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The Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) launched the first ever DesignHouse in January 2010.
The stellar penthouse of 14 rooms, ranging from grand entrance foyer, to kitchen, family room, wine cellar, balcony terrace, relaxation lounge, mademoiselle room and master bedroom suite, has been created within the DCOTA building in Dania, Florida (between Fort Lauderdale and Miami). The 9,000 square-foot show house highlights the newest and premier product available in the marketplace, as seen through the eyes of the industry’s most creative minds.

DesignHouse will be open daily, Monday through Friday, 10AM through 4PM, through August 2010. Read on to learn more about the exquisite rooms in the words of the designers behind them.

design-happens-DCOTA-hallock-relaxation586x440The Relaxation Lounge, by Wade Hallock, Hallock Design Group

design-happens-DCOTA-mademoiselle571x400The Mademoiselle Room by Brett Sugerman + Giselle Loor, b+g design, inc.

The Mademoiselle Room by South Florida-based b+g design, inc. draws inspiration from a luxe Hollywood dressing room. A key design element is the grey smoky mirrors, which give an alluring and seductive feel. A glitzy ottoman with steel mesh pendants- add an element of glamour while bringing a sense of youthfulness to the room. The fur on the mannequin and ottoman softens the space in conjunction with the draped canopy. Interior designer Giselle Loor of b+g design adds a personal touch with her sexy photography on display, as well as with her custom line of trendy pillows, which draws inspiration from the latest colors, patterns and stones seen on the pages of the hottest fashion magazines. Husband and wife team Brett Sugerman and Giselle really had fun with this room by thinking outside of the box while staying true to their own personal style, as seen in the room’s clean lines and cutting edge creativity. This particular design project truly is a one-of-a-kind standout.

design-happens-DCOTA-fhillips-foyer317x440Grand Entrance + Foyer, Jack Fhillips, Jack Fhillips Design, Inc.

“The interiors concept for the entry foyer of the show house was a client who collects contemporary art, antique English furniture and has a great yearning for wonderful and clear colors. The main goal was always to maintain a timeless look in a difficult to furnish space. And, at the same time not to fall into the entrapment of ‘of the moment’ decorating. Our color sense, the use of bold fabrics and interesting ways of upholstery goes to prove one can be up to date without being an interiors victim. The artwork encompasses from early Warhol to studies by young, up-and-coming artists.”

design-happens-DCOTA-karram-living600x328Family Room by Alfred Karram Jr, AKJ Design Concepts LLC

“My concept for this space was to create a feeling of gleaming elegance with the use of a cool color palette and shimmering details. Ten- foot long Silver Dusk marble slabs were installed in book-matched succession, producing a snowy pass through the space. Five-foot long triangular pieces of stone were finished with polished bevels flanking both sides of the path. Mica- flecked wallpaper on the walls adds a shimmering effect throughout. A misty winter forest scene is featured above  each expansive window wall. Custom-designed lead crystal floor lamps, floating glass cloud forms suspended from the ceiling, and glass snowballs completed the winter motif.  The intent was to design a space for a client’s family that would be geared towards a more cultural family experience.”

design-happens-DCOTA-brito-library586x440The Study by Alfredo Brito, Brito Interiors

“For the Studio I created a monochromatic palette for walls, floor, sofa and chair so it served as a neutral canvas where the red pieces pop. I mixed different furniture styles to add more interest to the room. I like a study to be relaxing but never boring.”

design-happens-DCOTA-hayes-bedroom600x400Master Suite by Cecil Hayes, Cecil’s Designers Unlimited

“The inspiration for the master bedroom was a headboard worthy of being center stage. Rather than selecting the expected for the headboard, I selected a wooden sculpture cut from a 500-year-old tree. My philosophy is to always give my feature wall a ‘WOW’ look.”

5 Responses

  1. Pangaea says:

    Love that amazing fabric draped ceiling! And I've featured that very silver leafed chest in the corner in one of my articles on using silver in your decor. Hmmmm … maybe need to be planning a trip to Florida soon!

  2. Alejandro molina says:

    How can we see the other designer's rooms, if we cannot travel to Florida?

  3. linda says:

    That is unbelievably ugly. You guys need to calm down!

  4. Maria Pinto says:

    Wow, Cecil Hayes' bedroom is so beautiful. In her great book Cecil Hayes 9 Steps to Beautiful Living she says that she usually prefers to build upon neutral walls and add color in furnishings and art, but just look at that orange! Her rooms are fabulous!

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