HGTV Urban Oasis 2012: Living Room Pictures
Low-profile furnishings, a crisp white palette and sleek lines set the tone for HGTV Urban Oasis' contemporary design style.
Full-length floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide views of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and the Port of Miami. Bay views informed the apartment's color palette as well as accessory selection.
A custom-crafted shelving unit, designed to match the gray oak entertainment cabinet beneath it, houses a 43-inch plasma TV, earthenware branch vases designed by potters Gerhard Swart and Anthony Harris, and faux coral.
Although sleek and contemporary, the leather section, with retractable head rests, offers a soft spot to relax and unwind. "The sectional was the first piece we all decided on," says Lindsay. "This set the tone for where we were going to go with the rest of the apartment."
"In modern design I love all the sleek whites, gray tones and high-polish chromes, but it can fall a little flat without an accent or two," says Lindsay. "The throw pillows were just enough splash of color to break up the white and give some additional interest to the sectional. They were also a great way to bring in the natural outdoor color palette of aquas and greens indoors."
Sheer linen drapery creates a soft, ethereal cocoon in early morning. "That was my nod to South Beach hotels — that gauzy beach feel," says Lindsay.
Along with injections of color, texture breaks up the monochromatic palette. A gray shag rug anchors the space, while a cozy chenille throw softens sleek leather surfaces.
A chrome and glass coffee table with marble base displays an oversized Atlantis clam shell, Lindsay's nod to nautical. "It's the signature, sculptural piece," says Lindsay. "The size helps. I love that it is that boom in your face."
Continuing a subtle bubble motif, the room's ceiling light fixture lends just enough drama without competing with the oversized dining room pendant. "They relate enough without being exactly the same," says Lindsay.
Two polished chrome-based, frosted-glass hurricanes illuminate the space and lend ambiance during evening hours.
Chromed wood stump side tables stand in contrast to refined, streamlined furnishings. "Again, we are offering natural references, but a modern take on them," says Lindsay. "You will see that again in the master bedroom."
Three-foot aluminum urns, filled with Sansevieria, frame skyline views to the north.