I was pitched with the idea to create a Florida inspired style board and as usual, I could not make just one.
How does a foreigner like me, goes about creating a style board for Florida – a place I have never visited? Well, with inspiration by hear-say, tv-shows-see, blogger friend’s home tours and a lot of imagination. For good measure I did some more research (read: I looked at really pretty interior photos).
Check out what I came up with. 😉
When I looked around enough, I noticed that whether modern or classically traditional, the interiors of many Florida homes had a distinct vibe.
Like this one:
or this one:
Jordan from Douglas Elliman, – who pitched the idea to create a style board with the sunny Florida in mind – gave me a few guidelines. The way I understood his suggestions, he wanted to emphasize Florida’s sun and bring a beachy feeling, even for homes that are not near the sea.
How about a casual outdoor space then?
Florida Inspired Style Board No 1: Outdoor Living
Tips to create a sun and sea tropical paradise on your deck or your backyard
- Blue hues, green and yellow, bring in mind sunbathing by the sea. Use them in abundance.
- Create a corner with tropical plants, tall enough to create a privacy screen.
- Set a seating or dining area in that protected corner. It doesn’t have to be formal or pricey; just happily inviting.
- Use colorful fabric in the colors mention in no 1, to expand and add interest to the private seating area.
- Add pillows in blue, aqua and tropical green hues (the square floor pillow is from Pottery Barn).
- Add whimsy with a hanging chair (like this knitted beauty from Anthropologie).
- Finish up with colorful and happy details in bold colors (pineapple string lights? Why, yes!).
- Deck the walls. Dress up any adjacent walls with starburst mirrors in aqua, colorful wall plates and artwork (as long as they are protected from rain).
The tropical and patterned pillows from this extensive pillow round up would work nicely in our outdoor space. Especially the ‘Tropical no 5’ that marries together the aqua and green hues.
Florida Inspired Style Board No 2: Interior Luxury
However, after I browsed around at the Florida properties on Douglas Elliman’s real estate site, (and after I recovered from home owner’s envy – those houses are stunning! ) I had a different kind of inspiration. Something far more luxurious, an interior styling that would still encompass tropical greens, sunny yellows and golden accents without being traditionally formal:
I did resist using any Flamingo art but, I couldn’t resist adding pineapples and a lot of tropical plants.
Do you think I got the Florida style well enough for a non-Floridian?