Island Style Guide

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: Kitchen
Photographer Tria Giovan; Stylist Heather Chadduck


The deep turquoise paint that Barry used on the walls here is a perfect match to the ocean. For a touch of island texture, Barry commissioned teak cabinets topped with 3-inch-thick countertops made from crushed local volcanic rock. The striped Roman shade adds just the right amount of French Country flair.

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