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BEST-OF-SHOW Perla Lichi

FABA Competition judges give Perla Lichi’s design work unanimous perfect scores 


Perla Lichi’s design of a South Africa residence earned Best of Show and gold for Overall Design and individual room design for the Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, Family Room, Living Room, Kitchen and Home Theater. Craftsmanship was recognized with gold for Woodworking, Ceilings and Flooring.

This expansive custom home located in an exclusive, private subdivision in Johannesburg, was designed for an executive with a family of four sons where each person wanted their own private space reflecting their own personality. The husband enjoys an outdoor gazebo for meditation and a custom-designed garage for his collection of exotic cars. The wife wanted her own private spa. The sons got their own game room with all the modern technology of today’s video game era. Spaces were also created where the family could enjoy being together. These include all the main living areas, which were designed in formal style, and then a more casual “pajama” lounge, and family room, both with the latest audio / video equipment.


Emirates Hills is a gated community in Dubai adjacent to the Montgomery Golf Course—one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Dubai. The house was completely gutted and brought up to date with new ceilings, woodwork, flooring and bathrooms. Dual aquariums in the foyer provide visual interest from both foyer and dining room. Built-in custom room dividers provide architectural interest and mark entryways into the living room and dining room. Custom ceilings in the living room, dining room, family room and master bedroom are adorned with silver leafing and enhanced with special lighting effects.  All items were custom designed and manufactured in the designer’s own factories.  The home has a spacious master suite and four guest bedrooms, each given a unique look. The master bath features a round step-up tub and custom cabinetry. With state-of-the-art technology, the owner can watch TV through the mirror while soaking in the tub.


In addition to recognition for overall design, honored rooms in this large villa in Kenya included the Master Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room, and the incredible Library.  The media room earned a Silver award. Superb Craftsmanship was recognized for the home’s Woodworking, Ceiling and Flooring.

The businessman and his wife wanted a showcase where each family member could live in peace and harmony.  Perla Lichi was challenged to take some large rooms with relatively low ceilings and create breathtaking interiors. “We embellished the grand entry staircase with a hand-carved, solid mahogany railing crowned by a stained-glass pyramid-shaped ceiling dome. We needed a dining table that would seat at least 22. Yet the dining room was square and a typical rectangular table would not work. An “X”-shaped table was designed with four wings connected around a large center circle that seats 24 and everyone able to converse. Every area of the home exemplifies exquisite craftsmanship. Special highlights are the dual hibachi table conference room, custom home theater, and incredible stained glass windows and hand-painted murals that adorn the indoor pool area.”


This house in Bay Colony in Fort Lauderdale, on the West side of the Intracoastal Waterway won gold  for Overall Design and was distinguished with awards for individual rooms for Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, and Master Bath,

A warm color palette and rich detailing with copper leaf was used to bring the large spaces into human proportion in an Old World classic design.  Tuscan, Mediterranean and Moorish styles are combined to flow seamlessly and create continuity through flooring, molding, and color palette.  A living room feature wall was designed with a mirrored niche flanked by two floor-to-ceiling, mirrored Moorish-style arches—with built-in cabinets below. The living room segues into a dining area defined by arches and columns. Faux-painted kitchen walls blend with dark wood cabinets and an octagonal custom soffit.  A home theater is decorated in tones of deep maroon, beige and gold.


This is a custom home designed for a VIP European family prominent in society who like to entertain frequently. Classic, timeless elegance was called for and over-sized furnishings required to fit the grandeur of the home — especially the 30-foot high ceilings in the Living Room and the Grand Foyer.  Intricate trims were embellished with faux painting.  Perla Lichi was challenged to carry European classic styling throughout the home and still tie in today’s state-of-the-art technology as well as satisfy client’s religious needs in three different Kosher kitchens and a Synagogue that were necessary for the project. A combination of marble and different colors of onyx flooring flows throughout. {stb}

Perla Lichi Design is a full service, professional interior design company with offices in Coral Springs, Florida and Dubai, UAE, and servicing residential and commercial clients worldwide. This year Perla Lichi is celebrating her 30th year as a professional interior designer.  She was recently awarded a “Best of Houzz” badge by the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. Several of these projects are featured in “Palaces of the World,” Perla’s latest book, available at Visit her website for more information