A Show-Stopping House Tour

Some carefully chosen standout items get the attention they deserve in this bright, colorful Florida home. Take a look inside and out with HGTV Magazine.
By: A.J. Hanley

©Zach DeSart

©Zach DeSart

©Zach DeSart

©Zach DeSart

©Zach DeSart

©Zach DeSart

©Zach DeSart

Photo By: Zach DeSart ©HGTV Magazine

©Zach DeSart

Meet the Owners

Susan Trujillo Miles, a stay-at-home mom; Seth Miles, an attorney; Ava-Riley, 9; Harrison, 7; and Eloise, 6, enjoy this fantastic four-bedroom 1979 ranch in Coral Gables, FL. “Susan loves bright, quirky things,” says designer Maggie Cruz. “We needed to figure out how to incorporate them throughout the house so they didn’t take over any room but still got noticed.”

Living Room: Bold Furniture

Maggie encouraged Susan to take the color plunge with two 90-inch-long blue sofas and two zigzag chairs. The rest of the room is about a hundred decibels quieter thanks to wood and chrome coffee tables, metal “bamboo” chairs, and a seagrass rug from Pottery Barn. The walls and ceilings are painted Seapearl by Benjamin Moore.

Entryway: Graphic Tile

To make a big impact, Susan covered her foyer floor with boldly patterned cement squares from Original Mission Tile. “I wanted that wow factor and knew it wouldn’t be too overwhelming in a 12-foot-by-12-foot area,” she says.

Kitchen: Blue Glass Cabinets

When Susan and Seth bought the house, the kitchen had these blue glass cabinets and matching countertops. She eventually fell for the look and decided to keep it almost exactly as is. The only changes made were swapping the blue glass countertops for white quartz ones to break up the sea of blue, and hanging a lantern-style pendant from Visual Comfort.

Dining Room: Palm-Print Armchairs

Big host chairs covered in oversize palm-print fabric feel like Florida but aren’t over-the-top tropical when paired with woven rattan chairs around a white lacquer tabletop. The floors throughout the house are wide-plank oak.

Master Bedroom: Striking Bed

This light-wood four-poster bed from Anthropologie is “grown-up but doesn’t feel formal or stuffy,” says Susan. The rest of the room is done in quiet shades so the bed can soar. The two chairs are from DwellStudio, and the patterned rug is from West Elm. The walls are painted a barely there gray (Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore).

Patio: Cool Outdoor Furniture

The sliding glass doors stay open when Susan and Seth entertain outside, so Susan and designer Maggie wanted the patio to mesh with the colors inside the house. In the center is an outdoor sofa with gray cushions from Miyo Home that can be hosed down when it gets dirty; it’s layered with patterned pillows from Etsy. The green garden stool was a HomeGoods find, and the striped rug is from Crate & Barrel.

Playroom: Giant Chalkboard Calendar

“The kids were always asking me what they were doing each day, and it was making me crazy,” says Susan, who came up with the idea of a floor-to-ceiling calendar to keep track of playdates and practices. Go to hgtv.com/chalkboard-calendar for a step-by-step how-to. A West Elm table and chairs sit on top of a colorful rug from The Land of Nod.

Girls’ Bedroom: Bright Beds and Rainbow Rug

In their shared room, Ava-Riley and Eloise have two different-color spindle beds from The Land of Nod. A striped cotton area rug from Dash & Albert unifies the hues. “It’s bright and happy, and it ties everything together, including the neutral raffia wallpaper,” says Susan. The light fixture is from Stray Dog Designs.

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