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CONTENTS NOV 2013- MAR 2014 8

Some Of Our Contributors Others we have to thank are Mike Toy, Sofie Warren, Nicola Garcia, Curwin Cherubin and Dan Christaldi

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10 Beyond The Glitter and Shine The story of Crown of Light and Baby Haven 14

Out & About Two new stores we stumbled upon on our travels around Barbados

16 A New Take On A Classic Make The home on the corner lot of Cooper Hill,

Sandy Lane, veiled behind ornate iron gates and coral stone walls is as distinguished as it is subtly reserved. Welcome to Windward

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Luxury On The Sea Comfort and luxury away from the crowds. Seaduced is a flybridge inspired luxury Catamaran which was designed with a focus on exceptional service and entertaining

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The Wow Factor A penthouse at Villas On The Beach captures the essence of tropical living with the help of two designers from Coral Island Interiors

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44 Stylish Design Is Now Attainable Style to entertain with tips from Dwellings on how to create a guest friendly home

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Farm To Table Sarah Venable chats with Ian McNeel and Julie Hooper about the importance of ‘taking a bite’ out of the Slow Food movement in Barbados

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Creating A Home From Barbados Two years after launching, the Jenny Blanc showroom has firmly established itself as a destination venue for discerning customers

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66 Painting The World After 40 years of travelling the world to paint artist Andrew Hewkin once again plans an exhibition in Barbados

74 Person Of Interest We are so thrilled to have ‘master of details’ Jeremy Gunn of Italica Architettura & Design Inc as our Person of Interest

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Holiday Delights Gift giving ideas for the season

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88 MAC-nificant The story of MAC. How a small brand created for “the trade” became a worldwide cosmetic phenomenon

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Living Loves Local From trendy T shirts to soap, we’ve sourced the hottest items made on island by some very talented Barbadians

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Celebrating 25 Years With Montes Wines An evening of good food, good company and great wine hosted by The Wine Circle at Cin Cin restaurant

98 Ask The Expert Lawyer Carol Hanschell answers questions from our readers relating to property transactions

102 News & Views What’s happening on the Real Estate scene 104

Property Listings Find properties and developments for rent or sale

Contact Us Living Barbados Magazine “Macston”, Overdene Gardens, Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church, Barbados, BB14030 Rachel Ramphal: 253-9236 Email: rachel@livingbarbados.com Linda Lewis-Bishton: 232-7869 Email: linda@livingbarbados.com Digital magazine viewed here and via our facebook tab facebook.com/livingbarbados pinterest.com/livingbdos

Volume 5, Issue 6 Nov 2013 - Mar 2014 On the cover: Windward Photography by Dan Christaldi

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A FEW OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS SARAH VENABLE Sarah Venable is an award-winning writer whose work can be found in many regional publications as well as international literary journals. She moved to Barbados in 1995 and got to know the territory by working with the late Dr. Colin Hudson, whose teachings about sustainability have continued to inform and inspire her. Sarah also teaches art to children and creative writing at the primary and tertiary levels. She is an unabashed foodie, too.

JARYD NILES MORRIS

Jayrd is a multi talented photographer who has worked for a diverse array of clients ranging from music artists to real estate companies. Noting himself as a “visual communicator” Jaryd has a unique style of shooting and has photographed for magazines such as Polo & More and M People. In this issue he shot the fashion photos for Whispers On The Riveria, a premium boutique located at the Port St. Charles Yacht Club.

NATASHA SIMPSON Natasha is a writer, design blogger, social media manager and self professed lover of all things chic. She did such a fabulous job on the John Hardy article in our last issue that we invited her back to write on our Person of Interest in this edition (page 72). Natasha created Love Design Barbados the blog to provide readers with interiors inspiration and showcase Barbados through her design eye.

DON JORDAN An honours graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design, Don founded Multiimedia Graphics, a full-service design studio and over the years has attracted important and highly visible projects from leading Barbadian businesses. Besides an esteemed reputation in the industry, Multimedia, under Don’s leadership, has won over 60 photography and Graphic Design Awards at the American Advertising Federation ADDY’s competition in the last seven years.

SUSAN COLBY Born in London, England, Susan was the beneficiary of a creative gene pool. Her mother was a painter and her father a writer. She has lived in Barbados for most of her life and has always been passionate about art and words. With a son and a daughter of her own, Susan dedicated much of her free time to teaching fine art. A travel-lover, she now divides her time between the Loire Valley and her home in Barbados where she writes and paints.

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Children at Baby Haven

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Beyond the Glitter and Shine The Crown of Light diamond’s story is even more dazzling

The Crown of Light diamond began its long journey to perfection in Namibia where it is mined, cut and polished. Diamonds International, the sole retailer of the Crown of Light set up mining in the south west nation of Namibia several years ago. The gem quality diamonds recovered from Namibia are like nothing else in the world. Diamonds International committed to cutting and polishing the diamonds within Namibia by locally trained cutters. Not only were the cutters learning a skill to carry them throughout their lifetime, but more income would revert back into the local economy. Crown of Light non-conflict diamonds are sourced and manufactured to the highest standards of ethical business practices. Diamonds International takes great pride in embracing this policy as a means of benefiting lives at each level along the diamond pipeline. They believe that those laboring in this trade and the land which produces these natural wonders have a right to share equitably in the rewards of their manufacture. But the Crown of Light team also looks for opportunities to support grass roots efforts that benefit Namibia as well. When Crown of Light diamonds began their production in Windhoek Namibia in 2008, they soon became aware of a locally operated orphanage that struggled to care for infants and children who were victims of HIV-AIDS. These vulnerable little citizens were abandoned at birth in hospital by parents who had contracted this disease. Older children there became orphaned when their parents succumbed to this plague. But Baby Haven accepted the challenge to nurture and care for these children by instilling a sense of normalcy and hope for those in their care. Today, no trip to the cutting factory is complete without a visit to Baby Haven. Beside their financial support, the Crown of Light team wants to see how the children are thriving in this loving home. Their squeals of delight when the Crown of Light crew delivers new gifts and other treats

confirm that these children are living healthy happy lives like youngsters everywhere else. Diamonds International president and CEO Albert Gad recently visited Baby Haven and relaxed with the children during their playtime. “This is what it’s all about,” Gad beamed, when a toddler jumped into his arms. But shoppers are also foremost in Gad’s heart too. He believes that each customer at Diamonds International becomes like family according to the head of this family-owned business. He feels the company with its iconic Crown of Light diamond has grown because every single person who walks through their doors has a special story and a unique life to celebrate. Gad pays close attention to his core customers. “Our shoppers are a sophisticated consumer, especially those buying larger stones. They already have a collection of fine white diamond jewelry. So they want something different that their friends don’t have, something special that their friends will admire.” The Crown of Light diamond provides that solution for these customers. Keeping in step with consumer trends is key to the momentum Diamonds International enjoys with its Crown of Light diamond, Gad believes. “We listen to and learn what our customers are looking for in diamond jewelry. Then we create pieces that resonate with them.” Gad also sees that island shoppers often celebrate their own milestones with a jewelry purchase. “It’s a very personal thing. Customers want their jewelry to be as unique as their life.” Visit their showroom soon to learn why Diamonds International is the Caribbean’s most recommended jewelry retailer. Be sure to ask their expert staff for a personal preview of the Crown of Light diamond with its radiant charisma. You’ll experience a special diamond without peer in the market today. And with its special backstory, you’ll soon understand why the Crown of Light diamond is more than just a pretty facet.

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OUT & ABOUT

WHILE OUT AND ABOUT IN BARBADOS WE STUMBLED UPON THESE TWO NEW FABULOUS STORES. WE SUGGEST YOU PAY THEM A VISIT IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY

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must visit for quality framing craftsmanship to consumers, art collectors, interior designers and commercial clients. Over 1500 mouldings to choose from including Roma Moulding and Larson-Juhl along with hundreds of acid-free mats in all shades, fabrics and suede. Services include custom framing, dry mounting and laminating, canvas stretching, shadow box framing, jersey and sports memorabilia framing and custom framed mirrors. Visualisation software will take all the components (frame, mat etc) and construct a complete picture for you to see right on your computer monitor. A Design and Lifetime Guarantee is offered on the craftsmanship of their products and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer expert advice. Suitably located at the Millhouse Design and Home Centre in Canewood. Telephone 271-6509

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his boutique store recently opened it’s door in Chattel Village, Holetown and is the collaboration of photographer Mike Toy and fashion maven Kathryn Horsfall. Contemporary interiors with a hint of Indian Architecture showcase the vibrant hues of the exclusive and complimentary products on offer, from wall art to textiles; a perfect blend for the home! Mike’s original prints can be selected from his extensive image database and customized to suit your lifestyle. New ranges incorporate his imagery onto products such as flip flops and beach bags, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards, they make the perfect ‘take home’ gifts for family and friends. “Hand crafted luxury” is the ethos for Kathryn’s range of home interior products, with inspiration straight from India where traditional craftsmanship and vibrancy of colour are key ingredients. The line varies from cushions and bed linen to bathrobes as well as placemats, cosmetic bags and napkins perfect for summer parties and alfresco dining. Every item is designed to be at the heart of a contemporary home and adapted to suit the Caribbean lifestyle. For more details call 432 - 6765


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A NEW TAKE ON A CLASSIC MAKE By Nicola Garcia Photography by Dan Christaldi

WITH A GENTLE NOD TO THE PAST, WINDWARD SHINES BRIGHTLY INTO THE FUTURE

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There are some houses that attempt to impress their guests with imitation grandeur, and then there are houses that don’t need to rely on ‘hat tricks and gimmicks.’ The home on the corner lot of Cooper Hill, Sandy Lane, veiled behind ornate iron gates and coral stone walls is one of the latter; as distinguished as it is subtly reserved. Welcome to Windward. The new owners, Nic and Nina Williamson, aquired Windward house in 2010, the house catching their attention with it’s understated charm. “We liked the lot, edged by the spectacular ravine cliff, but most of all, we liked the feel of the house” comments Mr. Williamson. When they took over the property, his goal was to turn this classic house into a contemporary home. He was particularly set in making Windward not just a beautiful feature, but also with a convenient living layout. “To me, a house must be, first and foremost, built for those who live there. The ideal house blends practicality with feel and impact.” Designed by Architect Bruce Jardine, the new Windward is now a two storey, five bedroom manse, if it was a suit and tie before it is now a tuxedo. The enormously tall front doors open inward and guests step straight into a vision, the entrance hall sets the tone for the rest of the house; elegant and refined luxury. A dual iron staircase arches around the room in a majestic fashion framing the first glimpses of the spectacular home. Here in the foyer presides a silvered bronze cheetah statue, the ‘lady of the manor,’ her regal pose casting an air of distinction while just behind her a full view through to the living room is like a welcoming gesture inviting guests in. Four guest bedrooms are located on either side of the entrance, two on the ground floor, and two on the second floor. All en-suite, they have been uniquely decorated and although their layout is similar, each room has its own personality. The decor is Formal dining area with view to garden

