Crazy about Carriaçou

This island home blends the best of Caribbean culture and contemporary design.

A Dream Realized

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

Detailed Design

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Detailed Design

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.

A Worldwide Mix

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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.

Heartwarming Home

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Heartwarming Home

The Hollingsworths named the home “Sankofa,” a word from Ghana’s Akan people that means “Reclaim your past so you can move forward.”

Seaside Snoozing

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Seaside Snoozing

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.

Inside Out

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Inside Out

Translucent walls and ceilings welcome light into the geometric-tile combination shower and tub. To get the look, use Lumicite panels.

Jaw-dropping View

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Jaw-dropping View

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.

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