With the Cayman Islands’ architectural landscape comprised of designs across the spectrum, from classic cottages to streamlined condos and modern glass homes, the concept of a quintessential Caymanian home is rapidly evolving. Yet details in design can make any space feel like a sanctuary.
The rise of the digital age has set in motion what cannot be called a trend in interior design but more so a movement towards reconnecting with the natural world. Jesse La Fortune is co-owner and product manager at Sticks & Stones in George Town, specialising in sustainably sourced wood furnishings. He explains how such pieces not only bring warmth to one’s home but add an interesting dynamic with colour and texture.
“Over the years we’ve done a lot of reclaimed or salvaged boat wood furniture that has a distressed look to it but introduces a good amount of colour. Those are always great statement pieces in a clean, contemporary-styled home because there’s this juxtaposition that comes into play.”
Studies continue to reveal the benefits on one’s health and wellness when bringing the outdoors in. Indoor plants breathe life into a space — literally — by adding vibrancy and purifying the air. Botanical prints shine on both the timeless and trendy, and truly flourished this year across fashion, retail and interior design.
La Fortune adds that especially in the Caribbean, incorporating natural accents brings a cohesiveness between the interior and exterior. “Being in the tropics, you get this element that it’s that indoor/outdoor living. You want fluidity to be able to transition between the spaces, effortlessly.”
For a beautiful example of these truly tropical elements, visit the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. You’ll see just how green space, botanical prints and warm, wood elements transform a space into an island oasis. The killer views don’t hurt, either!
And indeed, life in the Cayman Islands beckons to time well spent outdoors, from afternoons poolside to sunset dinner parties. Teak is a popular investment for outdoor furnishings due to its durability.
To help ensure the longevity of décor, La Fortune recommends selecting stackable furniture that can easily be moved indoors during inclement weather and advises caution with furniture covers such as tarps, which can trap moisture within, causing mildew. Sticks & Stones specialises in reclaimed wood furnishings, including teak, and also offers a wide selection of synthetic rattan, plus maintenance and restoration services for their products.
Elsewhere on Grand Cayman, Island Interiors Ltd. offers botanical artwork and furnishings to bring the beauty of the tropics within, whilst Vigoro provides creative solutions for outdoor pathways and weather-resilient lighting to give your garden a dreamy evening glow.
La Fortune also encourages homeowners to consider the “flow mechanics” of their home, honing the practical functionality of their property and their rhythm of life. Keeping in mind the little nuances — from where you prefer to eat meals to where you would naturally place your keys or briefcase upon entering the home — creates a living space that is tuned to your every day.
Says La Fortune, “My main goal at the end of the day is that when the client turns the key and walks into their home, they can personally own what they’re looking at, that they connect to the space and they have the reasoning and the understanding for why things are the way they are — making sure those balances are in play.”
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Author: Jessie Gilmartin