Charming St. Kitts Cottage

A family’s move from Charleston to the Caribbean includes transforming an outdated cottage into a home away from home. Discover how they did it, step by step.

1. Play to Your Strengths
Photographer: Lisa Romerein; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

1. Play to Your Strengths

Not wanting to detract from the house's vintage character, the Elebashes embraced its best qualities, such as its open floor plan, original parquet floors, and West Indies--style vaulted ceilings stained dark brown. "It was perfect—we wanted a home that felt like we were in the islands, but still had an elegance about it, because we entertain a lot," says Allison.

Get the look: The mirror is from South of Market, the candelabra is from shopcandelabra.com, and the table is from Victoria & Thomas Trading Company.

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