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Deep in the middle of the freezing temperatures of yet another polar vortex, an island retreat sounds particularly enticing right about now. Enter the lush Georgia island of St. Simons, halfway between Jacksonville and Savannah on the vibrant Atlantic coast—and the setting for the HGTV® 2017 Dream Home.
Every year since 1997, the cable network has showcased the talent of its home experts by going all-out on the design of an amazing home—and then offering the chance to win it in a giveaway. Sweet!
So, no, you probably didn’t win. But even so, you can try creating your own personal oasis with tips from designer Brian Patrick Flynn, who helped create the luxurious space.
Flynn took his inspiration from the green landscape outside the home’s large picture windows.
“I choose wall colors that blend in with the exterior surroundings, and then I choose furnishings that layer those same colors you see outside in the interior,” he says. “It makes the space feel larger, creates a cohesive look, and even enhances the view.”
The end result: a stunning coastal oasis that takes traditional accents—carved busts, plaid walls, seaside stripes—and adds hip modern touches like funky chandeliers and rounded rattan chairs. It’s a bit industrial chic, a bit classic, and a lot of gorgeous the entire way through.
Industrial meets traditional: Heavy accents might feel out of place in a formal dining room. But paired with loose, flowing drapery and bold gray walls, they create a lovely haven for intimate conversation.
“The formal dining room is absolutely my favorite space in the home,” says Flynn. “It’s super moody, meticulously edited down, and packed with interesting pieces that provoke conversation.”
A neutral woven rug provides texture, and old-world carved busts set the mood. But the $3,288 Arteriors Home Harding 48-light chandelier packs the most dramatic punch. (For a less pricey lighting alternative, try the Arteriors Bronze Dax chandelier for $1,200.)
A plaid explosion: Sometimes we normal folks need a designer’s vision to show us just how far the envelope can be pushed. Plaid on plaid … on plaid? Yeah, it sounds absurd, but in Flynn’s capable hands, it works like a dream.
“I always like to have one space that gets people thinking about trying something new and complex,” says Flynn. “I chose the plaids and checks as an ode to the island’s gentlemen’s clubs, where skeet shooting and duck hunting happen in the colder months.”
Balance the plaid explosion with heavy wood pieces and solid bursts of color, like these cable-knit red pillows for $50 each.
Bringing the outdoors in: Sometimes a peek outside the window is all the inspiration you need. The HGTV Dream Home’s awesome kitchen features a breakfast nook that promises to make you feel like a proper coastal princess.
“Just outside the windows of the breakfast nook are these majestic live oaks,” Flynn says. “I wanted the chairs in the breakfast nook to also be made of an organic material and have a woodsy texture.”
Paired with the green countertops and vivid emerald tiles, these curvaceous rattan chairs might make you feel like you’re dining in an outdoor hideaway. The Company Store’s chambray voile yarn-dyed window panels in a neutral ivory complete the breezy look for $19.
Bold blue: There’s no shame in decorating a home entirely in your favorite color. Blue on blue on blue might seem like overkill, but the monochromatic look creates a bold, daring effect that delivers a serious “wow” factor. Mixing textures and patterns is key: Flynn layered a striped rug with plaid pillows and navy picture frames to create this vivid living space, using neutrals like white and tan as accents. Choose a knockout velvet couch as a centerpiece, like Macy’s Swan Fabric Sofa for $599.
Old meets new in this colorful guest bedroom that’s also perfect for kids eager for a funky space. Dotwork artwork in every color of the rainbow meets a happy teal duvet and coral headboard to make the entire space cheerful and bright. Traditional pieces—like the curved cream-and-wood chair—match with modern accents. World Market’s $300 Flynn Hairpin Desk brings a touch of contemporary decor that’s just neutral enough to make color pop.