It aint yer typical Miami beachhouse! Almost one year ago, Calvin Klein’s Miami home with interiors by internationally renowned antiquarian and Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt sold for $13.15 million (as a second home for the buyer) after being listed on the market for $15 million for a stretch. If all white decor, Belgian style, ancient artifacts, and rustic reclaimed everything tingles your jingles, here’s a home to appeal to your senses.
The 1929 historic home overlooks 113 feet of open water and is sited upon a 16,709-square-foot lot. The home has 5,800 square feet, five bedrooms, seven baths, an infinity pool flanked by bamboo trees, a private dock, an interior courtyard, and plenty of outdoor living spaces. Axel Vervoordt designed the luxuriously minimal interiors which feel ethereal, timeless, sophisticated, spare, and unfussy (like Calvin Klein’s beautiful fashion).
It was important to Calvin Klein to find a buyer who would appreciate the uniqueness of the home, and in fact, the new owners also purchased the furnishings in the home so I think it’s a fair assessment to count them as luxury loving minimalists.
What are the most distinctive elements of minimal decor?
Clutter Free Zones...It doesn’t necessarily mean one does not own many possessions, sometimes simply storing them smartly out of sight rather than sacrificing ownership gets the job done.
Less but Better…When it comes to minimal decor, it often makes sense to prioritize high quality home decor over quantity. (High quality doesn’t have to mean expensive – the value may be sentimental value.)
Restraint…While less is more for minimalists, it’s also possible to simply rotate favorite decor items for display.
Let There Be Light…In most cases, minimal decor lovers love natural light and design choices that bring in an optimal amount of light.
Neutral Palette…In most cases, to create an airy, spacious, minimal look, neutral colors or a tone on tone color scheme come into play.
Simplicity…Whether it’s in the clean lines of furniture or kitchen design, for fans of minimal decor, simple rules. This typically means no fussy prints, ornamentation, layering, excessive accessorizing or frou-frou.
Interesting Textures…With limited accessories, patterns, prints, colors, and furnishings, the texture of the objects in the space takes on greater significance.
What makes it luxurious?
Antiques…With Axel Vervoordt’s expert eye and access to ancient artifacts and unique antique finds, this historic home contains one of a kind antique decor for character, balance, and reverence for the past. Vervoordt loves East Asian antiques and Roman glass.
Superior Craftsmanship…The custom items incorporated into the interior design were thoughtfully made to the highest standards by artisans.
Handmade Objects…From furniture to textiles to lighting, handmade objects are more costly to create and more special since they are built to last for generations.
Finishes Done by Hand…The exquisite plastering of walls and ceilings are but one dramatic example.
Reclaimed Materials…To create this authentic, aged, rustic look, reclaimed wood and stone with its history and priceless patina play a starring role in the luxurious minimal decor.
Spacious Interiors…The airy rooms in this coastal mansion flow into one another and feel even loftier than the actual square footage suggests.
Organic…When the interior design is executed as soulfully and carefully as this one, its natural elements combine for a cohesive, healthy, life-giving, and beautifully organic result.
Let’s take a tour of this one of a kind Miami mansion:
I love the next image of a staircase in the home because of the simplicity of the design and the up-close and personal look at a few of the design details. Notice how the simple black and white contrast make such a dramatic impression. The gentle folds of the Belgian linen Roman shade impart a lovely softness and fluidity, the pale tones of the lit steps suggest a stairway to heaven, and the Venetian plaster walls feel both ancient and modern.
Is there anything else that particularly strikes you about this unique home?
Peace to you right where you are.