Ocean Home

April/May 2012

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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Lafayette & Rushford Home owner: Linda Painter Dunedin, Florida It's a family affair for Linda Painter, who, with her partner, Rick Davies, and children Grant and Kristen, runs Lafayette & Rushford Home from a stylish store and website based in the small Gulf-side commu- nity of Dunedin, Florida. Working just a block from the Gulf of Mexico, this tal- ented team is surrounded by nature's rich colors and textures, which lend constant inspiration to the company's coastal design aesthetics. Painter sees two oppos- ing trends happening this spring—sleek, modern lines in black, white, and deep blue versus sandy neutrals with rustic textures such as burlap and driftwood— and says she likes blending both. "Not too long ago," Painter explains, "coastal meant 'beachy,' but now it can be contemporary and glamorous--whatever you want it to be." The team works hard to source local artisans and small independent companies like Caskata and Beatriz Ball (the latter's serveware is Lafayette & Rushford's best-selling items). Then there's Linda's other son, Patrick, who owns The Dunedin Wood- wright and designs and builds heirloom-quality furniture and cabinetry by hand using centuries-old techniques. A family affair indeed. Available in store (721 Broadway, Dunedin, FL, 727-735-0902) and online, lafayette-rushford.com. Cottage Coastal Store Owner: Kim Root Belvedere, California "I feel blessed to live on the wa- ter," says Kim Root, owner of San Francisco-based Cottage Coastal Store. "It's the first thing I see in the morning and the last before the day ends. The ocean has always given me a lot of peace, creativity, and inspiration." 72 Root was raised in Massachu- setts, enjoyed childhood vaca- tions on Cape Cod and Nan- tucket, lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for two years, and is now based in Marin County. A life- time spent by the sea is the ideal backstory for a coastal home decor business and an owner passionate about the ocean. "We went handcrafted in 2011 and work with a wonderful circle of talented artists," she says. "Our look is 'something old made new again'—reclaimed, repurposed furnishings, and keeping it as 'green' as possible. Our artists take a lot of pride in their work and it shows." Cottage Coastal plans to launch its own textile label this year and is gearing up for the America's Cup in the Bay Area in 2013 with a range of new products. Available online only, cottagecoastalstore.com.

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