Step Inside This French-Influenced Floridian Home

Architect Jorge L. Hernandez applies classical style, historical influence, and modern sensibility to design a home for the ages in this French-inspired village of Coral Gables.

custom built-ins in master suite
photography by Carlos Domenech
Master bathroom
photography by Carlos Domenech

As fate would have it, the property changed hands near the end of the project’s completion, and the delighted soon-to-be residents worked with Hernandez to personalize a few areas for their family. In the master suite, which features his-and-hers bathrooms, they “borrowed” some space from his bathroom to make an inset for the clients’ beloved armoire that now appears to be a custom built-in with flanking bookcases in the master bedroom.

pool in backyard
photography by Carlos Domenech

To furnish the home, Hernandez worked with the owners to incorporate as much of their existing pieces as possible. “She has excellent taste,” the architect says of the wife. “She really gave the home its sense of character with its inflection toward the Caribbean.” The homeowners filled halls and walls with their art and antiques and mixed Florida finds with treasures gathered from around the globe. Well-chosen accent colors next to time-honored neutrals and approachable linens keep the aesthetic balanced between casual and refined. Says Hernandez, “I wanted to make sure that whoever lived here would do so with all the sense of style and space that you get in a larger home, and I think we achieved exactly that.”

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