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Homeowner Colette van den Thillart chose to play up the beachy vibe in the dining room of her Barbados vacation home. Green-striped slipcovers over teak furniture complement the lush greenery outside and a white ceiling and drapes make the space feel fresh. The gingerbreading is a traditional detail on island houses.
A punchy coral slipcovered sofa and shell-pink coffee table is a nod to the home’s warm, tropical locale. Trellis-patterned fabric and wicker furniture lend an outdoor vibe that makes the space livable. The jute rug tempers the pink, steering the room away from feminine territory.
This exquisite outdoor living room uses durable furnishings like a wicker sofa and chair. A white, green and tobacco palette echo the natural landscape beyond the white gauzy curtains. A travertine floor continues inside, connecting the two spaces.
“I wanted a glam shack — the romantic idea of the room on the beach and the Robinson Crusoe fantasy,” says Colette of the bedroom in her Barbados home. High-gloss, lacquered white ceilings add height and a four-poster bed draped in mosquito netting lends a feminine touch. Red side tables are a burst of contrast.
Colette designed an Oliver Messel-inspired trellis screen outside so that she can leave the windows open to the refreshing breeze and still have privacy while bathing. Seashells adorn the space, enhancing the seaside vibe.
Coral stone steps lead up to Colette’s charming Barbados beach house. The exterior reflects the local wooden chattel house style, with gingerbread detailing. The island’s easterly location means early sunsets, so lanterns on the steps light the way.
Italian-style lanterns make a stylistic reference to the outdoors and softly illuminate the French farmhouse table. Neutral tones and textures look elegant against the vibrant greenery of the surrounding gardens.
This Maui escape boasts a romantic, shabby chic-inspired sunroom. An antique chandelier from France and simple whitewashed country furniture with custom back-button slipcovered chairs gives the space a cottage look
At designer Sloan Mauran’s bungalow in Florida, the loggia is a true indoor-outdoor space with an open-air living and dining room — perfect for entertaining.
Sloan enjoys most of her meals with her family in the loggia, which overlooks the pool.
The kitchen is inspired by a modern Belgian aesthetic. The TV is recessed in the wall for a sleek look, and its chunky stone frame mirrors the thick edge on the marble peninsula. The range hood is clad in stainless steel and spans the stoves and work areas for an impactful effect.
Breakfast is taken in the family room, where the glass-topped Parsons table also doubles as a home office. Sloan’s 11-year-old daughter’s friends often convene here. “I usually have about three or four other children over all the time,” says Sloan.
Initially an impulse buy, Sloan calls this stylized ram’s-head dining table her greatest find. The table, comfortable vintage velvet Z chairs and lamps establish an authentic, glam 1970s tone.
To keep focus on the views, Sloan skipped a mantel and adorned the living room chimney breast with sculptural kudu horns. Mirrors flanking the fireplace mimic the glass doors and reflect the outdoors inside.
In the principal bedroom, the palette is soothing, the fabrics are soft, and a low-profile bed looks fresh. French doors leading to the loggia and expansive windows make the most of the garden view.
The crane artwork and zebra pillows were selected for their complementary hues and exotic feel. An iconic mid-century modern Warren Platner chair was reupholstered in fresh white cotton.
Place X-benches in front of beds for propping suitcases. “The guest rooms are right next to each other with their own ensuite baths. If I’m hosting friends with children, they can stay close together in their own little wing,” says Sloan Mauran.
Sloan used similar materials in all the bathrooms for continuity, yet each bath has its own look. In the functional guest bath, butterfly artwork and plantation shutters lend a beachy feel.
At Monica and Michael Belcourt’s sleek, modern getaway home in the Dominican Republic’s luxe Casa de Campo resort, all the principal rooms along the front of the house open onto the pool area, which offers spectacular views of the Caribbean across a sprawling lawn.
A covered wooden walkway surrounds the interior courtyard, linking all the rooms that open onto it. Lush greenery and stately Royal palms frame the slate-lined reflecting pool and fountain.
The pair love to cook with family and friends and dreamed of a dramatic modern kitchen that would be fun, functional and big enough to accommodate multiple chefs. “The minute you walk in, you’re energized to cook,” says Monica.
Surrounded by pale coral stone walls and porcelain-slab floors, the dark, linear furniture appears to float. Cloud lights by Frank Gehry for Vitra and chairs inspired by the colour of the Caribbean subtly bring the outdoors in.
In this media room, a low-slung sofa and an Eames lounge chair create a sophisticated spot to watch TV.
The principal bedroom’s matching wood floor and ceiling were chosen to create balance and calm. Brightly coloured abstract prints, found in Italy, visually anchor the bed.
Every bathroom in this Dominican Republic home includes a private outdoor shower with lush plantings.
Huge sliding doors and walls of glass in the spa-like principal bath all but erase lines between indoors and out.
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