“Retro Island Glam.”
That is how Marcie Bond described her style in Coastal Living’s February 2011 feature on her 1963 cottage in
Lyford Cay, a private community in New Providence Island, Bahamas. I love
that!! “Retro Island Glam” totally
describes my style too, and Marcie’s home more than lives up to the description. Let’s
take a look inside!
When Marcie and her family moved in, the 3,500-square-foot
U-shaped, courtyard-style house was in disrepair. Instead of following the trend
of tearing down to make way for a more contemporary home (quel horror!), the
Bonds restored the original footprint and authentic charm.
that its first owners were Sir Guy Henderson (chief justice of the Bahamas in
the 1960s) and his wife, Lady Henderson.
I wish I could see
the top of that umbrella… it looks tauntingly familiar!
Once the renovation was complete, Marcie shopped
thrift and antiques stores in Florida and the Bahamas to find mid-century
pieces that evoke the retro-island look she adores. The table and chairs above are from Circa Who
in Palm Beach.
features an unexpected antiqued silver finish. The mounted game fish, a
throwback to 1970s beach décor, adds whimsy to a more formal room.
1970s and earlier. The vintage McGuire console table belonged to the home’s
Marcie wanted everything to reflect a memory. “I’m very nostalgic, so I wanted
the furnishings to be more than decoration,” she said. For local flavor, and to
pay tribute to the island and era she loves, Marcie outfitted the house from
floor to ceiling with local artwork, bamboo pieces, and other items that recall
her Bahamian childhood. Framed maps and sea life prints in the living, for
example, are by the same artist whose work adorned beach cottages on nearby
Chub Cay, which she visited with her family as a little girl.
The home features traditional low Bahamian ceilings.
To create a soft backdrop for the hits of tropical color, Marcie kept the remaining
textiles neutral – grasscloth wall coverings, natural-fiber rugs, and linen-upholstered
sofas and chairs. The 70’s-inspired woven rugs, fan chairs, rattan chandeliers,
and 60’s-era floral prints were style staples of the houses she grew up in and
Note the old-fashioned jalousie windows… Marcie kept
them in an effort to maintain the home’s original integrity. “People say to me, ‘I can’t believe you kept
those windows,’ but I believe that once you add modern elements to a midcentury
house, you change its entire ethos,” Marcie said.
Sunbrella fabric, was made by a local boat upholsterer.
selection of Bahamas tourism ads from the 1960s and ‘70s (found on eBay) into
For advice on fabrics, Marcie turned to her brother
John Fondas and friend Amanda Lindroth, both decorators who live on the island.
They suggested patterns from Quadrille, a fabric company that still produces
many of the same prints it sold in the 1960s and ‘70s.
by Quadrille, has been in production since the 1960s. The patterned weave of
the sea grass rug matches one that belonged to Marcie’s grandmother in the ‘70s.
Marcie finished the mirrored lattice headboard (also from Circa Who, along with
the bench) with a coat of white paint.
neutral room. The porthole-shaped mirrors were crafted by a West Palm Beach
artisan from fragments of midcentury chairs.
bar area near the kitchen.
beach, just a short walk from the family’s house.
island print fabrics from Quadrille.
vintage Caribbean home, because it comes with a sentiment you don’t get today,”
Marcie says. “Living here is like living in a time-warp – and I love every
minute of it.”
information and quotes via Costal Living.
featured in Coastal Living’s February 2011 issue, shop at Bamboo Bamboo.
Owned by her brother, John Fondas, this store is full of fabulous modern and
midcentury pieces. Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Lyford Cay, 242/362-5557. Marcie also shops Circa Who,
which I have written about here, and Bamboo & Rattan, another shop in West
Palm Beach that provides the largest collection of vintage rattan in the
country, and also offers custom furniture.
courtesy of Bamboo Bamboo, via Coastal Living
Also, make sure to check out
Marcie’s shop the next time you are in the Bahamas – Marcie Bond Resort Clothing. Whether you’re strolling sandy beaches or
concrete sidewalks, Marcie Bond has the perfect ensemble fit for any
Cay Shopping Centre, Lyford Cay 242/362-4844.