In this luxury urban condominium, the foyer, kitchen, dining, and living area seem to mesh to form a comforting yet contemporary environment. Large windows clothed in sheer ivory drapes offer views of Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, and the Port of Miami.
“When you shut all these draperies you get a very ethereal feel. It glows with all the light coming through but the drapery is still soft,” said Lindsay Pumpa, interior designer. “It’s almost an escape from Miami. So you’re out there, you’re at the beach all day, and I think this is a great escape to come home to and just relax and still feel like you’re very much in Miami.”
An escape was just what the people at HGTV wanted when they hired Pumpa to design the new condo at Paramount Bay as the grand prize in the cable station’s third annual Urban Oasis Giveaway.
The prizes for the 2010 and 2011 giveaways were in New York City and Chicago. This year, HGTV took its tour to the tropics.
“We love Miami and the energy, we wanted to do something different,” said Lynne Davis, director of public relations and talent development for HGTV. “It’s one of the hottest vacation destinations, there’s culture, there’s sun and the beach, and so we knew we wanted to come here and give the lucky winner the opportunity to live here. I mean, who doesn’t want to be in Miami, Florida? This is a hot destination for lots of people. It’s an urban dwelling that has a tropical feel to it as opposed to more of an urban setting like New York City.”
Similarly, the network chose a local designer to give the urban oasis the tropical touch.
“For this particular unit we definitely wanted to find someone who was local to the area, because we felt that would be someone who would know about the various different design resources here,” Davis said. “We wanted to be sure that it would be someone that would use resources and furnishings that really spoke to Miami. That’s why we chose Lindsay Pumpa.”
The sweepstakes, which begins Aug. 23, offers the two-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath condominium perched on the 20th floor of Paramount Bay, a residential tower that opened in May. Fully furnished, the condo is valued at $900,000.
“Once the winner randomly wins the unit, it’s theirs lock, stock, and barrel,” Davis said. “It’s entirely up to them whether they want to keep the unit or sell the unit; everyone does different things.”
Pumpa designed a chic living space, with help from the five companies who are sponsoring the giveaway: Sherwin-Williams, Mullican Flooring, KOHLER, Cabinets To Go, and iRobot.
The residence features eye-catching art dispersed throughout the 1,700-square-foot home, accessible through a private elevator.
The elevator opens to a lobby, which mirrors the home’s style. A large, oak-colored wooden-framed mirror seems to lean lazily on a wool fiber shag-rug. Two textured, transparent acrylic chandeliers light the lobby.
Pumpa aimed to bring elements from the outside indoors, from the gray, driftwood-like wooden floors to the bubbly, glass light fixtures. Small, metallic silver logs take the place of side tables next to a white ottoman in the living room, offering a subtle reference to the environment teeming with sea life. Green and blue overstuffed pillows adorn the matching, white sectional sofa, which sits on a soft fiber, light gray shag rug.
In the kitchen, modern stainless steel appliances are nestled amid more traditional white cabinets in the kitchen.
“It’s not blatant sea life but it’s a subtle reference to that,” Pumpa said about the décor. “You’ll see that in all the light fixtures; they kind of have that light, airy feel.”
The strongest outdoorsy influence stems from the color palette, Pumpa says. “It’s the aquas, the greens, the browns. When you look out the window and you see all those colors you’ll notice we brought all those things inside. Also, the flooring is very driftwood-dock.”
Pumpa works for Tui Lifestyle. Originally from Ohio, she moved to Miami four years ago after graduating from Florida State University, where she studied interior design.
She was inspired to pursue her career by watching HGTV with her mom.
“I remember growing up, my mom always had it on, I just love the network,” Pumpa said. “I remember I thought ‘what a fun job to sit there and just pick out all this stuff.’ You have to be so creative every day; it’s like having a new home every week.”
A virtual tour of the HGTV condo is available at hgtv.com/urbanoasis.