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For the interior decoration, Nic and Nina Williamson were keen to portray an even mix of calm and vibrancy -“not too busy, but never boring.” This criterion was accomplished with meticulous care by UK based interior designer Lynne Pemberton. Every room represents her signature style of blending intricate patterns and texture with bold colours.

modern, combining English country style quaintness with lively Caribbean colours. The owners were keen to portray an even mix of vibrancy and calm, “not too busy but never boring.” This was accomplished through the meticulous attention of famed interior designer Lynne Pemberton and every room represents her signature style of blending intricate patterns with bold colours. The master bedroom, its own oasis within the house, has all the additions of a luxury suite; a private study room with mini fridge, a spacious walk-in closet and bathroom with a stunning black and white marble-clad shower and a luxurious stand-alone tub. Off the master suite a private veranda overlooks the stunning pool and gardens, the perfect place for a respite to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon tea. Downstairs, guests at Windward will be torn between spending time outdoors or lounging in the cool and inviting living area. This expansive room has two lounge areas, with plush couches and armchairs, the soft colour palette is in muted shades of crème, off white and egg shell. In contrast the furniture is accentuated by an array of patterned throw pillows in bright colours while ornate lamps and elaborate vases liven the tranquil mood. The seating arrangement is intimate and perfect for relaxing in comfort with a good book or entertaining company. The media room was specifically built to indulge in the latest entertainment technology and offers a 56 inch smart TV and a wireless Sonas sound system. This room however is not all gadgets and gizmos: the built in bookcase displays an inspiring variety of collector’s edition hardback books, engaging in all sorts of interests - from the latest trends in fashion to a history of war - there is enough variation to suit any guest’s taste. In the formal dining room an antler chandelier illuminates a country style table with seating for ten, fine meals can be enjoyed here or in the garden-side gazebo where guests can sit around a circular coral stone table and be charmed by the scents and sounds of a tropical evening.

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Garden and pool view from the upstairs verandah

Lynne Pemberton designed the luxurious master bedroom in varied tones and textures of grey with vibrant pops of red. Avid art lovers, Nic and Nina carefully selected all of the art in the house themselves. The pictures seen in this room are fish prints on silk that show incredible detail and were purchased on one of the owners trips abroad.

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Downstairs living space opens on both sides to allow cooling breezes to flow

Beautifully showcased throughout the home the owner’s art collection holds pride of place as the couple are avid collectors, this adds another dimension to the cosy atmosphere. French doors open onto an airy veranda and this style of open plan design was part of the essential charm of the old Windward that Mr. Williamson did not wish to lose in the reconstruction. He comments “Though not built by Messel, the old Windward had a likeness about it - open and airy indoors but with an outdoors feeling.” There is a similar ebb and flow to the new Windward’s layout; the eye runs placidly from the living area onto the veranda and trickles down the steps into the garden scene. Just like a family home the kitchen is the heart of the house. Thoughtfully outfitted with commercial grade equipment, spacious countertops, and an oversize island with countertop seating, perfect for casual family gatherings. The Williamsons wanted the kitchen used as a social area rather than just a place to prepare meals and its warmth comes not just from the stove but also from the well lived, inviting atmosphere. A separate building houses an air conditioned gym equipped with cardio machines, free weights and an impressively versatile cable machine. For more leisurely pursuits a beautifully tiled pool is serviced by its own bar and bathroom for convenience while a mix of loungers and seating areas offer guests plenty of space for repose or larger getherings with friends and family. The terraced landscape contains a Koi pond, majestic trees and brightly coloured tropical plantings with meandering garden paths designed by Dr. John Windward’s kitchen is the heart Webster. Viewing Windward from a distance reveals of the house. Containing her beauty in its entirety, from its grand stature to its commercial quality equipment, beautiful grounds and when lit at night, exudes an otherit also has countertop seating; worldly charm. perfect for early breakfast or Windward is managed by Dalmeran Property and is late night snacks. Compared to available for holiday rental. Interested persons can conthe old Windward, the new tact them on (246) 432-1120 or visit Dalmeran Property kitchen is a significant turnover. online at dalmeranproperty.com Comfortable modern kitchen

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Photography by Kirk Watkins

Story by Rachel Ramphal

HAVE YOU BEEN SEADUCED? Offering comfort and luxury away from the crowds, the flybridge inspired luxury Catamaran Seaduced was designed with a focus on outdoor relaxation and entertaining. From coast to coast superior service exceeds all expectations!

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To Step aboard the luxury catamaran Seaduced is to cast off on a voyage of sheer indulgence! There is no better way to compliment your stay in Barbados than to set sail on an exclusive shared cruise or a private charter customized to meet your every desire. Beach loving Barbadians will also enjoy the intoxicating beauty of their island home as well as the services aboard Seaduced. Every detail of your cruise can be personalised for you and your guests. As they say – “you choose your guests, and they will take care of the rest!” The catamaran is spacious and designed with outdoor relaxation and entertaining in mind and out-fitted with every amenity imaginable – rivaling the villas and hotels on shore! A day on board offers unspoiled anchorages, beautiful turquoise seas, scenic bays and a stretch of coastline with a dazzling array of marine life. One of the highlights is snorkeling with gentle sea turtles, a unique experience not to be missed. Seaduced can be considered your private beach club for as long as you decide to stay. Day cruises are a perfect fun day out with family or friends. For fun on the water kayaks, paddleboard, snorkel equipment, floating noodles and a dinghy with towables for the young ones are all at your disposal. You may prefer a special evening celebration with friends or a romantic cruise for two on the ‘Sunset Cruise’ dining under the magnificent moonlight. Typically, as the Captain sails you to your preferred destination, the crew will serve light refreshments. Main courses are presented by the Chef and served al fresco at the water’s edge. The selection of spirits on board are all of a high standard, fine wines, champagne and 28

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premium drinks can all be pre-arranged and the crew is always happy to shake a cocktail upon request. The Epicurean delights are tailored to meet each group’s preferences which the Chef, for your dining pleasure, prepares on board with the finest and freshest ingredients. On board private charters popular canapés consist of simple bites like marinated olives, stuffed peppers and homemade foccacia or perhaps tikka chicken skewers, smoked salmon blini, crab cakes, Apricot Brie en Croute – whatever you desire. On the main course you may find Carpaccio of Ahi Tuna with Petit crab salad and roasted lemon aioli to start. Your choice of Fresh Catch of the Day served with zucchini, roasted pepper or Grilled Tenderloin Steak served with grilled asparagus, Madeira jus with a choice of basmati rice, sweet potato mash, whipped garlic mash or Cajun new potatoes. Vegetarians may have Green Pea and Mushroom Risotto with Basil oil and all dietary needs are addressed prior to each cruise. Private charters can be customized or, chosen from a selection of options to suit your taste: • Life’s A Beach: Stop off at a beach where you can enjoy water or land based activities while the chef sets up your picnic table under shady trees. After lunch a leisurely sail can take you to your favourite beach bar, another great snorkeling reef or wreck or another bay where you can enjoy water-sports. • Land and Sea: A sail and snorkel stop and then on to a restaurant of your choice. The Fish Pot, Daphne’s, The Lone Star or Sandy Lane are just a few which are recommended for lunch.

CONSIDER SEADUCED AS YOUR PRIVATE BEACH CLUB FOR AS LONG AS YOU DECIDE TO STAY. DAY CRUISES ARE FUN-FILLED WITH KAYAKS, PADDLEBOARDS AND SNORKEL EQUIPMENT, WHEREAS NIGHT CRUISES OFFER RELAXED, ROMANTIC DINING UNDER THE MOONLIGHT.

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• Sunset Cruise: You may like to try a leisurely sunset sail, Champagne and Canapes, or perhaps have the chef prepare the finest dining experience, on the water’s edge, under the stars. Fancy a dinner ashore – no problem! Seaduced will anchor off your preferred restaurant if possible! • Spa by the Sea: Your choice of four en-suite, climate controlled cabins, transformed into treatment rooms. A preferred therapist will join the crew and treatments are combined with the tranquility of your floating yacht while a Spa cuisine and bar can be arranged for your enjoyment. • Mini Cruises: This cruise is the greatest getaway as a tag on to your hotel/villa stay or for the most unforgettable stay-cation. It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “beachfront holiday.” Special events on Seaduced are hard to match, the elegance, ambiance, and attention to detail combine to make Seaduced the perfect venue for proposals/weddings, corporate events or group excursions and themed parties are limited only by your imagination. The professional crew will provide an ambience that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. As all good things must come to an end, so will your charter with Seaduced but we know you will be back for more.

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Visit our spacious showroom at Canewood for fine lighting, kitchen appliances, architectural hardware and plumbing products from quality names like Kohler, Duravit, Smeg, Sub-Zero and Wolf, Hansgrohe, Bosch, Grohe and Progress Lighting.

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The Wow Factor A PENTHOUSE AT VILLAS ON THE BEACH CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF TROPICAL LIVING WITH THE HELP OF TWO TALENTED DESIGNERS FROM CORAL ISLAND INTERIORS Photography by Dan Christaldi Story by Rachel Ramphal

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CORAL ISLAND INTERIORS HAS JUST RECEIVED TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FROM THE AMERICAS PROPERTY AWARDS 20132014 IN THE CATEGORIES OF ‘INTERIOR DESIGN APARTMENT’ FOR VILLAS ON THE BEACH AND ANOTHER FOR ‘INTERIOR DESIGN PRIVATE RESIDENCE’

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‘Life is a beach’ as the old saying goes, the very sight and sound of the ocean ‘speed dials’ us into relaxation mode. Leisurely walks with toes in the sand and the sea lapping at our feet, snorkeling over colourful coral reefs and exotic cocktails enjoyed while the setting sun in all her Technicolour glory lulls us into a soporific state. This and more can all be yours at Penthouse 401, Villas On The Beach in historic Holetown. Villas On The Beach consists of eighteen apartments designed by Ian Morrison, one of the leading architects in the region, and this prime penthouse was just completely upgraded and re-decorated and is being offered for sale by Alleyne Real Estate. This turnkey beachfront apartment is accessed by elevator allowing for exclusive privacy and, taking full advantage of the stunning views over the mesmerising blues of the Caribbean Sea. The brief was simple; to create a design that would accentuate the idyllic setting, they loved the blues in the sea and wanted to see them reflected in the unit. The second request was that the décor would be appealing to both a young or more mature clientele. The décor by Coral Island Interiors was chosen to reflect the very essence of this commanding location by bringing in the colour palette from the surroundings, in this case the ocean. In addition to this is a design based on sea life, shells, coral and nautical elements. Cool beach-y hues can be found throughout this luxury apartment connecting to the sea, sky and beach outside. Outdoor living is one of the great advantages of the Caribbean lifestyle and a twenty-four foot wide terrace transitions smoothly through pocketed doors from the living room within. Iron framed furniture and glass topped tables were used on the terrace so that the views were not limited by more solid profile pieces. Here, sand coloured cushions are accented with throw cushions bearing a blue or taupe coral motif while a sea grass rug brings in a textured organic element. While the terrace has been equipped with re-

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mote controlled electronic sunshades, the textiles were chosen with the islands elements in mind and are all highly durable. A dining table, buffet as well as a wine cooler and bar fridge are also located on the terrace for guests to enjoy meals al fresco. The living areas are an open plan design so that even when indoors, the striking vistas this apartment commands are always in view, as the sight line travels from the kitchen through the living room and onto the covered terrace. Soaring white pickled ceilings accentuate the space and also keep rooms bright and airy. Four beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms are elegant without being too formal and offer spacious accommodation for up to eight guests. The apartment boasts two master bedroom suites and, while these both have views out to the sea, the upstairs master has a private balcony, perfect for tanning prive or raising a toast as the sun dips beneath a fiery horizon. In this master bedroom coral and shell motifs can be found in the soft furnishings and even the large marble tiled walk-in shower offers un-interrupted ocean views. Deep spa tubs are the perfect antidote after a day of sun and sea while walk in closets keep clutter at bay and clothes within easy reach.

