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First Annual Design Weekend at the Lyford Cay Club

James Andrew at Lyford Cay

James Andrew at Lyford Cay

We’re just back from lovely Lyford where a smashing time was had by all!

Lyford’s First Annual Design Weekend with Newell Turner as Honorary Chairperson, and the most fabulous selection of home tours and lectures by Hutton Wilkinson and Tom Scheerer was one of those not-to-be-missed (nor soon-to-be-forgotten) events.

As you may know, I’m wild about Lyford and I’ll hop a plane at a moment’s notice if it means I’ll have the opportunity to soak in some more of its old world elegance and sophistication (not to mention more of those warm mid-winter tropical rays). People at Lyford LOVE to dress up, decorate, and entertain and they do it all with truly great elan—it shouldn’t come as any surprise to our WIJW readers that I gush on a bit about this little slice of heaven! It really is such a joy to see people putting themselves together so well—the place never fails to evoke for me visions of the Grand Dame cruise era.

This past weekend began with a tour of the Lyford Cay Clubhouse. Certainly one of the chicest clubs I know, it’s a wonderful collaboration between several of the super-sophisticated members of Lyford and the terrific Tom Scheerer. Our tour was followed by cocktail hour, and a fascinating lecture entitled “Tony Duquette: Wild Child of Hollywood Design” by Hutton Wilkinson. We capped our sublime day off with a deliciously divine dinner in the “LIttle Club” at Lyford, decorated a-la-tropical-Tony-Duquette. It was simply the most perfectly ravishing evening.

The home tours had me feeling like a kid in a candy store (something on the Ladurée sort of level perhaps). I was particularly thrilled to see “Lightbourne House,” the former home of William and Babe Paley. It’s one of the most iconic tropical homes…and astoundingly it remains preserved just as the Paley’s left it! Decorated by McMillin’s super-chic Natalie Davenport, and designed by legendary Palm Beach architect John Volk, this “beach house” is so everything. Babe Paley, being the quintessential perfectionist, had a full scale model of the house constructed in plywood and installed all the furnishings to assure a perfect fit before the contents were shipped to Lyford. And, in case you are wondering, yes, the house is indeed perfect.

Another highlight was “Pytchley Lodge,” the home of my dear friends and uber-glamorous tastemakers, John Fondas and John Knott. Built by Sir Gerald and Lady Glover in 1960, it is one of the last of the original Lyford Cay cottages built at a time when most members at Lyford took their meals at the club. It has to be one of my favorite homes in Lyford.

Following our morning and afternoon home tours, we reconnected for an excellent Tom Scheerer interview conducted by my gorgeous friend Amanda Lindroth, and followed this with cocktails and a terrific dinner in the main dining room.

For a bit of quiet reflection amidst all the excitement (photo top), we took our golf cart down this lovely rock carved road. I’m sporting a Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill Snowdon suit, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, floral silk pocket square and brown suede tasseled loafers, Gucci python belt with silver buckle, antique coral and shell cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

Classic Bermuda

James Andrew, Bermuda

James Andrew, Bermuda

Wherever I go, I always try to hit some historical landmarks and legendary homes. As you can see, this trip was no exception! I’m photographed here at Verdmont, a classic Georgian style manor house in Smith’s Hill Parish. The lovely stucco walls are painted that perfect Bermudian shade of coral—I’m thinking of Farrow & Ball’s “Fowler Pink”—and those smart shutters have me thinking classic F&B’s “Studio Green.”

Later we stopped by a friend’s glorious home with the most spectacular views of the “blue, blue sea” —white roofed pastel colored houses dotting the landscape like candy.

Bermuda

Architectural wonder in Bermuda

Dressed for an afternoon of exploration (top), I’m sporting a Gucci white and green floral cotton voile shirt and woven white cotton belt with bamboo d-ring buckle, linen and hemp shorts by Our Legacy, white sunglasses by KVA, vintage Rolex watch, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

Harbour Island

James Andrew, Harbour Island. Photo Scott Mcbee

With its turquoise water, powdery sand, and casually elegant vibe, it’s easy to see how Harbour Island and Dunmore would be the perfect spot for India Hicks and her family to realize their inspired vision of island living.

One of the first things that one notices on Harbour Island is the fact that most local travel is done on foot or by cart. This really slows the pace, giving one a heightened sense of the environment, and it adds a particularly social element to one’s comings and goings as well, creating an ease to social exchange that is virtually extinct where many of us come from! As Hicks puts it, Harbour Island is “the epitome of barefoot chic.”

And pleasures are reassuringly simple on the island – for instance, one evening after enjoying a scrumptious meal with a small and well selected gathering chez Hicks we were greeted by a tropical storm which quite promptly put the electricity out – in a blink, India whisked us to the drawing room for a lively game of charades – I must say I was having more fun than I’d had in a long time. Remember those days before we buried our lives in our blackberries and flat screen TVs? We at WIJW do, and it took us an evening like this one to remind us how nice it is to connect in such a natural way.

Obviously we owe a great deal of gratitude to Harbour Island and the effortlessly graceful India Hicks for a little glimpse of the way things could, can, and should be!

Saying our farewells, I’m wearing a white cotton voile safari shirt by Gucci, white cotton shorts by Mario Matteo from Behaviour NYC, lemon yellow ribbon belt by Club Monaco, my fragrance is Citrus Bigarrade by Creed.