Editor's Message

Designers can be inspired by a variety of things — a color swatch, a piece of furniture, a painting or even a location. Proving that a place can be the foundation for an entire decor scheme, these designers take inspiration from far-off locales.

For a 5,900-square-foot home on Florida’s coast, architect and designer Carl Abbott created a setting reminiscent of the times the owners spent living in the South Pacific. Using natural materials, Abbott incorporated high ceilings, skylights and expanses of glass to capture lush landscapes and allow sunlight to flood the open space. A bold palette of blue, green, yellow and orange provides a backdrop that echoes the island feel that the owners desired.

A love of travel joined interior designer Allison Paladino with the owners of a 7,500-square-foot residence in Boca Raton, Fla., to devise a multicultural mélange of inspirations from around the world. Ideas taken from Paladino’s travels to Asia, Morocco and the West Indies infuse the home and complement architect Richard W. Bremer’s Mediterranean design of arches and Ionic-style columns.


Interior designer Keithley Miller and architect Jacqueline Albarran looked to a resort in Georgia as the muse for a 10,000-square-foot home just north of Palm Beach. Albarran worked with woodworkers from Georgia to supply the house with the same river-recovered cypress wood as the resort. Miller then enhanced this rustic frame with a West Indies style that mixes formal with fun.

A place can hold memories that individuals want to capture in their daily lives. By taking inspirations from such places and incorporating them into the home, owners can recall feelings of days gone by every day.

Barbara Lichtenstein