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The downstairs guest bedroom has a subtle nautical scheme, and a Romeo and Juliet balcony also enhances the connection to the outdoors. A concealed pull down stepladder allows access to a storage area making clever use of what was previously an open mezzanine space. The fourth bedroom has been designed as a junior suite with twin beds dressed in fresh, modern hues of fuchsia and acid green. The living areas are an open plan design so that even when inside the striking vistas this apartment commands are always in view. A sleek and modern kitchen has all high-end appliances including a state of the art refrigerator and a food warmer while granite worktops are as beautiful as they are functional; a sit at counter with bar stools can be used for breakfast or more casual meals. The property has been completely furnished to include crockery, cutlery and linens, the new owner can simply walk in with only their personal items. In the living room the two-toned sea turtle triptych is a striking feature hanging aptly above a faux finished tortoiseshell console table and mirrors the real life turtles swimming in the bay below. A modern chandelier wrapped in natural rope is a smart but casual choice that works with the theme and adds further interest, and sea-life accessories were sourced for additional impact and colour. A great source of pride for the Coral Island Interiors team is that the majority of the furniture was locally made to their high specifications by skilled joiners. Most of the accessories were also sourced on island from

a selection of interiors showrooms. This shows the quality of craftsmanship and sources available on island. The designers chose textiles that would stand up to the environment, outdoor fabrics were used wherever possible to with-stand mildew and fading from the afternoon sun while blackout lining was used in all of the bedrooms to prevent drapes deteriorating and block out the sun to keep the air conditioned rooms cooler in the evenings and at night. On the ground floor of the complex is a fully equipped indoor Gym while outside two pools and the beach are your playground. Steps away are all the amenities you would expect while on holiday at a premium destination. Luxury shopping, restaurants, and cafes are all at your fingertips as well as world-class golf and Spas. So is life really a beach one might ask? At Villas On The Beach the answer is a resounding ‘yes!’ For more information on the sale of Penthouse 401 contact Alleyne Real Estate on Tel: 1(246) 432-1159 Email: sales@jalbarbados.com www.jalbarbados.com Coral Island Interiors: Call 1(246) 826-5609/826-5610 Email:coralislandinteriors@caribsurf.com www.coralislandinteriors.com

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Sesame crusted yellow fin tuna with papaya relish, stuffed peppers, eggplant patty and local gooseberry balsamic syrup by Chef Moo de Gruchy, Cafe Luna. Cloth napkin, plate and napkin ring available from Dwellings, Millhouse. Photographed on recycled porcelain tiles from Tile Gallery, Warrens.


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Stanton Thomas with his Red Snapper catch

Slow Food sees agriculture, food production and gastronomy as parts of the same whole, rooted in ecosystems and cultural traditions.

Cutlery available from Dwellings

Above: Roasted red and yellow beet salad with avocado, spiced pumpkin seeds and mixed leaves in a goats milk kefir dressing at Cin Cin restaurant. Right: Hoad’s Dairy Farm, St. Andrew produces no additive goats milk and cheese.

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Keeping up supply on a commercial level is the biggest challenge facing both small farmers and chefs. Ras Mike Bradshaw, a farming member of the OGCA, laments that when his tractor needs a part, he can’t plough and plant as planned. It’s this type of thing that makes supply dicey, something Ian hopes to help with. John Hunte would love to provision more than one restaurant, but could he? He sounds like Amy Winehouse resisting rehab: “No, no, no!” What the OGCA does quite well is sell to the public at weekend farmers’ markets like Hastings, Holders, and Cheapside. Encouraged by Slow Food, they’ve also started taking orders for weekly boxes containing a mix of whatever’s available. There’s a waiting list, because demand is already exceeding supply. (You can sign up on the OGCA Facebook page.) Slow Food also supports the cultural identity that is expressed in traditional cuisine. Think fried fish on Fridays, souse on a Saturday, or Sunday lunch with Blackbelly lamb stew, yam coucou, fried plantains, and spinach fritters, for example. These are more than just meals, they carry meaning. As long as the food is locally produced, you’re also free to turn tradition on its head. That’s what Chef Moo did at his Farm to Table dinner in September 2013. The menu included a salad of Eden Farm rocket and mustard greens with pickled local beetroot, roasted cherry tomatoes and eggplant, Hoad Farm goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, and avocado pear dressing; and sesame crusted yellow fin tuna with pawpaw relish and local gooseberry balsamic syrup. “I shop at Cheapside market. It’s tastier than imported because it’s fresher and not all GMO. It’s not delivered, so I can compare and select what’s best. I save 28 to 30%, so I can drop my price point, and make the meals more affordable for the average Barbadian. I put about $36,000 a year into the local farming economy through the market. Imagine if ten or twenty more chefs did that.” What about organic food? “The end result is a better environment, so yes!” Larry Rogers of Cin Cin comments, “We as restaurateurs and chefs need to keep building our relationships with local farmers and fishermen. Our farmers have become more efficient in dealing with restaurant demands. Shawn, my purchaser, would go to four or five different farms in a day plus the fish market, because if it doesn’t have to travel for days before it arrives in my kitchens, the fresher it will be. I can get freshly harvested crayfish from Nature’s Produce in the morning and it becomes a star on my menu that night.” As an educational project, Slow Food Barbados started the first organic school farm at the Alleyne School in St. Andrew. Learning starts with tasting and grows from there. “We ask ‘What does an imported tomato taste like compared to these that are grown here?’” said Julie. “And different varieties too, because promoting biodiversity is very important. There’s also a nutrition component, and the canteen is now using some of what the students grow. We’re now starting a recipe contest to encourage the students and their parents to make delicious foods with what we have right here.” There’s so much to do! Ian would like to ramp up agro-tourism, and help fix the problem with Blackbelly lamb production. (Simply put, it sees lower chef demand because it takes certain handling methods to assure best quality.) And then there’s the seed project. Organic, non-GMO, untreated seeds are being given to certain farmers and sold for donations. Ian said, “That brings us to seed saving, which is important. If people did that, they wouldn’t have to re-purchase; it becomes a seed bank of sorts.” Slow Food has a long road ahead here, but the goals are clear. And after all, remember the race between the tortoise and the hare.

Slow Food Events held at Cin Cin restaurant and Cafe Luna have been extremly well attended with lengthy waiting lists of patrons wishing to get a seating. Future events are being planned for this season.

Opposite page, Caribbean bouillabaisse featuring Natures Produce crayfish and tilapia with an ensemble of fresh vegetables at Cin Cin restaurant on the West coast. This page top: Local farmer Mike Bradshaw of Eden Organic Farm. Juicy Mangoes at Viridis mango farm in St. Thomas.

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Slow Jazz Cocktail BY BARTENDER NEVILLE SCOTT AT CIN CIN RESTAURANT SERVES 3-4 COCKTAILS • 1 large fresh local mango or three smaller mangoes • 1 1/4 oz Absolut Vodka • Juice of half a lime HOW TO: Cube mangoes and blend to a smooth consistancy. Add lime juice, ice and Absolut Vodka and shake in cocktail shaker. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh local mint. Glassware & acrylic tray, Dwellings

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LIME: Connecting You For the Future! Telecommunications has forever changed the landscape of our world. Throughout the decades, there has been significant technological progress in this realm, and today the world is now connected like never before.

For LIME, from our perspective as a provider, we have seen the advances made in technology and the telecommunications industry. We have seen the progression from wired to wireless. We have seen the surge for broadband and mobile airtime. We have seen the advantages of telecommunications spread across almost every facet of our daily lives. We see the dependence on it and it is quite difficult to imagine life without being able to connect to anyone. Telecommunications has drastically improved the way people work, relax and communicate with each other. In every way, it has made our lives easier and more fulfilling. As the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications provider, we offer services on four fronts; Landline, Internet, Mobile and Entertainment. We operate in 14 countries around the region and together we stand firm on our promise of building and connecting the communities we serve.

Landline

Our connectivity history here in Barbados starts with the provision of landline services. Today, LIME still offers the most reliable fixed line phone service with several features to fit your personal and professional life, and more importantly, your budget.

Internet

As an Internet Service provider (ISP), LIME provides the best value for money with four different packages that cater to your every need – Quantum Surfer (up to 6 Mbps), Quantum Play (up to 20 Mbps), Quantum Plus (up to 60 Mbps) and Quantum Power (up to 105 Mbps). LIME also offers several value-added services on top of its residential broadband services, which all subscribers can enjoy. These include a free subscription to e-learning services from www.CaribbeanExams.com and 60 minutes of free calls to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on a monthly basis.

Mobile

On the mobile front, we continue to see the need for airtime and data services increase in conjunction with the need to be connected. Therefore, we provide bigger data plans at lower costs, so you get more mobile internet for less. Accordingly, we have built a comprehensive mobile network here in Barbados to keep you connected wherever you go. And as technology continues to progress, we stand committed to upgrading our mobile network.

Entertainment

Our most recent service addition is in the entertainment arena with LIME TV. We are proud to deliver a digital television service which offers a great choice of networks, movies and shows with a robust channel line-up, featuring content from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. LIME TV provides crystal clear, high-definition picture quality and sound delivered over LIME’s broadband network. And of course, the savings increase when you bundle our services! With a long history of being progressive in Barbados, and we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels. Our aim now is to expand connectivity across all areas of Barbados, making all of our services accessible and bridging any digital gaps. In terms of infrastructural upgrades, we remain committed to expanding our fibre-to-the-home network (FTTH). This is future-proof technology. Let’s go there together!

