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From bright, bold colors to punchy tropical motifs, here is our complete guide to creating—and enjoying—an island oasis, as well as a our favorite island homes.

St. Barts Island Cottage

Designer Barry Dixon gets inspired by tropical greens and ocean blues to give this retreat beaucoup flair.

St. Barts Island Cottage: About the House
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck

About the House

Style: A quintessential French island cottage, complete with a steeply pitched roofline, plank siding, louvered windows, and bold turquoise shutters

Space: 2,269 square feet of interior space with four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a game room/study/sleeping loft, and 692 square feet of outdoor space

Setting: A mountaintop high above the Bay of St. Jean, the second-largest town on St. Barts in the French West Indies

View: The entire Bay of St. Jean, complete with white-sand beaches and the luxurious Eden Rock Hotel below.

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