Tommy Hilfiger’s Dazzling Estate


For Sale By The Jills At Coldwell Banker, This Spectacular Miami Mansion In Golden Beach Features Breathtaking Oceanfront Views

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When fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee purchased this Golden Beach, Fla., estate in 2013, he wanted colorful interiors inspired by the 1960s and 1970s where he could showcase his contemporary art collection. After doing some research, he hired famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to design his 14,075-square-foot seaside home. “I grew up in the 1970s, in the Studio 54 days, and I wanted it to be nostalgic with a pop art feeling,” says Hilfiger, who founded his eponymous Tommy Hilfiger brand in 1985. “We hired Martyn because we liked what he did for Elton John and Cher … we thought he was very talented.”

Bullard, a renowned international designer who is famous for his bold, eclectic and stylish interiors, and brilliant ability to integrate art into residential settings, was excited to work with the Hilfigers on their oceanfront vacation home. Bullard believed the couple’s “freedom and passion” would allow him to design a truly unique residence that they could enjoy with their children on winter weekends and during Art Basel Miami Beach. “The home had some challenges — we wanted a more Miami look,” says Bullard of the 2007-constructed residence. “We had to remove existing layers of beige to create a truly modern and glamorous house.” He had the floors resurfaced, added a top-of-the-line Italian lacquer kitchen, designed new lighting, and dressed the walls with vibrant and intriguing artwork to give it the ultimate style.

With most rooms facing the water, and in the rear, an infinity edge pool and whirlpool located within 100 feet of the ocean, there is no doubt that Hilfiger and his wife Dee enjoy their indoor-outdoor lifestyle. “Waking up looking at the Atlantic Ocean always makes me happy,” Hilfiger says. “We love to go paddle boarding and jogging on the beach, as well as bicycling and snorkeling.”

Bullard designed the interiors with the owners’ art collection in mind. Hilfiger knew the late Andy Warhol personally and his art had always influenced him. White walls and new, white-glass tile flooring were commissioned to best showcase Hilfiger’s extensive art collection which he expands several times a year while shopping at galleries and auctions around the world.

In the living room, the colorful Basquiat-Warhol collaborative acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas entitled, New Flame, is just breathtaking when hung against a white background. Presiding over the space are white Vladimir Kagan sofas accented with brightly colored accent pillows and an exquisite area rug with sensuous swirls that match the hues in the oversized painting. “We placed a custom, Kyle Bunting hair-on-hide area rug to match the art in this room,” says Bullard of the dazzling social area, which also delights guests with its JF Chen cocktail table and a pair of white, Willy Rizzo accent tables that hug the wall.

In the red, white and black disco-style dining room, guests can imagine themselves dancing the night away at Studio 54, a popular New York City nightclub in the 1970s and 1980s that celebrities like Hilfiger frequented. With silver, chainmail electrified draperies and lacquer-paneled walls, the scene is set for a night of glitz and glam. To top a rollicking, black-and-cream zigzag area rug, Bullard selected sculptural cityscape furniture by American designer Paul Evans that includes a large mirrored dining table with chairs upholstered in sumptuous cherry red leather.

Graphic black-and-white-striped flooring surrounded by white walls is the hallmark of the Hilfiger’s dreamy center-island kitchen and breakfast area featuring views of the home’s landscaped gardens that stretch out to meet the sea. Hilfiger’s family enjoys gathering at the island while seated on Willy Rizzo-style counter stools cushioned in lambswool. The “Rizzo look” is repeated in the breakfast area with a dining table and vintage Laverne chairs.

Soft and sensual, the glamorous master bedroom mixes the old with the new. Bullard selected a vintage Paul Evans four-poster bed accented with a large lambswool throw that falls delicately onto a platform covered in the same fabric. An alluring series of Marilyn Monroe artwork decorates a wall. The glamour continues in Dee’s private bath designed with shiny glass-paneled cabinetry and a sunken tub that creates a serene space.

With seven children between them, the Hilfiger’s wanted to create a remarkable guest apartment for their visits. Named “The Blue Room,” the space is designed with a unique wallcovering that mixes well with its Mid-century furnishings and vibrant artwork. “The wallpaper was inspired by a famous Parisian apartment from the 1960s in a variety of stripes, patchworks and dots,” Bullard says. Nearby, Hilfiger’s office is a testimony to his brand with its bold red-and-blue, faux suede-paneled walls by Kravet from Robert Allen.

Bullard truly enjoyed creating this spectacular vacation retreat for the Hilfigers. “Tommy and Dee were a joy to work with,” he says. “The avant-garde design and collection of furnishings, important artwork and comfort level make this house a Miami classic,” the designer says. This home is for sale. Contact Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, The Jills at Coldwell Banker at 305/341-7447 or visit www.thejills.com.

Interior Design
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, Los Angeles, CA

Photography
Douglas Friedman, New York, NY, and Zachary Balber, Miami, FL

Text by
Linda Marx