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FROM HOME IN BARBADOS WITH JENNY BLANC INTERIORS

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Private residence on the West coast of Barbados decorated by Jenny Blanc Interiors

Two years after launching in December 2011, the Jenny Blanc showroom in St. James has firmly established itself as a destination venue for discerning customers searching for those ‘must-have’ items with which to decorate their homes in Barbados. The range offers everything needed to equip a holiday home from basics such as beach towels, bed linen and tableware, to exquisite lighting, outdoor furniture and those special decorative objets which personalise a room. Emma Blanc, Caribbean Director and Desiree Yhap, Showroom/Design Manager, provide customers with a friendly, personal approach and a wealth of expertise. The stunning location and easy parking attracts many visitors to the showroom and most cannot resist purchasing at least some small item for themselves or as a gift. Jenny takes great pride in the selection of the products the company offers, visiting the top trade shows internationally and choosing the best of the best new designs for the two showrooms in London and Barbados.

Each year new lines are designed in-house increasing the number of unique items specifically made for the Jenny Blanc brand and available nowhere else. Items such as the stunning tropical fruit platters have proved very popular; this year a beautiful dinner service with a new tropical theme is being created for the line. Experience of the outdoor lifestyle and rigours of the tropical climate in Barbados together with the local know-how of Barbadian-born, Sue Thomas Richardson, have made the company experts in what products will work and last. The company designs its own bespoke range of furniture working with top local Barbadian artisans to create unique pieces often made from locally sourced materials such as pickled pine/ash, metalwork and coralstone. The Jenny Blanc showroom also offers a range of beautiful artworks from local and international artists. For a two week period in early 2014, the showroom in Barbados will clear its wall space to promote the works

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of the best local artists. A private viewing will be held to launch the event with guests invited to preview the exhibition and meet the artists. Every year the award-winning design team take on new, exciting projects for clients who have discovered their work in the Caribbean or the houses they have designed in the UK. 2014 will be no exception with designs for townhouses and luxury villas in the pipeline. The Jenny Blanc style has been described as ‘irresistibly beautiful’. Underscoring this style is Jenny’s core belief that a home should first and foremost be comfortable. Whether contemporary, classic or more traditional, each project features a sensitive use of colour and rooms which flow seamlessly from one to the next creating a peaceful and relaxing ambience. Wherever they design a house, the design team takes inspiration from their client’s wish list and the style and location of the property. An initial client meeting is usually held at the London studio which has an extensive product library and where the client’s plans and aspirations can be discussed and understood. Further progress meetings are then held at the studio or at the client’s home either in the UK or abroad. Jenny and Sue recognise that their clients need an inclusive design and project management service supported by an experienced and creative design team. This, together with an exceptional knowledge of the best, most beautiful fabrics and furnishings, wins their clients’ confidence that Jenny Blanc will create the home they have always wanted. Jenny is always personally involved in every project to ensure that each finished home meets her exacting standards and attention to detail. Jenny spends the high season from December to March in Barbados overseeing projects and meeting clients; her daughter, Emma, is married to Barbadian landscape architect, Russell Corrie, and for Sue ThomasRichardson, Barbados is her birthplace and home to her family. The com-

pany is fast becoming a firm fixture in Barbados and an integral part of Barbadian life. It plans to work cooperatively with the local business and design community which has welcomed it so warmly over the 12 years Jenny Blanc has been designing homes there. Plans for a Jenny Blanc Design scholarship are currently in discussion with the Barbados Community College. This one-year scholarship (6 months UK/6 months Barbados) is a youth development programme for BCC students aged under 25 designed to further the student’s education with participation in a UK-based college course in design and with hands-on experience with training in both the UK and Barbados showrooms. As part of their course students will be given the option to work on a qualifying project specified by Jenny Blanc Interiors which, together with their course work, will form the basis of the selection process. The successful candidate will be chosen by the course tutor and Jenny Blanc Interiors from amongst students completing the BCC interior design course during the year ending May 2014 based on their talent, vision and direction. 2014 looks like being a busy year for Jenny Blanc Interiors both in the UK and Barbados with fabulous new projects and some spectacular new products. Caribbean Showroom: Sunset Crest, St. James, Barbados, West Indies Tel: 1 (246) 432-0989 Email: barbados@jennyblanc.com London Design Studio & Showroom: 59 High Street, Teddington, West London TW11 8HA, Tel: +44(0) 20 8943 4440 Email: design@jennyblanc.com www.jennyblanc.com

Below: Desiree Yhap of Jenny Blanc Interiors shows some Barbados Community College interior decorating students fabric swatches in the Barbados showroom.

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PAINTING THE WORLD

AFTER 40 YEARS OF TRAVELLING THE WORLD TO PAINT IN OVER 67 COUNTRIES, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE THAT AFTER A TEN-YEAR HIATUS ANDREW HEWKIN WILL ONCE AGAIN DISPLAY HIS WORK IN BARBADOS. STORY BY SUSAN COLBY.

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Images compliments of Andrew Hewkin

THE LIST OF COLLECTORS OF ANDREW HEWKIN PAINTINGS IS LONG AND SUBSTANTIAL. IT INCLUDES NOT ONLY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY BUT A DIVERSE GROUP OF WHO’S WHO AMONG INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES AND ART CONNOISSEURS. ALONG WITH NOTABLES SUCH AS THE BBC, CARTIER INTERNATIONAL, BRITISH AIRWAYS, BOB MONKHOUSE AND THE ROCKEFELLERS.

Barbados is in for a treat! St. Peter’s Bay will play host to an exhibition of work by the internationally acclaimed artist, Andrew Hewkin, M.A., sponsored by Chattel House Realty. This exciting collection opens for viewing from 23rd December and will run for five weeks; it’s shaping up to be an absolute must for this season’s calendar! Andrew was born in Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands in 1949. There is always that one child in class to whom all others look in awe when the illustration lesson comes around requiring a map; that dreaded drawing. He or she is that ‘special one’ who seems effortlessly able to command their pencil to move around the page and conjure up a recognizable image as if by magic! Surely Andrew Hewkin was that little boy and there could not have been much doubt about what route he should follow when he left school. Fittingly, Andrew attended Stourbridge College of Art from 1966-1967 and went on to receive a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from the West of England College of Art in Bristol. In 1973 he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Fine Art Painting with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Art in London. He won the John Minton Scholarship for travel and The Burton Painting award. He also exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions of 1972/73 and was featured in Vogue magazine as the most promising student at the Royal College. He would go on to become a regular contributor to Vogue over the following years.

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By the age of 24, Andrew had exhibited in successful one-man shows at the Trafford, Asset and Piccadilly Galleries in London as well as the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol. The Art World was beginning to take note and in 1976 he received an invitation to live and work in Mustique. He was commissioned to produce an exhibition for Lord Glenconner (then The Right Honourable Colin Tenant) and, charged with the challenge of recording and highlighting the notorious “Gold Parties” of the 1970’s in Mustique, he set off on his journey. The pieces produced in this period, a collection of colourful, dynamic representations of intoxicating and alluring celebrity-filled events, formed the New York Exhibition shown in 1979 which was used as a vehicle to promote the sale of Real Estate on the island. It was while he was working in Mustique that Andrew’s interest in travel and cultural interpretation grew and Barbados became a favourite destination. He spent many an extended visit here in the late 70’s and even thereafter found himself returning frequently; loyal both to old friends and to the continuing abundance of artistic inspiration to be found in this small but colourful island. Although Andrew returned to England in 1979 (where he exhibited for the next 20 years at Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair and subsequently at The Gallery in Cork Street where his work can be viewed today), he has

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frequently left his UK base to travel the world, paintbrush in hand, absorbing and carefully interpreting the unique personality of each country he visits; and there are many. Despite this wanderlust, Barbados has always remained a favourite retreat. Like so many others, he was drawn inevitably back, intrigued by the exuberance and elusive rhythm unique to these shores. In 2000 Andrew was asked to mount an exhibition commemorating the Millennium at Royal Westmoreland and the success of this venture led to consecutive shows over the following three years. ‘Art and Interiors’ (Altman) in 2001, Sugar Hill in 2002 and a retrospective for Sandy Lane in 2003. These exhibitions also resulted in a re-connect to Mustique and two pieces to commemorate events for The Mustique Company were commissioned. The second of which was for their auction of 2008, part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations attended by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. The list of collectors of Andrew Hewkin paintings is long and substantial. It includes not only members of the Royal Family but a diverse group of who’s who among international celebrities and art connoisseurs. Many may not be named here but some notables, (in no particular order), The BBC, Cartier International, Vogue Magazine, British Airways, Thomas Cook, Dunhill International, The Embassy Club (London), Sir Michael


and Shakira Caine, Bob Monkhouse, Sir Bruce Forsythe, Sir Michael Wigan, Susan George, The Rockefellers, Jack Nicholson and David Bowie are a random example of the eclectic mix of collectors of his work. After 40 years of travelling the world to paint in over 67 countries, it is our privilege that, after a ten-year hiatus Andrew will once again display his work in Barbados. This Exhibition, “Barbados Revisited” is the result of much consideration and many visits to the island since 2003 to plan and prepare for the show. Not only does the collection depict the more obvious elements of beautiful Barbados, but it demonstrates a far deeper analysis of a unique lifestyle, constant even

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while evolving. By using colour, tone and light-humidity, to represent the tranquility within the local culture, music and harmony of the island, the artist has attempted to evoke a certain ‘vibrancy of peace’ and the enviable ‘power-toforget’ so special to Barbados. This is an eclectic and powerful collection show-casing Barbados then and now through a combination of earlier pieces and new, specially produced additions. The newer pieces reflect an artistic progression which parallels the subtle nuances and local lifestyle changes observed by the artist over the years. A sampling of some international pieces lends cohesiveness and connectivity for the benefit of those less familiar with Hewkin’s work. Hewkin has, through his paintings, created a beautiful and dignified record of the many elements of our island life with attention to the natural ecological and social changes he has observed during his visits over nearly four decades. At the same time, by incorporating surreal and metaphysical imagery, he succeeds in liberating the viewer to follow the journey further. The license and nature of art is the privilege of both the creator and the observer. “Barbados Revisited” promises to be a rewarding and aesthetically exciting experience for both the seasoned aficionados and the simply curious. Put this straight at the top of your ‘TO DO’ list! Appointments can be arranged to discuss the artist’s work, further projects or commissioned pieces by calling Jeremy Palmer on (246) 230-2099. Andrew will be available and on the island for the duration of the exhibition. To learn more about his work visit www.andrewhewkin.com

