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DESIGN AND DÉCOR IN YOUR LIFE

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s soon as we decided on the theme of this issue I was eager to start shooting and creating it. Long before I became involved, Living Barbados had always been known as a publication skewed heavily towards interior design, furnishings and décor. There is a great design scene in Barbados that is growing at a rapid rate. We are quickly becoming the design capital of the Caribbean due to the breath and quality of décor items we have available and also the array of talented interior designers and architects on island. Local design store Dwellings, has even recently launched its own line of fabulous outdoor furnishings – evidence that this industry is rolling full steam ahead!

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sharing the magazine with potential travellers to Barbados to entice them to experience our beautiful shores. We were excited to also interact with the diaspora, reminding them of how sweet this little rock still is, and that we were looking forward to welcoming them home next year as the island embarks on the We Gathering initiative. Look out for some unique events we have coming up. Keep checking our website LivingBarbados.com for more details. Thanks to all the décor and design professionals who shared their knowledge and time with us, as well as the property managers and owners who gave us access to private and delectable spaces around the island. Thank you readers as usual for your feedback each issue and for pushing us to be creative yet simple and relevant.

Design and décor are aspects that are greatly influenced by personal taste and aesthetics. We wanted to show you a few interpretations, while offering tips to achieve different styles from top experts, and items from our advertisers who by no coincidence, are the best retailers here!

I hope this issue inspires you to embrace and flaunt your style through design and décor and that you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.

I am proud to know our little magazine is growing. We welcome Desirée Phillip as our Editor and Keisha Branch our Operations Manager. We had a busy past six months during which time we increased the number of villa companies that distribute the magazine and coffee shops that carry them. We also played a part in the BTMI’s Barbados On The Water event held in Toronto. It was a privilege meeting and

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ON OUR COVER Shanel Ifil (Miss Universe Barbados 2019) basks in the sun at villa Elysium as she wears an outfit from Gatsby Boutiques.

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CONTENTS 02 WELCOME NOTE 10

BEHIND THE SCENES

12 CONTRIBUTORS

Departments 16

DON'T MISS Upcoming Events Calendar

18 LIVING The luxurious designs of Blue Lagoon villa

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CATCHING UP WITH Minister Santia Bradshaw

47 DRINKS The Bridgetown Sour

54 TRAVEL DIARY Explore Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia

60 ART SCENE Meet artist Wayne Branch

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BAJAN WORD A local word or phrase explained

94 GREAT FINDS Awesome items we know you will enjoy


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Features 26 FORM AND FUNCTION Designing your dream kitchen

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ART YOUR WAY Commissioning a piece of artwork with Jeena Chatrani

36 DESIGNING A LEGACY The history and vision of Realtors Limited

96 CHEF'S TABLE

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The Mews restaurant reinvented

The dynamic team at The Tides Restaurant

100 FRIENDS OF BARBADOS

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Event designer Craig Corrie shares some of his most memorable work experiences

DEFINING YOUR STYLE Using fabrics and décor in your space

Fabulous events around our island

106 FINAL THOUGHT

5 TIPS FOR DECORATING A RENTAL PROPERTY Let Interior Designer Maia Roffey show you how

Why Martin Reed made the island his home

102 OUT AND ABOUT

HISTORY, ART AND GREAT FOOD

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DESIGN IN FASHION Meet millner Candi Nicholls

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IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS Accessorising with the team at Walkers World

82 WELCOME TO ELYSIUM The latest fashion from Gatsbys Boutiques shot on location at the luxurious West Coast villa

Mini Concrete Succulent Planter (previous page) and Flora Fossil Coasters from STUFF by Kraig Yearwood


DAVE COX PUBLISHER dave@livingbarbados.com

DESIGN DIGITAL COCONUT INC. EDITOR DESIRÉE PHILLIP DIRECTOR OF SALES ANDREA LOWN OPERATIONS KEISHA BRANCH PHOTO- EDITOR DAC CALLENDER TRAVEL EDITOR DOUG WALLACE CONTRIBUTING WRITERS ANTHONY SHEPHERD, CRAIG CORRIE, FEMI MASCOLL, KELLY JOHNALLY, LEANNE TASHER, MARK CANON CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS DOMINIQUE BONNETT, KHALIL GOODMAN, NIGEL WALLACE, RASHEED BOODHOO DIGITAL RETOUCHING AARON JESSE ILLUSTRATIONS VALERIE HARBIG PUBLIC RELATIONS THREE PUBLICITY INTERNS KAYLA CROSSMAN, TANISHA STUART

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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s you turn the corners of these pages and immerse yourself in our year-end gift to you, you’ll undoubtedly be struck by the wondrous, luxurious world of design – whether it’s in homes, in creatively prepped cuisine or in the clothes and jewellery we choose to adorn our bodies. We’re excited to offer you a peek into some of the most spectacular interiors; give ideas on how to make your favourite room pop along with expert advice on making the most of your personal space, even on a smaller budget. We have also gone crazy and splashed some truly delightful designer apparel across the pages over which you could drool! We certainly did. Creating this issue in your hands was absolute fun. We always come away energised after a photo shoot with creatives of like mind and the photo session at Elysium a few Sunday mornings ago was spectacularly hot! The St. Peter residence lured us with it’s South Beach-like design, huge, comfy, outdoor couches, amazing view and **infinity pool! Even more appealing were the designs worn by equally stunning, great-to-work-with models Miss Universe Barbados, Shanel Ifill and Melanie Mark. They were every photographer, hairdresser, stylist and makeup artist’s dream. Our publisher Dave - who moonlights as a photographer - or a photographer who moonlights as a publisher - was in his element all of October, as he ran from appointment to appointment training his lens on various design themes for you, our readers. You’ll notice some of his work in the Walker’s World spread, of course the fashion shoot, at the home of the lovely Hon. Santia Bradshaw, Minister Of Education, with artist Wayne Bradshaw and more. Teamwork makes the best work and this was clearly evident throughout the planning stages of Living Barbados, November edition. It’s really rewarding when you love what you do and it shows in the work of every single contributor we handpicked for this edition! Couldn’t have asked for better. Want to see more behind-the-scenes images? Log onto our social media platforms for more. 10

OUR OTHER COVER OPTION Shanel basks in the sun at the Elysium villa wearing the Sentwali print from Paolita in strapless swimsuit and matching trousers.


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DOUG WALLACE

WRITER

“My favourite room in the house has to be my office, mostly because it is also my sanctuary, library, gym and yoga studio all rolled into one.” Veteran international travel writer and photographer Doug Wallace can be found beside buffet tables, on massage tables and table-hopping around the world. Visit TravelRight.Today to make every holiday minute count.

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KELLY JOHNALLY

WRITER

“My bedroom. I do almost everything there: it’s my writing space, gym, beauty parlour, tv room, reading nook and resting place.” Kelly is excited about the season she is in. She is a Business Development Manager by profession, a teacher by nature and a student at heart. She is mildly obsessed with the FIRE movement. 3

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LEANNE TASHER

WRITER

"Oh, that’s easy - my bedroom! It’s where I meditate everyday, dancercise and of course, unwind." Leanne Tasher is an aspiring entrepreneur, copywriter and artist who has devoted her life to realising her greatest passions: being a published author and retailer. In 2017, she won the inaugural Editor Emeritus Award for her performance as a junior reporter.

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CRAIG CORRIE

EVENT DESIGNER

“Without a doubt, my bedroom, for all the obvious reasons plus a couple more. I love sleeping and cuddling (not necessarily in that order) and my bedroom is where the magic happens." Craig Corrie is a 30-year veteran of the special events industry as well as co-founder and Managing Director of Events Unusual, one of Barbados’ longest running event companies.

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MARLON BREWSTER

STYLIST

“The kitchen. It’s where all the magic happens. It’s where we gather to connect over food, great conversation and spend quality time as a family. It is the heart of the home where you nourish your soul. Plus, I love to cook!” 6

Marlon is a multi-faceted creative: an artist; stylist; visual merchandiser; costume designer; decorator; event planner; gogo dancer and most recently, a baker.

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MAIA ROFFEY

INTERIOR DESIGNER

“My favourite room is my bathroom. It’s a lovely warm space to get ready in the mornings. I feel like the sun is shining even on the gloomiest of days.” 5

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Maia Roffey is an NCIDQ licensed Interior Designer based in Toronto. Her firm, Black Sheep Interior Design, specialises in high-end residential and boutique commercial projects internationally.


