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Hotel Style: Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West, Florida

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Hotel Style: Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West, Florida

The hotel
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.

The look
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."

The inspiration
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:

1 Paint
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
/td>4 Wood blinds
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
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Hotel Style: Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West, Florida