Alexander James was appointed to design and dress the interior of Optima, a luxury contemporary house at Luscombe, Poole. This commission, for developer Excellare, followed on from the success of the first show house on the site, earlier in the summer.
The style direction for Optima was to create a ‘Miami Beach House’ vibe – a huge juxtaposition to its Post-Modern Neighbour, Ortega. We wanted to deliver this story, but still offer hints of English refinery, this was achieved by using William Yeoward prints and elegant nautical twists throughout. Utilising a neutral colour palette, we played off materials and textures, reflecting the home’s beach-side locale.
There are playful elements throughout, including handpicked beach hats carefully set up as an art installation. We commissioned a surfboard by Mambo, and decorated dressing tables with shells collected from the shores of Sandbanks beach – just steps away from the house. It’s all in the detail!
After the installation was complete Excellare, arranged a launch party to celebrate the property. It was attended by guests from far and wide including estate agents, press and potential buyers. Visitors enjoyed drinks and canapes, whilst listening to beautiful harp music and exploring the property. The launch was a great success, with huge interest and fabulous comments.
Optima’s Impressive living spaces include a fabulous light-filled open plan kitchen/dining/living area. The extensive terracing to three sides, offers stunning views of Poole Harbour. On the lower ground floor, the accommodation includes a pool, gym and sauna, complemented by a study and utility room, while on the top floor the master suite enjoys the advantage of a private terrace. Three further bedroom suites complete the accommodation.
Optima was truly a joy to design that will present its new owners with a wonderful playground in which to relax.