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What's better than a souvenir? Decor ideas from your vacation

What does the star of Sarah's House 4 do when she goes on a tropical vacation? In addition to frolicking in the surf, she takes in a whole host of decorating ideas, of course

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A BIG FIRST IMPRESSION The moment you enter, it’s clear that the Viceroy is no ordinary Caribbean retreat. Instead of whitewash, wicker and a sunny palette, practically every surface is clad in stone. U.S. designer Kelly Wearstler’s application of diagonal slabs of cream, chocolate and charcoal marble makes a big first impression.

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MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE The raised portion in the centre of the built-in desk/vanity in the bedroom guarantees that work materials won’t overtake the entire counter surface, while the lower cabinets flanking it offer abundant storage and enable the simple division of his and hers belongings.

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GO BIG In order to anchor spaces with such high ceilings, the furnishings, lighting and accessories are all a touch larger than life-size. By outfitting grand spaces with a restrained number of large-scale pieces, you can create rooms that appear fully realized without feeling cluttered or overfurnished.

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PAY ATTENTION DETAIL To keep outdoor diners from baking in the midday heat, this beachside perch boasts a rough-sawn ceiling installed in a herringbone pattern as well as a horizontally panelled wall clad in wide, weathered boards. The lesson: Pay attention to every detail even in outside spaces.

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