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Photo Used with kind permission of Sandy Lane Hotel Co. Limited


DECEMBER 1-29 Holders Organic Farmers’ Market & Country Lime 1 Run Barbados 1 Nudes Fantasy (Harbour Master) 7 Hennessy Artistry (Show) 8 Hennessy Artistry on the Beach 13-14 Rugby Barbados World 21 Limerz Cruise: Seventh Heaven 22 Mahalia’s Corner Christmas Edition 25 C’est La Vie: Rebirth 26 The Booze Cruise: Scrambled 26 Blended Brunch 31 Elevate Event’s Suit & Tie ‘Winterfell’

JANUARY We Gathering 2020 – All Year 1 Bliss Beach 1 Limerz Cruise: First Light 12 Charity Polo at Holders 14-19 Barbados Film Festival 17-23 Round Barbados Sailing Week TBD Naniki Barbados Music Festival

EVENTS CALENDAR

FEBRUARY 1-2 Girlfriends Expo & Arts Festival 15 Barbados Relay Fair 16-23 Holetown Festival 16-23 Battle of the Sexes: Polo Event 28-1 March Agrofest

MARCH 1-8 Cheshire Polo Tour 7 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup 15 Heart & Stroke Foundation Polo Event 18-31 Fine Art Exhibition: Through the Years with Wayne Branch

APRIL 1-5 Vujaday Music Festival 10-13 Oistins Festival 25-28 Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival 2020 TBD The Booze Cruise

MAY 9 Barbados Ninja Throwdown 17-26 Barbados Gospelfest 19-24 Barbados Celtic Festival 23-31 Barbados Restaurant Week 24 FLOW King of the Hill 29-31 SOL Rally Barbados

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DESIGNED FOR LUXURY YOUR VACATION AT BLUE LAGOON VILLA BY LEANNE TASHER

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n emblem of unmatched beauty graces the platinum coast – it is the exquisitely designed Blue Lagoon villa, located in the exclusive The Garden/Mount Standfast area, which brings unprecedented levels of architectural genius to the prestigious neighbourhood.

This property exemplifies a tasteful marriage of awe-inspiring design and ingenious functionality. Your first steps onto the cobblestone courtyard surrounded by lush foliage starts the experience. Set your body and mind to ‘relaxation mode’ as you venture towards the entrance, where large, teak, double doors open to a marble foyer. Once inside, you are instantly engrossed by pristine views of the azure coastline. If you can resist its hypnotic allure, you would notice design features within the foyer like the elegant gallery staircase and the stunning set of cascading stainless steel and glass chandeliers above. The open floor plan allows you to survey the expansive space with a sweeping glance. To the north is a lounge with four plush sofas forming a U-shape around two glass-top tables that rest on artsy tree-like stands. Designed spaciously for optimal comfort, the living area exhibits a commissioned 7 x 5 ft. ocean-themed oil painting by a Barbadian artist and a stunning driftwood art piece with LED lighting behind it, creations that are part of the property’s approximately USD$1.5 million worth of décor. Inhale the crisp saline-scented air as you step beyond floor-to-ceiling patio doors and onto the fulllength terrace. Now you have a closer view of the minimalist oblong plunge pool, perfect for playing water volleyball. Enjoy sun kisses while mingling on the terrace, perhaps with an icy rum punch from the fully stocked nearby wet bar. A few steps below the deck is a sandy bay, where a refreshing dip, relaxing beach walk, or snorkelling and paddle boarding adventures await. The features of the sea are brought indoors with intricate tropical décor, from the starfish and seashell prints on the throw pillows to coral reef-shaped napkin ties. Mellow coral and beachy hues burst about the formal dining table, which has seahorses engraved on its carved coral pedestals. Hanging resplendently is a chandelier with porcelain fish that move like windchimes. Amidst this charming décor, you can savour a self-prepared meal or be catered to by wait staff serving delectable dishes prepared by chefs, who work out of sight in a commercial-grade kitchen downstairs. The cantilever staircase in the entry foyer provides access to the upper and lower floors of this classical colonial-styled villa. Climb the curved stairway and discover the Starfish Suite, Palm Tree Suite, Coral Suite and Turtle Suite, which are ocean-facing bedrooms inspired by Caribbean living. These craftily curated spaces feel like a waking dream. To let natural light in, their west walls are fully glazed with patio doors that lead out onto terraces with sun loungers. The Coral Suite, a 1000 sq. ft. master bedroom, displays seabased pictures and a fish sculpture, which makes it appear as though fish are swimming across the wall.

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Retreat downstairs for an idyllic escape after a long day of outdoor activities! This level features a cellar bar, large format TV, jukebox, pool table, card table, cinema, spa, and gym. Movie time will be a treat thanks to the highresolution projection in the eight-seat theatre, which has dark aesthetic and chocolate brown acoustic panels, setting the perfect mood. There are two rows of four reclining leather seats with drink holders and foot rests that extend and recede electrically. When you are ready to burn calories, visit the dedicated gym which has commercial quality weight machines, running machines, cross trainer machine, and a floor mat area for pilates or yoga. Watch your favourite workout videos on the full size 70" TV screen or switch the scenery; have a yoga coach instruct you on the pool deck as you watch the sun rise and listen to the waves lapping onto the shore. Step over to the Coach House next to the main villa for added privacy. The Shell Suite on the upper floor is especially attractive if you are travelling with young children, who may desire undisturbed daytime naps. This family suite has a crib, change table, en-suite bar, living space and a bathroom, while the staff quarters are on the lower level. For instance, a nanny or babysitter can lodge in the duplex apartment which has a small living area, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom. You set the pace and mood of your stay at Blue Lagoon villa, and technology makes it easy to do just that. With the multi-room Sonos system, you can play your favourite music anywhere throughout the house. This is controlled from your device or the villa’s iPad. Create ambience with dimmer lights that go from no light to soft light and brighter light – it’s all up to you! As for security, the property has strategically positioned cameras monitoring perimeter walls without encroaching on your privacy. If you are craving a next-level luxury holiday experience, try unraveling the many layers of beauty at Blue Lagoon.

Rental enquiries contact: 246 622 4466

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Celebrations

Introducing our local and international events.

Join us for a celebration of island life and experience leading brands in amazing settings around the world.

Barbados . London . New York . Toronto Check out our events calendar at LivingBarbados.com/events


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FORM & FUNCTION

DESIGNING YOUR DREAM KITCHEN BY KELLY JOHNALLY

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s properties trend towards open floor plans, kitchens are forming part of our main living spaces where aesthetics matter as much as function.

Home life converges around the kitchen so it’s no surprise that we require more from this space. Global statistics suggest as many as 400 hours per year are spent in the kitchen, but for us in the Caribbean, with our social spirit and love for food, we wouldn’t be surprised if we spent double that. As kitchens get their fair share of ‘use and abuse’, thoughtful design and quality cabinetry and appliances are a must for this “workhorse.” Planning your kitchen renovation is important, especially if you are living in the home during the renovation. Marketing and Sales Manager, Amber Clarke of Dillon Amber Dane understands that no two projects are the same and suggests you start thinking about your project eight months before the desired completion date. If time doesn’t allow to complete a renovation properly, don’t rush into it as this will compromise the process. “Give yourself time to imagine, gather inspiration and think about the ways you would like your kitchen to support your lifestyle,” she advises, adding, “your kitchen is a long-term investment so take some time to research vendors, appliances and ask for references. Unlike cosmetic décor updates, this renovation has several facets which are not limited to cabinetry, appliances and countertops. Other areas to consider are things such as, structural work, removal and/or addition of walls, flooring, lighting, ceiling and most importantly, the correct location/relocation and installation of all new and existing water, gas and electrical services.“

With over 15 years expertise Dillon Amber Dane provides the construction and design expertise you need for your kitchen renovation. Known for their Scavolini line and SMEG appliances, they are experienced in working with a wide range of materials, finishes, budgets, timelines and industry partners. “We like a challenge and have a high record of client satisfaction. Best practice in design is 'form follows function' but experience has taught us, it is not always possible with every renovation. Our aim is synergy.”

"TODAY WE REQUIRE MORE FROM OUR KITCHENS. FUNCTION IS EXPECTED, DESIGN IS REQUIRED. MARRYING THE TWO SEAMLESSLY, IS DILLON AMBER DANE." Like their clients, this team enjoys the creative process and will work closely with you at each stage. “A kitchen redesign is an ongoing process that involves a series of one-on-one consultations where we learn about you, your home, lifestyle and vision for your kitchen. As we build our relationship, we’ll discuss layout, design, functionality and appliances. We work closely with you to evaluate your existing layout and structure so you can properly consider any structural changes that will need to happen to support your design objectives. In the end you will have a beautiful, durable, practical and cohesive kitchen that works for your space, lifestyle and budget.”

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Once you’ve agreed on the design and layout, the next step is ordering your cabinetry, fixtures and fittings. While your kitchen is being fabricated, Dillon Amber Dane will prepare your space for it. This may include tiling, ensuring all service points are in their correct positions, plastering and painting of walls and ceilings. After that has been completed and the cabinetry is ready, it’s time to install. This is where the transformation takes place. Thinking about a kitchen renovation or maybe something more? Visit Dillon Amber Dane’s centrally located showroom in the Kensington Mall Complex, Fontabelle; just on the outskirts of Bridgetown. There you will find modern home furnishings, the Scavolini kitchen gallery and a full range of SMEG kitchen appliances. Their residential division’s unique style is reflected through a handful of carefully chosen furniture brands which cater to private homes, villas and the hospitality market. As a client you will be spoilt with quality and choice. Their complementary design services are the perfect medium for discussing your vision for your home. It’s time to give them a call.

