At night, the pool and patio areas of this home in the British Virgin Islands create a soothing and comfortable ambiance. Paired with the picturesque view, it's reason enough to have evening cocktails outdoors.
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The master bedroom is the boldest of the bedroom suites. Like the rest of the home, it has been designed reflect Ariene’s eclectic tastes while inviting guests on a unique visual journey. “I love that our home reflects our love of culture and family,” she says. “I’ve used art, masks, objects and coffee table books to tell the story of who we are and what’s important to us.”
The second guest bedroom offers a restful aesthetic of a different sort. The pastel walls and bright orange floral curtains give the space a whimsical feel. It’s a calmer side of the home’s decor, evoking a seaside cottage rather than a beachside resort. For Ariene, creating different looks is part of the fun. The constant search for the perfect piece is what keeps her on the move. “I own a vintage shop so I’m always traveling and picking up things,” she says.
Guest rooms are often catchalls for things that don’t quite go with the rest of the house. But Ariene has designed her guest suite to be a full-on retreat for anyone staying with her. The blue walls, sand-colored carpet and wood furnishings create an island feel that’s supported by the palm leaf art and canopy bed. Colorful textiles throughout the space keep the color palette lively and add to the tropical aesthetic.
When asked about her favorite space in the home, Ariene is quick to answer, saying, “Right now it’s my powder room.” And it’s all because of the color. “I’ve been dying to use this color for a project and decided to use it myself.” Taking a cue from the painting she wanted to have in the space and a weekend to do the project herself, Ariene created this stunning powder room full of art, energy and fun.
At the top of the stairs, twin doors open on a small parlor space dominated by large paintings and beautiful velvet furniture. The furniture belonged to Ariene’s mother, and remains in the same perfect condition that it was purchased in in the 1960s. “I get my love of design from my mom,” Ariene reflects. “She taught me to buy once and buy well.”
Originally the home’s dining room, Ariene’s office is a place for her to work, reflect and create. But getting the space into it’s current shape wasn’t easy. “The hardest part of designing my home was turning my dining room into a home office without it looking a like an office,” she remembers. Earlier iterations of the room included yellow walls, followed by white stripes before becoming completely white. “The layouts changed as my business grew. It’s more of a workspace now, since I’ve opened my shop and now have a dedicated office there.”
Ariene continues to demonstrate her fearless dedication to pattern with a complete set of leopard-print chairs around the dining table. As always, she blends them seamlessly into the overall decor of the home by creating connections all throughout the open plan living-dining room space. Color connections can be seen as far away as the brass-framed artwork on the living room wall, and as far up as the chandelier over the living area. Thematically, the chairs are echoed by the leopard-themed vase that sits on the dining room table.
Ariene’s love of material culture is present in every part of her home. Every wall is decorated with photos and paintings; every flat surface features stacks of books and statues - sometimes on top of each other. All the while Ariene’s refined sense of balance and layering - a style she describes as “sophisticated bohemian” - keeps the space from feeling overwhelming.
The living room is a visual treat, but there are some very functional decisions at the core of this fashionable layout. “I knew I wanted to be able to see the TV from the kitchen,” Ariene remembers, “which meant there would be two focal points in the room - the TV and the fireplace.” To make it work she designed the room around two sofas, with each facing a separate focal point. “This also created a natural walkway and room for custom cabinets,” she says.
Ariene describes what was then a newly built, 3,100 square foot, 4-bedroom home as “craftsman-ish,” blending modern and classic elements. The home welcomes guests with an entryway that is a clear statement of what matters to the people who live here. A beautiful collection of objects occupies and sits atop the Chinese-style cabinet, which is flanked on both sides by images of iconic African American musicians. The walls and welcome mat promise more color and pattern to come.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah turned a cramped main floor into a gorgeous, open plan kitchen, dining and living space. A dividing wall was removed and converted to a gourmet kitchen island with extra seating and storage. Antique white corbels and vintage wedding cake fixtures add a touch of elegance while a fun mosaic tile backsplash lends youthful charm to the bright space.
Home decor blogger Amy Buchanan started with a yard sale table and layered in finds, such as a tobacco stick star, a pinecone garland and a frame from an old dresser. Ticking ribbon and wooden Christmas trees painted to look like old grain sacks are in keeping with the farmhouse theme. "I love collecting vintage items throughout the year, then mixing them together to create rustic and farm-style vignettes," says Buchanan, who blogs at AttaGirlSays.
The fireplace perched in the corner of Mimi's bedroom is a former movie prop from a Charleston, South Carolina film set. The cascade of faux-plant materials continue a motif of the outdoors-inside in her home. "I like feeling like I'm in a garden" says Mimi.