Settled by English loyalists after the American Revolution, Harbour Island is only half a mile wide and 3 miles long. The Vouch/Knowles family weekend retreat reflects the island's original Colonial-style architecture. Bright colors punctuate radiant white walls against the backdrop of the ocean and sky.
A planter's chair beckons on a side porch. Louvers open to the turquoise sea while providing shade.
Jack added painted furniture to avoid the "dark and serious" interiors of original island homes.
Custom-colored, hand-screened fabrics cover the sofa and woven hyacinth-wicker armchairs. Throughout the house, lampshades sport matching fabrics and whimsical trims. Plain "white shades didn't cut it," says interior designer Jack Fhillips. "After all, the home had to reflect a good-time attitude."
Tropical wood furnishings, such as wicker and rattan tables, planter's chairs, and a wicker-faced armoire, combine for a cozy sitting room in the upstairs bedroom suite.
Local watercolors and antique photos reinforce the sense of place.
Bright stripes and dark tropical furniture anchor this light-filled bedroom.