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Massy Complex Fontabelle, St. Michael, Barbados BB11149 (By the new Kensington Mall) T: 246.436.4836 www.dillonamberdane.com


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ART YOUR WAY How to Commission a Painting with Jeena Chatrani BY MARK CANON

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rt in a room creates mood, starts a conversation, fills negative space, tells about your loves and speaks to your personal style. It is often very difficult to find that right piece in the right size that suits your palette, for your space. To solve this problem why not commission a piece to your specifications? Let us walk you through the process. Meet artist Jeena Chatrani who has been painting since she was 12 years old and much of her work is based on her love of the ocean. She considers herself an environmentalist and much of her subject matter is endangered animals. Jeena even donates 10% of the proceeds from sales of her turtle paintings to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. She studied at the University of Toronto where she gained a degree with distinction in architecture and art history. Her work is now prevalent in several hotels, villas and private homes here and abroad. As part of the process of commissioning a piece of artwork, it is recommended whenever possible, to meet the artist. And Jeena loves to let people into her studio. “Art is a personal purchase so I like them to meet me to feel comfortable that I am the one to create this piece for them,” she says. If you like her artistic style, the process of purchasing her work starts with deciding on the size of artwork you desire. Ask yourself, how big is the space you want to fill? Will a horizontal, vertical or square piece work best? Do you have enough space for a diptych (one image split across two canvasses) or triptych (three canvasses of a continuous or complementary work)? Finally when deciding on a size, it’s important to note that size determines the cost of the piece, so set a budget. Then look at the subject matter for the piece you need. One of her signature turtle pieces could be lovely for your space, or you may select something from her flying fish series. Whichever theme or design you are drawn to, consider whether the vibrant blues of the water are perfect for your space and whether they would blend well with the other items in the room, like the furnishings and décor. A painting of a giant sized tiger or lion may blend well with some of the animal prints on the throw pillows and your coffee table rug. Or if flowers are your thing, then a hibiscus or orchid can tie in with the floral print in your drapes quite well. Next you’ll need to decide on the colour tones in your painting. To do this you can send paint swatches or fabric samples to her; this way you are guaranteed to get the right tones to complement or spark drama to a room with the right hints of colour. Finally you can personalise your piece. Jeena says several clients now like to request small customisations for their paintings - like hiding their initials on the fins of the turtle or a special word merged in the ripples of the ocean. Another suggestion is that she can, for example, paint four baby turtles to represent your four children, or two larger flying fish and a smaller one to represent your family. It’s a meaningful, memorable way to add a personal touch to the artwork. After you have gone through these steps your painting will begin to take shape. You will receive a digital sketch and it’s at this time that you and Jeena can discuss any tweaks you need done. A 50% deposit is then made and the balance paid on receipt of your final artwork. Depending on the subject matter, your piece may take a few days to a few weeks before completion. The final painting is a piece that will fit seamlessly in your space just like it was specially made for it. LIVING BARBADOS

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For those achieving goals Property: Elysium

Your best holiday begins with a home that inspires you. A true “getaway of a lifetime.� This property boasts a stunning design and modern furniture with contemporary local art adorning the walls. This 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, modern home just might be the perfect muse. The best way to appreciate the outdoor terrace complete with a large infinity-edge pool and uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea is on a private tour, which can be arranged by contacting us at rentals@barbadossothebysrealty.com or 1.246.432.5050.

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DESIGNING A LEGACY The Rich History & Premium Service of Realtors Limited BY LEANNE TASHER

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ehind Realtors Limited’s extensive hold in Barbados real estate,lies a fascinating legacy of two stalwarts with a dream. That dream is still alive today and reverberates through the company’s slogan “Our family, serving your family since 1952”. We pay a visit to the highly revered family-run company in Holetown, St James, where marketing manager Simon Parravicino speaks fondly about their heritage and the company that was started in 1952 by his grandparents, Nick and Sheila Parravicino. “Many generations have worked here,” he explains. “My father Michael ran the company before his passing. My cousin Bruce, the eldest of Nick’s grandsons was the general manager for a period. Christopher Parravicino, Nick’s nephew, is now the general manager. My brother Gavin worked in the reservations department. The only one who didn’t come into the company was the fourth grandson, Sean.” Though Realtors Limited began as a small operation, Nick’s drive, keenness and personable nature helped him forge relationships with prospective homebuyers, some of whom he met through his father Umberto’s taxi and island tour business, Johnsons Stables. His insight was always valued by key industry players.

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“SOME OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM, OR ON OCCASION ALL, VISIT GUESTS IN THE HOUSES TO SEE IF THEY’RE ENJOYING THEIR STAY."

“Even if he didn’t do the work for you, you wanted to get his opinion,” Simon says, explaining that Nick was heavily invested in his trade. “If a property was being built, he wouldn’t drive by; he would stop and ask who the owner was, who was building it and get introductions - he kept himself involved in that way.” At Realtors’ start the villa rental market was nonexistent, but later developed as properties were built or sold, segueing naturally into villa management and rentals. Now their full service company includes property development and concierge services. Whether clients are vacationing on island, in search of a new home or in need of property management, the tenacious team of 26 employees work together to ensure clients’ satisfaction, each and every time. In fact, their friendliness and integrity are core values that have filtered down from Nick. Longstanding staff member Allison Gill, who is the Vacation Rentals Manager, believes their accessibility is part of the secret to the company’s longevity. “Some of the management team, or on occasion all, visit guests in the houses to see if they’re enjoying their stay. We are smaller than some of the other companies, allowing us to be more dynamic in dealing with issues or if something happens in a house that needs attention. We will speak to the client and have it resolved. Our willingness to work with everyone to reach a solution acceptable to all, and the integrity that is a cornerstone of the company, are our strong points,” she says. Realtors Limited has a diverse inventory – from luxurious five-bedroom beachfronts to one-bedroom self-catering apartments and gorgeous lots for future development. Their service plays an indelible role in the design and management of luxury accommodation. For instance, they oversee several properties in Royal Westmoreland and have always had the largest portfolio within the Sandy Lane Estate. Galena, one of the first houses to be built in Sandy Lane, is still managed today by the company, 30 plus years later. Galena's landscaped gardens and picturesque ocean views elicit a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The single-storey property was built in the 60s and maintains timeless, traditional décor. Also located on the top ridge of the Sandy Lane Estate is Point of View with its blend of traditional and contemporary design. Its panoramic ocean views from many vantage points, are enough to induce nirvana. Realtors Limited has managed this stunning five-bedroom villa for almost two decades!

To read our full feature on Point of View villa visit LivingBarbados.com/point-of-view-villa

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"OUR FAMILY SERVING YOUR FAMILY SINCE 1952."

The company’s versatile offerings also include project management, as was the case with The Condominiums at Palm Beach development on the south coast. The complex, which was opened in 2008 has 59 units made up of two and three-bedroom condominiums, all with ocean views. Another great feature of this development is the inclusion of a large green space, including mature mahogany trees. Realtors Limited oversaw that project from its inception to construction, sale and hand-over to the Proprietors Unit Plan. After 67 years of dependable service, Realtors Limited has become part of many families’ holiday tradition. Their attentive and specially tailored service converts first-timers into loyal, repeat clients, whose testimonies and referrals make them conduits to new international clients! For Realtors Limited, a client is more than a name in their computer files or a signature on a deed; they are at the centre of its operations and are valued for a lifetime.

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MINISTER SANTIA BRADSHAW From Pink to Red BY DESIRÉE PHILLIP

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he energy that radiated from her during the photo shoot was contagious and we couldn’t resist being inspired by yet another woman who has simply refused to let a breast cancer diagnosis define her, or deny her an extraordinary life. She’s just as busy, focused and determined and in fact we had to play catch-me-if-you-can for several days with Minister Santia Bradshaw, as we tried to secure a sit down with her. In the end, she graciously agreed to answer a few questions for you, our readers.

LB- Your journey into politics - from the law courts to the house of assembly - isn’t unlike most of your parliamentary colleagues’ and is certainly a path taken by many who went before you. But we still want to hear how easy or challenging the transition has been for you and what changes or adjustments have you had to make, personally and professionally, to go from attorney to Minister. SB- I would say that preparation for the transition from being an attorney to a Minister started in 2010 when I was appointed to serve as an Opposition Senator along with Kerrie Symmonds, current Minister of Tourism. Being one of only two Opposition Senators at the time, it meant that I had to be well-read and prepared at all times for debate on a range of matters. I learned to think quickly on my feet and it provided an opportunity in a less adversarial atmosphere than the House of Assembly, for me to mature as a politician. By the time I was elected to the House of Assembly in 2013, I was familiar with the procedures of debate in Parliament and had already shadowed several areas of Government. My appointment as Leader of Opposition Business also brought with it additional responsibilities and this too helped to prepare me for my current role as Leader of Government Business. I would say the major transition has perhaps been moreso from Opposition MP to Minister. I moved from an office with a legal secretary and a mediumsized client base to having oversight for a large Ministry, educators, ancillary staff and students. Having a knowledge of the law has been useful because it has helped me to deal with matters clinically and to insist on clear procedures being developed and followed in the Ministry. Politics can consume you if you are not careful especially when you love people and are genuinely interested in making a difference. I understood the importance of setting aside family time from an early age because I saw how much time it took my dad away from the household to deal with the constituency and wider political matters. I have been fortunate that my family is very involved and supportive of my political career so that has helped considerably to strike the right balance between service and responsibilities to family. Social media has changed the pace of communication. People have access to you via email, social media sites and they expect almost immediate responses. I have had to work on improving the systems of communication around me so I can be more responsive to not only matters related to education but also in the constituency.

