Did anyone say "getaway?" Westin Resort's Sunset Key Guest Cottages (sunsetkeyisland.com) fit the bill -- smashingly -- with a 27-acre private island property just a water taxi away from Key West, Florida. With spacious one-bedroom cottage suites and two- and three-bedroom guest cottages, all outfitted in a breezy, coastal-meets-island luxury style, the luxury resort offers its guests a little bit of paradise. Best part? You can take it with you. The casual elegance of the cottages can be recreated at home with a few simple tips and products. Read on for all the details.
Interior designer the late Robert Searle, of Fort Lauderdale, described the cottage interiors as "eclectic." They offer a stylish take on coastal comfort, with expansive and primarily white living areas warmed by natural fibers and punched up with hits of island colour. A woven rattan area rug warms the cool tile flooring, and vibrant teal-, gold- and green-striped upholstery and teal-coloured louvered-closet doors enliven the soothing space.
"I blended different [furniture] styles with different finishes," said Robert, "such as dark armoires with light painted four-poster beds and raffia headboards. We wanted the cottages to appear as if the furniture had been collected over time. Our goal was to make it feel like a home, not a hotel."
Robert said the inspiration for the interiors of the cottages came from his own childhood. "I spent many summers in Nantucket and blended the look here with Caribbean colours. I call it the 'Nantucket Key West Look.'"
Love the Sunset Key Guest Cottages seaside-chic look? Here's how to get it in your home:
The perfect base for any coastal chic room is the perfect white. A cool white channels a crisp New England vibe, while warm, vanilla-inflected off-whites create more of a tropical, islands vibe. The paint meisters at Ralph Lauren Home nail white like no one else. (And they're not too shabby on the complementary island-y jewel tones, either, if you're looking for a warm and welcoming yellow, like the one pictured above). Go to rlhome.polo.com to see the palette (you can buy it at Home Depot stores in Canada).
2 White sheets
Nothing says "four-star hotel" more than silky cotton 400-thread count sheets in classic white. The extra deep fitted sheets make bed-making less taxing for those of us who don't have maid service. President's Choice Home luxury bedding: presidentschoice.ca
|3 Jute rug|
A sisal, sea grass or jute rug is a fast and easy way to give your home an organic, natural element. A canvas binding will give the piece a clean, finished look. IKEA's classic Egeby rug comes in different sizes and has a non-slip latex backing for safety. ikea.ca
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Enhance the ambiance as well as privacy of your home with these slatted wood blinds. Choose a light stain for a coastal chic vibe, or a deep, rich tone for more of a Pacific islands feel. For a Key West look, a mid-tone stain is versatile and classic: blindstogo.com
|5 Wicker chair|
Since the Canadian climate is anything but tropical, all-weather resin "wicker" can be better than the real thing. It won't crack or unravel (even if you put it outdoors), and it'll always look its best. The chic super-dark stain paired with an electric blue cushion makes this anything but your grandma's wicker. (Switch things up by changing cushion cover patterns periodically.) All Weather Wicker Classic Collection, restorationhardware.com