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Eloise Kubli Creates a Classical, Transitional-Inspired Design for Friends

2015 ASID Design Excellence Award - Residential Transitional Design


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Living Room - Floor-to-ceiling draperies create soft, elegant columns in the glamorous living room.




A good interior designer always strives to please his or her client. When the client is also a close friend, however, it is even more important. That was the case for interior designer Eloise Kubli, owner of Collective Construction and Design in Plantation, when she began a project for a young husband and wife with an 18-month-old toddler and another baby on the way.

“The wife is the daughter of one of my first clients, who is also a friend,” Kubli says. “I remember when she was born. I’ve known her since she was a baby, and I’ve watched her grow into a wonderful young woman. It’s very special to have that kind of history with someone.”

The clients were each living and working in New York, but met while both were visiting parents in Colorado. When they decided to move to South Florida together, they hired Kubli to design the interior of their new home in Delray Beach.

“They wanted something modern and sophisticated with a New York vibe, but they also wanted it to be child-friendly, so everything had to be durable,” Kubli says. “I created a classical, transitional-inspired design for them.”

Like A Painting

The 5,000-square-foot, single-family home on a lake in Delray Beach has four bedrooms and a loft. The flooring throughout the home is dark natural wood. The designer used a color palette of whites, grays and multiple shades of blue, plus some black accents. “Interior design is like a painting,” Kubli says. “I like to use different shades of the colors I choose.”

Polished nickel and gleaming crystal finishes throughout make the home sparkle. “She likes shimmer, and those finishes have reflective qualities,” Kubli says.

Sophisticated Glamour

The foyer opens to the formal living room, which has dramatic, 20-foot ceilings. To accentuate the height, Kubli used floor-to-ceiling draperies in a creamy fabric with a diamond-shaped pattern in dove gray, embedded with tiny crystals and suspended from square nickel pegs. “They have a lot of shimmer, and create soft, elegant columns,” the designer says.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Living Room - Platinum, silver and polished finishes add interest and sophistication to the living room. The custom wine room on the left has a brushed nickel entry door.




A dove gray silk area rug adds texture and helps define the space. On one side of the room, Kubli installed a soffit to add horizontal architectural detail and break up the expansive wall. Below it, a large canvas covered in silver leaf creates more shimmer, while clear acrylic legs make a tufted, dove-gray sofa appear to be floating.

Simple round walnut end tables hold lamps with a black and white Moroccan pattern. Shiny chrome legs gleam from under the white lacquer cocktail table, while on either end are ottomans covered in gunmetal gray leather. Two gracefully sculpted white leather chairs complete the seating group.

A bathroom adjacent to the living room has been transformed into an insulated wine room with brushed nickel entry doors and an interior paneled in rift-cut, tongue-in-groove white oak washed in soft gray. Gleaming stainless racks accommodate 500 bottles illuminated with LEDs. “It’s like looking into a jewelry store,” Kubli says.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Dining Room - Polished stainless steel accessories contrast with the sensuous grain of the exotic wood table top in the dining room. Chic white leather chairs complement the dark tones of the wood.




The dining room

In the formal dining room, a large, leather-framed floor mirror adds depth to the long, narrow space, while a white shag rug contrasts with the dark wood flooring and dove gray walls. Sheer linen draperies diffuse the view of a neighbor’s backyard. A rectangular chandelier made of gunmetal gray, stainless steel wire mesh hangs above the table. “I love the industrial look of it, and the shape helps define the rectangular shape of the table,” Kubli says.

The wood table imported from Italy has a warm, medium finish, and holds two cyclone-shaped accessories that seem to create movement. The host and hostess chairs have strikingly tall, rectangular backs to differentiate them from the smaller side chairs. All are upholstered in pristine white leather. Above the console table, a painting framed in gleaming silver leaf adds a splash of bright color to the neutral space. “This is an important room,” Kubli says. “It’s where they’ll come together with the two sets of parents to celebrate holidays.”

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Family Room to Kitchen - Custom cabinetry creates a focal point and provides storage for toys in the child-friendly family room.




A casual, kid-Friendly Family room

While the living and dining rooms are elegantly formal, the family room is a place to relax and have fun. A woven wool rug covers the floor, which is open to the kitchen. “It’s durable, so the little boy can be on the floor with his trucks,” Kubli says.

Custom cabinetry paneled in gray laminate, along with a large ottoman covered in faux leather, provide storage for toys, while open glass shelving flanking the large TV screen offers display space. A drum-shaped chandelier features a geometric pattern and a sheath of silver fabric to diffuse the light. A large comfortable sectional upholstered in navy blue velvet with contrasting white piping, along with an accent chair featuring a gleaming stainless base and white leather upholstery, provide ample seating.

Fresh and clean

Turned nickel pendant lights above a breakfast bar separate the family room from the kitchen. Low-backed stools have gleaming chrome legs and white leather upholstery. White lacquer cabinetry, a subway tile backsplash and white Caesarstone countertops give the work area a fresh, clean look, while an island topped with charcoal gray Caesarstone provides contrast. “I wanted to break up all that white,” Kubli says.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Master Bedroom - A large custom sofa with silver metallic block legs anchors a wall of family photos.




