Interior designer Robert Searle described the Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West as “eclectic.” They offer a stylish take on coastal comfort, with expansive and primarily white living areas warmed by natural fibers and punched up with hits of island colour.
Robert said the inspiration for the interiors of the cottages came from his own childhood. “I spent many summers in Nantucket and blended the look here with Caribbean colours. I call it the ‘Nantucket Key West Look.'” Here’s how you can have this seaside look in your home, starting with:
The perfect base for any coastal chic room is the perfect white. A cool white channels a crisp New England vibe, while warm off-whites create more of a tropical vibe. The paint meisters at Ralph Lauren Home nail white like no one else. (And they’re not too shabby on the complementary island-y jewel tones, either, if you’re looking for a warm and welcoming yellow, like the one pictured above). Go to rlhome.polo.com to see the palette.
2 White sheets
Nothing says “four-star hotel” more than silky cotton 400-thread count sheets in classic white. The extra deep fitted sheets make bed-making less taxing for those of us who don’t have maid service. President’s Choice Home luxury bedding: presidentschoice.ca
3 Jute rug
A sisal, sea grass or jute rug is a fast and easy way to give your home an organic, natural element. A canvas binding will give the piece a clean, finished look. IKEA’s classic Egeby rug comes in different sizes and has a non-slip latex backing for safety.
4 Wood blinds
Enhance the ambiance as well as privacy of your home with these slatted wood blinds. Choose a light stain for a coastal chic vibe, or a deep, rich tone for more of a Pacific islands feel. For a Key West look, a mid-tone stain is versatile and classic: blindstogo.com
5 Wicker chair
Since the Canadian climate is anything but tropical, all-weather resin “wicker” can be better than the real thing. It won’t crack or unravel (even if you put it outdoors), and it’ll always look its best. The chic super-dark stain paired with an electric blue cushion makes this anything but your grandma’s wicker. (Switch things up by changing cushion cover patterns periodically.)
By Yuki Hayashi
But, what about a thank you gift? A bottle of wine or a food basket is a nice gesture, but quite temporary if you think about it. Next time you want to give a coastal gift to someone, consider hand crafted art as far more thoughtful, and classy. If you really hit a home run and the recipients love your nautical gift, perhaps the next time they take a look at their unique sculpture, they will think of you …“you know, we ought to have them back for another visit”. Remember, an invite is great. A second invite is better. Give a gift that lasts!
Here’s a great idea. Our stately seagull, quiet in his repose on a seaside piling, hand carved with a washed finish.