Truman Capote once wrote of islands: “To set foot on one is like starting up a gangplank. One is seized by the same feeling of charmed suspension: It seems nothing unkind or vulgar can happen to you.” That sentiment still holds today on Coronado Island, off the southern tip of California.
“It’s like stepping into another time,” says California native and Las Vegas-based designer Taylor Borsari of the isle where she transformed the interior of an unusual 1890s Cape Cod-style green-shingled residence into a playful beach house befitting its funky architecture and the young family that spends time there.
“My clients don’t live here full-time, so we were able to take much more liberty with pattern and color than if they lived here year-round,” says Borsari. “This house has an eccentric vibe about it.”
Craving more energy than the all-white slate chosen by the developer provided, Borsari and her clients decided on a “hip granny feel.” They layered madcap wall coverings and patterns that “almost could have been there before,” says Borsari.
Above: The Cape Cod-style green-shingled home.
Photography: Karyn R. Millet