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How We Came To Be

Had my  husband Mark, not been, shall we say, “frugal,” Sweet Lime Furnishings might never have happened!

In 2002, we bought a house on St. Croix packed to the gills with “well-worn” furniture, and I started pricing replacements. Mark had a better plan: order a container of furniture, keep what we needed and sell the rest.

That was some 100 containers ago. 

With a BA in English, an MA in English Literature, and PhD work in American Literature, I had been a teacher, a writer, an editor, and a newspaper columnist. In short, nothing had really prepared me to grow a one-container idea into a business serving St. Croix and other nearby islands—nothing  except the fun I had creating abeautiful living environment in my own home and those of my customers.

Apart from raising my kids, Sweet Lime Furnishings has been the greatest learning experience of my life! Not every climate demands as much from furniture as ours does—I’ve learned to select what works here, what will last without sacrificing beauty and comfort.

Mark and I have established relationships with reliable vendors whose products are “Caribbean ready,” but I'm never done shopping. I’m always looking. Every trip we take is for me a search for the things that say to me "Sweet Lime Style.” 

- Pat Sellergren, Owner, Sweet Lime Furnishings


The Look

It’s handcrafted furniture, it’s carefully chosen accessories, it’s the unusual, even unique, piece that says

something about you—who you are, what you love and how you live.


Our Digital Magazines

Karen's Note: Thinking of shots of Sweet Lime in here (ie. Taste of STX Party), as well as other STX houses that share the "Sweet Lime Look"... will get you some ideas I have for other properties. 


This button will link to this "Digital Magazine", or if we create more, to a page where they can choose what "Digital Magazine" to view... BTW: You can charge for Digital Magazines, or not. You can Print Digital Magazines or not... you get the idea... lots of options.


Your Inspirations

Karen's Note: This is other people's photos of YOUR furnishing in THEIR settings... these MUST be clear photos!


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Our Helping Hand

Karen's Note: This is the front side of a single-page brochure that describes the Hospitality Partners Service(s). If you decide to offer more services... there will be more brochures.


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The Sweet Lime Lifestyle

The islands of the Caribbean--a gentle curve of bright green dots from Cuba to South America, in a sea that is every blue you’ve ever seen. Every day is a summer day. No one is too far from a beach. Life is casual and sweetly slow. Homes are open to the trade winds, inside spaces open out onto shady galleries, the green of foliage and flowers in colors intense enough to take your breath away.

Karen's notes: Talk about the history of the property THEN move into the Lifestyle (of living here... in this house)

Include: Old European Plantation style mixed with a Caribbean tropics and a touch of Bali for interest (intrigue? exotic? ??)