“Color is everything,” says interior designer Pat Bibbee of
Bibbee and her clients collaborated on their vivid new condo, choosing a fresh tropical palette of coral, lime and white. The results show that “you can use
“There is something so pretty about Old
As children, both Bibbee and Ann Moran visited grandparents who lived in
Throughout the two-bedroom condo, the palette is taupe with flashes of lime green and deep tones of coral. Bibbee believes the most sophisticated statements are made by choosing three colors and repeating them in interesting ways. “I like the color to move around and connect one room to another,” she says. And here it does. Neutral taupe draperies are edged with coral in the living room, picking up the bold coral sofas and a subtle coral print on taupe chairs.
In the den, the same textured jacquard dot used as a contrasting hem on living room sofas now completely covers a Pearson recliner. Lampshades are coral. Even the guest bath ceiling is coral, a bold counterpoint to its white Brunswig & Fils wallcovering with taupe crustaceans and sea shells. The master bedroom, a combination of lime, coral and white, is both eye-popping and refreshing. “Ann’s a trompe l’oeil artist. She likes to live with color as much as I do,” says Bibbee. “You can go stronger with color in
That may be why the hot coral guest bedroom is so alluring. A tonal stripe wallcovering from Thibaut is paired with a Brunswig coral-and-white print used for custom duvets, draperies and as companion wallpaper in the adjoining bath. Though it reads as a toile, the design is actually a repeat of giant pineapple vases.
In both bedrooms, the designer’s magic with high-end fabrics and decorator details elevates white furniture by
Still, the beach theme is soft and subliminal. “Ann is not a beach person; she is a golf person; and Paul is an avid golfer—president of the West Virginia Golf Association,” Bibbee says. In
Bibbee was in the throes of refurbishing the public rooms at the
Bibbee hopped on a plane, dropped off her bags and took a Sarasota Segway tour. “I was amazed:
What she didn’t love was the furniture arrangement in the condo’s model apartments. “The first task of interior design is to make a room livable, so people are drawn into the space,” she says. All the walls in the condo were glass except for one in the back. The model had a dining room table in that spot, and though it took up the majority of the room, you couldn’t see the wonderful views while you were eating.”
The dining room was relocated and a TV went into that space. “He has to have places to relax and watch sports,” his wife explains. Paul Moran’s love of sports goes back to his first career as a college football coach (at the
Bibbee created two TV areas for Paul, one in the den and another in the great room, the condo’s all-purpose eating/entertaining/living space. She used back-to-back sofas to create two seating areas: one for TV viewing, the other for conversation and gazing at the water. The room is filled with lots of seating, including new short-twist slipper chairs and a contemporary egg ottoman from Hickory Chair. “There is nothing ‘60s
Ann is thrilled with the results. “When I walk in the door, the colors always make me smile,” she says. “Pat asked me to let her surprise me. When you turn an artist loose, you get their best work.”
Pat Bibbee’s Tips on New
Coastal Accents: Collections of shells, coral-shaped lamps, drawer pulls and crustacean-filled wallpaper bring fresh, contemporary
Tropical Materials: Bamboo floors, leather-wrapped rattan and white wood furniture add touches of casual but refined island style, subtly underscoring an urban Gulf setting.
Vintage Cottage Colors: Use Old Florida colors in bright, clear, modern tones; choose a sophisticated palette of three colors and repeat them in various ways throughout the home.
Comfort Zones: Design a room arrangement that fits the client’s lifestyle. Bibbee replaced a master bedroom closet with a much-needed dressing table, created two seating areas in the great room and furnished the den to function as an extra guest bedroom.
Watch the Scale: In large areas, choose three points of interest and make them connect. Don’t decorate up high in homes with high ceilings; if you do the scale will be lost.
Classics with a Twist: Choose furniture that is classic, but clean and updated. The condo’s coffee table is curved, slipper chairs have new short-twist legs and a leather ottoman is shaped like an egg.
Pat Bibbee Designs
Lane Excursions Chair: Fabric Hines (Etamine)
Lane Excursions Ottoman – Hines (Etamine)
Headboard fabric and welting: Hines (Etamine) and Pindler
Window treatments: Motif Designs
Decorative Screens and Headboards: Bacon & Wing
Acrylic End tables [acrylic endtables.com]
Window treatments: Libas
Brunella chest: Amy Howard
Console: Creative Metal
Fabric: Jane Shelton (Holly Hunt)
Dining table, chairs, bar stools: Ficks Reed
Cherry Blossom Triptych: Longstreet Collection,
Pearson sleeper sofa: St. Roman fabric
Pearson Recliner: St. Roman fabric
End tables: Ficks Reed
Coffee table: Elms
Duvets: Brunswig & Fils.
Chairs Wesley Hall; Fabric by Thibaut
Guest Room wallpaper: Thibaut.
Twin Coverlets: Malabar Grove
Emissary – Coral lamp
Emissary – stool
Wallpaper: Brunswig & Fils