The very definition of a place to escape, this house on a private island near Key West is accessible only by private launch with access from a private beach.
It’s a two story Key West style cottage with clapboard siding, gingerbread ornament, and mahogany trim. Taylor & Taylor design team was asked to renovate the existing house and make it brighter and more open.
The challenge was that the owners of the house got tired of “Key West Casual”. The end product was a certain Southern formality that is part Charleston and part Key West, without losing a sense of sophistication.
A picket fence marks the entrance to this white clapboard Key West beach house.
The foyer features a harlequin checkerboard marble floor. The mahogany marble top table is from France, circa 1830.
The staircase in the front hall curves elegantly as it ascends to the second floor.
In the living room, the metal chairs with polished frames are vintage John Salterini. Chinese figurines stand on a black split-bamboo cocktail table. The Stark carpet melds elements of a fisherman-knit sweater with an Asian motif.
In the kitchen, cabinetry intended to emulate a breakfront china cabinet houses the refrigerator and pantry.
In the kitchen, white cabinetry with antique hardware and marble countertops.
In the powder room, a richly toned wooden vanity from waterworks sits against a gray marble wall.
At desk; embroidered vintage cotton depicting sea life helps a modern chair.
Matte white paint helps a sailfish to become a focal point on a wall covered in chocolate-colored grasscloth. The sconces wrier sourced at Urban Electric.
The master bedroom has shimmering gray silk walls – a theme completed by a William Switzer bamboo four poster bed and brass-clad side tables with nail-head detailing.
A corner of the master bedroom features a vintage Cuban screen of woven banana leaves. The diamond-weave carpet is made from the leaf fibers of abaca.
The master bathroom picks up on the master bedroom’s overall color scheme. Fixtures by Waterworks.
Comfortable seating and lanterns beckon visitors to admire the view into the sunset.