22 Sep Michael Graves former apartment in Mansion/The Wall Street Journal
“I walked into lime green walls and a black and pink kitchen” says Eilyn Jimenez, founder and creative director of Sire design, of the 1,100-square-foot 1-bedroom 2-bath condominium her clients, a Canadian couple, had purchased in Miami.
The previous owner of the 12th floor apartment, with expansive views of South Beach, was Michael Graves, the pre-eminent architect who also happened to design the entire building (but is possibly best known for his incredibly popular designs for Target). Her clients had done little to change it except paint the walls to the point where, Ms. Jimenez jokes, “it looked like Crayola vomited into the space.”
While not averse to color, Ms. Jimenez, who is based in Miami, felt the overall space should remain clean and understated, with furniture and accessories providing carefully chosen moments of color. She used the hues in a painting by Canadian painter Bauçan, which she moved from the primary bedroom and hung above the sofa, to set the palette for this relatively small space, which includes the kitchen, breakfast nook, living and dining areas. This view of the room cost about $181,800. See the breakdown here.