I was recently challenged by Douglas Elliman to put together a Florida inspired room and I thought it was such a fun way to prepare you for summer. I know a lot of people like to change up their decor for each season, so, if you were looking for something perfect for summer, look no further.
When I think of Florida I think of beaches, sunshine and parties, so this is the inspiration behind the decor of the room. The main colours I chose are pink, turquoise and gold and the patterns are flamingos and pineapples.
Let's start from the couch. Picking a statement piece like this blue Iceberg fabric vintage sofa (£407) will instantly set the tone for the rest of the room, the colours and the general style. To add extra colours and tie everything together, cushions are a great help. I particularly like the two marble Cosima cushions from Anthropologie in turquoise (£98) and in pink (£98) because the same pattern ties in the two different colours. Adding another blue cushion, this one with a pineapple pattern (£68), allows me to bring the pineapples into the mix.
Now for some statement pieces. I found this canvas, which goes perfectly above the couch and is called Miami Days (£65); of course Miami is in Florida and this is absolutely perfect for a Florida inspired room. The wire flamingo plant stand (£128) helps bring the plants from the photo into the real room and is quite unusual and eye catching. I also really like the recent trend of inflatable flamingos at pool parties, so this is a slightly more subtle way to incorporate that pool party element indoors.
And now for the finishing touches.... the knick knacks. There is so much to choose from that you just want it all, which is why having three coffee tables seems reasonable. This nest of three vintage coffee tables (£115) has two of our three main colours (blue and yellow - yellow can sometimes substitute gold when decorating) and will allow us to play around with the colours of the rest of the items and their placement. On top of that, you have the choice of keeping them together or splitting them up, having one act as an end table next to the couch and another in front of it.
On the white table we have a tropical blue/green photo frame (£10) and a vase of the same colour so that the combination of the colours echoes the sea and foam of the beaches you love. The yellow table, as the highest will be where the light goes. A pineapple lamp (£38) and one of my favourite summer candles Pink Sands by Yankee Candle (£24) will sit there and provide some extra light and a relaxing smell for when you are resting on the sofa. On the third table, a pineapple cake stand (£28) with sugary snacks and a flamingo mug (£10) with some hot tea or coffee will provide the finishing touches of your relaxation room.
And that is the room finished! Just add a good book and you will be as close to being on a beach in Florida as you can get without leaving your house. In fact you can order all of the items online so you do not even have to leave home to create this room, although, I totally recommend going for an actual holiday in Florida and enjoying the sunshine and the beaches in person (also Disneyland and Universal Studios).
Now, if you are actually thinking of moving, Douglas Elliman has some amazing Florida properties for rent and for sale that you might want to check out. In all honesty, they are worth checking out even if to just pin them to your dream house pinterest board because yes, they are that gorgeous!
Let me know if you liked the items I picked out and if you would like to see more decorating posts. I now feel the need to add some pineapples to my flat and go burn my own pink sands candle.
Lots of love and see you next time!