Design TipsAugust 13, 2008

Living the Tropical Life.

Another lust-worthy home from Living Etc., the UK’s best shelter mag, in my humble opinion. This is the vacation home of a crafty couple in St. Barth’s. Try not to die of jealousy. The open airy feeling of white walls and ceilings (left open with exposed beams) combined with darker furniture and natural elements make this space incredibly successful.


To get the look, bunch a grouping of hurricanes, like these from IKEA on the center of a long table. For pillows like this, but simple linen covered throw pillows and use fabric paint to stencil on numbers.



The kitchen pendants above are fabulous- you can try using the 24″ diameter Leran pendant from IKEA and stain it darker. A glossy black vase from Walmart and a black and white stripe flatweave runner from Pottery Barn will dot he trick.


Use sets of framed mirrors to create a dramatic wall piece. These black framed mirrors are only $75 for a set of three. Using a bed with rattan detailing ads to the natural feeling of the space, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg. This one below is from JCPenney. Add a
netting canopy and you’ve got a tropical bedroom to relax in!

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