Style guru Colin Cowie finds inspiration in his travels

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Colin Cowie doesn’t like to have his hands idle. These days, the celebrity event planner isn’t content with just prettying up parties and weddings. Next move: real estate.

The 52-year-old South African was in Coconut Grove last week armed with his fancy new title of “lifestyle curator” for his first residential commission, helping to gussy up the ambience at the Residences of Park Grove. He’s the man behind such subtle touches as the background music, pumped-in fragrance and the poolside sun products.

Speaking at a cocktail party attended by developer Jorge Perez, Cowie said he was excited for this new venture — and for being able to carry it out in a part of town that isn’t so obvious (hello SoBe).

“Where Miami Beach is known for the party scene, I like the fact that we have the opportunity to bring a big dose of style and glamour back to the Grove, and to make it the most envied address in Miami,” Cowie said. He’s a New York resident who has South Florida cred, having owned a home here until recently. He still makes it down south whenever possible.

“Since I live less than three hours away I love to travel here when it’s frosty. I also go quite a bit to the Caribbean, so Miami is a great hub for me.”

Fave local spots: “I enjoy dining at il Gabbiano, Zuma, Sardinia, Macaluso’s,” Cowie said. “Shopping the art galleries is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, riding my bike all over is a great way to explore and I love going to my friends home to dine, chill and relax.”

Cowie’s design inspiration for Park Grove? The world.

“I have traveled more than 12,500,000 miles and visited nearly 100 countries in search of the finest for my clients,” said the so-called male Martha Stewart. who is currently writing his 11th book, How to Be, and teaching etiquette and how to be the best version of ourselves wherever, whenever.

As for winter decor trends and sprucing up your home for the holidays, Cowie, who has a festive collection at, gives some advice:

“This is the one time of the year where we have a license to be kitsch. Go ahead and gild the lily. Add sparkles and reflective materials that will brighten up your space,” he says. “I like to focus on one color scheme and one theme and start with the wreath at the front door, take it to the tree, the dining table and even my gift wrapping.

“Mixed metals and champagne and taupe is my look for this year.”


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