Thursday, September 1, 2011

Escape to St. Croix

This vacation home sits high above the island of St. Croix's northeast shore.
If you didn't get a vacation this year, take this tour and feel like you've visited St. Croix, even ever so briefly.
Nice place to begin the tour, the house enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding islands.

Merge the interior with the surrounding landscape, treats the verandas as rooms in their own right. Here, the colorful floor mats and bench seat cushions are designed for outdoor use.

Cotton gauze panels, hung on bamboo curtain rods, cover the many living room windows. The lightweight fabric is stirred by the ceiling fans and breezes, creating another layer to the interior scheme. The mix of Indonesia and Brazil furniture gives the room an eclectic casual feel, while the dark wood visually ties all the pieces together. The wall sconces are from Morocco.

In the adjacent dining area, a hanging chandelier adds a touch of sparkle. The formal lines of the chairs are softened by their casual fabric, which is similar to that used in the living room. The natural cotton fabric reinforces the casual, warm atmosphere  throughout the house. Many of the interior pieces are from the Home Design Store in Miami, and Victoria's Armoire in Coral Gables, Florida. The dining room diptych painting is by Debbie Broad.

In the master suite, a traditional planter's chair, next to the bed, is a subtle reference to the colonial history of the region. I love the design of this room, comfortable and cozy!!!

A pair of antique doors are used as a headboard, emphasizing the height of the ceiling in this bedroom.

Crema Marfil marble tiles are used throughout the master bathroom. Natural touches, like the seashell mirrors, add personality.

When a house is surrounded by sparkling seas and colorful native plants, good design celebrates these natural assets.

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