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PERSON OF INTEREST

JEREMY GUNN By Natasha Simpson Photos by Mike Toy and Jeremy Gunn

I HAVE TO ADMIT AS WE APPROACHED THE LUXURIOUS WEST COAST VILLA, WHICH WAS THE PLACE FOR OUR MEETING THAT MORNING I WAS A LITTLE ANXIOUS TO MEET OUR PERSON OF INTEREST. FROM ALL THE RESEARCH I HAD DONE JEREMY GUNN WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED AND INTERESTING INDIVIDUAL WITH A RICH FAMILY HISTORY AND IMPRESSIVE IF NOT INTIMIDATING PORTFOLIO. AS WE ENTERED THE MAIN GATES OF THE LUXURY PRIVATE PROPERTY ON THE WEST COAST JEREMY GUNN GREETED US. HIS DOWN TO EARTH DEMEANOR QUICKLY PUT ME AT EASE AND BEFORE I KNEW IT I WAS LOST IN THE WONDER OF THE PROPERTY AND CAPTIVATED BY BOTH JEREMY’S CHARM AND HIS STORY. Jeremy was born in St. Vincent and lived there until he was thirteen years old. The Gunn family goes back seven generations in St. Vincent & The Grenadines and his grandmother’s family owned Mustique and sold it to Colin Tennant in 1958. His mother was born in St. Vincent and Jeremy’s grandfather; Sir Ronald Garvey was the British Administrator for the island in the 1940’s. His mother, Lavinia returned in the late sixties and met his father Geoffrey. Jeremy spent many family holidays in Barbados visiting friends and fondly refers to the West Indies as home. At thirteen years old a curly haired Jeremy with a prominent Vincentian accent arrived in England for boarding school. After boarding school Jeremy went onto study Engineering Product Design and worked for a year in Research & Development on the design and manufacture of scuba diving jackets in Cornwall before returning to the Caribbean. He spent nine months in St. Vincent and then went to Canouan where he worked for two and a half years on the design and development of a luxury resort designed by Italian Architect Luigi Vietti for the Northern half of the island. He then had the opportunity to return to the UK to work with David Collins, the designer behind many of the most recognized and glamorous names in the restaurant industry – from the bar at Claridge’s to the Wolseley. Without even realizing it at the time, this boy from the Caribbean was about to embark on the experience of a lifetime and at the same time build an outstanding portfolio of work.

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Top: Jeremy’s Grandfather Sir Ronald Garvey with Queen Elizabeth on a Royal tour of Fiji in 1953. Centre: An 8 year old Jeremy on holiday in the UK. Left: #9 Westland Heights, Crick Hill, St. James - A private development Jeremy worked on with nine 7,500 sq. ft. villas, each with a different and unique design.


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Private West coast ridge residence with large open plan living spaces overlooking 25m long pool and the coast. Footprints Beach House, St James

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This is where his knowledge of Product Design helped tremendously as he worked on the design and fit out of luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants and bars which included J Sheekey with David Collins, Corinthia Hotels in Praque, Budapest and Lisbon with GA Design International, and London Park Lane Inter Continental Hotel with J2 Design. He lived in Lisbon for almost two years spending an average of six to nine months preparing drawings for the project and a year on site. Job offers were pouring in as is the usual case with talented people, and one of them happened to be in Barbados. When asked what influenced his decision Jeremy said, “I wanted to come home so I took the plunge in 2005 and took the job in Barbados”. Jeremy started Italica Architettura & Design Inc in Barbados and is the company’s senior Designer. Italica Architettura & Design Inc has been involved in a substantial amount of both Design & Build as well as Design projects at all levels of size and budget. They have worked on an expansive list of luxury villas and condominiums including projects on Royal Westmoreland and Sandy Lane Estate. Jeremy however did want to emphasize the fact that he works on all sizes and design styles of projects with varying budgets and is currently also working on a 2,500 sq ft three bedroom contemporary home on an elevated lot overlooking South Point and Oistins Bay. The design is very clean lined with a mixture of textures and finishes such as coral render and natural unfinished timber. As I was interviewing Jeremy, the words that kept coming up were “details or detailing”. I asked him to explain exactly what this meant and it was clear that simple things that make a home are often overlooked by the untrained eye. According to Jeremy “Details are the elements which give the completed project individuality.” Most often he will work with architectural plans and elevations and then decide for example, what sizes and finishes to use for hardware, joinery and ceiling details, lighting and tile layouts. Not only does Jeremy make the concept fully functional but also aesthetically pleasing. During the visit to one of his latest projects his talent and keen eye for detail was evident. The Arebescato marble slabs in the master bathroom had been ‘book matched’ cut in a technique He has worked on luxury that the floor to ceiling tile matched up perhotels and fine dining fectly, in a guest bedroom the air condition restaurants in Praque, the unit had been set into the wall that it was alUK, Lisbon and Budapest. most unrecognizable and the antique Indian Jeremy makes the concept doors where fitted and hinged with modern fully functional but also hardware that made the doors functional. aesthetically pleasing. Apart from his educational accolades and portfolio of incredible properties what is also impressive is Jeremy’s ability to work and communicate well with people involved in the project. While this may seem obvious, the ability to maintain good relationships with both clients, project members and staff can at times be challenging but it is imperative in the completion of a successful project. Jeremy’s versatility and diversity can be seen not only in his ability to work on jobs of different sizes but in his choice of social activities. He describes that a typical Friday night could be at somewhere like Drift Lounge on the West Coast drinking cocktails and end at Chris’s place in Gibbs for ribs and beer. He admits that it is not so much the place but the people that count. Jeremy Gunn is an incredibly talented and experienced individual whose attention to detail elevates any project he works on regardless of size or budget. His personality and cultured background make him increasingly interesting and easy to be around. One of my favourite facts about him may be inconsequential when it comes to his design and details background but was indeed very interesting and unexpected. When asked about his taste in music, he answered saying it is an eclectic mix - very much like his design style, adding that one of his favourite albums was Buju Banton’s Til Shiloh. Jeremy is an accomplished, interesting and impressive man and far from intimidating. It’s fair to say that he is most definitely a person of interest.

Q: What is your fondest childhood memory? A: Holidaying in Bequia with family and friends. The journey always started with

the seemingly chaotic scenes at the Kingstown port getting onto the Grenadine inter-island schooner Friendship Rose. Always a mad rush to load one more thing on board before casting off for the lovely sail south to Bequia with the exciting possibility of seeing dolphins or even a whale.

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Home in Gables Estates, Miami, Florida where Jeremy was the lead consultant designer on all finishes, fit out and detailing.

Q: What projects have you been working on? A: Just completed is Footprints Beach Villa on the West coast. Previously a Spanish styled

building it was completely transformed into a contemporary, luxury beach villa. It has the most stunning elevated views through tall palm trees of the beach and vibrant colours of the sea. The interior design was carried out by Kelly Hoppen from the UK which will make this a very unique residence.

Q: Who or what has been your greatest design influence? A: In the Caribbean, we have a tradition of light, open and airy spaces using local

materials which influence me in all design projects, sometimes in new and novel ways.

Q: What is one thing you would like to see implemented in Caribbean homes? A: A very simple change of enlarging windows in bathrooms. I recommend as much natural light and cross ventilation in a bathroom as you have in other larger rooms.

Q: Where would you suggest that people splurge and save in building or remodeling a house? A: Splurge on doors, windows and landscaping. Doors and windows are so important

in providing light and ventilation and now, more than ever security. Good landscaping takes a nice house and makes it a great house. Save on floor finishes such as porcelain instead of marble.

Q: Could you share one of your design secrets or rules with us? A: Design what you need and not what you want. A smaller home with money spent

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B.THE ANTIQUE LOOK Classique Antiqued Gold Goblet Candle holder also make beautiful vases and come in two sizes. From Bds$70.50 Vat Inclusive and Up. Available at Archer’s Hall, 422-0400

C. COOL CALLING Samsung Galaxy Note3 N9000 with Octo-Core Processor. From Electronics On Edge. Three locations: •Broad Street, 436 1449 •Sheraton Mall, 437-8707 •Lanterns Mall, 435-8746

D. LOUIS LOVE Luxurious Epi leather makes the Neverfull MM in Raspberry suitable for every occasion. Available from Louis Vuitton, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, 622-1000.

E. MAKE THEM JEALOUS Panthère Wild de Cartier Collection. Tortoiseshell acetate with a smooth champagne gold finish and graded brown lenses. From Cartier, Limegrove Lifestyle Center. 271-8234

F. UNIQUE FRAGRANCE Hervé Gambs home fragrances with a couture flower made from a special material that works as a scent diffuser. Available at DB Home, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre,434-6745.

G. BLING, BLING John Hardy’s Classic Chain Large Braided Ring with London Blue Topaz stone is sure to put a smile on the owners lips. From Diamonds International stores, 430-2400

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I. CHALKBOARD MUGS These customizable mugs are a fun and unique gift that are sure to start the recipients day with a smile. Available at Dwellings Bds$39.95 each. Visit dwellingsbarbados.com

J. PERFECT BAR BOARD Exclusive to Jenny Blanc is this Lemonwood cutting board with bronze and goldplated accents. Perfect for chopping limes at your home bar. Bds$245 from Jenny Blanc Interiors. Sunset Crest, 432-0989

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K. CHARGING STATION Keeps cords neat and tidy and devices charged and easy to find with four device slots. Made from Eco-friendly bamboo. From Sort Your Stuff, Warrens. Call 421-2087

L. BE A STAR Aged in French oak barrels this lively Syrah by Montes Wine has a smooth texture and spice notes and will delight guests at your next party or as a gift. Available from Platinum Wines and Spirits store on 418-4548

M. FESTIVE FEELING Head straight to Natz Home furnishings, Warrens for all you need to make your home festive and cheerful this season. We like the two gold glitter standing Deers. Call them on 424-2661

N. FAB FRAGRANCE The Secret Garden Collection is the perfect hostess gift. From candles, to lotions and vanity trays. Six beautiful collections available, products will vary. From Gajah Home, Millhouse 424-7160


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MAC-NIFICANT By Nicola Garcia Photos by MAC Cosmetics

THE EVOLUTION OF MAC; HOW A SMALL BRAND CREATED FOR “THE TRADE” GREW INTO A WORLDWIDE COSMETIC PHENOMENON Step into any department store and almost instantly you are besieged by makeup artists from dozens of counters vying for your attention, all claiming to be the best brand on the market. The already overwhelmed customer may be unsure about which products will work for them, but the savvy consumer soon learns that once you go MAC you never go back! The brand was originally established in 1984 by Frank Toskan, a makeup artist and photographer, and Frank Angelo a hair salon owner in Toronto, Canada. Their taste for bold colours and thirst for theatrical expression led them to create their own makeup line. They wished to show that true beauty could be found in rich colour schemes which could be worn by all ages, all races and all sexes. This philosophy stays just as true today and is the principle of the MAC cosmetics brand. The humble beginnings of this now global brand are filled with stories of Toskan’s family helping to box eye shadow around the kitchen table. The idea behind MAC (Makeup Artists Cosmetics) was that it would be a line created to be available for ‘the trade’, i.e only to makeup artists. Then in 1986 supermodel Linda Evangelista praised MAC’s ‘Spice’ Lip Pencil creating an instant buzz on the international fashion scene. To this day MAC remains a strong presence behind the scenes at fashion shows all over the world creating complimentary looks when the models strut down the catwalk. This initiated a bevy of celebrity endorsements for the company’s cutting edge products. During an interview with the Huffington Post, Toskan describes the idea for the brand as one born out of necessity. “There weren’t a lot of products that gave a saturated colour that showed up vibrantly in photographs so I started experimenting. Our first product was a nonLeft: 2013 Holiday Collection “Divine Night” available in November from MAC stores in Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown and Cave Shepherd, Bridgetown. Top: Head makeup artist for MAC Gisel Calvillo (centre) with models at MAC Cosmetics Trend Presentation for Autum/ Winter 2013 held recently in the Dominican Republic. Centre: Make up artist works on a model backstage at an international fashion show Bottom: Salina Ali, Win TV Trinidad; Nicola Garcia, Living Barbados magazine; Novia McDonald Whyte, Jamaica Observer and Walter Greene of Profiles 98, Bahamas.

