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Master of the House

What began as a project that was meant to involve making a few little adjustments to the Lundin’s beautiful villa Alumbrera quickly snowballed into redesigning all of the various parts of the house. Eight years later, I have worked on every corner of the grand villa from the bathrooms to the guest rooms to the [...]

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Seeing the Light

Though Alumbrera was a breathtaking property even before I began working on it, the lighting left quite a lot to be desired. The house is very heavy structurally and Mrs. Lundin could often be found carrying a flashlight around because the interior was so dimly lit. As I’ve discussed before: lighting is one of my [...]

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Burying the Island’s Dead

I wanted to illuminate something on the island that is both private and very serene, but also very easy to pass by without much notice. As a disclaimer, I happen to find cemeteries very appealing for their inherent peacefulness and for the insight they provide into different cultures, so I tend to visit them when [...]

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Alumbrera

Though Monica and Walter would go on to give me an excellent recommendation (they were very generous this way) to my third and longest running client on Mustique: The Lundin family, it was actually Eva Lundin’s adorable Jack Russell terrier Babe who made the initial introduction. Since Alumbrera was right below Yemenjá, I used to [...]

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More Recently on Mustique

The story of Mustique takes a dramatic turn in 1958 when the 1,400 acre island was purchased for less than $68,000 by the unforgettable, eccentric Scottish aristocrat Colin Tennant (also known as Lord Glenconner or more formally 3rd Baron Glenconner). At the time of Tennant’s arrival the island had more or less returned to its [...]

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Mustique’s Early History

  I wanted to back up for a few moments and tell you a little bit more about the history of the fabulous island where I spend so much of my time. Since the island rarely allows press to visit, Mustique hasn’t been talked about very much other than to mention the who’s who of [...]

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Yemanjá

Monica and Walter Noel hailed from Greenwich, CT. They had purchased a giant home called Discovery. It looked like a set from a James Bond movie á la the reign of Roger Moore. The bedroom had open construction walls and a pool in it that connected directly into the living room, providing a convenient view. [...]

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My Island Home

For all I knew when I began the project, Ocean Breeze might have been my one and only experience working on the surreally beautiful, rarefied island of Mustique. I had gotten very close with Linda while we were working on the project. It’s natural to develop a certain bond with your client when you’re designing [...]

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JDB DIY: Tortured Scale

A dear friend of mine recently purchased a coffee table online, thinking that the design would fit perfectly in his fun and eclectic apartment. Online purchases can be tricky and sadly, when it arrived he felt that it somehow looked too tall for the space. In reality, a coffee table should be relatively low but [...]

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Across Forever Home

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I always like to say that any project in Mustique is akin to a baby turtle that has hatched from its shell and is trying to make it down the beach and into the water without first being snatched up by a seagull or falling prey to some other force of nature; really it’s a [...]

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