This condominium project in South Florida, designed by Jan Kyle and Doug Wells from Kyle Wells Design, began as a “white box” typical of new construction, but the space had lots of light and overlooked a large garden and pool. The designers’ first step was to warm up the space with custom off-white paint throughout, giving it the creamy look and feel of the inside of a shell.
Kyle and Wells mixed new and vintage furniture and accessories and customized upholstery and bedding throughout the home. Standard-issue light fixtures in the bathrooms were replaced with sophisticated sconces. The master bath includes several personal touches, including a cherished pen and ink drawing of a sophisticated high heel, done by the owner’s father in the 50s.
Mirrored walls on the east side of the unit’s living area, including the kitchen backsplash, create a continuous reflective surface that catches the light and enlarges the space. The silver-leafed glass display case in the living room showcases the owner’s collection of shells and Murano glass. A color palette of ivory, ocean blue and Hermes orange evoke the sun, sea and sand to create a warm and soothing getaway.
In 2005, Jan Kyle and Doug Wells partnered to form Kyle Wells Design, an interior architecture and design firm with offices in Kansas City and West Palm Beach. They have collaborated on numerous residential and commercial design projects in the U.S. and as far away as Buenos Aires. For more on Kyle Wells Design, visit wwww.kyleellsdesign.com