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Lyford Cay Design Weekend – Inspiration

James Andrew at Lyford Cay

James Andrew at Lyford Cay

As you might imagine, I was rather excited by our Lyford Cay Design Weekend…now I’ll have to land a few fabulous projects there to share during next year’s event!

I’ve already been developing a sophisticated tropical design idiom that is fresh yet draws upon the old world elegance one finds in the Bahamas. This gorgeous walled property (above) would be an excellent location for my new design! Perfect for a client looking to enjoy the Lyford Cay lifestyle. To add to the rich architectural heritage in Lyford, I would suggest either a version of Maurice Fatio’s, “Villa Today” (a tropical Art Deco house with a Mediterranean flavor) or perhaps something reminiscent of Olvier Messel’s legendary neo-Palladian style “Leamington Pavilion” in Barbados. The scale of said homes would work with a lot of this size, affording gracious indoor and outdoor living spaces, and an abundance of covered loggias and terraces would be superb for enjoying the warm Bahamian weather.

Maurice Fatio's 'Villa Today' in Palm Beach

Maurice Fatio's 'Villa Today' in Palm Beach

Oliver Messel's 'Leamington Pavilion' in Barbados

Oliver Messel's 'Leamington Pavilion' in Barbados

I’m pictured (top) surveying the situation in a Tom Ford mango silk basket weave “Spencer” jacket, lavender woven silk mini herringbone pant, purple cotton gingham shirt, lavender cotton glen plaid pocket square and sand colored suede loafers, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.


  1. Dean says:

    A great concept! Real estate development is so exciting, particularly when one is a talented designer, such as yourself. The imagination runs WILD!
    You look so at ease here, love this portrait of you.
    I’m sure you’ll land a project there soon, if not some other beautiful island, or even PB or Naples. Dodo Hamilton, the Campbells Soup heiress, has been re-doing cottages on Boca Grande and in Naples for years. It’s a lovely avocation, and provides many economic advantages for the local inhabitants. Good Luck!


  2. wendy woo says:

    Darling you are full of fresh ideas with your signature twist! Certain to be anything but a humble abode!

  3. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    Thank You!

    I look forward to having a much larger presence in Lyford!

    Indeed- we create many jobs for people in the process.



  4. My chic male friend in my favorite and most chic spot!

    I LOVE IT!!

    You are completely channelling Lord Glenconner; (had he had a gym and the desire to look FANTASTIC in green velvet pants!!) (I will not call those sexy things “trousers”!)

    However, I will say “YOWZERS!!!!”

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