The House That Time Forgot
Raindrops seeping through the roof and floorboards creaking like old bones only add to the beauty and character of this 250-year-old home on Jamaica’s north shore.
The authenticity of the materials on this house’s exterior―from centuries-old limestone to classic cedar shingles―give it true island charm. Rainwater runs off the roof and funnels into catchments, supplying the house’s water.
In the kitchen, pickled wood covers the walls and ceiling. The window’s old brass curtain rod “came in handy when I had some Italian friends staying with me,” painter and homeowner Graham Davis says. “They draped fresh pasta right over it.”
In the attic-like master bedroom, Graham made the most of space with tricky angles. When he purchased the house the upstairs was unusable, even for storage. After making the long-overdue repairs, Graham converted the space into a master suite.
Graham sponged the dining room walls with diluted terra cotta-colored paint. His brushstrokes also appear on canvases throughout the house. “I never tire of painting the house and its contents,” Graham says.
In Graham’s home, it’s hard to tell where art ends and house begins. Each room could be viewed as a painting that has grown rich with brushstrokes laid down over decades.
The view, which spans 50 miles over the lush landscape and sea, keeps life here interesting. There’s nothing ordinary at this remote hilltop retreat.
At this home, like other country colonial houses in the Caribbean, the covered veranda acts as the ultimate gathering space. Graham coated the Adirondacks in purple paint to match the surrounding agapanthus lilies and mimic his vivid artwork.