In Ocean Ridge, FL, designers Nina Grauer and Eleanor Trepte of DeKay & Tate filled this home with bright colors, unexpected patterns, funky light fixtures and tons of texture. We asked Grauer and Trepte more about the home and its influences.
What was the design inspiration for the project?
We wanted to create a space that really captured the client's personality. She is someone who is very expressive, vibrant, creative and loves everything that reflects that Mid-Century groovy tone. That is the best kind of client, isn’t it? Being able to creatively express yourself through interior design, being comfortable with taking risks and mixing color, texture, shape is profoundly important at DeKay & Tate. We are not always “conventional,” but what artist is? Interior design is our art form.
What goals were you trying to meet for the client?
We wanted to create a space that was functional, fun and most importantly portrayed her personality through our design. This project took around 9 months because the client wanted what she wanted. Our goal is to bring the client’s vision to life – regardless of budget. We make it happen. The living room and kitchen were the highest traffic spaces, therefore, we go for functional, while bringing in mixed styles of fabrics, embroidered textiles, ceramic glazed furnishings, oddly shaped side tables, and bold fixtures and colors.
What is your favorite part about the space?
I think the living room speaks for itself. There is a wonderful collaboration between warm and cool hues. The wallpaper on the ceiling is what ties the space together just as perfectly as the coffee table / ottoman, which was a custom piece. It just works. Secondly, the master bedroom was made to be a calming space, which was executed quite well by using very light pinks, soft fabrics, and warm lighting.