Taking a pre-dinner stroll to find inspiration in the fabulous Bermudian architecture, I found myself on the grounds of the “Tankfield” estate. A wonderfully elegant home, it was considered the most fabulous house in Bermuda when it was built in the early 1700′s. Its stair case embraces visitors as they ascend to the grand entrance, (in fact this sort of staircase is known as a “welcoming arms.” The beautifully balanced facade is inspired by classical Georgian architecture. The shutters and doors are painted a green black – quite reminiscent of Farrow and Balls‘ “Studio Green” and is a typical color used in Bermuda.
Traditional roofs are rather sophisticated – a stepped design collects and funnels rain water to holding tanks, and the roofs are lime-washed to purify the water and then painted white to reflect the scorching sun.
I always feel so enriched by my global adventures and house tours, and take a away a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to put to good use in future projects.
Dressed in typical Bermudian gentleman’s dinner attire, I’m doing a shorts and jacket look- (minus the black knee socks!). Jacket is Gucci white linen, purple shorts are H & M, Gucci white turquoise and purple plaid linen shirt, turquoise silk pocket square by Charvet Paris, silver chain link belt and white leather loafers also by Gucci.