Key West is both the location and the inspiration for this colorful, historic home with plenty of regional style and character.
Written by: Brielle M. Ferreira
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Make Them Green With Envy
A bold application of color, like the Key lime green that defines the entrance of the cottage, is a great way to announce that there is more fun to come.
The jute runner is from Pottery Barn. Designer Johnathon Hoenscheidt purchased the pendant light on a trip to Mexico.
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Pile On The Layers
It's all about texture in the cottage's living room, where the rough edges of the coffee and side tables, which were constructed using a mahogany tree felled during Hurricane Wilma, are paired with contrasting jute and hide rugs.
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Get Into The Swing Of Things
Two custom built matching swings sway at either end of the cottage's porch to set the mood for nightly his-and-hers wind-downs.
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Channel Your Softer Side
The elegant chandeliers and pale pink ceiling bring a romantic, feminine aesthetic to the dining room, which is otherwise more masculine thanks to the original, pickled Dade County pine walls that peek out from beneath new wainscoting.
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Serve Up Something Fresh
The kitchen was completely gutted and redone using crisp white cabinets, Carrara marble, and stainless steel appliances. The backsplash's glass tiles reflect the cool blue of the pool, which is just outside the back door.
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The furnishings in the master bedroom are low in stature to make up for the limited headroom. The blue ceilings used throughout the house are especially important here; they channel Key West's gorgeous blue skies and create the illusion of a larger space.
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Work Smart In Small Spaces
The homeowners' grandchildren flock to this family favorite: the Key lime green guest room that also doubles as a home office. The walls are a custom shade by Benjamin Moore. Try the brand's Willow Springs Green for a similar look.
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Be Generous With Guests
What once functioned as a maid's home is now a poolside retreat for visitors. The homeowners picked a cheery, buttercup yellow hue for the walls and added French doors to let light in and take advantage of the courtyard views. A handsome pitched ceiling contributes to the airy feeling.