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matte lipstick – the first lipstick ever that looked on the lips like it did in the tube, no shine and no distortion. Soon I was designing brushes, lipsticks and powders and selling them to makeup artists like Debi Mazar, who was working with Madonna and others on the cutting edge of fashion,hair and makeup. They not only used the products but also gave me candid feedback and great ideas. It’s not often that you can test your products with industry leaders – it was a proactive way of ensuring their quality.” This break in the industry led to a growth spurt and within 15 years MAC had opened 300 stores worldwide. MAC is also a conscious company with a big heart and in 1994 the MAC Aids Fund was established. The charity has raised over US$270 million for women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Eventually the company was sold to Estee Lauder Inc where it has increased its brand strength to become a global phenomenon. Today MAC is still the name on every celebrities lips; both figuratively and literally. The company has cemented its reputation as an “eye catching, eternally young” brand and over the years they have turned their focus to supplementing their namesake. Knowing how influential pop culture is, the company instinctively extended their hand to join forces between their cosmetic geniuses and famous faces. Collaborations with the most talked about celebrities resulted in impressively avante garde collections season after season. For years MAC has selected iconic figures such as Ru Paul, Debbie Harry, Elton John, Missy Elliot, Boy George and Lady Gaga to name a few. There has been no shortage of ‘super cool’ celebrity campaigns and the Knowing how influential latest icon to join forces with MAC is POP culture is, the company currently one of the world’s biggest superstars and fashion forward style instinctively extended their vixens… our own Rihanna. hand to join forces with Earlier this year, Living Barbados was the famous and their own invited to the MAC Fall Trends Presencosmetic geniuses. What tation in Santo Domingo. Writers and beauty bloggers from the region were followed? Collaborations with the most talked about treated to a preview on the soon to be released trends for the upcoming seacelebrities, showcasing imson by senior MAC makeup artist Gisel pressive collections, season Calvillo. It’s an exciting time as all those privileged to attend get a sneak after season. peek at the upcoming makeup trends, their inspiration and its interpretation on the runways at elite fashion shows. A part of this presentation is a step by step demonstration on how to replicate the trend, turning a ‘made for stage’ look into glamorous everyday wear. “Intensity” is the theme for this year’s autumn/winter collection. Their ‘Rebelle’ line focuses on the eyes, piling on layers of black and charcoal in a variety of textures. Heavily shadowed eyelids are defined by black eyeliner and sexily smeared to ‘bleed.’ For contrast, metallic eyeliner in used at the corners of the eyes to reflect light and dimension. On runway shows at Roberto Cavalli and Donna Karan this gothic/glam style gives the ‘smoldering eye’ a resolute comeback. Other trends in this season’s collection follow a similar subversive nature. The ‘Perspecx-tive’ line uses glossy eyes and cheeks to give a modernized sleek skin texture. ‘Spiritual-ize’ rely on dove grey and pastel palettes and striking eyebrows; the effect is dually cold and soft, portraying an intimately ethereal intonation. This edgy fashion would normally have the most confident woman questioning how to pull this look off, but senior makeup artist Gisel Calvilo demonstrated how easy these are to apply. All of the products for this season are designed to make the transition from runway to real life effortless. According to MAC, playing it safe would be ’so last season.’

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RiRi looking fierce in her new campaign for MAC, rocking a deep raisin lipstick color called ‘Talk That Talk’. Other Fall collection “must have” items that we love include ‘RiRi Woo’ lipstick, ‘Her Cocoa’ eye shadow kit and brush 187SE (all shown on left). Oh, be still our Macloving beating hearts!

The new RiRi (Heart) MAC collection is a dynamic mix of colours, contours and classic beauty. A testament to her endless creative resources, MAC has agreed to continue their promotion for not just one season but four consecutive makeup lines. For both the company and Rihanna this is a first. “We always say that MAC likes to go on a date but doesn’t want to go into a relationship,” says John Demsey group President of the Estee Lauder Co. Inc. “This relationship with Rihanna is a long-term one that involves the development of four distinct colour initiatives.” The first products were launched in June this year and the whole line sold out in less than three hours. The second line of products made their debut in August and the third edition was released in October. Considering how quickly the two earlier lines were snapped up, customers in Barbados placed their orders for this third collection early, and once again, it was a smashing sell out. The fourth will be a special line arriving in early December for the festive season. The colours of the collection are all thoughtfully crafted with a lipstick to suit every personality or mood; ‘RiRi Boy’ matte vivid purple lipstick is perfect for bold vixens, ‘Heaux’ matte berry is more suited to demure ladies. Rihanna of course put her own twist on the classic statement lipstick ‘RiRi Woo’ a relentlessly cool, matte red. Rihanna continues to wave our flag all over the world; her rose gold, shimmery bronzer, aptly named ‘Barbados Girl’, suits any complexion and is made to create the appearance of a glow from the inside out. How inspired girls in Barbados must feel knowing a powerhouse cosmetics company like MAC has an amazing collection with their national celebrity as the beauty inspiration. We are proud of this ‘Barbados girl’ who like MAC came from humble beginnings but has taken the world by storm!

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living loves local No need to look any further than these shores for super gift ideas - all locally produced. We scouted the island to bring these hot ticket items to you! Photos by Curwin Cherubin

1. Photographer Mike Toy has incorporated his imagery onto a number of products including laminated playing cards, each card portrays a different image of popular attractions, beaches, flora, architeture etc. Available at: ‘The Studio’, Chattel Village, Sunset Crest. Call them on (246) 432-6765

2. Island Bags offer a range of cosmetic bags and handbags featuring prints of photos taken around the island of Barbados. The bags add a touch of tropical glamour to any outfit and also make the perfect souvenir or gift. Available in select stores islandwide. Email: islandbagsbarbados@gmail.com

3. Local artist Cathy Cummins signature style artwork with an uber cool Caribbean flair is available at Cathy’s studio. Shown here ‘Floating Blue Turtle’ original acrylic/gouache painting and ‘Red Palms at Night’ archival print. Email her at Cathy.coast@caribsurf.com or call (246) 256-3434.

4. This Hot & Saucy brand brings home made gourmet goodies to your table. Try their range of Mango & Pineapple Chutney, Organic Basil Pesto, Sweet Tamarind Sauce, Golden Apple Relish or hot pepper sauces. Call Colleen Rapson on (246) 266-4704.

5. Designer Rhaj Paul’s brand of Evolve T-shirts combines fashion with a conscious vibe to change the world – one word at a time! To order these ultra trendy statement piece Tee’s call him on (246) 265-1338 or email:moscre8all@gmail.com Facebook: Iam Rhaj

6. Long Beach Organics produces 100% all natural hand blended soaps in a dizzying array of scents including lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus and wild island spice to name a few. Look for their stall at Brighton Farmer’s Market or call (246) 269-2811.

7. Photographer Ronnie Carrington has put together a collection of mostly Caribbean images and thoughts in a superb coffee table book titled “Pathways”. Available at Cloister bookstores or from Ronnie at (246) 228-2385 or 230-9170.

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Caroline Gardiner and Peter Jones

Jimmy and Sarah Clarke Vanessa Gilkes

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25 YEARS OF MONTES SIMPLY MAGICAL! It was a night of magical Montes moments as The Wine Circle of Platinum Wines celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Montes wines with a dinner and wine tasting at Cin Cin Restaurant. Representing the Montes winery in Chile, Export Manager Sonia Montanares and Chief Oenologist (winemaker) Jorge Gutierrez were on hand to chat with guests, share some of the history of Montes and to talk about the various wines paired with each course, while a slideshow explored the famed Feng Shui Montes winery – one of the only gravitational wineries in the world. The selection of wines included Montes’ flagship Purple Angel – an elegant yet powerful red made from Carmenere grapes, a varietal considered to be extinct but was rediscovered by Montes in Chile. The philosophy of Montes from day one has been to produce premium quality wines and establishing Montes’ position as the premier Chilean winemaker. A great time was had by all...Salud! Mark Gilkes and Louise Tylman

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Particia Warden and Tracey Kirby

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Sue Richardson, Barb and Barry Dueck chat with other guests at their dinner table

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Sir David Seale, Lady Seale, Celeste Pontifex-McGougan, Manager Platinum Wines and Jorge Gutierrez, Montes Wines Apalta Estate Winemaker

Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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ASK THE

EXPERTS

Carol Hanschell is an Attorney-at-law with over 25 years experience at the Barbados Bar. She specializes in corporate commercial law with emphasis on banking and property transactions.

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My goddaughter and her husband are excitedly planning to build a dream home. They want to buy a plot of land to build their new home and they have been looking around for some time. On a few occasions the term “covenants and restrictions” have been mentioned to them. Is this something that they need to know about?

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Covenants are obligations relating to the ownership of property which normally forbid certain acts concerning the property. They have to be performed or adhered to by the Purchaser of a lot and may vary from one development to the other. Restrictive covenants may deal with such matters as building restrictions, restrictions on carrying on a business and/ or keeping animals, restrictions on the external appearance of a building, tidiness and sanitation of the lots and other general matters.

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My neighbour is selling a one bedroom condominium unit on the South Coast. I heard that the transaction costs for the seller in a property transfer matter are more than when you purchase. Am I correct to advise my neighbour of this?

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As a seller your neighbour must pay the property transfer tax of 2.5% of the value of the transfer and stamp duty at the rate of 1% of the consideration for the sale, as well as the real estate commission. These costs don’t apply on a purchase.

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My brother and I are bajans living overseas. Our father recently died in Barbados and left us an acre of land. How do we decide where we can build our houses?

