Using rustic island touches and every shade of tropical turquoise under the sun, designers Marshall Watson and Kate Reid bring the life aquatic to a Midwestern family's Bahamian retreat.
Watson and Reid embellished the rear facade of the British Colonial–style house with a Chippendale railing and Bevolo gas lanterns.
The living room's raw-poplar walls give the feel of "a fisherman's shack," Watson says. A sofa by Lee Industries is upholstered in Manuel Canovas's Cruz, with pillows in an Amanda Nisbet silk. The Hollywood at Home armchairs have cushions in a fabric from Jerry Pair.
A vintage bamboo waterfall console adds a graphic curve to the living room. The armchair is covered in an Osborne & Little fabric, the curtains are in a Holly Hunt fabric and the window shade is in Amanda Nisbet's Madeira on Oyster linen.
In the dining area, a Sedgwick & Brattle rope-wrapped chandelier hangs over a custom Global Views table. The McGuire chairs have cushions in a fabric from Jerry Pair.
A hallway vignette features a mirror and table lamp custom-decoupaged by Charlene Beaudet.
The powder room's swinging door houses a color-coordinated bookcase. Artist Judy Mulligan painted a map of Guana Cay that Watson says includes "the house, the family's favorite bar and places they like to take their boat."
A collection of vintage wooden spinning tops enlivens a hallway.
Wallpaper by Fornasetti for Cole & Son adds a playful Caribbean note to the master bath. In the nearby master bedroom, a classic cannonball bed by Ethan Allen is energized with custom limegreen paint and a colorful antique quilt.
Striped beach towels inspired a guest bedroom's curtains in an Osborne & Little fabric. A vintage quilt covers the Serena & Lily bed. The antique bench is upholstered in a John Rosselli fabric.
For the pool's glass mosaic, "we spent hours trying to match the rich turquoise blue of the ocean," Watson says. "It's a definite resort feeling. You know you've arrived." The pool perimeter is trimmed in coral stone.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of CQ.