The Idea House exterior evokes Old Florida beach cottages with its metal roof and wood siding. Deep porches provide needed shade from the summer sun and serve as a family gathering space.
Architect: John Kirk, AIA Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Community: WindMark Beach, Fla.
Beach house style just got a lot more interesting. "Don't be afraid of color," says designer E. Dale Trice. He proves his fearlessness in the living room with a vivid sectional sofa, curtains the color of a Gulf sunset, and accents of ocean blue.
Design: E. Dale Trice, Design Services of Florida
A long, narrow table against the wall of windows serves as a library table when not in use for dining. The mahogany trestle table base supports a wrapped aluminum top. Water hyacinth chairs are an economical alternative to wooden chairs and pick up the black tones of the room's picture frames.
A sweet but not-too-frilly design makes the girl's bedroom a welcome haven. With its petite upholstered furniture, this space is the perfect place for a little girl to call her own. A papier-mâché ice-cream cone adds a note of whimsy.
Furniture: Fifi and Company
Papier-Mâché Ice-Cream Cone: The Studio Gallery
Bookcases and Toys: Nottingham Antiques
Blinds: Shutter Sense
Paint Color: Sherwin-Williams (Relaxed Khaki SW6149, Wool Skein SW6148)
Rug: Design on the Gulf
A 1940s-inspired barkcloth influenced the rich design of the master suite, with its aubergine walls, metal bed frame, and striped chair fabric.
A shell pink wall color welcomes guests to the crisp, colorful guest room. A set of circular framed botanical prints makes a striking statement on the walls.
Bedding: Shabby Slips
Headboard: Precedent Furniture
Side Tables: Bradley Hughes
Lamps: Design on the Gulf
Artwork: Natural Curiosities
Paint Color: Sherwin-Williams (Lei Flower SW6613)
Blinds: Shutter Sense
Curtains: Drape 98
Curtain Fabric: Stout
A lavishly dressed bed centers the carriage house bedroom. Green accents against an ethereal pale blue wall have heightened intensity.
The carriage house guest suite features a chic, tiny kitchenette outfitted with the essentials: a fridge and a collection of stoneware and glasses for serve-yourself snacks.