Being in the ocean is damn near a spiritual experience for me—and that’s not hyperbole. I never feel more intimately connected to the world and simultaneously so infinitely a small part of it than when I immerse myself in the deep blue. 

However, I have grown deep roots in a city that does not give me instant access to an ocean, so I felt an intense yearning to bring the essence of the ocean to me.

When I found myself with the fresh palette of a new home, it seemed only natural to transform an entire room into my own island oasis filled with the vibe of my favorite places on Earth.

Coastal-themed rooms are nothing new, but all of the inspiration that I found fell into one of two extremes: it was either way too predictable/sophisticated (think navy and gold) or way too kitsch (way too many seashells). Neither was the aesthetic I was aiming for.

It was with this challenge in mind—of creating a beach-inspired space that captures the essence of being on an island without getting too kitschy—that I created my most adventurous home design to date: a chic—yet fun—Caribbean-inspired guest room. 

This is probably my favorite room I’ve ever designed. And of course it’s the one we use the least – ha!

This was a labor of love for sure. it took an entire month to complete and includes quite a few DIY projects:

  • Installing a Wave Wall
  • Designing/Sewing Pillows
  • Building a Surfboard headboard
  • Sewing a Curtain for the Closet
  • Making Sand Jars
  • …and more!

Here’s a full gallery of the room:

If you’d like to learn about any specifics in this room, drop us a line in the comments, and we’ll do a post—or video—for you!

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