LB- What are a few of the goals you’ve set as Minister of Education, Technology and Vocational Training? SB- Institutional strengthening and re-organisation of the Ministry of Education to make it more relevant to the needs of a modern Barbados by 2020; providing greater access for students to new and emerging technologies; upgrade of school plants each year; establishing a preventative maintenance programme for the school plants; expansion of technical and vocational training; inclusive Education Policy 2020; a new Education Act by 2021; replacing the common entrance examination with a more equitable system; transitioning schools to centres of excellence; expansion of continuing professional development training for teachers, principals and ancillary staff; revision of the national curriculum; expansion of the curriculum to include more technical and vocational skills; special needs training for all teachers; formation of a strategic partnership with private sector entities to assist Government to improve the school plants; establishment of a Teacher’s Council.

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LB- Is there one aspect of your ministerial portfolio that is extremely dear to your heart? SB- I’m passionate about ensuring success for all students of all abilities. There is enough evidence that exists to show that all children have the capacity to learn, but we have to modify the way we deliver instruction in order to accommodate them.

LB- You’ve been refreshingly open about your breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent and ongoing treatment. Was that a tough decision to make; to allow your personal life to become so public and why was it important to you, to invite the people of Barbados to have a peek into this aspect of your life? SB- I had only been in office three months when I announced my diagnosis to the country. I had been part of a team that ran a campaign about openness, transparency and accountability in public life. I believe in those principles so it wasn’t difficult to make the decision to go public with my diagnosis. In fact, I knew from the moment I received the news that it was the right thing to do. Growing up in a political household, everything you do is public. Going public actually took away the unnecessary stress some people feel because they believe they must hide their health challenges. Being open empowered me and helped me to focus on healing rather than the condition or even treatment. I was determined that cancer would not take control of me but rather I would take control of cancer.

LB- It seems we have always known you with your top bun of locs – they were somewhat synonymous with the name Santia Bradshaw. How easy was it to make the decision to bid them farewell? SB- I had locs for 25 years. It was a personal choice I made while I was doing my law degree and by the time I had completed law in England my hair was fully grown in that style. I returned to Barbados and became the first attorney to be called to the Bar with locs and the first to serve in both Houses of Parliament. People knew me for having a bun of locs but they also knew of me as a change agent as well. My hair did not define me. Once my doctors advised that the medication would cause my hair to fall out I decided to take control before it happened.

LB- How are you feeling now? SB- It has been a challenging year but I’ve successfully completed my treatment and I’m doing exceptionally well. I have had tremendous support from my colleagues, in the Ministry and the various stakeholders, family, friends, constituents and even from people I didn’t know before. People of all denominations, from every social class and political affiliation reached out to me to offer support and encouragement. I‘m really energised and looking forward to continuing to make a difference. I decided during treatment that once I was feeling better I was going to promote early detection not just for breast cancer but generally. I know that by sharing my story I saved a few lives and I know there is a lot more that I am capable of doing to create more awareness as a public figure.

LB- What would you like people to remember you most for? SB- It may sound strange but I find myself thinking about this when I attend funerals and wondering what will be said in the tribute at my funeral. There have been times when I attend funerals and no one has anything to say about the person at all, and then I attend funerals and I’m overwhelmed by the stories people tell about how someone made an impact on their lives. I want to be that person who is remembered for making an impact on people’s lives, whether by virtue of something I said or did, a charitable act or donation, or through my involvement at the political level in being part of the social and economic transformation of Barbados. I strive to live my life with purpose and to make an impact. 44


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HISTORY, ART & GREAT FOOD The Mews Restaurant Reinvented BY FEMI MASCOLL

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ibrant art set against subtle tones of soft blues and inviting greys combine to create the perfect ambiance while dining at The Mews restaurant.

Chris Hoad, owner and managing director of the Holetown eatery, has a vision to continually highlight the remarkable talent of the artists and creative minds which his country has produced. One way this is done is through the presentation of local artwork which tastefully adorns the walls of the restaurant. While Chris does not consider himself to be an art aficionado, he does know that the art has to fit the atmosphere of the restaurant. The pieces on display tell stories that warmly embrace, while humbly emphasising Barbadian culture. Chris notes that art is such an admired feature of the restaurant that much effort goes into the rotation of the pieces. “They change the art quite regularly so that there are fresh conversation pieces for people to look at while they are here, especially the regulars,” he explains, during a conversation an early October evening with us. The depth and character of The Mews are by no means limited to its art selection. The building, originally constructed in 1931, is a true historical masterpiece. The walls which enclose the culinary gem, tell a story of a Barbados of decades ago. With such an interesting background, the visual representation of the restaurant is carefully crafted to ensure that it stays true to its name. In places such as London, mews houses refer to simple yet beautiful quarters which are situated close to or behind more extravagant homes. In fact, Hoad lovingly refers to the restaurant as “a charming old house.” A quick tour will reveal the designers’ commitment to the homestyle, yet elegant feel of the space. In the same way that each part of our home reflects a different mood or purpose, so too do the dining areas of The Mews. Diners may choose from the cozy balcony which overlooks the famous Second Street or they may opt instead for the lively atmosphere of the bar which greets visitors on their arrival. Within each room, there are variations to the furniture, mainly in the choice of dining chairs. Of this, Chris notes, “The style of in here was always like a home ... in our houses, we have different rooms. So, different styles of furniture fit better in different rooms.”

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"...OUR EMPHASIS IS ON AS LOCAL, AS ORGANIC AND AS FARM-FRESH AS POSSIBLE.” The Mews has been successfully satisfying the palettes of both visitors and locals alike for over two decades. During this time, several changes have been made as it remains a step ahead in terms of class, charm and modernity. “We’ve gone through a bit of changes over the years,” the owner says on reflection. One such difference is that from open-air dining to a now semi-enclosed space. While dinner in the open may sound amazing to some, the restaurant’s management noted that this left too much up to chance as it relates to surrounding noise, potential odours and our Caribbean heat. The newly renovated dining areas definitely provide a relaxed and charming space to enjoy one of The Mews’ highly reviewed meals. The creation of the perfect atmosphere is wonderfully complemented by the superb dishes which have become synonymous with the restaurant. Head chef, Anife Best, along with the management team, agreed that the menu be revamped to highlight the commitment to local businesses while also providing tasty options for those who are health-conscious amongst us. For this reason, there is the farm-to-table initiative of which the staff of The Mews is very passionate. “I believe in sustainability,” Hoad says, adding, “when our chef Anife joined our team four years ago, he had a similar vision to mine. We didn’t necessarily want to switch up the style of cuisine which The Mews is known for, which has always been a Euro-Caribbean fusion, so we said that we would look at maintaining the style but our emphasis is on as local, as organic and as farm-fresh as possible.” So, whether it be a quiet anniversary dinner, a small reception, or just drinks at the bar, The Mews is a diner’s dream. Warm, welcoming décor, plenty of local art and, of course, fresh, wholesome cuisine make it one of the best culinary stop on the West coast!


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Whitsunday Best Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands deliver pockets of pure opulence and camera-ready topography in Queensland, Australia. BY DOUG WALLACE


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"A FISH MONGER IN THE MARINA DELIVERS THE FRESHEST SEAFOOD RIGHT TO YOUR DOORSTEP."

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he first thing you notice after hopping off your flight onto Hamilton Island are the immaculate golf carts - dozens of them waiting to whisk you to your villa. The second thing is the cockatoos, winging their way onto your balcony railing to welcome you to your new favourite place in the world. The hub of the Whitsunday Islands archipelago, Hamilton Island, is a luxury retreat off the coast of Queensland, Australia, rife with posh pampering, exclusive boating, fine dining and full-on Great Barrier Reef adventure. The island runs like one big happy town, the marina its high street, ringed with the basics: post office, general store, pharmacy, liquor mart, novelty shops and galleries, and quite a number of specialty restaurants. Luxury condos - big and small - are self-catered with all the comforts of home. Visitors pre-order supplies in advance from a grocer in the mainland port of Airlie, which are then picked up after check-in. A fish monger in the marina delivers the freshest seafood right to your doorstep. And then you’re set, with the golf cart as your wheels for the week, to get you to and from the island’s pools and beaches, attractions and distractions, marina and yacht club. There’s even a small zoo, where you can commune face-to-face with kangaroos, koalas and wallabies. Hopping on and off boats is the order of the day here. Guests can take in a wide cross-section of marine activities - everything from a romantic tall-ship cruise to a sporty yacht adventure. You can even explore the region by raft or jet ski, or sail around all 74 Whitsunday

