A Modern Coral Gables Residence: Giralda Place

We designed a client’s ultimate modern luxury residence in Coral Gables at Giralda place. The 2,400 sq. ft., three-bedroom apartment features spans of clearstory windows with city views, eleven-foot ceiling heights, and open plan. When it comes to our interior design aesthetic, we look to introduce architectural details and warm, modern styles that will surpass trends and give our client’s home an edge. An edge that will allow the value of the home to increase should they want to sell in the future.


Transitioning from a single-family home with classically traditional interiors, our clients were looking for a modern, city sophisticated approach to their new home. Downsizing to a smaller footprint, Brett and I took into consideration the need for additional storage, maximizing their overall use of the gathering spaces and creating unique moments within the residence.

Take a tour of this beautiful modern Coral Gables apartment that brings an city feel into this historic neighborhood.

Opting for a monochromatic color palette the interiors range from cool grays to black and cream tones. Our client requested a seamless transition of the color palette throughout the residence from the moment you arrive in the foyer to the bedrooms. We achieved an understated elegance with visual impact through this timeless concept.

Upon entering the foyer, you are welcomed into the modern and streamlined design. Custom Oakwood black lacquer sliding doors with locking mechanism conceal the elevator while also providing our clients a sense of security and privacy. A custom area rug designed by B+G and a Circa Lighting chandelier lead you into the heart of the residence where a we designed a custom wood console in black accented by the client’s photography. Jazz aficionados, the black and white hues elegantly complement their photography collection. The touch of greenery along the wood panel accent wall adds a natural element.

Designed for socializing, the living room is a sophisticated feel where clean lines and carbon grey color palette create a modernly elegant yet relaxing approach to gathering. A bespoke entertainment center in light grey satin lacquer with paneled sliding doors conceals the television while adding showcase areas for our client’s collectibles.

Within the media unit is a walk-up bar area and additional shelving along the top, which we added allowing for maximum use of the overall 22’ width. The media unit’s deeper ledge offers an opportunity for display or casual seating. 

A custom L-shaped sectional sofa in black and grey is complemented with Holly Hunt geometric patterned throw pillows. Upholstered in fabrics that allow for longevity of use, the sofa is family friendly. An architectural coffee table in carbon finish by Erinn V is complemented by two sinuous Hive freight grey lounge chairs with metallic detail. 

The dining room feels almost private within the open plan. Textured grey Phillip Jeffries wall coverings in a concrete wash add depth and character. A painting provided by Axiom Fine art titled “Tempering Elements” brings in notes of yellow. We chose a Bontempi Casa dining table in black matte finish that seats eight in the refined space. Contemporary seating in grey leather with matte black legs are a bold statement in contrast to the softness of the sheer curtains. A black linear chandelier travels down the length of the table. We designed a custom buffet in two shades of grey satin lacquer adding storage and surface area for dinner set up. Presiding over the buffet is a cast iron Tom Dixon candelabra.

Boasting luxe cabinetry by Studio Snaidero Hollywood and high-end appliances by Ferguson the gourmet chef’s kitchen opens up to the main living areas. Leather upholstered bar chairs pull up to a generous island with Brizo fixtures from Designer’s Plumbing. The Opustone backsplash and concealed storage let you focus on the captivating space. We originally designed the layouts and finishes for the residences in collaboration with co-developers Heidi Eckes-Chantré and Christopher Brown, however we personalized the existing finishes for our client.  We reprogramed the layout to enhance the overall function adding an additional row of kitchen cabinets in black. Double ovens and fully equipped breakfast bar with sensory LED lighting are purposeful and aesthetically pleasing. 

Within the kitchen, we created a breakfast closet where our clients can set up their morning coffee or tea, and even use the space for setting up food display areas when entertaining. With pocket doors, the breakfast closet can remain open or closed.

Leading into the laundry room, the original door was replaced with a pocket door. Appliances were set back gaining room for custom cabinetry. The laundry room continues the kitchen’s sleek color story.

B+G Design Powder Room at Giralda Place in Coral Gables

A jewel box, the powder room is highly detailed, creating a space that offers both function and beauty. Lee Broom pendant lights in matte black stand out against the Phillip Jeffries steel silver wall coverings. A grey glass sink, black matte Brizo fixtures, and Opustone granite transform this sultry powder room.

The main bedroom quietly exudes refinement in its tailored design. A custom king bed upholstered in ash color is set against custom millwork. Phillip Jeffries wall coverings accent the bedroom where Circa Lighting pendant lights hover over the matching bedside tables. At the foot of the bed rests a perfect two-seater bench. A petite lounge area with leather Knoll womb chair and ottoman with accompanying side table offers a moment for relaxation. The multifunctional floating vanity displays an Oakwood desk chair upholstered in a calming cream tone and black and white photograph by Rob Borel from Axiom Fine Art.
B+G Design Bedroom design at Giralda Place in monochrome gray tones
Creating a contemporary moment, the vestibule’s framed wall mirror resonates like art between the closet’s barn doors.
Modern Bathroom Design at Giralda Place in Coral Gables
Modern Bathroom Design at Giralda Place in Coral Gables

The primary bathroom was fully designed to evoke a luxurious experience with soaking tub and state of the art Kohler electronic shower features. We reconfigured the bathroom’s original layout removing a commode and adding a vanity with A. Rudin chair in an ocean foam color. The primary bath was designed for a couple by a couple, we knew that each person required his and hers areas. Abundant lighting, dual sinks and additional storage were elements that were top priority.

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