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A family’s move from Charleston to the Caribbean includes transforming an outdated cottage into a home away from home.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.

3. Get Sneaky With Shades
Photographer: Lisa Romerein; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

3. Get Sneaky With Shades

While the vintage charm of the island retreat appealed to the Elebashes, it did have its shortcomings—particularly when it came to the size of the windows. "They were all very small," says Allison. "So I ordered bamboo blinds that would extend beyond the top of the actual window. Hung higher, it gives the illusion of a taller, more expansive space."

Get the look: The living room blinds are from Smith+Noble.

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