Metropolitan Home Nov. 2009
Shelley Starr on front cover
riviera_interiors_feb_2013 Snowbirds in disguise – when impeccable design lands on the front cover, “Shelley Starr’s” Rohan dining table is found in the center of perfection….

Every winter, Courtney and Karen Lord would escape the deep freeze of Aspen, Colorado, where they live most of the year in a cutting-edge rammed-earth house, for sunny Miami Beach. He would play golf.

She would walk or bike to the beach. They'd prowl in art galleries, poke around shops, walk to the movies- and talk about finding a more permanent winter home. Finally, Karen issued an ultimatum: If we're going to this, let's do it." The house hunt began in earnest.

Days passed. They found a condominium building they liked but not one available apartment suited. Then their broker offered up one he was using as an office. "It had high ceilings and great light," says Karen. "It just felt good. I believe that when you find the right place, it speaks to you." The Lords have been spoken to- and they responded. They bought it.

The couple had already worked with New York-based designer Larry Laslo on their Aspen house (MH, Mar '09), so it seemed natural for them to turn to him again. "Larry gets us," says Karen succinctly, "and we get him. Plus, if you have an idea, he never shoots it down. It's always an adventure." And the admiration is mutual. Laslo praises Karen as well as Courtney, who loves the collaborative process of design and is willing to take some daring leaps. "He is very experimental, " says the designer approvingly.

So the couple decided to keep the ceilings high and to let all the air-conditioning ducts hang out, loft- style, although they opted to give the galvanized metal a coat of paint. Walls and floors were kept white (Sherwin Williams White on the former and Carrara marble on the latter), creating what Laslo terms "a huge white box that sets the stage for blasts of color."

Above: "We made some unusual choices and added a little razzle-dazzle- after all, this is Miami," says Larry Laslo, who stands next to clients Courtney and Karen Lord, seated in Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs; the painting is by Ruud van Empel. Opposite: Christopher Guy dining chairs, with his signature Chris-X legs, are upholstered in antique brocade and white patent leather. The Rohan table is by Shelley Starr, the chandelier from NIBA Home; the painting is by Tom Mullaney.


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