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islands if you like, skippering yourself or chartering a crew. Or how about soaring over Heart Reef by seaplane or helicopter and picnicking on a private beach? You can also explore the Ngaro Sea Trail and stop in at the historic aboriginal caves at Nara Inlet. The choices are plentiful and the vibe is easy: the only thing you have to hurry up and do here is relax. A trip to the Great Barrier Reef is a no-brainer; you didn’t come all this way not to experience it up close. Cruise Whitsundays tour company takes guests to Reefworld, their now refurbished pontoon platform stationed at Hardy Reef, where you can snorkel or scuba dive with up to 1,500 species of fish around 400 types of coral. You can even spend the night on the pontoon with the company’s Reefsleep option. Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a breathtaking and humbling experience. You feel privileged to be here, with so much to see per square metre. White, red and green feather sea stars light up the ocean floor. A crown-of-thorns starfish looks like a fir tree. Sea cucumbers resemble big, fat worms. Mangrove jacks hide in their shells, while bumphead parrotfish do everything but bump heads. Sergeant fish are everywhere, supervising. Giant schools of yellowtail fusilier are a cascade of beauty. The turtles and stingrays you may spot are always an added bonus. Here at the reef’s south end, the giant clams, which you’ll see plenty of, are a good sign of a healthy reef. Things get big out here because they’re well protected, including three-metre-long George the Giant Queensland Grouper, who has been living under Reefworld since the


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early 1990s. He keeps pretty much to himself, sometimes scaring the wits out of night divers, turning up at their shoulders after being drawn to their lights. All the better to find his dinner, it seems. An afternoon on the fine white silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island proper is time well spent. This seven-kilometre strip of sand consistently makes the world’s top-10 lists. There’s not much to do here except soak up the view, float in the surf and read a book, but it’s so achingly beautiful that you will not be the first person to think you’re living in a TV commercial. The sand is so fine, it feels like you’re walking on cornstarch, making a squeaking sound when you drag your heels. The sand comes courtesy of an ancient underwater volcano, around which two tectonic plates are grinding together, creating new silica that sifts to the surface. Meanwhile, back on Hamilton Island, if you can’t justify spending all of your time swinging in a hammock, take a hike: the views from the trails are superb. The Passage Peak hike in particular offers 20 kilometres of trail, with a guided audio tour you can listen to via app. And when you’re done with the beach, the marina and the exercise, you can simply sit on your balcony and drink it all in. Your cockatoos will always be up for the company. When You Go Although you can fly to Airlie Beach on the mainland and take a ferry, the best route to Hamilton Island is to fly into its tiny airport directly. Qantas Airways or Virgin Australia can get you there and back from Sydney. The best time to go is October through May, keeping in mind that December and January can get very busy. June to September is a great time for sailing and whale-watching. Visit HamiltonIsland.com.au, TourismWhitsundays.com.au and CruiseWhitsundays.com.au for more details.

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rt, like design is a personal and subjective form of expression. “How would you describe your artistic style in one word?”, I ask. It is a warm Sunday morning and I am sitting with artist Wayne Branch talking about his work, path and future.

Wayne was born and raised in rural Barbados in St. Elizabeth Village nestled in the parish of St. Joseph, a district tailor-made for the creatively inclined. A fact succinctly supported by his early works which featured verdant, light-filled landscapes, oftentimes imbued with country life.

Initially self-taught, he later studied at the internationally respected Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Yale University Graduate School of Fine Arts. Some of his earliest influences were artists Fielding Babb, Keith Blackette and he recalls the art movement that met each Saturday in Queen’s Park. His is a career checkered with awards and prizes for his paintings, many of which are to be found in both private and public collections locally, regionally and internationally. A few notable inclusions where his work is gazed upon are the Barbados Museum, the Barbados Gallery of Art Collection and the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum.

“From the beginning I was drawn to light,” he continues, “I would wake up early in the morning and walk to Bathsheba to watch the sunrise. To see how the light appeared and changed in tonality and intensity. But also to see how it made me feel.” The interpretation of light to evoke feelings and emotions is a recurring theme in his work which is done with oils.

He has held many classes in painting, drawing and plein-air painting and is currently a tutor at Barbados Community College (BCC). “What is your favourite thing about teaching?”, he again offers what I have come to realise is his trademark smile as he shifts his position in the chair. “For me it is being able to share knowledge. Helping others find a path in their development and watching their improvement. That is rewarding.”

Art is created from experiences, emotions and observations and this is evident throughout his work. As we chat, my eye keeps straying to a piece in the corner of the room, of a man walking through Welchman Hall Gully. There is something very familiar and nostalgic about this painting and his work in general. I feel like I had walked that path before; like I had contorted my body to slide under overhanging banana leaves. I feel like I had walked through the beams of light piercing through the canopy. This, is the power of his work.

With the work he is doing at the BCC I am curious about what he thinks is art’s role in our society and the state of the art scene on the island. “We are a creative society by nature through our experiences, and the catalyst for development in society. But collectively the scene is not as vibrant and focused as it ought to be.” He feels there is insufficient interest in art as it isn’t promoted enough as a viable profession. Wayne believes there needs to be a greater marketing effort from institutions and the government to the true value of the arts and the artisans

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here. “There needs to be a creative consciousness in society,” he states as an intensity in his voice appears to replace the softer, earlier tone. It is obvious this is something he is very passionate about. “We need a collective interest in art and this has to come through education.” His current work features ‘Old Barbados’ looking at the unique characteristics that make us who we are. This collection looks at Barbados in the 18th and early 19th centuries to give some visual insight of Barbados of yesteryear. Over the last seven years Wayne has been painting Amerindian culture which was inspired by a visit to Guyana. What began as a confluence or random selection of different peoples, later became more of a focus on the influence of modernisation on the Lokono (Arawak) people, whose ancestors were considered the first inhabitants of this land. Finally in a response to our water scarce country of recent years, he has been inspired to seek out and document every natural water source that he can find. There is no denying the importance that water holds for our very survival, but it also has an alluring beauty that adds to the serenity surrounding the environment. For Wayne Branch being an artist is a continual process. “This is a journey and I am forever learning,” he proclaims, adding, “I am still trying to figure out the right brush strokes; I am still trying to find the right colours.” It is a privilege to be a part of his journey.

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arbados has many admirers. As a popular destination for discerning travellers and locals eager to capture their #ilivewhereyouvacation moment, it’s no surprise that the demand for holiday rentals has increased. Coupled with demand are guests’ expectations of comfort, convenience and a sense of luxury amidst the unexpected. Thriving in this bespoke accommodation sector requires more than form and function, it requires thoughtful design. Enter Maia Roffey, licensed interior designer behind Black Sheep Interior Design. With an eye for flair and function, Maia leverages her expertise in sourcing, construction and creating novel solutions to existing spaces which deliver value for money. Nowhere is this more critical than when designing a space for holiday rental. Here Maia shares insights on getting the most impact from your rental design with a peek inside a local project.


GIVE THEM WHAT THEY CAME FOR Guests who opt for a holiday home instead of a hotel want to enjoy the unique aspects of their chosen property and its environment. Be sure to create spaces which honour the location. This can be done through featuring works from local artists, using furniture whose style or materials are characteristic of the area, highlighting views with window treatments that draw the

eye out, or blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. “This covered dining deck, with a view to the ocean on one side and to the pool and pavilion on the other, fits the bill,” Maia says. “We made sure to add several levels of lighting and a fan to make this a great area to relax or entertain.”

MAXIMISE THE SPACE There is a rule of thumb when it comes to design: 'Heads in Beds equal Bums in Seats'. Rentals are popular with large groups, so design a space with maximum occupancy in mind. By doubling up on adultsized bunkbeds, Maia was able to comfortably sleep 10 people between three bedrooms and the custom living room pull-out. Light

colours on the walls and bedding lend a sense of space and airiness to what may feel like tight quarters when rooms are not very big. In the living room, the use of ottomans adds additional seating without visually taking up too much space. Between the couch, love seat, chair, poufs and two wicker chairs (not shown) everyone has a comfortable spot.

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ADD PERSONAL LUXURIES When choosing a rental as opposed to a hotel, guests are hoping to feel at home, even if just for a short stay. By giving each room art, toss pillows and a unique palette, guests can each embrace the experience

of a personal space. Other small details which make a big impact are candles, bathrobes, extra pillows and locally made toiletries in the bathrooms.

PREPARE FOR A LITTLE WEAR AND TEAR Over time items in your rental will need to be repaired or replaced. Maximise the time in between by investing in appliances, furniture and materials which have manufactures’ warranties or a proven record for durability. Choose materials suitable for the environment such as teak tables for outdoor dining and durable, waterproof fabrics for outdoor chair covers.

Slipcovers, like the one on the living room sofa, are great for extending the life of your sofa as they are easy to launder and switch out for a fresh look. Speaking of laundry and freshness, consider limiting your range of towels and linens to white or light, neutral colours. Whites and light colours send a message of cleanliness; additionally it makes laundering easy as everything can be washed together. It will also be easier to find new ones when it’s time to replace them.


