What it is: Born in the belt of countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, tropical style blends a spectrum of cultures and customs into a vibrant whole. It's laid-back and easygoing, a melting pot of indigenous... more »
I'm not talking modern tropical or rattan furniture. I am talking the lush, steamy, full-to-bursting look of the jungle. Pattern on pattern, green everywhere. Big, bold flowers and layer upon layer of color.
OK, so a jungle room might be a little... more »
When Austin, Texas, native Robert Dull visited Nicaragua for the first time in 1997, he fell in love with the country and vowed to come back and buy land as soon as possible. Two years later he fulfilled his dream by buying 10 acres on a hillside 320... more »
Kukio is an exclusive high-end development situated on the breathtaking lava-rock-strewn Kohala coast in Hawaii. Billionaires Charles Schwab, George Roberts and Michael Dell are just a few people said to be residents of the neighborhood.... more »
Whether it's the pueblos of the American Southwest, saltboxes of the Northeast or Midwest Prairie-style houses, a home's design is best when it's compatible with the surrounding landscape and climate.
In an environment such as Florida, where... more »
A typical home conservatory is a greenhouse or sunroom with three walls and a ceiling made of glass or some other translucent material. Conservatories were popular add-ons to the grand homes of the English aristocracy in the 19th century.
They... more »
Dave and Phoebe Gale traveled to the Bahamas as newlyweds in 1954 and never left. After nearly 60 years of marriage, the couple has never owned a car, connecting to the outside world from their 5-acre island, Parrot Cay, entirely by boat.
In... more »
The palm tree is one of the most beautiful objects in the natural world, in my opinion. It's positively sculptural: stately trunk, shapely leaves, sharp lines.
And then there are the associations we have: warmth, relaxation, calm, fantasy. When... more »
Summer is heating up, and with the hot sun comes a need for shade and ventilation. Installing tropical-inspired Bahama shutters is a great way to achieve a cool home in the summer months. Hung on the exterior of your home at the top of each window, Bahama... more »
Beautiful, exotic and ecofriendly, bamboo is often used in home furnishings — from flooring to furniture. Curtain rods are a great place to integrate this wood into your home. Bamboo curtain rods come a variety of colors and are visually lighter than... more »
Front and back lanais lit with twinkling string lights, open living spaces full of natural light and a soothing blue and green color palette come together in this cheerful tropical getaway for a busy California couple. With five business locations throughout... more »
Apologies to anyone who happens to be stuck in the snow right now, but I'm on the beach in Mexico, in a little town just south of Puerto Vallarta. The beauty of the tropics never fails to stun me.
The colors are brighter, sure, but the light... more »
Vibrant color, traditional tile and tropical plantings blend seamlessly with sleek, modern elements in these fresh, modern Mexican homes. Get inspired with a virtual tour of modern Mexico and come away with a few ideas to try in your own home. more »
Seeing George Clooney in a critically acclaimed role in The Descendants was undoubtedly one of the film's main draws. But design enthusiasts hightailed to the cinema also to see how the movie's setting (Honolulu and Hanalei Bay) and the ancestral... more »
Nature, open areas and plenty of light only begin to describe the beauty of Balinese décor. Bali designs also represent the tropics, luxury and exquisite craftsmanship. You can choose Balinese décor for just one room in your home or you can completely... more »