One of AD100 designer Jake Arnold’s most spectacular current commissions nearly didn’t occur. A couple of years again, the Los Angeles–based mostly decorator and founding father of The Expert bought a message on Instagram—the place he has 273,000 followers—from somebody who was constructing a home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “I totally ignored it,” Arnold admits. “I thought ‘This person must be crazy. I’m not responding.’” And he didn’t.
Soon after, nevertheless, the messenger and the recipient met IRL. “I’m out to dinner one night in L.A., and this guy comes up to me and says, ‘I sent you a message about my house, and you didn’t write me back!’” Arnold remembers. The potential consumer turned out to be a profitable resort developer who’d employed Peter Papadopoulos of the Palm Beach structure agency Smith and Moore to construct his younger household a ten,000-square-foot canalside home in a gated enclave of Fort Lauderdale.
Arnold was intrigued.
“The homeowner has a passion for design,” says Arnold, who had fond reminiscences of spending childhood winter holidays in Miami, although he hadn’t beforehand labored in Florida. “He showed me the plans for the house, and it was amazing,” Arnold remembers of the white, stucco-clad, stepped-roof, five-bedroom dwelling, which was impressed by the Bermudian structure of Alys Beach, a New Urbanist group on the Florida panhandle. “It felt very different from anything I’d done before.”
The home’s waterfront setting, lushly planted, with palms, bougainvillea, jasmine, and sea grape, makes one “feel like [they]’re on vacation 24/7, which is exactly what the clients wanted,” Arnold provides.
That concept of full, tropical, vacation-level rest, served as Arnold’s overarching inspiration for the home, whose architects had conceived of it for indoor-outdoor residing and entertaining. As he labored with the house owners, he started to tease out extra specifics.
The couple discovered the formality of the normal vernacular structure of Palm Beach and the British Caribbean interesting, however they wished Arnold to melt that with the cool, low-key vibe he creates in his California tasks. The husband preferred neutral-hued modern Belgian minimalism, whereas the spouse, Arnold famous, had a private type that was a bit extra tailor-made, colourful, and dramatic.
Arnold took these numerous cues and spun them right into a laid-back, just-playful-enough scheme that extends the look of a high-design seaside bungalow or coastal cabana throughout the house’s complete sq. footage. The colour contrasts are low, the supplies are pure, and the surfaces are matte or honed. Indoor rooms mix seamlessly into alfresco areas, whereas the verdant environment of these outside areas encourage the inside decor. Standout moments of texture and scale make subtly whimsical statements right here and there, however no single factor steals from Arnold’s soothing, understated composition.
“They didn’t want anything to feel precious,” says the designer, who used the inside structure to assist set the relaxed, barefoot-chic scene. Throughout, he clad the excessive ceilings in lime-washed cypress and used the same tone for the tender, hand-applied plaster on the partitions. He mitigated the formality of the moderately conventional two-panel raised-profile doorways with extra limewashing, and added mild ogee curves to high the vast openings that join one open-plan room to the subsequent. (Arches, Arnold says, would have felt “too Spanish.”)
The expansive entryway, with its softly sinuous staircase and checkerboard-pattern ground, provides method to a commodious open space which comprises seating, eating, and kitchen zones. To accent the largely driftwood-toned palette, Arnold used pale however moody blues—impressed by the water views—for cabinetry, an earthy uncooked edge stone-slab espresso desk, and the stonewashed linen slipcovers on the slouchy, underfilled sofas.
“The clients wanted it to all feel really livable and effortless,” Arnold says, “and to look good, even if it wasn’t perfectly tidy.” Elsewhere, Arnold pulled in tender greens impressed by the plush environment. The vines of a de Gournay paper climb the partitions of the eating room, whereas mossy olive cushions high a wicker daybed within the major suite. Elsewhere, a scallop-backed velvet couch in the same hue holds satisfaction of place beneath a dramatically outsized Atelier Vime pendant within the library, and the stylized palms of a Claremont wallpaper adorn the research.
Overall, the house conveys the sense that any resident or visitor might come out of the pool in a moist bathing go well with and towel, go inside, and sit wherever they preferred with out ever feeling misplaced—“which is exactly what I would do,” Arnold notes.