SLEEK AND SIMPLE These are key design elements for kitchens and bathrooms. In the average kitchen, the focus would be on storage but for short-term rentals, simple is key. By not providing open shelving or nooks, the space feels clean and restful. Ample counters allow for prep and socialising while the cabinets below house the essentials. By eliminating upper cabinets, Maia gave the kitchen an open feeling which keeps the focus on the view. In the bathroom, every square foot counts. Washrooms are streamlined and functional, saving space for priority areas like the

shower and vanity. Bright, light, simple colours and neutral accessories keep things feeling open and clean. By incorporating glass display shelves, double towel bars and a vanity with a deep drawer, function marries design. Simplicity doesn’t mean sacrificing sophistication; in both the bathroom and kitchen the use of tiles of different sizes and finishes adds visual texture and interest, allowing each room to tell a subtle story of its own.

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houghts of home décor often start with a blank canvas and limitless budget. In reality, most of us create our living spaces with a mixture of pre-owned furniture, frugal finds, gifts and a few new pieces. Some of these pieces hold sentimental value while others exist purely for function.

With this eclectic collection of furniture and accessories, the task of creating a home which feels cohesive, functional and unique can feel intimidating. If you’re creating a home with a significant other, this may feel doubly so, as you attempt to merge different design styles and a whole lot of furniture. It can also be a lot of fun. Brand Director of Abed's, Nikita Abed shares ideas and techniques with us that will allow you to tell your unique story through affordable fabrics and décor items from their collections. Spoiler alert … it is easier than you think. FUNCTION FIRST Before you start decorating, consider the function of the furniture you own and their scale. Place the furniture in the room to get a sense of how all the pieces look together proportionally – aesthetics will be addressed later. With furniture in place, take stock of all your “soft surfaces”. In a living room these may include a sofa, side chairs, cushions, drapes, lamp shades, throws and ottomans. Cohesion and style will be introduced by refreshing these surfaces with fabrics and complementary accessories. FINDING INSPIRATION Magazines and Pinterest are great starting points for inspiration. As you save images, note the trends and similarities in what you find appealing about each space. This is a great activity to do with your partner when trying to pinpoint a style that reflects both of you. Your preferences will fall broadly into a design aesthetic: some of the more popular ones are Tropical, Bohemian, Coastal, Transitional, Minimalist, Eclectic, Contemporary and Glamourous. You don’t have to choose just one, but honing in on both your preferences will help us present home textiles and soft furnishing options to you, that will support the look you want to create. REFRESH WITH FABRIC The team at Abed’s believes that a beautiful, comfortable home should be accessible to everyone. Together they can help you create a space that is unique and cohesive, at a fraction of the cost of new items. Their home textiles are sourced from all across Europe and presented in collections which typically include a large pattern, a geometric and a smaller pattern. These take the guess work out of selecting coordinating fabrics and create a base for introducing other textiles to accentuate or contrast the ones you’ve chosen. By introducing new fabrics to the collection, you create visual interest and movement in your space. Opting to reupholster pieces not only saves money but it preserves tradition. As furniture is passed down through generations, beloved pieces can retain their pride of place amongst newer ones when refreshed in complementary fabrics. Customising with fabric also allows you to highlight your home’s architectural details. This lends a polished finish particularly to older and larger homes, where windows and doors are not standard sizes. With custom drapes you can have fun with mixing prints, volume, thickness and length, all of which draw the eye upward, while enhancing the dimension and layers of your room.

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"BY INTRODUCING NEW FABRICS TO THE COLLECTION, YOU CREATE VISUAL INTEREST AND MOVEMENT IN YOUR SPACE." TRENDS & TONES Nikita travels frequently to immerse herself in home and textile trends. Through working closely with suppliers, Abed’s develops quality prints and patterns that reflect the taste of their customers and trends in décor. One of these trends is the use of tone-on-tone colour. This technique takes a single or a few colours within a close range and uses different saturation and textures of that colour throughout the space. The result is a room that can be easily and dramatically transformed just by the lightening or darkening of that colour. This curated approach extends to Abed’s diverse array of soft furnishings. All the pieces are competitively priced and many of them are designed exclusively for the store. These accessories are conveniently displayed in collections which show at a glance how several pieces can work together, and separately. New inventory is introduced monthly and includes throw cushions, mirrors, throws, wall art, poufs, side tables, artificial flowers, bathroom accessories and decorative items. All soft furnishings come in a range of colours, textures and sizes while decorative items marry form and function in a range of finishes. For commercial clients or those with large residential projects, the company facilitates custom orders and bespoke prints. With such a wide selection of fabrics and accents, there is no limit to how you can beautify your space and recreate your world.

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DESIGN IN FASHION The Fascinators of CandiFab BY MARK CANON

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ne of the growing trends in fashion is designer headwear and in particular, fascinators. Once thought of to be solely for the upper class of European aristocracy, this decorative headwear has become commonplace for formal affairs, royal weddings and horse racing and polo events. In Barbados they have taken off. It is now the norm and even expected to be worn especially by the ‘who’s who’ at the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup races, and at the illustrious polo matches. Leading this style craze is fashion maven Candi Nicholls and her CandiFab brand. Her credits in the industry are extensive. Known across the Caribbean for anything to do with fashion, she has designed clothing, jewellery, costumes for Kadooment bands, created mosaics and was even a fashion model, and model agent. Recently she has been seen on episodes of Caribbean Next Top Model as a wardrobe stylist. CandiFab is a Bajan brand of headwear which specialises in bespoke fascinators. A self-taught milliner, she has merged her creativity with her eye for fashion. Her inspiration for the styles and shapes of her pieces comes from many sources. “It could be a leaf, a dress, a chair, a building, I am even inspired by people,” she says. The creative process starts with meeting and discussing the piece with her client. During these consults, she gets a sense of her client’s style although it is sometimes an exaggerated expression that is manifested in the colours, shapes and textures the owner prefers. From there she builds a concept for the piece and then sources the materials to construct her unique work of art. Candi uses fabric flowers, wooden sticks, feathers, wire - pretty much anything she thinks may work for the concept. Her work is architectural, textural and often dramatic. Recently she has shown her art at Barbados On The Water Festival held in Toronto; Colombiamoda (held in Medellin, Colombia) and was a guest of Raquel DuBoulay-Chastanet, wife of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and for whom she designed a piece for her Tea and Testimony event.

'...SHE BUILDS A CONCEPT FOR THE PIECE AND THEN SOURCES THE MATERIALS TO CONSTRUCT HER UNIQUE WORK OF ART.'

To own a piece of wearable art and designer headwear contact CandiFab.com, (246) 247-0233 or @CandiFab on Instagram.

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Accessorising Your Space BY KELLY JOHNALLY

We have a love affair with our homes. They adapt to meet our changing needs while remaining a haven for memories and experiences. Over time, these familiar spaces may feel mundane when our onceloved designs no longer offer function or inspiration. This is the perfect time for a visit to Walker’s World.

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arin Truedsson, Owner and Managing Director of Walker’s World brings her love of home décor to you with expert decorating advice. Here she shows us how accessories create a unique blend of luxury and cohesion in a recent villa collaboration with designer Kia Foster - Blades (GSA Barbados). With all successful design projects, inspiration starts with the client. Duck egg blue was a client favourite and their preference for their kitchen cabinets. Some may say this was a risky choice, but one which paid off, as the colour beautifully anchored the tone of the main living space. With this as the starting point Karin and her team created a primary colour palette of soft neutrals, duck egg blue, and a luxurious navy to ground and give the space presence. These colours promote calm, soothing moods, while speaking to the clean, modern feel of the space in its entirety. Throughout the main living area and master bedroom is the use of tone-on-tone colour - different shades of the same colour to create texture, visual interest and continuity. Using various shades of blue and grey in the drapery, accent pillows, bed throws, artwork and accent chairs, made this space calmly dynamic and cohesive. A great tool to use when pulling palettes together is the colour wheel. Most clients want to weave bold colour into their spaces, but they are very hesitant; let the colour wheel guide you. Karin chose bold, complementary colours in the guest rooms. Complementary colours are opposite each other on a colour wheel and their contrast will deliver that pop of colour you are looking for. Here the base of a neutral palette remains, however mustards and corals are introduced as our pops of colour. While each room has its own function and feel, the use of chrome, glass and mirrors throughout the home creates a sense

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of cohesion. Visually, these surfaces are considered neutrals which easily support any colour scheme and offer great utility over time. You will notice that many of these surfaces are either textured or fluid in shape, this adds movement while “softening” pieces. In choosing accessories, scale and dimension are often overlooked and sometimes need an expert eye. Karin explains, “When all your accessories are the same size, placed at the same level, they neutralise each other and compete to stand out. To prevent your space from looking flat, it is important to include pieces of varying heights such as floor lamps, plants, artwork, task lighting and window treatments. These pieces draw the eye upward and give your space elevation and dimension. By treating your ceiling like a fifth wall, a bold ceiling light, will anchor a room and give a sense of drama and sophistication.” In demonstrating how colours and texture influence the feel of a space, she shows us how a predominantly cool colour palette gives a room a sophisticated or minimal feel; by introducing texture you create depth and a bit of coziness. This was achieved with thick carpets, soft ottomans, throws and the layering of bedding. Natural fibres and material such as woods, plants, jute and linens quickly warm up a space while cushions made of different fabrics in similar colours or with subtle patterns create a warm, personalised effect. It’s time to talk about creating a space you will feel excited about! If you are ready to fall in love with your home again, bring your photos, fabric samples or something that inspires, to Walker’s World. Their consultations are free and can be made by appointment or by coming into their Millhouse location. The store is full of accessories which tell a unique story - your story. You will realise that luxury is accessible and quality accessories don’t have to be expensive. Additionally, they offer reupholstery, drapery and project management services, no matter the size of the space or job. They look forward to seeing you - you will be happy you came.


