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Even without a green thumb, you can bring natural materials into your home—as Kimberly did with these large bamboo stalks, which are sold at local flower marts. When a miscalculation created a gap between the carpet in Kimberly's bathroom and its threshold, she filled the space with grouted beach rocks. The fix worked out so well that she repeated it in every doorway.

"When people decorate with a theme, as Kimberly did with her tropical retreat, they often think that buying accessories to 'fit' that theme is enough," Nate says. "But Kimberly and her husband went above and beyond—they redid the doors, the hinges, the walls. Even the vanity in the bathroom was roughed up to look like old wood. It's more than just design, and that's what makes this home so successful."

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