Florida Interior Designers
Designers from Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale are profiled.
The Morocco room at Casa Casuarina (the former Versace house) on South Beach was designed by Katia Bates. [Photo: Robert Brantley]
[Photo: Craig Denis]
Ironworks: "One of the things we buy a lot of is iron, so we can modify it and make it into things like door handles according to what the client wants."
A touch of glass: Bates designed a chandelier of Murano glass from her hometown; the creation, called "Dilemma," was so popular that she has just designed a second called "Piano Nobile," named after the largest and most decorated floor where hosts entertain in the mansions of Venice.
Cool coincidence: "Several years ago, we took a trip to Morocco and bought a lot of opium beds and carpets and antiques. We put them in our warehouse, and within a month we were asked to do the interiors of Casa Casuarina, Gianni Versace's old house on South Beach. The new owner wanted a Morocco room, so we had the perfect items right there in storage."