Charged with the task of transforming a 3,000 square foot oceanside property, Deborah Wecselman avoids the obvious cliché of blue and white. Instead, the Lima, Peru native infuses her client’s home with global style, honey tones and striking artwork.
The stained walnut floors, which run throughout the condo, anchor the space handsomely, allowing the designer to introduce dark neutrals such as the custom ebonized pedestal table in the dining room and mink coloured leather upholstery on the banquette in the den.
Large mirrors fill the corner space with sunlight from adjacent windows. As layers contribute a feeling of intimacy, a reflective sunburst sits on top of the existing mirror and mismatched decorative toss cushions soften the upholstered banquette. Rather than opt for a traditional coffee table, Deborah paired two square ottomans with two cube tables, creating a more flexible arrangement.
Deborah Wecselman launched her career as a design associate with Polo Ralph Lauren. Under the tutelage of the vast creative empire, she learned the value of making a statement and creating truly individual style. She also learned that breaking the rules is sometimes the best way to introduce drama.
Breaking the Rules
- The television is mounted on custom bronze posts and appears to float in the central window. A daring feature that draws admiration from visitors.
- In the dining room, a floor to ceiling oil painting by Roberto Cortazar infuses the seating area with pure drama, an effect the designer enjoys.
- Who says a carpet has to be rectangular? Deborah uses a round carpet to create a central focus in the living room.
Statuario marble and taupe-brown limestone work in tandem with the mosaic wall trim to create a dynamic pattern in the small office bathroom. The dark wood vanity and mirror echo the walnut floors throughout the main rooms.
“It’s important to create a seamless feel from beginning to end of a project,” says Deborah. “To accomplish that, I frequently repeat colours and materials and, of course, no room is really complete without luxurious detail.”
Emphasizing horizontal lines in the bedroom distracts the eye from the relatively low ceiling. The upholstered headboard and footboard are a custom DWD (Deborah Wecselman Designs) design. The plush red club chair and ottoman are by Ralph Pucci.
Photography by Carlos Domenech