Tropical-Hued Florida Guesthouse
By Madeleine Frank
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.
Dress Up the Exterior
Varied architectural detailing—an eye- brow roofline, ornamental trelliswork, a broad frieze—gives the small guest cottage a commanding facade. Against pale lemon stucco, the bright white trim color amplifies the decorative elements. An oversize hedge and iron lamppost draw attention to the entry.
Use Youthful Colors
The children’s room accommodates as many as six people, with two queen beds and a set of railroad-style bunks built into the wall, so Miller aimed for a color palette that would please the whole crew. “We wanted warm colors with a little whimsy, so that it’s serene but you can still tell it’s a kids’ room,” she says.
Get the Look: The grasscloth wallcovering is Japanese Paperweave by Phillip Jeffries. The beds are custom by Kemble Interiors. The bedding is Sand Bar Stripe and Ginza bedding fabric, China Seas. The drapery fabric in Lime Ice is by Duralee. The drapery fabrication was done by Paul Maybaum, Inc.
Make Room for a Crowd
Bring in Balance
Because the wicker-and-bamboo bed frame is 6 1/2 feet wide and reaches almost to the ceiling, Miller added two oversize nautilus lamps to keep the scale consistent. “Without these, the bed would overwhelm everything else,” she says. Miller kept the rest of the room simple with solid blue draperies and a patterned blue rug and comforter to reference the nearby water.