Our Favorite Rooms of 2016
Meet Me in the Caribbean
I love Bohemia, the little surf shack hideaway on the southwest coast of Jamaica owned by hotelier Sally Henzell (the mind behind the venerable Jakes hotel). There is genius throughout, but its clever design sits big and tall and proud in this 30 x 30 foot great room; that central foldaway wall and the view beyond draws you in like the tide, and the teardrop shaped clerestory windows made of plywood and plastic sheeting are brilliant in their simplicity.
Palm Beach Peach
This apple-green kitchen was designed by Celerie Kemble, who dangled a painted peachy pendant from the ceiling like candy. And this color pairing is a great one to steal: it would also look dynamite in a guest room, entry hall, or bath (as long as there is a good bit of natural light coming in). The cabinetry is painted Wales Green and the pendant is painted Peachy Keen, both by Benjamin Moore.
Welcome to the Jungle
Patterned powder rooms are like a surprise party every time you open the door—I love this look. What you can’t see is that some of the “leaves” are custom cut to extend up onto the ceiling, like a tree’s green canopy. To keep the rest of the tiny space charmingly organic, designer Celerie Kemble hung this sweet vintage rattan mirror.
Cool, Calm & Collected
The living room in this 1940s Michigan cottage is big on originality, low on clichés—full of rare gems, wildly original finds, natural surprises. The homeowner is the former head buyer/co-president of Anthropologie. She says, "There is a time-warp quality to a room full of collections,” and I agree. In fact, I think you should fashion your own time warp, whatever that might look like, and curl up in it every chance you get.
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The Bar is Open
Pour me a sip, would you? Designer Phoebe Howard and architect Bill Beeton designed this wet bar in East Hampton in a narrow hall. And with colorful built-ins and handsome wall paneling, it’s as smart and chic as they come. The gray-blue paint color (Jamestown Blue by Benjamin Moore) is the real scene-stealer in this alcove, elevating it from practical service station to a “little jewel of a space to be in,” says Beeton.
Sea Island Sensational
This is my kind of morning. Designer Kevin Isbell paneled the walls and ceiling of this breakfast room in latticework to make it feel like a cozy outdoor gazebo. And he’s a master with color—the apple green walls and bright red chandelier is an unlikely match (I think he might have used the phrase “happy accident”) but it came across as a 100% style win.
Say what you will, but I love a Hawaiian shirt. Designer Tim Clarke gathered a collection of vintage “aloha shirts” (as they are also often referred to) and hung them in slim wood frames in this Manhattan Beach entryway. “That’s the trick to keeping fun collections from feeling kitschy: Minimal display details make them feel like modern art,” notes Clarke. Another tip? Pair these colorful pieces with plenty of neutrals to keep the spotlight on their throwback sartorial charm.
Breakfast in Carmel
Who wouldn’t want to score this corner table? Designer Noelle Micek created the cozy breakfast nook with banquette seating (always a win for me), a sea grass drum chandelier, zinc top table, and sweet sea urchin art from Natural Curiosities.