The owners of a home with sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway love hosting guests, but as their family grew, the three-bedroom house began feeling cramped during family visits. Because the property is long and narrow, there was no room to add on to the main house, so the owners enlisted architect Charles Stick and designer Keithley Miller of Kemble Interiors to carve out some space at the front of the property, just off the driveway.
The small guest cottage would give their children and grandchildren their own area to sleep, play, and relax. While the main house has a very traditional vibe, the homeowners wanted to amp up the color in the new retreat and give it a distinctly Florida feel. “Because the guesthouse is sitting on so little outdoor space, we brought all the fun inside,” says Miller. Here’s how they created cheery and bright lodging for a crowd.