Add Personality To Your Home With Themed Décor And Furnishings


Beach Bound

Create an intimate seaside setting with maritime materials and briny embellishments like seashells and surfboards.

Photo by Ron Rosenzweig


Asked to inject a relaxed, “old beach home” vibe into this newly constructed, two-story, bay-facing home in Islamorada that also functions as a sedative retreat for her clients, Kerry Allabastro of Allabastro Designs incorporated a calming palette of soft gray and white hues accentuated by coastal pops of turquoise and deep blue. Sylvan flourishes, like the wire-brushed wood floors and a custom teak countertop from Jefferson Woodworking in Palm City, are featured liberally throughout. A pair of 15-foot sailing boards Allabastro found at a now-shuttered nautical shop in West Palm Beach were stained and suspended above the doorway that pushes out to a pool deck and private beach;


Presented in an array of gorgeous prints, like this malachite design, Jeff Trotter’s fiberglass-covered surfboards serve up a slice of iconic California surf culture that’ll have you wanting to hang 10; from $2,500; available at


This beach-themed wall covering—Beach Bus by Thibaut—will add a dash of coastal whimsy to any room; $133 per roll; available at Chelsea Lane & Co. in West Palm Beach;


Crown your crustacean collection with this colossal clamshell mirror shaped from creamy white and textured resin; $3,300; available at Hive Home, Gift & Garden in West Palm Beach;


Is it a table? An ottoman? The rattan Scatter table defies description, as it’s equally capable of supporting day-weary tootsies or a round of tropical tipples; $428; available at Pineapples, Palms Too in Jupiter; pineapplespalms.comSIREN’S SIESTA

The Navone modular sofa was inspired by the seaside and provides a soporific escape after a busy day at the beach; from $2,021; available at RH West Palm Beach;


Add a dash of breezy flair with this curvaceous chandelier expertly wrapped in abaca, also known as hemp; $2,185; available at Mecox Gardens in West Palm Beach;

Contemporary Cool

Realize this design style with dynamic silhouettes and “what’s-cool-now” accouterments you’ll love to look over, but never overlook.


Amp up the “wow” factor in any room with Foscarini’s Tuareg floor lamp. Fashioned from polycarbonate and extruded aluminum, its tubular arms resemble the angular branches of a tree; from $3,733; available at Armazem Design in Dania Beach; armazem.designDOODLE DANDY

A geometric cacophony of fluid curves and crisp lines, Kelly Wearstler’s Graffito wallpaper could easily be mistaken for abstract art; price upon request; available at Kravet in Hollywood;


To spawn a space that felt comfortable, convivial and au courant, Susan Lachance of Susan Lachance Interior Design pulled in warm wooden details, straight and curvaceous lines, and cool, muted metallics. As they pass through the front door, guests are welcomed beneath a Brentwood chandelier with tendrils of framed lights in brushed aluminum. Further in, the living room’s custom drop-down ceiling gazes down at a TRC Lab rug from The Rug Company in stark hues of white and gray that gets the conversation started, whilst anchoring a Nathan Anthony Haus sofa from Judith Norman and a bench and velvety swivel chairs from Grafton Furniture upholstered in a mélange of complementary gray textiles. Vibrant throw pillows in yellow, orange and turquoise tie in with vivid works from Kevin McPherrin Gallery in Boca Raton that collectively nod to what’s hip and hot;


Calling all minimalists: Pairing a warm, walnut base with an extendable surface that awards endless tablescape alternatives, the Kaluga television stand serves as a time-enduring home essential; $940; available at Modani Furniture locations;


Don’t worry: there’s nothing unhealthy about Adam Hunter’s Tibetan wool and silk smoke rug. In fact, this attention-grabbing design is known to have an ataractic effect; from $5,304; available at The Rug Company in Dania Beach;


Don’t be surprised if Sacha Lakic’s futuristic Bubble sofa has your family and guests calling “shotgun”; $8,890; available at Roche Bobois locations;

Rustic Withdrawal

Imbue your pad with earthy materials and organic elements that inspire a beautifully bucolic vibe.


