See Why the Living Room in This Colorful Miami Rental Went Viral on TikTok

published May 31, 2023

See Why the Living Room in This Colorful Miami Rental Went Viral on TikTok

published May 31, 2023
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When Phoebe O’Neill, an interior decorator, was looking for a rental apartment in Miami in 2022, she found two contenders in the same building: one that was renovated and one that was not. She chose the latter, which has two bedrooms, sweeping views of the ocean, and a lot of potential.

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“I ultimately chose this unit because I felt like it was a blank canvas for me to really put my creativity to work,” O’Neill writes. “It was actually pretty dingy when I first moved in. The walls were painted this yellowish white — the same color as old plastic. It definitely needed a face-lift.”

O’Neill had recently moved from New York City to Miami to be closer to the ocean. “When I was in college in New York, I lived in pre-war buildings. And although I do miss my old NYC apartment, a railroad apartment in Flatiron, having floor-to-ceiling windows with a clear view of the sunrise and sunset is unbeatable,” O’Neill shares. “I swear my car in the parking garage has a better view than I could ever have afforded in NYC.” 

Knowing that she wanted to be near the sea, it’s no surprise that she painted her living room electric blue (a decision that actually became quite controversial on TikTok!). But every space in O’Neill’s home is intentionally different: the primary bedroom is cozy, the primary bathroom is clad in vibrant wallpaper, and the second bedroom has a modern flair. 

“I love blending different styles into a room and into a space as a whole, creating a kind of potpourri of interior design,” O’Neill, who studied architectural theory in college, writes. “It is the throughline of design that I find fascinating, not the distinction.”










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