Up the Stairs

A soft gray runner adds visual interest and softens the sound of footsteps on the angled staircase just off the living room. The dramatic, tempered glass railing is capped with wood, while the chandelier has a striking, drum-shaped black shade suspended above a glamorous cascade of crystals.

At the top of the stairs is the loft, designed as a casual, comfortable living space. Chunky silver metallic block legs anchor a large navy blue sectional. “It creates a sense of scale for someone coming up the stairs,” Kubli says.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Her Master Bath - A stunning crystal chandelier and mirrored bed add a spark to the romantic master bedroom.




Elegance In The Bedroom

The expansive master bedroom combines glamour with comfort. “They both work very hard, so this needed to be a calming retreat at the end of the day,” Kubli says. “There’s a lot of subtle texture in the space.”

Dominating one wall are family photos printed on metal, giving them an unusual iridescent look. The square cocktail table has a gunmetal gray frame and a contrasting, cream-colored concrete top, while two whimsical, wood-framed side chairs are upholstered in a cowhide print. Lighting comes from a black metal, globe-shaped chandelier and a stainless arced floor lamp that sweeps over the sectional.

The room’s large size is broken up with layered crown and ceiling molding, soffits and wing walls that separate the sleeping area from the sitting area. A stunning multi-paneled, circular crystal chandelier is an eye-catcher on the ceiling, while on the floor, a washed blue silk rug adds color and softness. Off-white linen draperies are embroidered with denim-blue and silver metallic threads. Window shades can be closed at the bottom to diffuse the view of neighboring yards, while the top can be left open to show the sky.

Mirrored insets on the bed’s side rails and head and foot boards are framed in wood with a white antique finish, while the center of the headboard is luxuriously soft, tufted gray ultra-suede. A matching bench rests on clear acrylic legs. “They remind me of stiletto heels,” Kubli says.

The custom-made bedside tables, which have double drawers for storage, are adorned with gold and silver leaf and silver nail heads. Lamps have silvery textured bases and white oval shades. On one side of the bed is a Christophe photo frame that was Kubli’s wedding gift to the couple.

In the sitting area, a custom combination love seat and chaise is covered in soft gray ultrasuede. A silver, log-shaped occasional table is cast from a real tree reminiscent of Colorado, the place where the couple met. Adding more glimmer and shine are a satin nickel lamp with a white shade banded in silver, and an embroidered pillow covered in silver fabric.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Loft - Elegant marble and lacquered cabinetry with crystal hardware give her master bath a sophisticated yet relaxing look.




Luxurious master Baths

His and hers master baths make it easy for the couple to get ready on busy mornings. In hers, creamy lusterstone creates shimmer on the walls. Floors are elegant, creamy marble, and marble also lines the walls of the shower. White Caesarstone countertops and white cabinetry create a look that is clean and fresh, yet relaxing. At the vanity, a chair with a back shaped like a four-leaf clover adds a touch of whimsy, and above the geometric built-in tub, drapery pockets conceal motorized shades.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Home Office - In the office, a desk with polished chrome legs and lacquered top, along with chinoiserie print fabric on client chairs, help to create an attractive and functional workspace.




For her: A Place to Work

An attractive and functional office offers an ideal environment for working from home. The desk has a gleaming, polished chrome base and lacquered wood top. The white leather rolling desk chair also has chrome legs. Twin chairs for clients are framed in dark wood with silver nail head detailing and upholstered in a traditional white and gray chinoiserie print fabric. An acid metallic-etched cowhide rug accents the floor, and a wall unit with faux shagreen panel insets offers both storage and display space. Draperies topped by cornices have a simple geometric pattern, contrasting with the glamour of two chandeliers embellished with crystal stars.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Design
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargent

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Club Room/Theater - Skull motifs, a game table and tall horn sconces conjure a masculine ambience in the club room.




For him: A distinctive club room

The clubroom has a definite masculine ambience featuring a top-of-the-line sound system and an 85-inch TV screen. A game table with nail head detailing and a durable vinyl top designed to look like textured leather can double as a desk. More nail heads accent a comfortable sofa upholstered in blue and gray chenille.

On a wall paneled in gray laminate, 42-inch-tall horn sconces and silver metal accent pieces with a skull motif catch the eye. Another wall, this one painted gray, displays a large skull painting. The legs of a black ottoman mimic the legs and hooves of a deer, and antlers sit on a gray, wood-topped cocktail table with chrome legs.

The design of the home not only pleased Kubli’s clients, it also earned her an ASID Design excellence award. “The award is really an honor,” Kubli says. “And I love to create stylish, personal homes that my clients love to live in.” <<<

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Eloise Kubli is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Arthur Kubli is a General Contractor licensed in Florida and numerous other states. Both Kublis have received numerous industry awards for their work. Established in 1983, Collective Construction & Design, Inc. is proud to be certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a Women's Business Enterprise.

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