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Design Presentation Guided Decision Making

Image credit Becki Owens Las Palmas Project

For the recently completed Shambhala Guesthouse project, we started with the main objective of retaining the classic Caribbean architecture of the main house while steering the interiors in a transitional direction which would blend both traditional and contemporary elements.  As this was a new client primarily based abroad, the groundwork of design decision making was laid through design presentations.

Image credits 1. SabonHome 2. Bon Made Concord Californian Bungalow 3. Jill Egan Interiors

These design presentations allowed me to gain an understanding of what styles and finishes appealed to the client.  These visual surveys are an effective tool, particularly for busy clients who may not have a great deal of time to commit to these early stages. 

Image credit 1. The House that Lars Built 2. Stacy Zarin Goldberg ; DESIGN: JWS Interiors

They are also wonderful aides for clientele who may not have a high level of comfort or interest in the design realm, but they know what they like when they see it.

Image credits 1. Cassandra LaValle 2. Becki Owens Summit Creek Kitchen 3. Studio McGee Mountainside Retreat

From these Design Presentations clients can tune in to various finishes, fixtures, furnishings that speak to them and pinpoint what they like and what they do not. 

Image credits 1. Marie Flanigan Interiors 2. Atlanta Homes Mag 3. Janette Mallory Interiors

This feedback then helps us to further the design process.  At this stage I can work more efficiently knowing what the client is receptive to, and what styles or particulars to avoid.

Image credits 1. Studio McGee Sunset House 2. Leanne Ford Interiors 3. Katherine Carter Design

Once broad concepts have been introduced and narrowed down, then we focus on priority decisions which are often dictated by the general contractor in addition to the selections which have the longest lead times.

Image credits 1. Nune Sheena Murphy 2. Natasha Levak 3. Heidi Caillier Design | Photography: Haris Kenjar 4. Alie Henrie Design

Clients arriving at an initial meeting with a collection of inspirations and visual references, protocol is often established and we can move directly into the ideas stage.

Image credits 1. Kate Marker Interiors 2. Aragon Interior Designs 3. Frenchyfancy

After feedback on more generalized ideas, we progress to client preferences.  In this phase it can be really helpful to compare and contrast visual references side by side.

Image credits 1. Marie Flanigan Interiors 2. Pure Salt Interiors 3. Studio McGee Park City Contemporary

Once client preferences are clear, we advance to specifications.  For example, this client decided upon wall sconces for the en suite baths so the following DP (design presentation) listed 2-4 options of specific fixtures, along with the dimensions and pricing.

Image credits 1. Twelve Chairs Interiors 2. Vanitas Studio 3. W Design Collective 4. Emily Henderson

This project has just completed and I look forward to sharing installation images soon!

One Nine Interior Design

A year ago I was approached by TDMG Concordia, to consult on a new beachfront project planned for Long Bay.  They had already advanced nicely with the architectural plans but a few modifications called for a renewed consideration of the interior design.  Familiar with many of TDMG’s island builds, and the sterling reputation that precedes the company, I was thrilled to be asked and eager to begin work.  The prime location of the project to be, pictured above.

By March of  2020 we had made excellent progress but life as we knew it, and subsequently the project, came to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic.  The carefully curated textile and material samples I kept in neat order in my office for months with high hopes that they would not need to be shelved altogether.  Just as my optimism had begun to dim, TDMG brought welcome news that One Nine would endure . . .  as long as we could reimagine the project with directives from the new market needs.  We immediately set to work and here lies the first glimpse of the new One Nine revealed.

The process has been incredibly gratifying, not only from the standpoint of  working with highly professional and experienced teams at both TDMG and TKCA, the property management company, but also in that there was opportunity for improvements with each decision.  We started with something great but we committed to and arrived at something exceptional; lower density, higher style, less units, more spacious and luxurious.

I look forward to sharing the more on this project soon! For more information on pricing and availability, please reach out to TDMG.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Fragrance Shoot

Gigi Hadid Michael Kors Wonderlust Fragrance

Last June Turks and Caicos Productions and North Six Productions welcomed back photographers Inez and Vinoodh to Providenciales to shoot the Michael Kors Wonderlust fragrance campaignMichael Kors, the man himself arrived on set and the serious tone took an unexpected turn when he donned a retro swim cap (borrowed from the prop table) for a laugh.  Lovely to have some lightheartedness from one of the biggest names in fashion!

Wonderlust Fragrance

Michael Kors Wonderlust Fragrance

Image above via EmailTuna. It was a massive crew that came together locally and from abroad for the weeks work.  It is an incredible advertising campaign, not just for the perfume, but for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Our sand isn’t quite this pink, but our waters are certainly this crystal clear and blue!

Gigi Hadid for Michael Kors Wonderlust

Image above via Teen Vogue.  These large shoots I am always most interested in seeing the set design and prop styling.  Jill Nicholls headed this team, and by chance one of her assistants, Todd Knopke, and I later discovered we have a mutual friend from the art scene in New York. It is a small world after all. Here are a few of my favorite props in action.  Image below via Elle

Gigi Hadid for Michael Kors Wonderlust

We  shot at the beautiful Amanyara resort on the northwest point of Providenciales.  This area is ideal for viewing sunset, as demonstrated by the below behind the scenes photo from the beachfront villa.

