Phoebe Howard is one of my favorite designers – she never fails to have a new and fresh approach to a style we may have seen again and again. In this island home, she gives a traditional and classic spin to what could have been an all-too familiar beachy theme. Maggie here, with a space you’re sure to fall for!
There are several living areas in this home, but I loved the punch and color of this one the best. While the orange and bright blue could be a lot to handle, they are tempered by relaxed neutral English roll arm sofas. The chevron adds a playful touch (and I love that it’s an off-beat version), and she’s sure to add a natural element (those twist side tables) to recall the island location. All the architecture in the home is stunning, including these interior windows and doors.
The foyer is what caught my eye initially – I love the quirky but exquisitely carved wooden pieces (do you see the shell and sea life motifs?) that feel light when put on a white wall. Using glass floats is a great way to accessorize without going overboard on a theme like a lot of shells can do. We also see a peek of blue and orange, a color scheme that is repeated throughout the home.
I couldn’t resist including the enclosed porch area (you’ll notice it shares the interior doors with the living room). Elegant rattan furniture looks chic indoors or out, and the color scheme is repeated with blue and orange pillows. More glass floats dot the coffee table. And I love that the tripod lamps add a slightly nautical touch but are also a contemporary piece mixed in with a lot of traditional shapes.
To recreate this look, you can add some accessories to an otherwise neutral background.
The best backdrop for this look is of course a beautiful island home… but you can add architectural interest to any shoebox apartment with the right visual effects – like three of these arched mirrors. As seen above, the simplest way to change up a color scheme is through pillows – here is a blue one and an orange one. A glass float isn’t too thematic – try adding a group of three. Rattan furniture can be a classic natural touch to any space (indoor or outdoor). Look for new takes on the chevron pattern, like this blue and white rug. For an ornate carved piece, look for shell and sea imagery – adding a small item like this stool will still provide impact but on a small(er) budget. And finally, give a nod to the nautical look with a wooden tripod lamp.
Images from Phoebe Howard.