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Beach Cottage in the Sky

This home is in a high rise building on Naples beach, and so often this type of space is
designed with a contemporary style. I was delighted that this client wanted a vibrant and colorful beach cottage feeling with lots of charm and personality.

The foyer Martinique wallpaper comes from the Beverly Hills Hotel lobby, a find by one of the girls. A sea turtle shell was made from resin by Naples artist Ed Koehler, a wonderful way to feature nature’s unique artistry and yet be environmentally consciences.

The living room features an original oil painting of the Naples Pier by renowned Naples artist Paul Arsenault. We selected the color palette we wanted with the custom rag rug, actually specifying the percentage of every color fabric we wanted. The palm fabric used for the draperies came from France, and the driftwood piece is actually a “cypress knee” from
Louisiana.

Vintage shell prints from the 1950’s were left by the last owner…they were too faded to reframe and use as art, so I was inspired to decoupage the secretary with antique and French
archival shell botanicals. We painted the interior of the Lillian August a bright coral to match the loveseats. A silver coral desk lamp adds a magical glow to the nook.

Beach chic reigns in the den, from the striped rug to the denim covered water hyacinth sectional by Vanguard. The urn table from Century was custom glazed to match the
tropical green in the drapery fabric. Another Paul Arsenault painting of sailboats graces the
casual dining area…spectacular chairs from Kindel were custom painted a soft tropical blue.
The kitchen island was reconfigured and highlighted with custom beach umbrella and palm tree tiles from California.

We installed a fun turquoise custom colored wood floor in the master bedroom foyer…I painted and glazed a console table to match, and added shell art to the lower shelf. The bed and night tables are new, but in a vintage bamboo style. We used monogrammed pillow shams, and one set says “Sweet Dreams”. The drapery fabric, imported from France, has a unique
French garden pattern. The client was not afraid to use large scale patterns, which are so fabulous in the large rooms in more modern buildings that usually do not have lots of architectural detail. The girls’ rooms feature signature Lilly Pulitzer fabrics, and the son’s room has the look of a modern day adventurer and world traveler.

The lanai is furnished with a combination of new furnishings and vintage rattan pieces that have a fresh look with new cushions and pillows. The white dining chairs are from the Oscar de la Renta collection.

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