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RSWLiving - - Departments - Steve Lush Pres­i­dent, Fort My­ers–based Steve Lush Robb & Stucky

Atrend that’s start­ing to emerge this sea­son is the trans­for­ma­tion to mod­ern trop­i­cal and coastal styles. As you can imag­ine, this is a very pop­u­lar look with our clients here in Florida, and it’s ex­cit­ing to see what direc­tion it’s head­ing. We’ve seen a move­ment over the past sev­eral years away from the darker, more tra­di­tional trop­i­cal styles to­ward lighter col­ors and cleaner, more re­fined lines.

The sat­u­rated or­anges and greens of the past have given way to neu­tral tones, with a small ran­dom pop of vi­brant trop­i­cal color to add in­ter­est. Medi­ums have be­come much more var­ied and in­ter­est­ing, with or­ganic ma­te­ri­als lead­ing the way. In the past, trop­i­cal con­sisted of dark woods with rat­tan or wicker. To­day we’re see­ing woods in lighter col­ors, with nat­u­ral re­laxed fin­ishes; mixed with chrome, acrylic and bronzed met­als. In­ter­est is cre­ated by lay­er­ing tex­tures and mix­ing medi­ums.

A neu­tral pal­ette and light woods are pop­u­lar in rooms fea­tur­ing tex­tures from wicker fur­ni­ture to a sleek and mod­ern metal­lic frame of a fire­place in a pool­side room. Bursts of turquoise are placed through­out the room to re­ally ac­cent fea­tures and bring ex­cite­ment to the room.

As noted, or­ganic ma­te­ri­als are tak­ing cen­ter stage in to­day’s de­sign. Marge Car­son’s Sonoma round end ta­ble is such an ex­am­ple. With its bronze frame, gold-leaf trim and abalone shell ta­ble top, it blends a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and col­ors while keep­ing its coastal vibe. An­other per­fect ex­am­ple of mix­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures is in up­hol­ster­ing, such as Candice Olson’s Temptress King Bed that com­bines wood, bronze nail­head and neu­tral fab­rics to cre­ate a lay­ered look that fits seam­lessly into to­day’s up­dated coastal looks. What makes mod­ern trop­i­cal so sought af­ter is its liv­abil­ity and un­com­pro­mised take on style. It does not sac­ri­fice looks for func­tion­al­ity―it joins the two.

Robb & Stucky takes great pride in our beau­ti­ful show­rooms that fea­ture the lat­est in fash­ions for the home. Our cus­tomers tell us, in fact, that one of the big­gest rea­sons why they love our stores is the in­spi­ra­tion they get from walk­ing through the dis­plays. Our buy­ers shop the High Point (Home Fur­nish­ings) Mar­ket specif­i­cally search­ing for fresh and ex­cit­ing prod­ucts that re­flect the new and mod­ern trop­i­cal style. Some of the items we loved were nat­u­ral, live-edge din­ing ta­bles with stain­less steel bases. Con­soles and cock­tail ta­bles crafted from re­claimed wood found in the jun­gles of north­ern Thai­land are hugely pop­u­lar. Beau­ti­ful wood grain and or­ganic flow­ing lines make the per­fect com­ple­ment to a mod­ern trop­i­cal or coastal dé­cor.

Now into our 101st year, 2016 is shap­ing up to be a very ex­cit­ing one for Robb & Stucky, re­cently open­ing a show­room in Coral Gables and break­ing ground in Boca Ra­ton. We hope you’ll in­vite us to share in your in­te­rior de­sign plans.

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