IDEAS: Hemingway -Inspired Designs for Interiors



AS A DESIGNER OF INTERIORS,the Hemingway Home in Key West reminds me of what I love about Island Plantation-style design:

-the architecture – expansive porches; large,shuttered windows and French doors

-the architectural details –ceiling fans; glossy paint finishes on trim and porch floors

-an eclectic mix of art and furniture,reflecting places travelled to and adventures had

And of course,I never want to see anything too literal when it comes to a design style!   The cliches surrounding this one are well-established,and can be found in less-than-stylish beach rentals the world over. If I choose a grass-cloth wall-covering,or a piece of wicker furniture,or a stack of trunks, I want it used sparingly and given a fresh spin.

Amada Table Lamp by Orestes Suarez, Layers Rug by Campion Platt for Roubini Rugs, Vintage Book Cover (source), Panorama Pendant Light by Currey and Co., Savannah Story papier mache Gazelle Bust by Anthropologie

I WOULD LOVE TO design a fantastic vacation home in Key West. The town is full of gorgeous houses with architecture similar to the Hemingway Home.  Here is a design for such a house, with homages to Key West’s most colorful character in some of the notable phases of his life throughout.

My design includes papier mache animal head trophies, psychedelically-colored wood-prints, and paper and wire sculptures of horses and birds by an Australian artist that I recently became obsessed with.  There is a mix of and brand-new and vintage furniture and accessories, running the gamut from exotic to Danish Modern in style.

LIVING ROOM I gravitated to things that felt simple and masculine, with a feminine element worked in –like the desk with the single turned-wood leg. There are little sculptural details in wood like this throughout the house, but no flowery ornamentation.

LIVING ROOM: 1. Bullfight Poster (Contemporary), 2. Sethos 1 Chandelier by Currey and Co., 3. Floor Lamp at Plantation Home, 4. Lounge Chair by Carlos Motta, 5. Eames Stools at Vitra, 6. Desk by Carlos Motta, 7. 2077 Vitrinskap (1946) by Josef Frank, 8,. Axis Sofa in Flax by Crate & Barrel, 9. Coralshade Fabric (for sofa pillows) by Katerina Tana, 10. Bingham Chair and Folding Stool by Palacek, 11. Monarch Coffee Table by Anthropologie, 12. Lamp at Jayson Home, 13. Chevron Ginger Jar at Jayson Home, 14. Bullfight Poster (Vintage 1950s), 15. Contour Vintage Chair by Vladmir Kagan, 16. Metropolitan Faceted Side Table by Plantation Home, 17. Night Mare Paper Sculpture by Anna Wili Highfield

DINING ROOM This being Hemingway –inspired, I had to have a bar-cart, and some bull-fight poster art.

DINING ROOM: 1. Bullfight Poster (Contemporary), 2. Pendant Lights by Jeremy Pyles at Niche Modern, 3. Vintage Tramp Art Mirror at Jayson Home 4. Walnut Dining Table at Twentieth, 5. Cantu Dining Chairs at Twentieth, 6. Lotus Bleu Mirror in Persimmon by Casamidy, 7. Bar Cart at Velocity, 8. Vintage Ice Bucket and Seltzer Bottle at Jayson Home, 9. Bird in a Bell Jar Paper Sculpture by Anna Wili Highfield, 10. Caceres Rug by Oscar De La Renta, 11. Cadeira Chair by Carlos Motta, 12. Kyoto Shelves by Anthropologie, 13. Dancing Horse Copper Pipe Sculpture by Anna Wili Highfield

GIRLS’ BEDROOM I designed this one with my nieces in mind.  Bella is 9 and Asia is 5, and between the hanging beds and the trippy animal imagery, I think this room would stir their vivid imaginations!

GIRLS’ BEDROOM: 1.( Background) Bois Rug by Jamie Drake for Roubini, 2. Moorish Chest at Wisteria, 3. Capiz Chandeliers by PB Teen, 4. Bertram Crewelwork Chair by Anthropologie, 5. Papier mache Bugs by Jennifer Khoshbin, 6. Barnwood Hanging Bed by Anthropologie, 7. Cirrus Sheet Set in Coral by Anthrolpologie, 8. Fauna Pillows at Velocity, 9. Havana Stool in Lime by Serena & Lily, 10. Side Table with Leather Tray in Lime Green by Linley,11. Papier mache Rhino by Jennifer Khoshbin, 12. Beckett Desk by Serena & Lily, 13. Junior Panton Chair by Vitra at Velocity, 14. Havana Stool in Mango by Serena & Lily, 15. Dream Menagerie Round Rug by Anthropologie.

MASTER BEDROOM I thought Hemingway would appreciate a luxe bed for a couple of his polydactyl cats!  This room has touches of glamour (that pendant light) and romance (that dreamy canopy bed).

MASTER BEDROOM: 1.  Edison Floor Lamp at Plantation Home, 2. 1950s CH25 Easy Chair by Hans Wegner, 3. Cochin Cubes by Roost at Velocity, 4. Vintage Silver Tray at Jayson Home, 5. Trace 1011 Glass Pyrograph on Paper by Etsuko Ichikawa (Original) at Anthropologie, 6.  Portico Pendant Light by Currey & Co, 7. Vintage Suzani Bedspread at Jayson Home, 8. Vintage Oushak Rug at Jayson Home, 9. Dog Pod byVurv Design, 10. Walnut Canopy Bed by Trace Furniture, 11. Bubbled Table Lamp at Anthropologie, 12. Brigitta Side Table at Anthropologie, 13. Standing Mirror, 14. Ivory Etched Dresser at Anthropologie, 15. Horse in a Timber Box Paper Sculpture by Anna Wili Highfield, 16. Peacock Pastel & Ink on Wood by Shelley Hesse (Original) at Anthropologie

Comments are closed.