70 WBM may 2015 Family and friends are welcomed inside the home’s interior rooms with a West Indies vibe. A casual, coastal feel married to an Anglo- Caribbean style is illustrated in a palette of ochre and mocha, crimson and cream. Bold patterns are blended with rich textural fabrics, while plush Oriental rugs and cool, smooth tile juxtapose the natural-fiber seagrass walls for visual and tactile interest. Dark mahogany wood floors lead throughout the central living and dining areas and into the more private spaces — bedrooms, craft rooms and art rooms. Vibrant artwork, honed pottery and polished vessels are taste-fully showcased throughout the home, adding additional atmosphere to the interior’s overall ambiance. “I wanted a coastal feel, but not beachy,” says Denise Smith, who consulted many interior designers but, ultimately, was her own decorator. The former owner of Fountainside Gallery pulled in personal items like artwork and rugs — while outsourcing other finishes locally — to achieve the overall look she wanted. An innovative entry trellis, designed by David Donohue and installed by Native Landscapes, provides a buffer, additional layers of architectural aesthetics — plus functional purpose — enticing friends and family into the Smiths’ open-air entrance courtyard.
Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2015
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