Some Caribbean Inspiration

by Liz Dowling

Thanks to my 4am insomnia and the loud PING of an arriving e-mail, I ended up in the Turks and Caicos.


Grabbing my iPad to see what the e-mail was about (surely it must be urgent at that hour), I saw it was only from JetBlue.  JetBlue having a one-day sale.  Why I decided to open it and browse through what cities were on sale can only chalked up to my mental state at 4 in the morning.

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In my tired stupor, I actually booked two tickets online to the Turks, leaving the day after Memorial Day.  I would take my daughter who just finished her first year at college as a……  not sure what exactly.  A celebratory trip for finishing her freshman year?  Maybe not the right message!

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The minor detail of a HOTEL hadn’t entered my mind either until I got the confirmation e-mail from JetBlue about the flights.  In a rush and wanting to reduce any work on the other end (dinner reservations, renting a car, finding activities for my daughter), we ended up at Club Med.

Emily takes a "shellfie"

Emily takes a “shellfie”

It was an assault of color when we arrived at the resort, framed against pale sand and white clouds.  The perfect design inspiration for summer.

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Citrus pink and orange


Emerald foliage, colorful sails

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Clear turquoise and blue

View from the water

View from the water

The Club Med beach was stunning.

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Paddleboarding, reading, yoga and zumba were on the agenda.


Many books were read on the beach.

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We felt like we had the place to ourselves.


It was beautiful!

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Design ideas from Caribbean colors were everywhere.

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Emily and I had a wonderful time.  Four days of R&R, lots of laughing and tons of time spent in the water.  The Caribbean is HOT in May!  Maybe decisions made at 4am are not all that bad?

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Missie f June 7, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Awesome! Despite the heat a perfect getaway and yes the Caribbean palette is always pleasing in so many design settings!

Elizabeth Dowling June 7, 2014 - 10:59 pm

It is striking with the vibrant colors and cool sand and clouds. Great contrast.

Jackie June 9, 2014 - 8:48 am

Wow – on this rainy day these colors are even more stunning!

Elizabeth Dowling June 9, 2014 - 10:00 am

Stay tuned to the adorable fabrics I found to coordinate with all of these colors!

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