A Globetrotting Florida home

Designer Thomas Hamel decorated a home with a happy collision of international cultures.  From mixing midcentury-modern Italian lighting with Afghan carpets and a Georgian English bookcase with an inlaid trunk from India, he creates a truly global eclectic home.  View photos below for a decorating tour around the world.

The entry sets the tone for the rest of the Vero Beach, Florida, house, decorated with a strong global flavor. Hamel paired vintage 1970s sconces with African mud pots and a stone and iron Nero console from Formations.


The family room TV pops up from a custom cabinet under an Australian landscape painting. African accents such as pots, stools and accessories further compliments the room.


In the master bedroom, an armchair and ottoman are covered in Jasper‘s Mali Stripe. A dramatic headboard, designed by Hamel, is the star attraction in the Moroccan-inspired master bedroom. It’s upholstered with Fortuny‘s Campanelle. Behind it, a Venetian plaster wall by Carol Makris evokes polished stone. A subtle geometric frieze on the adjacent wall strikes an exotic note. An inlaid trunk from India holds two TVs. Rug from I & B Perryman.


Even the dressing room vestibule is a mix of cultures—a Chinese-style bronze table by Robert Kuo, a Fortuny hanging light, an antique Italian hall chair.


Hamel added the same fumed oak to the arms of the Christian Liaigre sofa that faces the banquette. The Tavolino coffee table from Formations is a simple rectangle in wood and iron, but it adds a lot of texture. Afghan rug from Decor International Rugs. The shell mirror was custom-made in Australia. African nesting tables from Tribal Gathering London.


A vintage blue leather armchair is an unexpected touch in the study. Ottomans are by Michael Berman from Profiles.


Hamel hung three different styles of Tom Dixon Beat lights over the large island, made of oak and Lagos Blue CaesarStone. He designed the barstools.


African chairs from Tribal Gathering London creates an African influence.


Jalousie windows filter the light above a wraparound banquette that gives the living room a Middle Eastern aura. Pillows are made of African and Indonesian textiles collected by the owners. Over the fireplace, a steel frame with antique mirrored panels hides the TV. Woven leather chairs from McGuire. Dotted Tube floor lamp byLesley Anton. Stucco walls are painted Benjamin Moore‘si

A blue ceramic table base adds a splash of color.


Dining under the pergola in Dedon Marrakesh chairs from Janus et Cie.


The living room opens to the pool. Coral stepping stones at one end let you walk on water.


Detail of the master bedroom’s Moroccan-style fireplace. Tile by Habibi Interiors.


Turkish-style pillows accent a Ralph Pucci chaise in the master bedroom.


There’s a round opening in the roof of the pavilion, so you can lie on the daybed, which is suspended by rope, and look up at the stars.


A powder room door practically vanishes against the stairway, made of fumed oak from the Netherlands. The Antique Barre Grey limestone floor is from Exquisite Surfaces.


Cool gray walls—Smoke Wax limestone by Artistic Tile—set off paintings by Australian artist Tony Tuckson in the master bath. Floor is aged Petit Granite from Exquisite Surfaces. City bathtub from Urban Archaeology.


Sliding panels separate the kitchen and dining room; the lacy fretwork is reminiscent of Indian jalis. Klismos chairs—Michael Taylor‘s Garden chairs—surround a custom Parnassus dining table in white oak from Therien & Co. Ziyi chandeliers from Aero Studios.


Photography by: William Abranowicz

Article originally by: Christine Pittel of House Beautiful