Florida Retreat With Timeless Appeal

Designer Phoebe Howard spills on how she transformed this John's Island, Florida vacation home into a classic yet modern retreat with timeless appeal.

Green chair in the living room
Photographer: Erica George Dines, Stylist: Heather Chadduck

Pick a Starting Point

Simple, low maintenance, bright, and spirited. A family of four had clear expectations for their recently purchased vacation home on John’s Island, Florida. Unfortunately, though, transforming the dark, dated 1970s interiors would be a tall order. So they called someone they knew could deliver: designer Phoebe Howard.

The next step was as simple as selecting a starting point. "I spent a day looking at fabric with the mother before we decided on a blue, flowered print to use on the pillows in the living room," she says. "Everything else took shape from there. Once you get one decision under your belt, it's easy to make another and then another." Using blue as her compass, Howard pulled together a home with timeless appeal.

Get the Look: The chair and ottoman are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, upholstered in green Burmese fabric by Sister Parish Design. The shade is from Mrs. Howard.

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