By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
William and Phyllis Taylor have designed and decorated everything from Italianate palazzos to Art Deco District hotels and Key West bungalows.
But no matter what the architectural style, their designs have something in common: They pay a respectful homage to bringing Florida’s lush outdoors in.
“My thing is the specialness of Florida,” says William, the architect of the husband-and-wife team. “My houses are very traditional, but they are still done with indigenous Florida materials and open themselves up to the outside. No matter what the style, we are celebrating and accenting Florida.”
Classic Florida Style: The Houses of Taylor & Taylor (The Monacelli Press, $50) written with Beth Dunlop, is the first book of their work. The 224-page book features 200 pictures of 10 homes that were photographed by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn. Among them are houses in Fort Lauderdale, on Fisher Island, on an island near Key West and two homes in Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club. The Taylors also did the interiors of Donna Shalala’s presidential residence in Coral Gables and the remodel of Dan Marino’s vacation home on Kiawah Island, located between Charleston and Savannah.
So what is their favorite home in the book?
“Most people think we would pick our favorite projects,” says Phyllis, an interior designer. “That would be like choosing your favorite child. My favorite is the one I am looking at now.”
Taylor & Taylor, 1211 Alton Road, Miami Beach,