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CATSPRADDLE cat•sprad•dle- (v) to fall hard or dramatically. In a sentence:

Leroy didn’t notice that the water from the earlier rainfall had settled on the steps, so he slipped and catspraddled across the yard.

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Elysium

In Greek mythology there is a place at the end of the earth where only the most favoured heroes were conveyed by the gods after their death. It is a place of peace and of happiness. It is paradise.

Photographer Dave Cox Assistant Kraig Yearwood Hair Carlos Eversley Make Up Leah Gajadhar Stylist Marlon Brewster Clothes Gatsby Boutiques Jewellery Diamonds International Barbados at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre and Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown, Nikki Biedes (nikkibiedes.com) Models Melanie Mark, Shanel Ifill (Miss Universe Barbados 2019) Shot on location at the Elysium villa (elysiumbarbados.com) managed by Barbados Sotheby’s International Realty.


Above Shanel is wearing a fringed short caftan by TAJ. Eutropia earrings and bracelet from the Panemorfi Collection by Nikki Biedes.

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Above Flora Bella fringed wrap dress accompanied by the orchid clutch by Kent Stetson. Left Maria Sanz kimono in the izadora green leaves print. She wears the Athasia Necklace from Nikki Biedes.

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Above Blouse and pant matching ensemble from TAJ by Sabrina Crippa. Necklace and ring on left hand by John Hardy, earrings by Crown of Light Diamonds and ring on right hand by Crown Brilliant Collection. Right Paolita Coral Swimsuit draped with the Zahur Shirt. Straw tote with tassels by Flora Bella. Jewellery from the Crown Brilliant Collection by Diamonds International.


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Below Melanie is wearing a TAJ embroidered halter dress by Sabrina Crippa. Necklace and ring on left hand by John Hardy, ring on right by Crown Brilliant Collection and earrings by Crown of Light by Diamonds International. Right The Sentwali print from Paolita in matching strapless swimsuit and pant from TAJ by Sabrina Crippa. Jewellery by Nikki Biedes.


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Left Roidal 'Salad' dress accompanied by the Thalia necklace by Nikki Biedes. Above Melanie is wearing a black and white Gottex bustier swimsuit. Necklace and bracelet by John Hardy and ring by Crown of Light Diamonds (exclusively at Diamonds International).


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TASTEFUL BY DESIGN

Modern Décor & Cuisine at The Tides BY LEANNE TASHER

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he Tides Restaurant’s renowned status as a leader in fine dining attracts hundreds of guests, from Barbados and abroad, to its luxurious property on the West Coast. Patrons who filter through the entry foyer expect opulent décor, displays of colourful Caribbean artwork and of course, mouthwatering cuisine.

A calming ambience permeates the establishment that has been managed by married couple Guy and Tammie Beasley since 2000. Tammie, an avid art lover, is always brainstorming fresh, exciting ideas that add tremendous value to the service. Every meticulous detail in the restaurant is well thought out; from the way they garnish fresh seafood and flavourful West Indian dishes, design menu boards, and even present complimentary treats for patrons’ birthdays – it’s all done with a unique twist. Tides Restaurant, having been renovated in 2016, is more spacious and elegant. Since the setting has been opened up, it also offers optimal views of the main attraction – the sea! Michael Gomes Associates led the redesigning project that modernised the entire restaurant and Natalie Manning of Interiors by Natz’ provided fabrics, furniture and accessories. Coral stone walls and wooden shutters in the courtyard are two features that remain of Mannings Folly, a home built in 1945 upon which the restaurant expanded. And it’s hard to miss the wide sheets of frameless glass doors to the right of the courtyard upon arrival. These doors lead to the chic air-conditioned bar with reupholstered leather seating positioned around savvy mirrored tables, and two large stainless steel and crystal chandeliers. Open-air seating areas to the north and south are purposefully reclusive to offer a private lounging experience. The four main dining quarters each have brilliant sculpture-like chandeliers, which are impactful during the day and especially stunning when they light up on evenings. The new air-conditioned gazebo designed with floor-to-ceiling windows, an elevated platform and mirrors that reflect the sea, is a favourite amongst locals. This room is ideal for intimate, special events like weddings. The elevated gazebo, central lanai and treehouse pavilion are exquisitely designed dining spaces that can accommodate parties of various sizes. We can’t speak about creativity without honouring The Tides’ finest chefs. From the highly requested Thai Curry served in dried coconut shell to the hanging kebab presented with two sauces and a choice of risotto or salad, artistic flair is also exemplified by the Tides’ diverse dishes! Head Chef Stuart Fawcett has never cowered from pressure: under his leadership, he maintained the Michelin Star status of a 5-Star restaurant in London for several years. The Yorkshire, England native has brought this resilience to The Tides, a restaurant with impeccable standards. “I’ve been here for two years now and I’ve come to learn how to work with the local people, which at first I thought I wouldn’t be able to do because the kitchen back home is very regimented,” he says. Stuart, who envisioned his career at 13 years old, acquired French Classical training at Harrogate College and graduated in 1997. His motivation comes from working at “the number one restaurant in Barbados, which in my opinion we already are.” Roy Leon, a Sous Chef since 2005, has been a loyal member of The Tides team for 19 years. However, his history with chef/owner Guy is even more extensive. He explains, “when I first started working with Guy, it was for three years at Shack Shack, a restaurant he had before this one. I went to him and said I had no experience but was willing to learn. I was then trained on the job as a cook.” During this time, Roy returned to school and by April 2000, he proudly held a certificate in Principles of Cookery from the Barbados Community College Hospitality Institute. As Tammie puts it, “there’s a lot of love” at The Tides, a warm culture that evidently fosters creative expression. This type of environment, married with delightful food, is why the restaurant is cemented as a stalwart in the culinary scene of Barbados.

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MY NEW HOME Why Martin Reed Fell in Love BY NICOLE BAILEY

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ost tourists come to these magical shores and have the time of their lives. Some enjoy it so much they come again and again to soak up the sun, sea and our rich culture. Then there are some who make such a connection to this island that they decide to make it their home. Martin Reed is very much the latter.

Originally from Yorkshire, he is no stranger to Barbados. His parents have been coming here for 20 years and never stop talking about the island. Martin has only been coming here for a short while attracted by the Sir Garry Sobers golf tournament. Formerly the CEO of a global company employing 500 staff in the psychometric assessments industry predominantly used for pre-hire employment, Martin now has several business ventures on the go, three of which are here in Barbados. A self-proclaimed ‘workaholic’ he is now enjoying his semi-retirement and what better place in which to do that, than Barbados. “I remember coming here on a brief holiday a few years ago and I had such an amazing time with my family that I started to imagine what it would be like to spend more time here,” he recalls. A father to two girls, 24 and 22 and a son 19, Martin and his wife have homes in Marlow, Buckinghamshire; Auckland, New Zealand and St. Kitts and usually spend a few months a year on each property. However they now call Barbados their ‘home of homes’. For Martin and his family, what caught their attention, apart from the amazing weather, was the people. “Everyone is so relaxed here,” he marvels. “It still makes me smile when I am driving, and see people stop to let others out of side roads and then honk to show gratitude with a contagious smile. It is simple things like this sometimes that we take for granted as it is our way of life and how we interact with each other.” Last year after a discussion with his family, he started looking for a property here with the help of two agents one of which was from Terra Caribbean. “I saw 35 houses in two days,” he says laughing, as he remembers his search. Nothing really spoke to him until he found Bajan Heights (originally called Bougainvillea) in the illustrious Royal Westmoreland development. In addition to the stunning sea views, the five-bedroom property came with a mature large garden and cottage. It is perfect not only to entertain but to host friends and family when they visit the island - although he jokes his parents still like to stay at the Hilton Barbados when they’re here. He later purchased another villa in Gibbs, St. Peter which is beachfront. “I needed to be close to the sound of the ocean and the amazing sunsets,” he says explaining the additional villa purchase which he intends to develop. Although the children are in other parts of the world in school and working, they have all had a chance to visit and spend some time exploring the island. “I think I can now officially call myself a Bajan,” he says proudly. “I am very optimistic about the island and the direction under the new government.” Martin has already settled in and has a group of friends on island to share his time with. Although he expects to travel to his other properties, he has made this his home base. We end our interview rather abruptly as his alarm goes off on his smart phone to remind him of his tee time. He smiles and says, “It’s time for golf!”

