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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: Loft
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck


The third-floor mezzanine functions as a play area for the grandchildren and a place for naps or card games. Sheer curtains create the illusion of enclosure but allow light to flow between the second and third floors. Barry designed the upholstered wedges to be seats for the card table or, when pushed together, an ottoman.

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