Designed by: Kelly Wearstler
With the temperature dropping outside, why not take a cue from sugar sand beaches and breezy beachside cabanas for your kitchen's next update? The Viceroy in Anguilla is equal parts Caribbean hideaway and ultra posh resort, thanks to the magical touch of designer Kelly Wearstler, who waved her stylish wand over the expansive seaside property, masterfully decorating every nook and cranny. Our favorite part? The swanky yet laid-back outdoor bar and lounge area with its impressive design details, all of which are worth bringing back to your home kitchen. Go ahead, study its style and transport a slice of paradise into your cookspace.
Photo: Courtesy of The Viceroy Anguilla
Photo: Courtesy of Slab Market
The first thing you notice when looking at the bar (above) is the amazing oversized marble slab that doubles as a backsplash and an art installation. The slab is sliced into jumbo-sized tiles that are then rotated to create Rorschach-like mirror images. The price for this look will depend on the stone you choose, but marble and granite slabs usually range anywhere between $15 and $40 per foot. To get an interesting tile pattern, look for a heavily grained stone that has a distinct, almost swirl-like pattern; marble or granite with consistent, uniform grain throughout won't create a mirror image when cut. For the most artful result, we recommend enlisting the help of a designer, but you can use marble tiles to get a similar look in a weekend remodeling project.
Get the look: Kenya black granite from Slab Market
Photo: Courtesy of Walker Zanger
The herringbone pattern seen on the bar (and the floor) was adapted from an intricate wood flooring technique, known as parquetry, that originated in the late 1600s in France. Parquet flooring is achieved by arranging wooden pieces in geometric configurations; this chevron design is one of the most common. Traditionally, parquet floors were painstakingly installed piece by piece, but now you can purchase them in easy-to-install pre-cut tiles. Wood isn't the only material you can use to create parquet-inspired herringbone patterns; tile and stone are also popular choices because of their durability.
Get the look: AnTeak Chevron field tile from Walker Zanger
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If you're not quite ready to pull the trigger on new flooring, mimic the herringbone wood pattern with a parquet-inspired dining table. The aged driftwood finish has a sun-bleached quality to it. You don't have to replicate a room exactly to get the same design effect—instead, pay attention to colors, patterns, textures and finishes that you can use in an unexpected place.
Get the look: Regina Andrew Parquet dining table from Zinc Door
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Use these multi-purpose marble tiles to flank the graphic marble slab backsplash for a bold contrast, or as a sand-inspired flooring material. Multi-purpose tiles are a kitchen renovator's dream—you can use them on a backsplash, bar, floor or countertop. Layering various tones of neutrals and textures makes a statement without a major injection of color.
Get the look: MS International Desert Sand marble tile from Home Depot
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An injection of super-luxe finishes and materials is a trademark of Wearstler's rooms. Here, the brass barstools are covered in a rich, metallic mock crocodile fabric. Though a metallic animal-skin print might seem a bit too glamorous for an outdoor beach setting, the neutral color doesn't distract from the surroundings, yet is still bold enough to stand on its own. The silk-loomed fabric is a light, modern alternative to a traditional heavy leather crocodile fabric, in keeping with the lightness of the beachside bar. Its extra-soft weave makes this fabric ideal for seating upholstery, whether for barstools or dining chairs.
Get the look: Legends II fabric from Jim Thompson
Photo: Courtesy of Seaside Inspired
Add another coastal layer by mixing in natural textures and organic shapes commonly associated with the beach, such as shell-encrusted accessories or driftwood accents. Instead of making an entirely ocean-themed room, just add little pops here and there. Tabletop accessories, like seagrass placemats or shell napkin rings, are the perfect place to make seaworthy statement.
Get the look: Driftwood hurricanes from Seaside Inspired
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For a high-impact countertop, bump up the standard thickness by 1 or 2 inches. Extra heft adds a little more substance than a traditional countertop. Opt for a stone or tile that has flecks of the accent color you've used throughout the space. In this case, creamy sand and warm wooden brown are dotted throughout the Silestone, helping anchor the color scheme of the room.
Get the look: Seleno countertops from Silestone
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The clean, streamlined look of the Viceroy lounge's slipcovered seating echoes the breeziness of a cabana. Bring a bit of oceanfront style to your dining area by using tailored, upholstered seating like this sleek dining bench. Natural linen is the perfect fabric to incorporate into a beach-inspired room.
Get the look: Fitzgerald upholstered bench from Williams-Sonoma