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OUT AND ABOUT

WESTMORELAND 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Royal Westmoreland, the world-class golf, beach and spa estate located in St. James on the west coast of Barbados, welcomed the Honourable Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P, to officially open the resort’s latest $6.3m USD villa, at a reception event on August 30th. The luxury villa, named 20 Lancaster Drive, has been specially commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of the Royal Westmoreland development , home to over 250 beautiful villas.

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SOCA AT SUNSET CROP OVER 2019

Last July, Living Barbados Magazine hosted our first annual Crop Over party called Soca at Sunset at Blue Pineapple. Keeping the vibes pumping all day and night were DJ Chilli, DJ Levi Chin, King Bubba, Mara Rose and Vibe Nation. Look out for infomation and tickets for our Crop Over 2020 event coming soon at LivingBarbados.com!


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DWELLINGS LAUNCH PRIVATE LABEL OUTDOOR COLLECTION

This past October, Dwellings proudly launched its first ever private label outdoor collection which includes five different looks – Coast, Palladium, Bayside, Studio and Granada. This assortment offers customers a wide variety of choices in outdoor dining and seating to suit every style and budget. “Through direct sourcing, we are able to offer high-quality goods at excellent prices and customers are taking notice. They have been commenting on the great values all night!” said Creative Director, Gael Alluard. The event was well attended and customers browsed and chatted throughout the store while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the live performance by delightful songstress, Debbie Reifer.

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FINAL THOUGHT

ADVENTURES IN DESIGN BY CRAIG CORRIE

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f you were tasked with the responsibility of designing an entirely different world, one free from prejudice, global warming and politicians with really bad hair, where would you begin? If you’re a millennial I imagine your starting point would be an iMac or iPad, for the Generation Xers probably a laptop or PC and for the Baby Boomers a pencil and notepad. For me it would probably begin at the liquor cabinet, because that kind of responsibility would demand at least a couple stiff shots of tequila. Seriously though, designing a whole new world would be one heck of an exciting project and therein lies the beauty of design – the opportunity to view an existing challenge through a multitude of lenses and the ability to respond with a multitude of solutions. These have always been some of the most fascinating aspects of being a designer, regardless of whether you’re designing brochures, clothing, electronic devices or whole new worlds. The truth is that design impacts every aspect of our lives and influences most of our everyday decisions, but not every designer is ‘born’ into the world of design. When I left secondary school in 1985 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and design was nowhere on my radar. In fact, the only thing I knew that I definitely did NOT want to do was to go back to school.

unexpectedly over everyone’s heads from a crane almost 100 feet in the air; the team of drummers that we suspended over the swimming pool, living fountains, cirque performers and numerous other acts, combined with jaw-dropping décor that transported guests from Sin City to Never-Never Land. Of course we have had our fair share of celebrity weddings, like the big one we did back in 2004 where we weren’t told who the client was until the week of the wedding. Imagine being asked to design the ‘wedding of the year’ without ever having the opportunity to speak directly with the client. One thing we did know however was that we were going to be bidding against one of the UK’s top event companies, so we leveraged the advantage of local knowledge by incorporating a unique blend of local and international elements into our design. We subsequently ended up winning the contract to create the wedding for one of the world’s most famous golfers – Tiger Woods. It hasn’t been all fun and games though, there have also been the events that threw challenge after challenge our way and really tested our mettle. Like the welcome event we had prepared for 150 high-end clients on a secluded beach, only to have a gang of about 50 motorcyclists and truckloads of their friends roll in and set up camp right next to us less than an hour before the coaches with our guests were scheduled to arrive. Definitely a tequila moment.

"DESIGN IMPACTS EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES AND INFLUENCES MOST OF OUR EVERYDAY DECISIONS."

Somewhere along the way however, I fell into the world of events and eventually became acutely aware of the fact that I was now a designer, with the power to create fantastical settings that would in turn be responsible for imparting lasting memories and unforgettable experiences to hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of individuals.

What a wild ride it has been since that time. I will never forget one particular event that we did several years back where we had to transform a conference room into a gully, using truckloads of wood chips to cover the entire floor, thousands of faux vines suspended from the ceiling, two custom-built waterfalls (with flowing water) and hundreds of exotic plants. Talk about stress! Then there was the time we were given the task of converting the man-made island off Port St. Charles into a private island for a client’s birthday, complete with a 200-ft-long banner which ran the entire length of the causeway and greeted guests with a giant 'Welcome to Love Island' sign. The private parties definitely provided some of our best memories and there was one special party that we used to design for the same client every year, which (aside from affording us the opportunity to work alongside headline acts like Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams) allowed us to really stretch the boundaries of what was possible with both décor and entertainment. This included the aerial silk performer that we ‘flew’ in

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Or the farewell party that we had to relocate from a private villa just two hours before the start, because of heavy and persistent rain which had left the venue waterlogged. Fortunately we were able to find a beach bar that would accommodate us at the last minute so we packed the entire event into our trucks and ‘moved house’, completing setup just minutes before the first guests arrived. I will never forget following the caterer to the new venue, knowing that there were chickens cooking in the smoker that he was towing behind his truck. Oh, and then there was the time we were flown to Miami to assist with a party that Donald Trump was throwing at Mar-A-Lago (prior to his ascent to the loftiest of political heights), but that’s a whole other story. Truth be told, I wouldn’t trade what I do and the world of design for anything. For all of its stresses, frustrations and disappointments it has helped me to identify where my own passion and creativity lie, which is something that I was completely oblivious to for almost the first two decades of my life. Not to mention helping me find my soul mate with whom I have spent more than half of my life creating many of these designs and of course, enjoying the many and varied experiences they have provided. Wait, did I mention the tequila?


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Third floor, 3 bed furnished beachfront condo with en-suite bathrooms. Panoramic ocean view, communal pools, gym, 24 hr security and gated access, mature surrounding garden. Good investment popular for long/short term rentals.

This 6 bedroom home is on just under an acre on the Sandy Lane Estate. Four bedrooms in the main house with a 2 bedroom self-contained cottage and jacuzzi. TV room, games room, pool, access to the Property Owners beach facility.

Furnished 5 bedroom home set on 3 acres on the Polo Ridge at Holders with pool & tennis court. Open design to capture ocean views from several vantage points. Tranquil setting.

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Beautifully decorated beachfront 2 bedroom on the third floor with views of the gardens and pool. Enjoy Al Fresco dining & sunsets on the patio. Well equipped kitchen, gym and tennis court.

Luxury 5 bedroom villa on the top ridge of Sandy Lane, offering breathtaking views across the west coast from the pool, lanais, outdoor dining and some bedrooms. Pool, gazebo, beach facility and private staff.

Sale Price: US$4,975,000

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This 4 bedroom home in Royal Westmoreland features a private pool, large patio and resort amenities as well as beach club facilities at Mullins Bay. Great value!

Modern, eco-friendly 4 bedroom villa on Sandy Lane suitable for wheelchair access. Entire home on one level with ramp to access garden/lanai by the pool. Expansive garden, private staff.

Two-story 5 bedroom home on Sandy Lane, the living room opens onto the patio, pool and gazebo beyond creating great flow. Indoor & outdoor dining available, beautiful gardens and private staff make this a great choice for a family vacation.

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Features an open plan design which allows the kitchen, dining room and double reception area to flow seamlessly. The sun pours through the double height French doors that open onto the spacious balcony where there is covered seating.

Waterside 405 is a 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom, tastefully furnished apartment. The open plan living and dining flows perfectly to an outside patio overlooking the tranquil Caribbean Sea. This villa is the ideal home away from home.

The Estate is beautifully appointed with 2 spacious master suites both with private balconies overlooking the herb gardens. Features include a drawing and dining room overlooking the junior olympic size pool, adjacent to a gourmet kitchen.

Sale Price: US$800,000

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This elegant villa sits on three levels and has been recently renovated. The plot comprises of 6,426 sq. ft. and has been fully utilised with 2,821 sq. ft. of living space complimented with well manicured gardens.

Adjacent to the spectacular Mullins Bay on the West Coast of the island, this small gated development is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and offers 24-hour security. Amenities in nearby towns of Holetown and Speightstown.

Furnished with Caribbean flair, the open-plan layout is elegantly finished with hardwood doors and windows, and pickled pine cabinetry. The Italian kitchen has granite countertops and the luxurious bathrooms feature marble vanities.

Sale Price: US$695,000

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The Falls Townhouse 4 has been beautifully furnished with 3 en-suite bedrooms fitted with air conditioning and ceiling fans. The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with marble vanities and either baths or walk-in showers.

Five air-conditioned bedrooms - 2 main floor and 3 upper. Each spacious bedroom and adjoining en suite is elegantly appointed in a palette of island tones that complement the bedrooms' traditional colonial antique armoires.

Marine Villas in Sandy Lane the site previously known as The Coach House. Planning permission includes first-class apartment living just a beach ball’s throw from the turquoise waters and golden sands of the Sandy Lane and Paynes Bay beaches.

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Living Barbados Magazine Issue 5AD November 2019  

The special focus in this issue is Design and Decor. We showcase some of the leading retailers, interior designers and design trends. There...

Living Barbados Magazine Issue 5AD November 2019  

The special focus in this issue is Design and Decor. We showcase some of the leading retailers, interior designers and design trends. There...

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