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A Big Sky Design Collaboration with some stylish Wrightsville Beach Homeowners.
Written By: Amanda Lisk
Photography By: Meagan Forbes

With a design landscape already in play and furniture pieces acquired, Wrightsville Beach homeowners call on the eyes of Big Sky Design to bring it all together. 

Using pops of navy blue and orange, fun fabrics and unique fixtures, Big Sky designer, Jo Howell effectively layers in the finishing touches by blending masculine, contemporary with soft feminine for a comfy, yet modern coastal look. With a view of Harbor Island from the living room, this project is appropriately entitled, Waterman’s Watch.


A custom build of dark mahogany table tops to contrast the classic coastal white table base and shiplap on the wall. “We brought personality and style into the space with fabrics,” says designer Jo Howell.

A modern geometric fabric was chosen for the roman shades and paired with a leopard print on the custom bench cushions. “The wooden beaded pendants are a nod to the nautical inspiration but still elegant,” says Howell.


Howell worked with the existing blue vanity top in the powder room, adding a bit of glam to the space with hammered gold sconces, new mirror, and metallic grasscloth wallcovering.


Splashes of navy are carried throughout the house, from the entry accents to the office window treatments, master vanity, and living room chairs. 


“A navy and orange color palette, gold lighting and hardware, and modern furniture styles add a little glamour,” says Howell. Custom window treatments, bold light fixtures and metallic accents create a nice pairing of textures and sophisitcation. 


Big Sky Design is a woman-led team of design mavericks specializing in mixing in art with function that adds meaning to the space. With more than 20 years of design, Big Sky creations have been featured in some of the country’s top home décor media outlets including Houzz and HGTV. BIG SKY DESIGN, Jennifer Kraner; founder, president, principal designer 


Instagram: @bigskydesign 

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