My spring break is finally almost here, and we are staying home this year. So let’s take a virtual spring break trip today – back to the Gulf Coast again. Toby West has been one designer whose work I have admired for a very long time. Whenever he did a room in a showhouse in Highlands or Cashiers, North Carolina, I made it a point to be there to see it. At one point he had an antique shop (with the best selection of baskets and most anything I could ever want in wicker) in Highlands, but sadly, it has long since closed. For years, I equated his style with “Highlands style.” But then, along came this house….
And I realized that his talent was not limited to homes in the mountains of North Carolina. This house, with its refreshing shade of blue green inside and out, is in Watercolor – a development in Florida, a stone’s throw from Seaside. I love how Mr. West mixes antiques in his rooms to give the space such a vintage feel.
The home was designed by Tom Christ for Charlie and Patty Renfroe. The Renfroe’s have several homes in the area and another one in Highlands. Obviously, it is not just Toby West’s work that makes this house beautiful. The architectural details (and the location) work with the interior design to make it the gorgeous retreat that it is. As usual, I love the plank walls and wood floors.
Everything is that calming color throughout the house. When it was featured in Veranda magazine, it was reported that Mr.West was the one who chose it with the intent of really making a statement with the color. What do you think? Is it too much for you?
I thought the stairway treatment was great with its cleverly framed black and white sailboat prints and shells on little shelves.
One of the ways that I can usually recognize a Toby West house is to look at the bedroom. He often uses a canopy treatment like the one in the master bedroom here.
I think he likes canopy beds…vrbo.com
Here is one of the bathrooms in the beach house.watercolorvacationhomes.com
The home is named Second Sandbar, and if you would like to see more of it, there is a virtual tour here.
I wish we were spending spring break in a beautiful beach house in Seaside or Watercolor, but we are sticking around our own little house. At least that means I can get more done here to show you on the blog. (Just cross your fingers there is some sunshine to do a little photography.)
So what do you think of the color used throughout Second Sandbar? Perfect or too much?
I’d love to hear from you.