For the waterfront home interior designed by Maritza Capiro, the idea was to keep it simple.
For this home, Coral Gables-based interior designer Maritza Capiro was commissioned by the owner as the house was being built, so she had more influence than usual on the shape of things to come. As a result, she was able to create a consistent look throughout. “It was important to create cohesive space, experiencing one [design] language as you walk through the house, with room after room reminding you of other spaces in the house – so that it makes you feel like you are in one place, with common elements. It brings the whole picture together in a modern, contemporary way that is light, yet warm.”
Overall, says Capiro, “I wanted to create clean, modern spaces that invite you in and bring the exterior into the interior, using wonderful natural materials. I also wanted a timeless design. I wanted a house that looks good now and will look good for years to come.” Capiro says she tries to avoid being “overly trendy,” working with materials that are “classic and forever in vogue.”
The light and bright feel of the home is carried into the living room, where the large screen TV is bracketed by two niches with floating maple wood shelving. The back surface uses Dupioni wallpaper (from the York Color Digest collection) to provide texture and interest. The overhead lighting is recessed, with custom cabinetry below lining the white-oak floors.
The Indoor Kitchen
The bright, airy kitchen is anchored by a Newport Cambria Quartz Island from Granite Evolution. Its Moen faucet is “burnished gold” on an undermounted, single-basin stainless steel sink (Signature Hardware). The combo oven/microwave, refrigerator, and electric cook top are KitchenAid stainless steel, with a canopy hood clad with maple wood to match the custom cabinetry. There is also a Zephyr wine refrigerator, white oak flooring, and burnished brass “Atlantic” lamps overhead (Generation Lighting).
The Outdoor Kitchen
This room is an indoor/outdoor space which can be air conditioned – especially if the outer sliding doors, opening to the patio beyond, are closed. The barbecue grill and the fridge are both from the KitchenAid “Bull” line, with a “fantasy brown” granite top. The maple cabinetry is painted a blue-gray tone to stay within the color palate, with a black matte Kohler faucet for contrast. The back wall is covered with a pattern of Adessi Kavala white matte porcelain tile.
The Laundry Room
Most laundry rooms are small, cramped, and bleak. This one, off the garage, is a little more inviting. Marble tiles are used for a back splash, with custom made maple cabinetry. The appliances are Maytag, part of Capiro’s preference on using made-in-the-USA products. “They are nice and
big, which is what the client wanted. Something they could put a comforter in,” she says. The faucet is a matte black composite Kohler single hole sink faucet with a pull down spout.
The back wall of the shower is accented with tiles to form a “diamond accent” pattern in contrast to the other walls. The burnished brass details on the glass give it the appearance of floating in space; the brass is echoed in the spur pendant sconces above the sinks (Tech Lighting), and the brass detailing on the “Kyle” mirrors from Surya. The ‘Hibiscus’ bathtub (Signature Hardware) is a 59-inch freestanding acrylic soaking tub with an integrated drain and tap deck.
Maritza Capiro Designs Corp.
100 Sarto Ave, Coral Gables