While many of Butera's rooms are calm and light, he's not averse to having kitschy fun, whether with a nautical theme or over-the-top Americana motifs. "A pair of captain's wheels keeps the nautical ball bouncing in this room," writes Butera.
As for textures, he advocates using the practical fabrics and textures that go with sand and sunscreen: painted pine, jute, sisal, canvas and linens.
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A typical Butera color palette is taken straight from the water, sand, sky and sea glass. He also loves unique mixes, like woven chairs with quatrefoil-patterned upholstery. The result is a serene and welcoming room.