After seeing her family's Barbados getaway, I feel a real 'kindred spirit' in her work........especially in this house where she has used shades of pink throughout and uses her beachcombing finds to accessorize her island home.
Colette mentions in this Canadian House and Home article that she has always been inspired by the great English designer, Oliver Messel, who famously designed and decorated many Caribbean homes with several of them in Barbados. While using a couple of his ideas, Colette used shades of coral pink and brown to give her getaway her own special touch.
The Messel green wrought iron railings and gingerbread trim. A very inviting entrance.
The coral pink in the living room, wicker and seashell accented hutch produce a calming, tropical touch. The pink slipper chairs add to the softness, as well as the two blush pink chairs on each side of the hutch.
Love this desk area where Colette can work and/or craft with her beach finds.
Love the seashell lamp and that she color co-ordinated the books in shades of pink.....if they weren't already pink, she covered them so they would be!
The Chinese pagoda chandelier is an Oliver Messel reminder.......
Now, look at this pink striped ceiling in the kitchen and the co-ordinating pillows in the living room.
Thoughtful details give it a unique look!
A welcoming bath with an outdoor screen for privacy.
This is the outdoor family room!
The coral lamps on the night table are distinct and it's nice to see the foot stools/seats at the foot of the bed match the two in the living room and could be moved out there when extra seating is required.
All in all, an absolutely wonderful family getaway - colorful, casual and personalized to suit the family!
To see more of this home and other work by Colette, check out houseandhome.com
Also, be sure and visit nh-design.co.uk to see more of Colette's collaborations with Nicky Haslam.