Mirrored framing leads to the dining section, where checkerboard cement tiles act like a rug beneath the yellow metal table, 1943 Jens Risom chairs, and blown-glass Paola Navone pendant. “It’s very similar to the floors in the service areas of this kind of house,” Michael explains of the tile. “So we used it like a carpet in one of the most important parts.”
Beyond glass sliding doors, a verdant courtyard is a rare slice of nature in the city. A leafy loquat shades the clinker brick pavers, while ivy climbs up the granite walls. “You have this cocoon feeling, and it’s very, very private,” Michael says. “We have a small tank that keeps water running. It’s relaxing.”
Though this three-part, open-concept setup is primed for socializing, the compact mint green kitchen is also outfitted with a breakfast nook for hosting. Friends can hang out on the built-in bench, which is upholstered in aqua leather and tropical Lelièvre fabric, while the homeowner cooks with the Smeg oven. Leopard motif wallpaper, fluted glass cabinets, and bronze hardware complete the look.
A groovy eggplant-colored stairwell features a neon stripe as it moves upwards to the primary bedroom, where blue, orange, and beige tones mingle for a soothing result. The ensuite is equally tranquil, with a travertine sink, trapezoid-shaped tiles, and a spa-style shower. It’s a Portuguese oasis in every way.