“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!
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.Shell chandeliers are a beach cottage must! This one features an unexpected antiqued silver finish. The mounted game fish, a throwback to 1970s beach décor, adds whimsy to a more formal room.
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 around.
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. The scalloped canopy, made of weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric, was made by a local boat upholsterer.
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. The above bedroom’s canopy fabric, from China Seas 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.
This vintage nightstand is from Circa Who. Bedding is by Jonathan Adler.
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 coast-lover. Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Lyford Cay 242/362-4844.