Bringing Nature Inside
When Kimberly and her husband, Mark, began renovating their lagoon-front condo near San Francisco, she took her cues from her favorite holiday destinations: Southeast Asia, which she frequented in her 10 years as a flight attendant, and Mexican resorts such as Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Esperanza, both in Cabo San Lucas.
"I love the beach lifestyle," Kimberly explains. "So I told my husband, 'Let's just do it in our house.'"
Nate surprised winner Kimberly Dellamonica with an orchid, which fits perfectly in her tropical-themed home.
Give small plants a bigger presence by putting them in large cachepots. Just fill the container with packing peanuts or Bubble Wrap before placing the plant on top.
Mirrors are one of the best ways to open a tight space. This wall-facing desk feels less claustrophobic because it's tucked under an oversize looking glass.
Neutral is not another word for boring. Kimberly varied this room's earthy palette with several tones and textures—from the glossy chocolate-brown lamp and woven caramel basket to the sueded tan chair. The few hits of bright color—the green palm leaves and fuchsia orchid—are straight from nature.
Kimberly found the suede chair for her loft-office at Pottery Barn.
Kimberly created the duvet cover in her master bedroom by sewing two sheets together.
"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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