Aman beachfront villa sunset

If you want to see more of the gorgeous footage from this shoot, see the full Wonderlust video here. Big thanks to everyone who assisted on this shoot!

Gigi Hadid Michael Kors Wonderlust


Khaya Design Boards

Khaya Landscaping board

We are nearing completion on our latest design build project Khaya, a four bedroom house on the canal in the prestigious Leeward community. If I had to describe it’s overall style in one word it would have to be “earthy”.  As such, the landscaping design will play a prominent roll.  I want the exteriors to be a big departure from the standard Caribbean tropical look and feel that is everywhere. I want to represent the dry tropical forest eco system we have here in the Turks and Caicos Islands and emulate the California desert vibe notorious in places like Palm Springs.  Bismark palms planted with the spring rains shade the backyard with their giant, sage green palm fronds.  We plan to embrace other drought resistant, sculptural species such as cacti, succulents, yucca, and aloe vera embedded in grey gravel along the perimeters.  The front will feature large boulders and wild grasses flanking the paved driveway and parking areas.

Khaya Kitchen and Entry Board

The defining feature of Khaya is the airy, completely unobstructed great room. Custom TC Millwork mahogany framed glass bi-fold doors slide open to the exteriors, transforming the heart of the home into indoor outdoor living. Timeless, labor intensive, hand laid native stone walls create an unparalleled ambiance as well as acoustics.  The house is characterized by high contrast; white porcelain floor tiles, white quartz waterfall countertops juxtaposed against dark mahogany T&G vaulted ceilings and built-in cabinetry. 

Khaya Dining Board

Khaya Living Board

The layout of the home is unfussed, straightforward and logical.  The artistry of this home is in the craftsmanship and the interior design.  Contemporary, neutral furnishings with a masculine edge set the tone for Khaya, so named due to the African Mahogany used throughout.  Natural fiber, jute, sisal rugs and woven baskets will feature eminently, balanced by copper, black smoked glass, shiny hard surface elements.

Khaya Bedroom 1 Board

Khaya Bedroom 2 Board

I often say that lighting is comparable to jewelry in fashion.  Lighting can take a space from mediocre to memorable.  In Khaya’s case it elevates memorable to marvelous. Khaya will feature sable bronze, seeded glass sconces in the great room, illuminating the rough texture of the native stone walls, while statement pendants hang over the kitchen island and dining. Bedrooms feature glass pendants flanking the beds, each room unique. 

Khaya Bedroom 3 Board

Khaya Bedroom 4 Board

The master baths and their adjoining walk-in closets and outdoor counterparts are a crucial part of the home.  Custom floating dual sink vanities, glass encased showers with dual rain showerheads and concealed linear drains, polished chrome fixtures and saber style sconces make these baths the most modern of rooms in Khaya.  The outdoor showers, a key perk of island living, bring the endless summers indoors. 

Khaya Bath 1 Board

Saving the best for last, waterfront living on the canal; an exceptionally quiet cul de sac with a flamingo frequented protected bird reserve within steps.  Khaya capitalises on 101′ of water frontage with a 40′ dock; the perfect platform for swift access to world famous Grace Bay Beach, yachting, diving, and island hopping.

Khaya Pool and Canal Board

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TCP Realty Office Renovation

Original Inspiration Board

Late last summer I met with Bernadette Hunt of TCP Realty in regards to updating their Ocean Club Office.  It had been ten years since they moved in and the furniture, though in good condition, made the space feel dated.  We took a tour of their Le Vele office, with it’s open floor plan and overall modern style, and discussed taking the renovation in a different direction.  Bernadette wanted to appeal to clients of traditional taste as well as clients who prefer more modern aesthetics.  To demonstrate transitional style, I pinpointed a crushed velvet armchair in the space.  It was large enough to lounge, but overall dimensions moderate enough to meet the smaller floorplan of the Ocean Club Office.  It had a traditional barrel back, but the crushed velvet vivid fabric and flared wood legs gave it a contemporary edge.  This perfectly transitional chair, a marriage of modern and traditional styles; Nomad by Four Hands Furniture, became the starting piece for the renovation. 

Nomad Chair by Four Hands Furniture

TCP Realty bath

TCP Realty Conference Room

  The existing furniture was dark, bulky, and full of ornamentation.  We selected new furniture in the transitional style that was more evenly proportioned to the room sizes.  I like to use a few common denominators throughout to help tie interiors together.  Navy blue was a heavy influence in this project, as were small splashes of bright brass details.

TCP Realty Front Office

The front office formerly used a folding screen for privacy from street traffic.  We installed indigo drapes, a remedy which allowed a healthy dose of natural light to pour in when desired, yet shields onlookers when meetings are in session. 

TCP Realty Reception

For the reception we wanted a bold first impression which we achieved through this gorgeous Flat Vernacular wallpaper.  The only builders work was replacing the glass block within the partition wall between the reception and the rear office with a logo customized frosted glass.  The idea was to allow additional natural light without losing privacy between the two spaces.  TC Millwork handled a tricky installation due to the logo being printed slightly off level.  They also managed to repair a chair that had been received damaged, matching the bleached finish flawlessly!

I enjoyed updating this space and hope to gain more TCP realty clients after this transformation.