A Serene Gulf Getaway
By Jordan Staggs | Photography by Chris Luker
Inspired by the many shades of blue of the Gulf of Mexico and the white-sand beaches just steps from its back door, this coastal home in Perdido Key, Florida, provides its owners with the perfect casually elegant escape. Orange Beach, Alabama–based interior designer Cindy Meador worked her magic from top to bottom, adorning each room with what she describes as a clean and elevated coastal look.
“There is a sophistication to the casual nature of the house and its location,” Meador shares. Perdido Key, just east of the Florida-Alabama state line, is known for its gorgeous landscapes and protected wildlife areas. It is also a serene white-sand oasis situated between the vibrant cultural hubs of Pensacola, Florida, and Gulf Shores, Alabama, so visitors can get the best of both worlds.
The local style ranges from classic coastal to kitschy Old Florida. Meador was sure to keep a sense of luxury and class in her design. “We didn’t go for as much reclaimed wood as you see in some beach homes,” she says, “but rather kept a less rustic vibe, staying in the palette of watery blues but with some crisp navy and white too. The antique heart pine floors and sandy neutrals create warmth against the cool blue tones.”
Meador, having previously worked with the homeowners on two houses in Houston, kept in close contact with them throughout the process of outfitting this beautiful abode overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Her inspiration remained grounded in the natural surroundings as well as with the clients’ desire for a comfortable place to gather with family and friends. Whether enjoying a meal together at the kitchen bar or the farmhouse-style dining table, relaxing or reading on the spacious window seats of the lounge, or cozying up with a glass of wine before bed, the homeowners certainly feel a sense of calm and rejuvenation. Of course, adventures await just outside; visitors can enjoy three surrounding state parks, nearby Big Lagoon, and the Gulf!
Textiles, art, and accessories were sourced from trusted vendors and the Cindy Meador Interiors lifestyle shop in Orange Beach. The result is a home fit for mermaid royalty with motifs such as seahorses, coral, and shells woven throughout in an elegant fashion.
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Visit CindyMeador.com to learn more, or visit the lifestyle boutique at 25299 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Alabama, 36561.