Key West Vacation Home

I’ve long been a fan of Traditional Home and have subscribed for many years, but recently let my subscription lapse since I am getting so many magazines now.  But, I still love to see their stories and pictures and when this landed in my inbox recently, I had to share it with you.

A beautiful Key West vacation home!The vacation home of a Tennesee couple, this cute cottage was built in 1841 and was moved to its present location in the historic district of Key West.  The cottage is built of Dade County pine, which is why it survived hurricanes, as well as a move, over the years.  They certainly built homes solidly back in those days.

The husband’s office is very manly.

But, the rest of the home reflects the wife’s taste and has lighter and colorful fabrics.  What a pretty room this is. Coral red and turquoise is getting mighty popular right now and I do believe it was once in vogue back in the 50’s perhaps.   As they say, what’s old is new again.  That is certainly the case with decorating trends. The master bedroom is a wonderful and spacious retreat, using again the colors of coral and soft blue.  So soothing! And just look at that view! The guestroom is arrayed in yellows and blues, which I’m very happy to see since those colors are in our master suite. (All photos from Traditional Home)

And to finish off the space, every cottage in Key West needs its own pool.

Interior designer: Todd Richesin, Todd Richesin Interiors, Knoxville, TN.  Todd, the designer also wrote a story on his blog, so check it out too.  Thanks for stopping by, Todd!

You can see all the pics and read the entire article at Traditional Home online.  It’s a gorgeous little cottage with so much curb appeal.

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a getaway like this? In my dreams.

- Rhoda


  1. Hi Rhoda! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos! I’m working on my second (!) dollhouse and hoping to turn it into a Key West Bed and Breakfast. I found some great ideas here! 😀

  2. We vacationed in Key West a few years ago in a B/B. This home is just beautiful, the scenery there is just breath-taking. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.
    Carol in GA

  3. A Key West cottage is definitely my dream and this one perfectly fits my image of everything a Key West cottage should be. Well, I guess in my mind there are a few of those 6-toed cats walking around, but I’ll worry about that later!

  4. WoW! Love it! What a cool sanctuary from a sizzling hot summer this year!

  5. Becky in SC says:

    Thanks Rhoda for sharing these fabulous photos! I have a difficult time deciding which direction to take when decorating/painting/accessorizing a room…so I love to view pictures of homes that have been tastefully/professionally decorated just to get some vibes going!
    Thanks again. 🙂

  6. Amazing pictures…….thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  7. That beautiful blue bedroom is now the inspiration for my next bedroom redo. Simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  8. Rhoda,
    I bought this issue of Traditional Home because I liked so many of the homes featured.
    This Key West home is gorgeous!

  9. Hi Rhoda,
    Oh yes such a beautiful home! I adore all the colors they seem to invoke a feeling of calmness but yet the colors bring such happiness. I love the aqua, red and yellow. I am going back now to read the story on this adorable Key West home.
    I really enjoyed your post!
    Have a sweet day, Hugs~Elizabeth

  10. I let my subscription of Traditional Home go as well and then after finding myself buying issues in the Supermarket, decided to renew it and was so glad I did, especially after receiving the beautiful inspiration like you featured above. It is truly the most reflective of my style of decor and I read every issue over and over! Thanks for featuring it!

  11. Rhoda, years ago we went to Key West and actually looked at property there for a vacation home. It would have required a transfer to South Florida, though, to enjoy it. But Key West is a neat city. Love this house. Those walls are very popular in many Key West homes, and sometimes you see them sort of whitewashed or limed (I think might be another term). It is hot as blazes in the summer, even with a breeze, but the breeze just makes it perfect. I’m going to have to get a copy of this magazine. I love “Traditional Homes,” but I had tired of some of the homes not being traditional. That one is in the best sense for me. It uses traditional furnishings with a tropical twist. Love it! I buy “Coastal Living,” but they usually are not up my alley. I might buy them for something they were advertising, their style section. But “Traditional Homes” is still one of the magazines I pick up on the stands. Thanks for the heads up.


    Sheila 🙂

  12. Oh my, my day definitely needed that shot of eye candy. I’m sure the owners would love to host a blogger get together.

