September 12, 2015

Color & Design Project on Abaco Island in the Bahamas

Loved consulting on the color and design of this fabulous new beach home.

The island of Abaco is paradise: natural beauty everywhere.

The homeowners, such warm and gracious people, built their new vacation home on a stunning piece of property bordering the beach.  

Lets start with a view from the property during construction.   Note I took this photo on a cloudy day.

And the next photo is the same view on a sunny day.  

Notice how the blue pool water, relates to the blue in the sea, visually uniting both, making the sea feel closer and even more intimate.  

Ahh - the power of color and light.

The beach is pristine, pretty close to heaven.

The homes palette honors the natural colors on the island, which are both blissful and soothing.    

Sandy, taupe and cream colors echo the beaches.

Soft yellows are a nod to the sun, as well as relates to the all the yellows in the islands greenery.

And blues - those beautiful blues - is a celebration of the sea and sky, surrounding the island everywhere.

When a combination of colors, gets along beautifully in nature, you can count on them feeling good in your home.

The exterior wall paint color is Benjamin Moore's Hepplewhite Ivory.  

The shutters are painted Benjamin Moore's Van Cortland Blue.

The wood is treated with a finish that allows the wood it to patina in the salty air.

A breezeway connects the front and and backyard, on both sides of the main house.  

The backyard is all about outdoor living,  in the sun during the day, under the stars at night.

And I must say the back of the house takes center stage.

Just love the verandas.

Below is a photo of the trail leading to the beach, surrounded by yellowand green foliage. Can't get over how purple the sky was that day. Amazing.

Walking down that path feels a bit lyrical; perhaps it's the chanting ot the birds, with the salty air, and the soft white sand between your toes.  

I call it the path to paradise.

The backyard is profoundly serene.  And visually delightful.

Now the home is a compound - notice the two buildings on either side of the main house.  In the front of the home is a garage and suite as well.

The separate spaces are connected to the main house by a breezeway, providing a sense of privacy, and intimacy, in this grand home.

And take note of the white Bermuda roofs.

Here's a view of the home walking back from the beach, where you can see all three buildings.

Sitting on thie veranda, sipping a glass of white wine, after a day in the sun,  is outdoor living at its finest.

Did I mention there is a golf course.

Look down the long driveway and there it is.

I told you this is an amazing property.

One my favorite things to do on the island - is driving around in a golf cart.

No I don't play golf.  It's all about the journey and the wind against my face.

Here are some photos of the area.   Eye candy for a color consultant, or anyone.

And what is an island without coconut trees?

The blissful beach...

Now for Part II tour of this beautiful home- the Interior.

Lets start with the kitchen since I am in love with the backsplash.

Creamy white cabinets, glass tile backsplash, white quartzite countertop, and stainless steel appliances.

Love the view of the dining room chandelier from the kitchen.

The quartzite countertop is absolutely stunning.  The polished finish adds to the elegant sparkle in the kitchen.

Don't confuse quartzite with quartz.   Quartzite is a natural stone quarried from the earth, stronger than granite, with the visual sensibility of marble.  A true gem from nature.  (Quartz is an engineered stone)

Here is a close up of the glass tile with the quartzite.

The blue green veining in the quartzite picks up the blue green tiles.   And both are a nod to the Abaco sea colors.

Below is a view of the kitchen from the dining room.

Notice all the texture and natural materials.  They compliment the natural elements in the landscape.  Texture is essential in beach design.

Next photo shows a lovely waterscape art in the living room.  The wall color in the main areas is Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois.

And here is a view from the living room, looking into the kitchen.

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You can see the bossy sun glaring through the window.  The sun is a powerful force of nature in the Bahamas.

Beautiful blues continue to accent the main space throughout.   Blue is a cooling and calming color to offset the sun.

Most of the furnishings were selected on our shopping trip to the Highpoint Furniture Market, where the selection of fine furnishings is optimal.

Below is close up of the turtle lamp in the den.  How great is that.

The paint color once again is Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois.  

Now upstairs to the bedrooms ... lets start with the Pink Room.  How I love pinks.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Navajo White.

The Twin Room is also Benjamin Moore Navajo White.   Soft and fresh.

The Blue Room is painted with Benjamin Moore Iceberg.  Soothing and refreshing.

And here is photo of the water views from the second floor balcony.  Wow.

The blue bathroom has the same white quartzite stone that you will find throughout the house.    

Now for the Master Suite photos.   Sophisticated and classic.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Cedar Key.  

And below is the elegant master bathroom.   The tub has exquisite lines. 

Moving on to the Guest Cottage Bedroom.   Elegant.  With a nod to the sea with the blue-green glass lamps.

Now I had to take a photo of the Valentino marble countertop top in the Guest Cottage, where a fabulous turtle dish presides.   

Well I hope you enjoyed my partial tour of this magnificent island beach home.  It's not completely done, but almost, after all Abaco is on island time.    

Such a fascinating project to work on.   And I am blessed for the opportunity to experience life on the island of Abaco.

One last beach photo, before I take my adieu.   

And yes, the sea really is this pretty.  

But know the intrigue of this island goes way beyond its beauty.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sums it up the best in The Secrets by the Sea: 

"Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
   As I gaze upon the sea!
 All the old romantic legends,
   All my dreams, come back to me."

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