A Colorful Florida Home That Makes a Splash

There's inspiration all over this punchy, pattern-filled home featured in HGTV Magazine. Let's take a tour!

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

Photo By: Seamus Payne

The Family

When Betsy and Ryan Chapman started shopping for stuff to decorate their Anna Maria Island, FL, house, they had a design epiphany. “After one productive night on Pinterest, we realized practically everything we picked had pineapples on it!” says Betsy.

To expand their pattern possibilities and infuse their newly built 2,200-square-foot home with personality, they brought on designer Hannah Crowell. She helped them find punchy fabrics and wallpaper, ranging from giant tropical leaves to whimsical sea life. Then they layered in just-as-lively accents, like geometric pillows and colorful Moroccan rugs. “Each room evokes a beachy feeling in a different way,” says Betsy. “It makes our whole house fun and happy but not over-the-top themed.” (Pictured: Ryan and Betsy with Vivian, 6, and Bo, 3)

The House

The Chapmans were drawn to the home’s light blue color (try Delano Waters by Benjamin Moore) and great location. With the beach only a block away, it’s easy to pack the wagon and go.


Here’s gorgeous proof that pattern shouldn’t be limited to walls and floors: this credenza from Deny Designs. “It’s one of our favorite things in the house because of how unexpected it is,” says Betsy. The coolest coatrack (it’s from Blu Dot) and a rug from Garnet Hill subtly pick up on the colors in the piece.

Living Room

Betsy started with a white slipcovered Pottery Barn sectional and a coffee table by Serena & Lily. Designer Hannah pepped them up with a vintage rug from the Etsy shop Atelier Boheme Maroc and vibrant pillows. The colors jump out against all the white. “I had the surfboard and palm tree photos framed in white for the same effect,” says Hannah.


As much as they like to go bold, the Chapmans left the perfectly good cabinets and backsplash as is. Instead they gave them a boost with bright buys, including aqua barstools (by David Geckeler for Muuto), a baby blue toaster and a tray with a rainbow from Society6 propped on the counter. The flooring here and throughout the house is wood-look ceramic tile, ideal for postbeach cleanup. Sandy feet? No problem!

Dining Room

Few things say wow like drapes in a big banana leaf print framing lush greenery outside. An expandable West Elm table with a white lacquered top is perfect for family dinners and rainy-day puzzles. Leafy drapes by Dorothy Draper, rattan chairs from Eclectic Goods and a tassel chandelier from Anthropologie give the room Old Florida charm.

Master Bedroom

Although the room was designed with dreams of sleeping in, nature and nurture often conspire against the couple. “The sun rises on this side of the house, and the kids like to climb into bed with us to watch,” says Betsy. The colors are more muted for a zen vibe but are not a yawn, thanks to the pattern play on the bedding and framed photos of vacation destinations: a motel (from One Kings Lane) and the Adriatic coast (from Minted).

Vivian’s Bedroom

Ask a 6-year-old what she wants on her walls and you’d better be prepared for the answer to be mermaids (hi, wallpaper from Hygge & West). Vivian consulted with Mom, Dad and Hannah on the pink bunk bed from Room & Board, ocean-themed bedding from H&M Home, a nightstand from Anthropologie and a vintage rug. “Vivian loves hanging out here and listening to story podcasts—she’s basically 6 going on 13,” says Betsy.

Kids’ Bathroom

How to liven up a basic bathroom in two steps: paint and wallpaper. The existing cabinets and mirror became a rich teal (Vardo by Farrow & Ball). The color, along with wallpaper in a tropical pattern by Aimée Wilder, makes the space feel custom. “I’m still amazed by how such simple changes had a huge impact,” says Betsy.

Patio and Pool

This area gets a lot of action, including lunch and swim lessons. “Bo is learning, and Vivian likes to help us teach him,” says Betsy. The lounge chairs from Pottery Barn and a hanging rattan chair by Serena & Lily are relaxing spots to read. There are graphic pillows, and even a patterned beak on the toucan float by Sunnylife.

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