  13. Hi Rhoda, wow thanks for posting these amazing pictures !!!! Who would not want to stay at that vacation house??? I want to stay in the pool house so that the first thing I see in the morning is that fabulous pool. My wife and I have not been to Key West yet but it is on my bucket list and these pictures moves it up a few spaces!!!!
    Blessings to you and yours
    Curtis & Sherrie

  14. Oh, I just LOVE the fresh colors in all of those homes!

  15. The color scheme of this cottage is wonderful. I especially love the yellow bedroom, so cozy! Thanks for posting the article.


  16. Looks good

  17. Thanks, Rhoda, for giving me my “house fix” for the day. BTW – I grew up in the B’ham area and enjoy your blogging about places that are close to my heart!

  18. Beautiful rooms!!!…but I did have one amusing thought…you wouldn’t want to be a sleep walker in that last pic of the guest house, now would you??

  19. I wish I could get that perfectly designer look in my everyday home. I think my house is pretty, but it certainly is not that put together. To have a “get-away” that looks this nice, can you imagine their regular home??? Thank you for sharing, the photos are gorgeous.

  20. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos from Traditional Home. They encouraged me to visit the bookstore and purchase the magazine today. I just love the color combination of coral and turquoise in the Key West cottage. It’s one of my favorite things right now!

    Not to mention, while flipping through the pages I noticed they have photos of a house from Harbor Springs, Michigan which is near where I grew up! What a nice surprise. 🙂

  21. I love those pictures! I would love to have a vacay home like that. *sigh* I’ve been dreaming of beaches for a while now – and prodding my hubster to see about military jobs in Hawaii. LOL

  22. Rhoda, SOMEWHERE, I have seen these pictures beefore???? I ADORE this home! Evey room is gorgeous to me! I am keeping this so I can go back again and agian to see this beauty! Thanks so much for this posting!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  23. oh yes, a very lovely home with beautiful touches. i would be spending most of my time there in the pool house with the lovely views.


  24. RHODA, that is such a DELIGHT! I love the colors, the airy feel, the fact that it’s in KEY WEST! THANKS for sharing love!

  25. What a fabulous home! Really lovely. I especially like the yellow bedroom–so cheery! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Angela 🙂

  26. Rhoda,

    I love this house—perfect timing, wouldn’t it be fun to be sitting by the pool on this work day? I love the little guest house too. Thanks.

  27. This was my favorite Traditional Home article in a long time–that Key west conch house is just gorgeous! All in all, though, I’d rather have a DIY-decorated home than one designed for me by a professional. Know what I mean?

  28. Thanks for the decorating inspiration. I skip over your giveaways – but my heart skips a beat when your show something beautiful. These were definitely gorgeous!

  29. Rhoda, I missed this so I’m so glad you posted it. What a great home! It’s so wonderful to see these gorgeous fabrics that have pattern and aren’t all white and to see color on the walls…even yellow! I do love yellow! 🙂 I love it when folks decorate as their heart dictates and not with the “theme” of the day. This is soooo refreshing and beautiful in a very “traditional, classic, never goes out of style” way.

  30. Rhoda, thanks for sharing this with your readers. I just came across this on your blog today. This house has been and continues to be a restorative place for all who visit….including myself. I’m happy your readers like it, and their feelings about it are really true to the space. Please visit my website when you get a chance as there are lots of other unique places there to see as well. One thing that is always consistent with my work is that the client and I become life long friends. Everyone I work with wants comfort above all, and that includes a comfortable feeling as well as the physical part of comfort. Comfortable interiors are my passion, and I’m glad you share that spirit. Sincerely, Todd Richesin

  31. What a cheerful, yet serene space that is. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to wake up to that view every winter morning ?

  32. What an adorable cottage and what wonderful design. I love the continuity that the soft blue color makes from room to room–no matter the accent used with it. 🙂 This is a keeper. I’d love to rent this cottage in the winter to do my writing! By the way, I would love you to stop by my blog to answer a question on my redesign of the blog’s interior. 🙂

  33. Oh this is just a happy place to be,
    on vacation or forever!
    Love the colors!
    I live in Florida too and we are
    so lucky to have the tropical
    foilage and we use bright colors.
    I have that same magazine and
    will not re-subscribe since I have
    too many magazines, also.


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