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A Land Surveyor will assist you by surveying the property and preparing a Plan showing the property divided into 2 lots. After obtaining Town Planning permission to subdivide the land, your Attorney will assist you with obtaining Probate for your father’s Estate and preparing a legal document called an Assent. This will vest the lots in your brother and yourself according to your decision as to who should take Lot A and who should take Lot B. Once this process is completed you can proceed with your building Plan.

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As visitors to Barbados we were recently advised that the property we are purchasing in Barbados is owned by an offshore company. If we agree to purchase the company that owns the property what additional responsibilities would this structure have?

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The additional responsibilities arise because the company is incorporated outside of Barbados, i.e, in the British Virgin Islands or some other jurisdiction. This means that you are required to pay the annual licence fees in that territory, file annual returns in Barbados and keep the financial statements and Income Tax filings of the Company up to date. In addition, the normal property ownership expenses apply such as land tax, house insurance and maintenance of the property. 98

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REAL ESTATE NEWS AND VIEWS

Villa Hugo For Sale: USD$12,500,000

Green Monkey For Sale: USD$4,950,000

Exclusive. Luxurious. Private. Queens Fort, St. James has it all. Nestled between Heron Bay and Glitter Bay, these two quiet and peaceful private roads that lead to the beach at Queens Fort have become home to some of the finest houses on the West coast. These private estates include probably the most expensive house ever built to date in Barbados. Today there are still opportunities to own property in this wonderful location. For details call Worldwide Dream Villas on 1 (246) 432-6307 or visit them online at www.worldwidedreamvillas.com

Royal Westmoreland House For Rent: US$7,500 An Executive and elegantly furnished home located in the Palm Grove cluster of the up-market gated community of Royal Westmoreland. Surrounded by one of the island’s best golf courses and situated just a short drive from glorious West coast beaches and many amenities, the property features 4 en suite bedrooms on the main level and a grand master suite on the top floor, offering some distant sea views. The living and dining areas are grand and spacious, and lead out to a breezy terrace with a wet bar, a large infinity edge swimming pool, and some beautifully landscaped gardens. Truly an ideal property for an Executive and their family. For further information call 1(246) 439-7010 or email info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com

THE HOLIDAY HOME EXPERTS Blue Sky Luxury was launched as a dedicated professional brand for the promotion of holiday home rentals in Barbados. This fresh, innovative concept complements Bajan Services’ existing portfolios by maintaining those unmistakable qualities that are the essence of the Bajan Services brand but introducing a modern, inspired approach to luxury holiday home rentals. Chairman of the Terra Caribbean group of companies, Andrew Mallalieu, stated, “holiday home rentals is not just an add-on to real estate sales,” and explained “this investment in Blue Sky Luxury as a luxury holiday rentals brand and stand-alone business is a clear indication of our belief in the importance of villas and apartments to the local tourism sector.” Speaking on the company’s commitment to Blue Sky Luxury and its progress over the past several months, Marketing and Communications Manager, Kathy-Dawn Burke stated, “Our dedicated team of professionals have fully committed themselves to making Blue Sky Luxury synonymous with the best in holiday rentals. They have been working non-stop to ensure that our new brand is fully embraced and recognized as ‘best in class.’ Our signature shade of blue combined with our witty, intelligent advertising demonstrates the innovation and excellence that is Blue Sky Luxury.” Key to the tremendous success of the new brand is the website. www.blueskyluxury.com went live on the 29th November 2012 and showcases a 100 strong exclusive portfolio of ‘best in class’ villas and apartments which range in price from USD$150 to USD$15,000. The expertise of their reservations experts enables them to easily match guests to the perfect luxury holiday home; while caring and attentive property staff ensure an excellent guest experience. “We wanted to ensure that Blue Sky Luxury embraced the best and highest standards of the hospitality industry and also set the benchmark as a market leader in the marketing, distribution and delivery of service in our holiday home portfolio.” Kathy-Dawn said. Blue Sky Luxury has a wide range of homes ideal for family vacations, special celebrations or romantic retreats. Visit them online at www.blueskyluxury.com or call 1 (246) 622- 4466

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Luxury Penthouse For Rent La Mirage 302 at Old Trees is a luxury penthouse that commands jaw-dropping views of the ocean, together with a five-star standard furnishings, decorations and equipment. This spacious penthouse features a partially covered pool deck with a plunge pool. four bedrooms, each with its own indulgent bathroom, spread over some 5,900 sq. ft. of exceptional living space. Naturally, La Mirage 302 offers 24-hour security, is fully equipped with multimedia digital entertainment, and is staffed by a cook, maid and laundress.Perfectly placed for the best of the West Coast including upscale shopping, world-class dining and the Island’s top golf and polo clubs. Call Jeremy at Chattel House Realty on 1 (246) 230-2099 www.chattelhouserentals.com

Sixteen men and women in the local real estate industry had lots to smile about when they graduated from a course organised by their membership body, Barbados Estate Agents and Valuers Association Inc (BEAVA). The members were formally acknowledged at a meeting and cocktail event in September at Barbados Yacht Club for completing the four-week real estate course which was organised and hosted by BEAVA in association with Barbados Community College, home of the course.Topics included Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice; The Real Estate Process; Comparative Market Analysis and Valuation; The Sales Process, A Legal Prospective and Leases and were taught by members of BEAVA Inc as well as attorneys from the law firm, Clarke Gittens and Farmer. Pictured above are some of the course participants, from left to right: A. Michael Wood, Diana Marshall, Allan Kinch, Allison Maynard-Taylor, Cindy Coombes, Lara Jones, Jonathan Simpson, Anna Lee Warren, Luther Miller and Suelan Hart. Visit us on www.mlsbarbados.org for a viewing of our agents’ listings.

Realtors Real Estate Ltd joins The ERA Real Estate Global Network Mrs. Suzanne Davis, Managing Director of Realtors Real Estate Limited is happy to announce that Realtors Real Estate Limited has joined forces with ERA Real Estate Global Network as of October 1, 2013. Mrs. Davis said that we realise the benefits of making the global resources and top tools of ERA Real Estate available to our customers and that is why we are proud to be an ERA Network Member. The ERA Network includes approximately 2,400 offices throughout the United States and 36 countries and territories. Realtors Real Estate Limited has a wide selection of properties and a wealth of experience in the Real Estate business. Mrs. Davis said that the company has seven agents including herself, and two administrative staff and is still affiliated with Mayfair out of London. We feel this gives us the best reach across the world and we are proud to be affiliated with both of these companies and look forward to a long and prosperous association.

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Bajan Services|Knight Frank, Newton House, Battaleys, St. Peter BB26094 Tel: (246) 422-2618 Fax: (246) 422-5366 Email: sales@bajanservices.com www.bajanservices.com

Westport 16

Heywoods 160

Merlin Bay - Ocean View

Mullins Bay - Jalousie

Ker Avel

Martello House

Bananaquit

Messel House

Senderlea

This well-designed 4-bedroom home is located in the desirable Westport neighbourhood, less than five minutes drive to West Coast beaches and Holetown. This residence has an open-plan kitchen, a cozy sunken living room and is complemented by a glorious swimming pool. • FOR SALE: US$995,000

Located within Phase 2 of Mullins Bay development, this elegantly furnished 4-bedroom townhouse offers luxury accommodation over three floors and high quality finishes throughout. Boasting a spacious living room, a private garden and plunge pool, this is an amazing residence. • FOR SALE: US$1,495,000

This immaculate 3-storey estate home is ideally located in close proximity to the magnificent beaches at Heywoods and Port St. Charles. The first floor offers a master suite with private balcony and the second floor features a spacious living and dining room with excellent sea views. • FOR SALE: US$995,000

This stunning 4-bedroom villa located on Polo Ridge shares views of the West Coast and Caribbean Sea from almost every room in the house. Highlighted by beautifully maintained tropical gardens, the elegant open plan layout offers its residents both space and privacy. • FOR SALE: US$4,250,000

This charming 5-bedroom villa is located within the Sugar Hill Resort Community and enjoys spectacular views of the West Coast. A glorious infinity-edged pool and charming cottage complement this property. Beach club membership is available at a nearby location. • FOR SALE: US$4,950,00

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Located on the ultra-exclusive Royal Westmoreland Estate, this 4-bedroom residence offers the ultimate in Caribbean living. Boasting an alluring décor and modern amenities, this stunning villa overlooks the 17th hole of this world-class golf course and has great outdoor living spaces. • FOR SALE: US$5,900,000

Situated on a low sea cliff with steps leading down to a secluded beach, this townhouse enjoys fabulous views of the ocean. This 3-bedroom residence features 1 bedroom suite on the ground floor that opens on to the plunge pool terrace, and 2 bedrooms on the upper level. • FOR SALE: US$1,400,000

Designed by Gillespie and Steel, Martello House offers the ultimate in luxury living and is surrounded by natural landscaping with a large infinity-edge swimming pool and heated Jacuzzi. Offers 5 air conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and views over the West Coast. • FOR SALE: US$4,600,000

Ideally positioned on an amazing cliff-side site, this beautiful property on the prestigious West Coast of Barbados gives you enchanting stairway access to a white sandy beach. This is a classic Barbadian home featuring traditional cottagestyle architecture and furnishings. • FOR SALE: US$7,500,000


Property Listings Altman Real Estate, Derricks, St James, Barbados, BB24008 Tel: (246) 432-0840 Fax: (246) 432-4635 Email: realestate@altmanbarbados.com www.altmanbarbados.com

Tara House, Ashton Hall, St. Peter

Malta, Cattlewash, St. Joseph

Designed by London-based architect Ferry Zayadi, this unique villa with 2-bedroom guest cottage has great West Coast views. The 6,000 sq. ft. main house offers 4 bedrooms, yoga room, sun terrace, office and reading room. • FOR SALE: US$2,600,000

A rare find on Barbados’ rugged and scenic East Coast. Sitting on 26,698 square feet of land, this beachfront property consists of a beautifully finished 2-bedroom main house, plus a 1-bedroom annex, wooden deck and private pool. • FOR SALE: US$2,750,000

Villa Anthena, Carlton View, St. James

Westland Heights 1, St. James

Elegant 5,000 sq. ft. 4-bedroom luxury villa with self-contained 1-bedroom apartment occupying a prime ridge front position with spectacular 180-degree views. Fully enclosed property on just over half an acre of landscaped gardens. • FOR SALE: US$2,995,000

Located one minute from Royal Westmoreland and two minutes from Sugar Hill, Westland Heights comprises just 9 exceptionally finished luxury villas. This 5-bedroom residence on 42,726 sq. ft. with sea views offers comfortably elegant Caribbean living. • FOR SALE: US$3,600,000

Casa Caoba, Sandy Lane, St. James

Old Trees -The Penthouse, St. James

Abutting the 5th green of Sandy Lane’s Old Nine is this attractive 4 bedroom 4 ½ bathroom single-storey villa on almost an acre of established gardens with generous covered terrace, gazebo and pool. • FOR SALE: US$4,650,000

