Our Favorite Bedrooms of 2018
Guests in this cozy guest room on Long Beach Island in New Jersey wake up to sprawling Atlantic views—but that’s not the only luxury here. Designers Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick upholstered the wavy Ballard bed in a Belgian linen hollyhock print by Clay McLaurin Studio and dressed it in soft Matouk linens. The sea urchin artwork is by Alex Schuchard.
In the breezy Mexican hideaway of photographer Marco Badalian, furnishings are delightfully simple and reflect the native craftsmanship of Isla Holbox. The platform bed is made of whitewashed caoba wood and outfitted with a Moroccan wedding blanket. The beams are bleached parota wood, making it feel more like sleeping in a treehouse.
Designer Amanda Lindroth was determined to keep Belize’s British Colonial heritage alive in this newly built home in Mahogany Bay Village. In the master bedroom, she outfitted a four-poster, campaign-style bed with batik printed pillows, a pink quilt, and sheer mosquito netting “to doll the room up a bit,” says the designer, adding that the rooms in the remote locale don’t need to be too fancy, or they will feel out of place.
Designer Christina Murphy looked to the vibrant Bahamian vegetation to inspire this guest room in the Abacos. She covered the walls in a celery grasscloth wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries and used it as a soft backdrop for palm-print draperies. “I really love a simple bed when I use something dramatic on the windows,” says Murphy. “I don't need two stars in the same show.”
This ultra-opulent guest bedroom is perched at the top of a South Florida townhouse and has the only ocean view in the home. "I knew guests would feel a bit spoiled in a room like this," says designer Ashley Whittaker. She brought in soft pinks by way of the Zoffany larkspur wallpaper, Serena & Lily quilt, and custom lamp shade. The headboard, too, has a luxurious sensibility, upholstered in a soft white matelassé fabric by Templeton. The bed is by Lee Industries.
Designer Ashley Whittaker discovered a punchy citrus yellow in a documentary fabric from Schumacher and used it to inspire the cheerful color palette in this South Florida guest bedroom. Here, it appears on the bed and Roman shades, while the Noguchi lantern helps make the room's high ceilings feel less cavernous. "The pendant works because it's big, but the design of it is simple and not overwhelming," says Whittaker. The wallpaper is by Meg Braff.
Earthy greens and soft peaches headlined the master bedroom in this year’s Coastal Living Idea House—and it was a crowd favorite (and editor’s favorite, too!). Designer Jenny Keenan played off the varied greens of the marsh, framing the doors in sage ikat draperies and the windows in emerald hand-painted Roman shades. Exposed rafters elevate the ceiling an extra foot and give the space with the most direct relationship to the marsh "a greater sense of airiness and depth," adds architect Eric Moser. Like what you see?
Who doesn’t need a bright and buoyant twin bedroom in their lives? This one is part of a pied-a-terre in Palm Beach, where owner/designer Marcie Bond brought a surprising approach to low, eight-foot ceilings: she accentuated them. “I think they make a room feel cozier," says Marcie, who created a pair of tall pelmets, or box valances, for the twin beds to draw attention up. Fashioned from two China Seas fabrics—a solid orange coupled with Barbados Batik—the pelmets make a dramatic backdrop for the cane beds from Red Egg. The bedding is from Roller Rabbit.
These turquoise floor tiles mimic the bright hues of the sea—making this pretty hideaway one of the hottest rental properties on Harbour Island. Because the tiles are wood, not ceramic, they're warmer on bare feet. (Plus, the pattern is great for hiding sand.) Owner Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love kept things simple by pairing inexpensive rattan headboards from Urban Outfitters with cool cotton bedding and Quadrille Euro shams. The tiles are by Mirth Studio.
London artist and homeowner Pauline Amos kept the furnishings cool and light in this open-air master bedroom in GoldenEye, Jamaica. Foldaway mahogany shutters open the room to evening breezes and a view of the rolling sea. "It's not the Four Seasons—you're going to have beetles or geckos walking around," Amos jokes. "But the breeze is constant. At night, I'm under the mosquito nets with the shutters open."