Jaime Blomquist of Jaime Blomquist Interiors took inspiration from nature and found objects when designing this rustic chic kitchen in Lighthouse Point. To create an open floor plan her clients use as a central hub for entertaining and hosting casual family meals, walls were removed and plumbing relocated. Recurring marble elements—including the backsplash, countertops and the expanse beneath the custom range hood—create visual continuity and draw the eye west to the palm-edged patio and water beyond. A Ralph Lauren Roark chandelier with Edison bulbs gracefully hangs from the raised ceiling. Beams and the barn door were fashioned from reclaimed Louisiana cypress wood, and French-patterned travertine stone floors add the feeling of warmth;


Dress up cabinetry with hardware that purloins from nature, like Notting Hill’s lifelike, hand-tinted brass oak leaf knob; $46; available at Palm Beach Classic Hardware in West Palm Beach;


Barn doors aren’t just for barns anymore. These stylish sliders, including this knotty alder wood version from Dogberry Country, finished in a vintage dark chocolate hue, make sui generis alternatives to more traditional types and are ideal for space-starved settings; $469; available at Lowes locations;


Equine motifs are sophisticatedly realized in Alexander McQueen’s intricately handwoven Tibetan wool Pony rug; from $4,296; available at The Rug Company in Dania Beach;


Oly Studio’s Scout lounge chair featuring a driftwood frame and natural hide is a reminder of exotic and far-flung locales in bygone days; $3,850; available at Mantra Furnishings in Dania Beach;


Restoration Hardware’s rectilinear Cayden Campaign canopy bed in kiln-dried solid oak supplies somatic proof that sweet dreams are truly made of these; from $3,446; available at RH West Palm Beach;


The Andara coffee table features reclaimed sal wood railroad pieces that float above a glossy, stainless-steel base to create an ultra-modern statement piece; $1,990; available at Modani Furniture locations;


Keep feet planted in the present with retro-fabulous pieces and functional acquisitions of antiquity that pay homage to the past.


To honor the Jazz Age beginnings of this West Palm Beach home, Tracy Dunn of Tracy Dunn Design let antique store finds and fabric-refreshed vintage furnishings steal the spotlight. Aquatic blues and juicy greens, a zesty color schematic familiar to South Florida, anchor the space and provide fascinating contrast with the original hardwood floors. Side chairs from DAFA Antiques and the wing chairs, once owned by the client’s grandparents, bookend the fireplace and were reupholstered in punchy floral and ikat fabrics from Quadrille in Dania Beach. To coax the eye around the room, Chinese porcelains were perched atop the fireplace mantel, built-in bookshelves were added, in addition to the 1920s demilune table that stands sentry behind the sofa. Artwork, like the vintage beach painting on the southern wall, was kept to a minimum, while contemporary appurtenances, like the faux turtle shells hanging above the French doors, offer daily reminders of where the owners live and play;


19th-century center tables were typically used for dining or playing card games. This Charles X table (circa 1830) features a veined marble top and an amboyna and amaranth base edged with giltwood Egyptian sphinxes for an opulent twist; $18,000; available at Iconic Snob Galeries in West Palm Beach;


Groove up a lackluster spot with a bombastic roost like this 1970s Hollywood Regency-style, lucite scalloped-back bench upholstered in a cool jungle print; $3,600; available at Mecox Gardens in West Palm Beach;


Decorative pedestals, like these 19th-century, neoclassical Majolica porcelain ones decorated with foliage designs and dancing Grecian maidens, give plants and decorative objects a place of privilege to perch; $16,500; available at Cedric DuPont Antiques in West Palm Beach;


This vegetable-dyed wool and cotton Serapi rug from the late 1800s is the definition of antique chic; $35,000; available at Palm Beach Rug Gallery in West Palm Beach;


Trip the light fantastic with this 1940s era snowflake-crowned, brass chandelier by Paavo Tynell, otherwise known as “the man who illuminated Finland;” $29,000; available at Ponce Berga in West Palm Beach;

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