Windfall, Apes Hill, St. James

Located on the Polo field at Apes Hill, Windfall enjoys breathtaking panoramic coastline views. This 6,200 sq. ft. residence features 4 bed rooms, 4 ½ baths, spacious indoor living areas, office and large Italian kitchen. • FOR SALE: US$2,800,000

Half Century House, St. James

Beautifully designed 3-bedroom villa on 32,121 sq. ft. of land, with Caribbean Sea views from the first floor terrace, overlooking the pool and manicured grounds. Resort amenities include tennis, gym, clubhouse, pool and restaurant. • FOR SALE: US$4,500,000

Palatial 6,100 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath penthouse apartment with exquisite sea views in luxury condominium development, set on one of Barbados’ most magnificent West Coast beaches just south of Sandy Lane Hotel. • FOR SALE: US$6,750,000

Serenity, Sandy Lane, St. James

Remarkable 7-bedroom villa on approximately an acre with accommodation on three levels, including spacious reception rooms, formal dining, state-of-the-art kitchen, home theatre and an expansive first-floor master suite. • FOR SALE: US$7,500,000

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Property Listings Seaside Realty Inc, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email: info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com View from the lot

East Coast scenic view

Silver Sands, Christ Church

Ayshford, St Thomas

Cattlewash, St. Joseph

Millennium Heights, Warrens, St. Thomas

Crystal Court, St. James

Brownes, Christ Church

Southern Heights, Christ Church

Gunsite, St. Michael

This 6,834 sq. ft. lot located just a few steps away from the beautiful Silver Sands Beach as well as the historic Oistins town which has all the amenities. • FOR SALE: US$200,000

A Beautiful gated community with access to two large pools, 2 lit tennis courts, clubhouse, gym and jogging track. Located two minutes from Warrens this development offers excellent rental potential! • FOR SALE: From US$265,000

Spacious 3 Bed/3 Bath home with an additional unfinished 2 Bed apartment sitting on 8,433 sq. ft. •.FOR SALE: US$412,500

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This beautiful 31,029 sq. ft. elevated lot is located in a quiet cul-de-sac development with views and country breezes. Lovely peaceful setting within close proximity to Warrens. • FOR SALE: US$235,000

A nicely furnished 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom upstairs apartment within a gated community with access to club house, large pool and tennis courts. • FOR SALE: US$265,000

3 Bed / 2.5 Bath townhouses situated in a modern gated community with access to a large shared swimming pool. Many amenities and the beach are just a short drive away. • FOR SALE: Starting at US$325,000

Both land and house options for sale on the unspoilt Eastern side of the island: 7,200 sq. ft. - US$200,000 11,000 sq. ft. - US$232,500 11,000 sq. ft. - US$275,000 72 acres - US$2 Mil.

Spacious 2 Bed /2 Bath luxury boutique apartments within a gated community. Located on the South coast within walking distance to beaches, shopping, restaurants and night life. • FOR SALE: Starting at US$450,000

Upton, St. Michael

Sitting on a 31,343 sq. ft. lot is this unique opportunity – A main house with living area upstairs and a downstairs office. Next to the home is a separate 1 Bed cottage as well as a smaller studio cottage. • FOR SALE: US$850,000


Property Listings Seaside Realty Inc, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email: info@seasiderealtybarbados.com www.seasiderealtybarbados.com

Palm Court, St. James

Southridge, Christ Church

Rendezvous Gardens, Christ Church

Blue Waters, Christ Church

Brighton Beach, St. Michael

Palm Beach, Christ Church

Comfortable 3 Bed / 2 Bath BEACH FRONT holiday home with A/c in all bedrooms. Superb swimming and just a short drive to Bridgetown. • FOR RENT: US$170 per night

Beautifully furnished 3 Bed / 3.5 Bath condo within this 4 acre beachfront gated community with access to large swimming pools and a fitness centre. Unit has an alarm system, its own washer/dryer and is allocated 2 parking spots. • FOR RENT: US$5,000

Bromefield, St. Lucy

Union Villas, Christ Church

12 two-storey, spacious townhouses in the quiet and central area of Prior Park. There are six 3 Bed and six 2 Bed units all with A/c bedrooms and kitchen appliances. • FOR SALE: 2 Bed/2.5 Bath from US$325,000 3 Bed/2.5 Bath from US$362,500

A beautifully renovated and spacious 4 Bed / 3 Bath family home with a self-contained 2 Bed / 1 Bath apartment within walking distance of the heart of the south coast amenities and beaches. Garden maintenance included. • FOR RENT: US$5,000

Walkers, St. George 4 Bed / 3 Bath family home sitting on 14,000 sq. ft. located in a quiet cul-de-sac. This large home has a double car garage, pool, security grills, A/c in all bedrooms and is fully enclosed. Pool and garden maintenance included. • FOR RENT: US$4,000

Large 4 Bed / 2.5 Bath family home located in an excellent upmarket neighbourhood, and situated on an elevated ridge offering great south coast views! The property is fully enclosed with security grills and an alarm system. • FOR SALE: US$750,000/ RENT US$2,875

Located on the beautiful grounds of Bromefield Plantation is this fabulous 4 Bed / 4 Bath villa. The villa has been furnished exquisitely and is just six minutes from Port St. Charles Yacht club. • FOR RENT: US$2,375

Wonderful 2 Bed / 2 Bath home. The property has had recent upgrades and is fully enclosed, fully furnished, has security grills and is just a few minutes to shopping and beaches. • FOR RENT: US$1,250

Cozy BEACH FRONT self-catering accommodation conveniently located within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, night life and public transportation. Fully equipped! • FOR RENT: From US$150 per night

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Property Listings Worldwide Dream Villas, Indigo Courtyard, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-6307 Email: zaheera@worldwidedreamvillas.com www.worldwidedreamvillas.com www.barbadosdreamvillas.com

Grendon House, Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane 35, St. James

Grendon House is a comfortable 5-bedroom villa set in 1.5 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking the prestigious Sandy Lane Golf Course. This stunning villa is one of the only few in Sandy Lane with a private cabana. • FOR SALE: US$4,700,000

This exceptional property includes the main 4-bed, 4-bath villa with swimming pool and a 2-bed, 2-bath cottage set on 2 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. The property is located at the end of a cul-de-sac on Vault road and offers complete privacy. • FOR SALE: US$3,300,000

Waterside, St. James

Port St. Charles 102, St. Peter

Waterside is a beachfront development on the west coast of Barbados which consists of 1,2 3 and 5 bedroom options. Situated on the pristine beach at Paynes Bay, it offers the very finest in Caribbean living. • FOR SALE: Prices start from US$625,000

This immaculately furnished villa boasts stunning sea or lagoon views from each room of the house including the spacious outdoor dining patio with plunge pool. This villa houses 4 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms along with a 50 ft berth on the south of the property and 2 parking spots. • FOR SALE: US$3,750,000

The Beach Hut, Prospect, St. James

Foul Bay, St. Philip

6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, an entrance foyer, an open-plan living/dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry room, staff quarters and a spacious terrace which leads onto the sun deck and barbecue area, an inviting negativeedge swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. • FOR SALE: US$7,500,000

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A stunning cliff front plot which spans 2.2 acres boasting 180 degree unobstructed sea views. This immaculate plot also features a staircase in the wall of the cliff to a breathtaking white sandy cove almost like a private beach. • FOR SALE: US$5,000,000 (NON NEGOTIABLE)

Glitter Bay 302, St. James

An elegantly furnished 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom duplex penthouse with views of the gardens and coast. Glitter Bay currently offers access to a communal pool, a concierge, tennis courts, restaurant and bar and 24 security. • FOR SALE: Reduced to US$1,100,000

Maynards 56, St. Peter

A newly built 4 bedroom house and spacious one-bedroom flat located in a quiet and safe residential neighborhood. This fabulous house boasts distant views of the stunning Caribbean Sea and offers great rental potential. • FOR SALE: US$525,000

Glitter Bay 312, St. James

Located within the prestigious Glitter Bay Estate, this luxury condo comprises of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, living/dining room and a spacious terrace. This beachfront apartment overlooks the gardens and magnificent platinum coast. • FOR SALE: Reduced to US$590,000


Property Listings Realtors Real Estate Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email: living@realtorslimited.com www.realtorslimited.com

Forest Hill 28, Royal Westmoreland

3 bed/ 3 bath furnished unit with luxury finishes and natural light. Two bedrooms have private patios. Unit has a panoramic view of Forest Hills and its manicured gardens and the Caribbean Sea. Covered Area: 2,200 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$795,000

Corbelune, Hanson, St. George

Excellent Investment Opportunity! Approximately 4.7 acres with existing permissions for six (6) separate Lots, one with a house in disrepair. Good possibility for further sub-division. Fabulous countryside views and close to all amenities. • FOR SALE: US$1,750,000




Farr Out, Royal Westmoreland

Beautiful 2 beds / 3 bath semi-furnished Villa set on a ridge. Newly-renovated kitchen and large walk-in pantry. Joined to the main house by a covered walk-way is a 2 bed / 2 bath guest suite. Land Area: 16,468 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$2,900,000




Gibbs Hills House, Gibbs, St. Peter

Cliff Plantation, St. John

Grand View Cliffs 61, St. George

West Shore, Weston, St. James

Grand View Cliffs 38, St. George

The Beach Hut, Prospect, St. James

Lovely family home consisting of 4 beds / 4½ bath sitting on 27,233 (approx.) sq. ft. of land. Large swimming pool surrounded by a large deck and gazebo. Gardens are mature with many varieties of fruit trees. • FOR SALE: US$1,100,000




Large unfurnished 4 bed home with views of the countryside and out to sea along the south coast. Large swimming pool and manicured gardens. Beneath the house is a 1 bedroom self-contained apartment. Covered Area: 5,482 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$2,100,000




Beautiful unfurnished 3 bed / 3 ½ bath home sitting on ridge with commanding country views. Set on an acre and a half of landscaped gardens. Large swimming pool with bar & deck. Covered Area: 3,500 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$3,000,000




Refurbished 5 bedroom/5 bathroom
plantation home with beautiful hard-wood floors throughout. Includes stables and paddock and large pool and deck.
Land Area: 6 acres (approx.) • FOR SALE: Reduced to US$1,387,500

West Shore is an exquisitely built beachfront villa consisting of 4 beds / 4 bath which has been newly refurbished. Land Area: 6,110 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$2,300,000 




Luxurious beachfront Villa built in a fabulous elevated location surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Designed to take advantage of the breath-taking sea views, the split-level villa offers 6 beds / 6½ bath sitting on 9,362 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$7,500,000

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Living Barbados November 2013 edition  

Our 8th issue

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