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Monday Design Daydream: The James Royal Palm

(Photo courtesy of The James Royal Palm)It's a sunny summer Monday at the office, so naturally my afternoon daydreams fall under one all-too-expected theme: the beach. Of all the worthy seaside locales in all the world, perhaps nowhere offers as much visual stimulation as South Beach, Miami, with its Deco décor and bravura fashions. But it's the understated modern glamor at The James Royal Palm that has captured my imagination.

(Photo courtesy of The James Royal Palm) In a storied location on Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm is the brainchild of architect Lauren Rottet, who gave the original 1939 Art Deco structure a midcentury modern makeover. The lobby offers a welcome respite from the heat with a cool white-and-sea-green color scheme, streamlined wood furniture, and a seafoam coffee bar where the reception desk once stood. Beneath an abstract wooden staircase, a vibrant seating nook draws the eye with pop-art upholstery.

(Photo courtesy of The James Royal Palm) Each of the 393 guest rooms are just as appealing thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, slate-tiled bathrooms, and a clean white color palette. Whimsical touches appear throughout, from the Ctrl, Alt, Del pillows on the built-in banquettes to the pendant lamps whose wiry cables trail up the walls.

(Photo courtesy of The James Royal Palm)

And while the beach beckons, the real draw is the pool. There are two at the James, surrounded by a sea of white-cushioned chaises. There's also a rooftop spa, two restaurants, two bars and a night club, and a covetable art collection curated in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (as well as an artist in residence program). Now, how to get away from this desk!

(Photo courtesy of The James Royal Palm)

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