This island home blends the best of Caribbean culture and contemporary design.
Text by Eleanor W. Hand
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A Dream Realized
Cecil Hollingsworth wanted to live on Carriaçou for almost 40 years before realizing his dream by building this waterfront home with wife Patricia. For design inspiration, Grenadian architect Bryan Bullen looked to Hollingsworth family history, Carriaçou culture, and traditional elements of many island homes. “The idea was to construct a contemporary dwelling that reflects the spirit of the Caribbean―the sun, sea, and sky,” Bryan says.
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To brighten the kitchen and informal eating area, Bryan opted for a translucent ceiling and canvas tarp, which filters light throughout the day. Contemporary pendants suspended from cables lighten the space in the evening.
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A Worldwide Mix
A blend of accessories and mismatched chairs collected from the Hollingsworths’ travels abroad fill this funky yet functional seating area. The wood furnishings provide a warm contrast to the dyed concrete walls and stone flooring found throughout the home.
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The Hollingsworths named the home “Sankofa,” a word from Ghana’s Akan people that means “Reclaim your past so you can move forward.”
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Louvered doors in the master suite extend over two walls. The doors provide privacy when desired but still allow cool breezes to blow through. Fully open, the doors reveal expansive views of the Caribbean.
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Translucent walls and ceilings welcome light into the geometric-tile combination shower and tub. To get the look, use Lumicite panels.
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Living spaces expand onto cantilevered balconies furnished with wooden seating. Bryan designed the decks to flow into each other but still feel like separate spaces. “It’s like a tree house with a bird’s-eye view of the Caribbean,” Cecil says.