Our Favorite Coastal Homes of 2010

We rounded-up our favorite casual, coastal looks of the year. Have a favorite? Let us know which space gets your vote by leaving a comment.

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St. Barts Villa
Photo: Jean-Philippe Piter

Haven on Earth

Open to the sea and sky from a mountaintop on St. Barts, this Danish couple’s retreat defines the heavenly simplicity of West Indies style. And proves that wicker isn’t just for chairs. These statement-making Italian lamps add coastal style in a creative way.

To keep the black mahogany cabinets from looking too dark, glass fronts were added to reflect natural light. Painting the interiors white makes everyday dishes look like art. Handwoven baskets are an easy way to weave a natural element into the decorating scheme, they speak to an island way of life.

Products (February 2010): Wicker lamps, unavailable; for a similar look, try the Leran 24” pendant lamp, $90; Ikea. Rug, unavailable; for a similar look, try the Stockholm Rand rug, $179; Ikea.

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