: Yes, absolutely. I would not decorate a ski lodge the same way I would decorate a seaside home. Oftentimes, looking to nature is a great way to be inspired for a design concept.  
PEP: Would you say you have a signature in your design projects? Or a rule you always follow? (In other words, what sets you apart?)
JDB: I think my look is not fussy, always comfortable and usable. I incorporate clean lines, and usually stay in a blue color range. Whether the project is traditional or modern, I think this carries through all my projects. I think there is oftentimes a tranquil feel to my projects — your home should be an oasis from the ever-increasingly hectic world.  
PEP: What are your design plans for the future?
JDB: I am really looking forward to doing more work in Florida. We are about to begin a great project in Palm Beach soon, and [I have] a few things in Boca Raton coming up. It is very easy for me to work anywhere in the country and it's something I am very used to. I also design and make most of the furniture these day for all my projects — that way my clients are getting something unique for just them.  
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July
12

As a high-end luxury brand, we have the rare opportunity to work with some of the best interior designers and stagers in the country — and arguably, the globe.  Meridith Baer Home is one of these designers, and happens to also be one of the premier home staging companies in the nation. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hamptons, and Miami, they offer staging, luxury furniture leasing, and private interior design for a variety of clients. We caught up with Brianna Smith, the head of design of Meridith Baer Home in Florida, to get some insight into current design trends across the country, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and everywhere in between. Meridith Baer Home

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Meridith Baer Home

Property Located at 2884 NE 30th Street, Listed By Kevin Kreutzfeld

Meridith Baer Home

Property Located at 2884 NE 30th Street, Listed By Kevin Kreutzfeld

Since the main focus of the company is staging, Meridith Baer sees significant value in this step of the selling process. Not only does the appearance of a staged home please the eye, it creates an overall experience for buyers, as they can start to envision their life in the space. It's more than aesthetics; it's about captivating an audience.
"Even the most sophisticated buyers can have trouble walking through an empty home and seeing themselves living there," Smith said. "Staging not only eliminates the guesswork about where and how to place furniture, it shows potential buyers the lifestyle they could attain if they were to purchase the home."
Due to their wide reach across the country, Meridith Baer must understand the varying design trends from market to market, and coast to coast. Most noticeably, their coastal markets call for a more breezy, effortless look, while metropolitan areas often call for eclectic, curated staging.
"Each market has its own specific design requirements, in terms of both style and function," Smith said. "For example, we use smaller, more streamlined furniture in our San Francisco homes, since many of those are tighter spaces, whereas in Miami, we use larger furniture that epitomizes the 'coastal sleek' aesthetic, as we're often staging large estates with gorgeous ocean views."
Meridith Baer Home Meridith Baer Home Meridith Baer Home Not only do the trends in each market vary from another, the ways of the design world are always evolving. Meridith Baer Home is always ahead of the curve when it comes to determining the current status of design, as they have a consistent gauge of the latest and most popular trends. At the moment, transitional design featuring clean lines and neutral colors is back en vogue on both coasts. There has been a noticeable move from stark modern interiors to a warmer, more welcoming aesthetic.
"Modernity is still alive and well, but it's maturing into a more comfortable mode that's both more attractive and more attainable for all types of buyers," said Smith. "Natural materials are taking center stage, and color palettes have expanded from monochromatic extremes to softer tones."
Meridith Baer has a stacked resume when it comes to staging homes in South Florida, so they deeply understand the design style of this region. In the more traditional homes they stage here, they have seen a shift from the heavy, dark Mediterranean aesthetic toward a lighter, more airy look reminiscent of coastal Montecito. The team even had a chance to show this transition by updating a home in the Royal Palm community. It was painted a bright ochre inside and out, with sage green trim. They painted the interior and exterior a gorgeous alabaster white, complemented by a dark navy trim and outriggers. They whitewashed the pecky cypress ceilings on the exterior loggia and courtyard with a light gradation of the same navy used on the trim. The result was absolutely jaw-dropping, and brought the property into the present day with a few brilliant paint color decisions.

Meridith Baer Home

Meridith Baer Home

Meridith Baer Home Smith predicts that South Florida can expect to see some brass fixtures and accents used frequently on the West Coast. She says it is just a matter of time until they appear in force in our newly constructed properties. We are grateful for our partnership with Meridith Baer Home, as we trust their expertise and admire their dedication to their craft. Our exquisite properties they stage are able to shine all the more with their artistic touch, eye for beauty, and commitment to excellence.

