Inside a Miami Beach Home Where Nostalgia Never Ends

Quintanilla wanted the home to feel like a beach house on the coast of Mexico but with the Art Deco charm of Miami Beach. In other words, a modern-day reimagining of her mother’s penthouse in Mexico in the 1970s. “She was this Farrah Fawcett–style redhead who’d host these amazing dinner parties. There would be artists and musicians playing guitar, sitting on the floor, eating, and singing outdoors. It was this gorgeous, festive Mexican life,” Quintanilla says. Bringing those memories to life meant remembering the details that came with them. Among those that came to mind? Mexican art, chunky and curvy furniture, plush carpets, large mirrors, and lots and lots of texture—from rattan to wood.

Though Bunsa’s aesthetic lexicon is underscored by print and pattern, she took a quieter approach for this home, conjuring equal parts Mexico and Miami Beach through a combination of gritty plaster walls, beautiful stone surfaces, and vintage novelties, including a Sesann sofa, a patinated chess table, a Pipistrello lamp, wooden dining chairs, and a smorgasbord of ceramics, artifacts, and pitchers from Mexico. She also reoriented the layout—creating thresholds to bring in a sense of definition to the fluid interior.

Art was given equal pride of place. In the dining room, Bunsa sat a Swedish still life atop the credenza and similarly animated the primary bedroom with a black-and-white work by Copenhagen-based artist Simone Polk. As for the flooring throughout, she opted for tile from Clé’s Strata Linea collection, which is crafted from stone remnants salvaged from sites in the eastern Mediterranean.

Poupko and Quintanilla like to take turns in the kitchen. “The head chef sorts the music and the sous chef sorts the veggies,” chuckles Quintanilla, adding that on evenings when the weather permits, the plan also includes a dip in the pool and a backyard barbecue. “Sometimes, I imagine musicians sitting on the floor—eating, drinking, delighting—just like at my mother’s soirées,” she says. Emblems of Poupko’s past appear in equal measure. The oak trees out front, for example, now over 40 feet tall, were planted by his mother more than 60 years ago. And the couple continues to receive mail marked to his grandparents. “It’s a special home,” he says. “There’s no end to the nostalgia.”

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