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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.


  1. wendy woo says:

    Dear James
    Sounds like a fun time was had by all! Thinking I’d love to read more about Tony Duquette: Wild Child of Hollywood Design – Amazon to the rescue!
    Thanks for sharing what I’m certain was a refreshing jaunt!

  2. James Andrew says:

    Well Hello Wendy,

    Yes there are several books about Tony Duquette by Hutton Wilkinson- certainly must reads!

    Lyford as always is so lovely!

    My Lyfrod friends say – I have found “my people ” there.



  3. You make me swoon Mr. Andrew

  4. christina says:

    Your super chic outfit and description of your Lyford stay both capture the essence of that very magical place! BRAVO!!!

  5. What makes your blog, and everything you do so brilliantly is perhaps encompassed in attention and delight in all things -the whole and the details: antique coral and shell cuff links…that tells the whole story for me, that ravishing mix of elegance and the sea…
    You perfectly capture the ambiance of the place.

  6. Roland Lewis says:

    Thank you for opening these doors. Lyford Cay looks and sounds amazing. Your good taste and vision are only surpassed by your kindness and ability to share your world with others.

  7. tom samet says:

    i really enjoy your blog,what a great weekend! All that talent and good conversation ….

  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear Tracey,

    I can’t get enough of your love and support!

    Thank You!


  9. James Andrew says:

    Dear Christina,

    Lyford is indeed a magical place!

    So happy to hear I have been able to offer a glimpse of that here on WIJW?

    Cheers and Thank You!


  10. James Andrew says:


    WIJW has become the most wonderful venue for sharing!

    Funnily enough I started this as a vehicle of self promotion and now I am able to promote others as well.

    I hope that the sharing of my world will inspire others to dream big and live wonderfully fufilled lives.



  11. James Andrew says:

    Dear Tom,

    Thank You!

    My friends in Lyford were teasing me that I have found my “people” there.

    So many fascinating people passionate about life and style- so sublime!



  12. Dean says:


    What a divine tour de force this post was! As usual, I found myself living vicariously through you. I can only imagine your pleasure in finding a place that seems to be close to what you aspire to.


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