Tropical Style 31 Ideabooks

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 materials, relaxed elegance, exotic overtones and a sunny-side-up sensibility. Why...
My Houzz: Open-Air Living in the Mountains of Bali
A former London city slicker, Simon Evans made the move from an urban apartment to this Indonesian tropical home among the trees. He worked with local company Bali GreenWorld to design and build his...
Bring on the Birds: Natural Habitat Ideas for Gardens of All Sizes
I recently traveled to Costa Rica, and I was immediately struck by the amount of birds fluttering around in the treetops from dawn until dusk. We took many jungle hikes and enjoyed private gardens, all of which offered various habitats for the birds....
Decorating With Antiques: Evoke a Fanciful Past With Bamboo
Rudyard Kipling’s famous quotation, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” never proved to be less true than during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Orient captivated the West in the form of chinoiserie design....
My Houzz: Tropical Chalet Style Suits a Maui Family
When Pascal Benoist and Tina Prior purchased a 2-acre palm tree plantation on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii, the first thing they did was raise a flag on the land. “You can’t build a home in Hawaii without observing the weather patterns,” says...
Go Tropical the Easy Way With Bromeliads
Step into the fascinating world of bromeliads and become acquainted with a family of unique tropical plants that can make a stunning centerpiece for your table or a sophisticated decorative statement elsewhere. Most bromeliads...
Want an Easy Tropical Oasis? Think Container Plants
I fell in love with beach cottages again on a recent trip to the northwestern coast of Florida. What struck me most about these charming homes was the care that each homeowner put into creating a welcoming entrance. Nearly every front porch had one —...
10 Ways to Give Your Hospitality a Tropical Touch
Why settle for everyday hospitality when you can treat your guests to tropical hospitality? Here are some very easy and creative ways to make your guests — not to mention yourself — feel like they're staying at a bed-and-breakfast amid swaying palms...
Easy Decorating: Turn Over a New, Tropical Leaf
A vase of large tropical leaves may be the perfect solution when you crave some easy-care green. These leaves can last for weeks and come in a variety of shapes and styles. Palm fronds are breezy and beachy, and they grow in a range of sizes,...
Cast Away for South Seas Style
While many architects the world over build houses that bring the outside in, in Tahiti it comes quite naturally. South Seas bungalows are, for the most part, built from materials plucked from within a 20-mile radius. That's by necessity in this...
Laws of the Jungle: How to Get That Lush, Tropical Look
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...
My Houzz: Tropical Modern Casitas Perch in the Nicaraguan Hills
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...
Houzz Tour: Say Aloha to Tropical Beachside Splendor
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....
Architectural Elements of a Perfect Coastal Florida Home
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...
Go for a Greenhouse Effect With an Exotic Conservatory
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...
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