Bring a piece of sunny is­lands to your space

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Travel al­ways gets my cre­ative en­ergy flow­ing. On a re­cent trip to the Cay­man Is­lands, the laid-back at­ti­tude, the in­cred­i­ble colours, and, of course, the high style made me think about how I could bring a piece of is­land life home with me.

Let’s face it, Cana­dian win­ters are tough, some­times feel­ing never-end­ing, so hav­ing a few is­land re­minders in your decor can bring you back to a place of stylish warmth. In the Cay­man Is­lands, the colours are bold, the wa­ter glows and nat­u­ral el­e­ments like ropes and shells sur­round you.

To achieve the look, you don’t need a ship­ping container or a yacht-sized budget. It’s all about in­cor­po­rat­ing splashes of colour, or­ganic touches and sub­tle icons from your ad­ven­tures — hope­fully sav­ing you enough money to plan your next trip.

Alykhan Velji

Cana­dian win­ters can feel never-end­ing but adding a few colourful re­minders of warm, friendly is­lands in the sun can help get you through those long, cold months.

Alykhan Velji

Brac Reef Beach Re­sort is the source of de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from the Cay­man Is­lands, where the colours are bold, the wa­ter glows and nat­u­ral el­e­ments like ropes and shells sur­round you.

Pot­tery Barn

Keep it ca­sual with striped, fringed throws from the Pot­tery Barn. The cool colours pro­vide the per­fect pal­ette for an is­land re­treat, while pro­vid­ing much-needed warmth for a Cana­dian win­ter.

Pot­tery Barn

An over­sized co­ral fan from Pot­tery Barn is a fine al­ter­na­tive to a can­vas or a framed print on your walls. This cast resin piece gives you the look of co­ral with­out hav­ing to head south to the beach to find one. It helps give your space some strik­ing...

Thomas Paul

This gor­geous 100 per cent linen sea horse in­digo pil­low by Thomas Paul is hand silkscreen­ed with a clas­sic sea horse mo­tif. It pro­vides the per­fect is­land in­spi­ra­tion and makes a great ad­di­tion to a collection of pil­lows on a sofa or as a sin­gle...

Jonathan Adler

This ju­nior an­chor 4-by-6 Peru­vian llama flat weave rug was made by Jonathan Adler. Such hand-loomed wool rugs are made by ar­ti­sans in Peru. It’s a bold nau­ti­cal state­ment that can work with a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent dé­cor styles. The rope de­tail around...

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