The August issue of Architectural Digest, featuring a jaw dropping Lyford Cay beach house decorated by Miles Redd, has me craving a trip to the Bahamas! So I decided to take a closer look at another breathtaking Lyford Cay beachfront residence, once owned by designer Laura Ashley. An oldie but a goodie, “Villa Contenta” was featured in the July 2011 issue of Veranda magazine. The 1960s home was restored from dilapidation and brought back to life by its current owners, and then decorated by Andrew Raquet.
The owners chipped away at layers of paint on the exterior to find the original color, a soft lime green that they matched and used to repaint the house.
I love these star fixtures by Charles Edwards.
The hand-painted canvas murals are splashed with sea views and palm trees, acknowledging their island local. The chairs are covered in Quadrille fabric from the Andrew Raquet Collection. The Swedish blue glass chandelier is antique.
The owners inherited a number of Laura Ashley’s furnishings, including a French card table with Italian chairs and a bust, all antiques now in the library. Also lending historical cachet are six framed maps by seventeenth-century cartographer Andreas Cellarius.
Banquette and sofa, Andrew Raquet Collection, in Alan Campbell linen. Chair, table and stools, Bamboo Bamboo. Art, Amos Ferguson.
“I had originally imagined an English sort of Bermuda house with acres of chintz,” the wife said to Veranda. “But Andrew has such a great sense of play between the formal and the informal. That’s what gives the house its energy.”
I am positively smitten with the tropically influenced Bahama-style of decorating. Another one of my all-time favorite “island glam” homes belongs to Marcie Bond, and is also located in Lyford Cay. Now that we live so close to the Bahamas, we hope to make many visits. And I dream of one day visiting the private Lyford Cay Club, which I will be blogging about soon!