Coco, Early & Associates The Andovers
Coco, Early & Associates The Andovers
Lisa Fitzgerald, Coco, Early & Associates The AndoversPhone: (617) 816-0300
Email: [email protected]

Want the Bahama look?

by Lisa Fitzgerald 07/28/2019

Blissful breezes, palms sweeping the heavy air, waves rolling onto warm sand—whether you're looking to take a vacation or trying to create a relaxing space in your home, the islands’ siren song calls. Recreating the island look in your space can be an elaborate enterprise or a simple changeup. Either way, bringing the islands home adds character and timeless tranquility.

In the bath

By far the simplest room to add Caribbean flair, the bathroom easily lends itself to touches of palm trees on shower curtains or a cluster of shells on a shelf above the tub. Paint the cabinets a deep blue-green to mimic the ocean, the brush on a pale blue faux finish with soft blue-white barely-there clouds sponged onto the upper reaches. Add a tropical floral arrangement to give the splash of color it deserves.

For the bedroom

To give your sleeping area that island look, swap out heavy drapes for breezy, gauzy linen or cotton chiffon or georgette. Hung from antiqued wooden rods, let the curtains drift across the floor. Change out regular fan blades for a basket-weave or banana-leaf style. Use whites or creams in varied textures for bed linens to offset the heavy colonial-style furniture.

Living the dream

Move the tropical into your living spaces with lighter oversized, overstuffed rattan furniture and mother-of-pearl framed mirrors. A sandy-hued area rug on wood or terra cotta tiles evokes the beachy shores. Indoor tropical plants and sea glass collections give that punch of color to conjure up rum punch and dancing on the beach.

The exterior

Changing out your exterior for the island-style is a brave move unless you're located on the coast. Nevertheless, the serenity it brings to your environment might make it just the right move for your home. Start by painting the wood siding or brick a soft pastel, cream, or white. Great color choices are mint green, pale blue, creamy yellow, and sandy beige. Create an outdoor living space with clusters of tropical trees, colorful bougainvillea, and other islandy-flora if your climate allows for it. Sago palms in pots that you can move indoors in the winter will give you the look if you're in a colder climate.

Extend the design to your windows with Bahama shutters. Also called Colonial or Bermuda shutters, these window coverings fit within the exterior window frame and tilt outward from the bottom to allow breezes in while keeping the bright rays of the sun out. Paint the shutters a contrasting color to add that casual island-style palette. Shutters come in natural wood construction, aluminum versions, composite, or fiberglass versions. During inclement weather, drop the shutters down to protect your windowpanes.

If you're not sure how to bring the islands to your home, seek out a professional decorator. And if your island-happy home is on the market, let a certified home stager advise you on which furniture pieces to keep and which to store during showings.

About the Author
Author

Lisa Fitzgerald

PERSONALIZED REAL ESTATE SERVICES, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE & EXPERTISE, DELIVERED WITH SENSITIVITY TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

When buying or selling a home, my priority is to make your journey stress free and enjoyable starting with the first personal meeting until after you move in. Coming to you with over a decade of real estate experience, I am equipped with a higher level of expertise to help you sell with success or help you find the right home that will meet all your needs for many years to come. As a Certified Interior Stager, I work with Sellers and offer unique strategies in transforming a home to attract more Buyers and strong offers. It gives me great pleasure assisting Buyers and Sellers coming with diverse needs and preferences. I've always been a full-time agent so I can accommodate those busy schedules. Whether you're selling or buying, you'll never be left guessing "what's next?" because I'll be with you every step of the way. I don't believe in sales pitches because my business approach is based on honesty. You will be equipped with valuable information so you can make the best most informed decisions. I look forward to earning your trust and your business. Read my client reviews to learn more. Call or text me at (617) 816-0300.

PROFESSIONAL INFO

REALTOR®: As a REALTOR®, I belong to a special network of real estate agents which empowers me to offer a higher level of service. I pledge to practice my real estate business fairly and abide by a Code of Ethics.

-Licensed in MA & NH

-Accredited Seller Representative (ASR)

-Certified Buyer Representative (CBR)

-Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC)

-Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

-Interior Design Specialist (Certification John Robert Powers, Boston, MA)

-Certified Relocation Home Find & Home Sales Specialist

-Certified USAA Real Estate Agent

-First-Time Buyer Class Instructor for Various Banks

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

*Member of the Northeast Association of REALTORS®

*Member of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS

*Member of the National Association of REALTORS®

*Board Member of Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce

* Member of Merrimac Valley Chamber of Commerce