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April
26

It is no secret that our natural surroundings in South Florida are absolutely breathtaking — from the sparkling white sand between our toes to the canopy of green foliage hanging overhead. One of the best ways to enjoy said outdoor elements is by incorporating them into your decor. Indoor/outdoor living has become a necessity in many South Florida homes, fueled by a desire to merge nature with interiors for a refreshing, inspired and organic feel. Embark on an adventure through nature to discover the many natural elements you can bring inside.  

EARTH

Brick

Natural Home Decor | Brick

Photo Courtesy of Angelina Alekseeva

The process of brick-making dates back to 7000 BC, as early builders constructed immaculate structures using a simple combination of mud, clay and water. Except for a few minor adjustments in the process, this age-old method has transpired into the present day. Some historic buildings still maintain the original shell of its former life with exposed brick walls, presenting a desirable rustic and industrial backdrop. Interior designers are now adding in brick walls to replicate this look, while keeping the bricks in their natural form or painting over them for a more subtle textured and modern look.  

Wood

Natural Home Decor | Wood

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Incorporating wood into your decor is one of the easiest ways to create a natural look. Keep things extra organic by keeping stain and other finishes away from natural wood. Consider adding a large tree trunk with branches, a wooden stump, wood furniture, or small branch details into your home. Or you might even consider installing wood flooring or a wall made completely of wood to make a bolder statement.  

Plants

Natural Home Decor | Plants

Photo Courtesy of Angelina Alekseeva

Along those lines, plants are an obvious yet beneficial addition to a natural decor scheme. Bringing a living plant into your home adds both aesthetic beauty and health benefits, as plants can remove indoor air pollutants, decrease stress and increase energy. A planter table is a unique way to combine wood and plants into one functional and attractive piece of furniture.  

Found Objects

Natural Home Decor | Found Objects We admire the serene, coastal look of many homes in Florida or in other tropical regions throughout the world. Set your interior apart with one-of-a-kind objects found in nature, whether it is a seashell, unique piece of driftwood, or another small object found in your backyard.  

Fur

Natural Home Decor | Fur

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Whether it is real or faux, animal fur is a luxe and natural addition to your interior. It creates a warm and cozy feel, whether it's in the form of a rug, blanket, footstool or chair. White fur adds a particularly lavish and modern look to a room.  

Agate

Natural Home Decor | Agate

Agate is a translucent variety of microcrystalline quartz formed primarily in ancient volcanic lava. This breathtaking product of nature can be found in an assortment of colors, including white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray and black, and sometimes features a kaleidoscopic combination of several colors. These gorgeous gems have been used as coasters, lamps, planters, tiling on walls, stained-glass windows, or even stand-alone works of art.  

Organic Man-Made Materials

Boll & Branch

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Diederich Photography for Boll & Branch

You may not expect to see man-made textile materials on a list of natural home decor pieces. However, there are several companies, such as Boll & Branch, that solely produce organic bedding. Boll & Branch sells a variety of fair-trade, organic products, including sheets, duvet covers, towels, blankets, knits, and much more. Not only are their products ethically made, they are luxurious in every sense — from their attractive and innovative design to their soft, high-end feel.  

Stones

Natural Home Decor | Stones

Photo Courtesy of R.E. MacDonald Stoves & Stones Ltd.

Stones provide a undeniably natural look, whether they are arranged in a terrarium with moss and succulents or attached to a wall surrounding a rustic fireplace. Each has a distinctive look, varying in size, shape, color and texture. This creates a natural mosaic of neutrals and a refreshing, organic feel in any space.  
  We've covered plenty of natural materials emerging from the earth. But what about the other remaining elements?

AIR

Natural Home Decor | Air

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Add fresh air into your home by intentionally creating a flow from the outside to the inside. This can be easily achieved with large glass walls that slide back and forth, allowing a warm breeze to enter into your living space. This can also be done through maximizing the amount of natural light entering your home's interior, through skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and other illuminating features.  

FIRE

Natural Home Decor | Fire

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Fire adds a tremendous amount of coziness and peace to a home's motif. Bring this comforting and breathtaking element inside with a unique fireplace structure or by simply adding candles to a bookshelf or coffee table. The element of fire, no matter how powerful the flames are, adds a sense of romance, sophistication and natural beauty.  

WATER

Natural Home Decor | Water

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Bring the calming and refreshing waves of the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway into your home with an impressive water feature. Waterfalls and fountains are spa-like additions that add both visual and aural appeal to any space, as the relaxing hum of flowing fountain water calms the senses.

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