For the design of a beachside estate in the Bahamas, interior designer Edward Lobrano had two challenges. First, he had to make the home, which is
in a typical vacation spot, look and feel like a primary residence. Second, he had to
capture the husband’s traditional tastes and the wife’s more contemporary
direction. To accomplish both goals, he designed the home from the ground up,
combining elegant furnishings with natural accents and coastal colors to create
a sophisticated and serene family home.
The entryway features limestone floors, Coquina stone door surrounds and ceiling planks aged to resembled driftwood. Raw wood benches with aqua and cream striped linen cushions bring a casualness to the iron and gilded consoles, antiqued wooden framed mirrors and gilded bronze Herve Van Der Straeten chandelier. A 19th century Karabagh rug from Beauvais Carpets completes the space.
The large living room required a dramatic touch and a design that was elegant but not too formal. Lobrano divided the space into two seating areas but kept them united with a warm cream and beige rug. In the sitting area seen above, the sofa is covered in an aqua chenille fabric and accented with large Fortuny pillows in salmon and gold fabric. Gilded iron baroque sconces from Gregorius Pineo hang on the walls. In keeping with the wife’s desire for something less traditional, Lobrano had end tables made in bronze with turned horn legs and polished leather tops, and contemporary occasional table by Eric Powell in San Francisco.
Curtains made from simple raw silk in a soft aqua color frame the 22 foot tall windows
in the living room. An 18th century Italian chandelier found by the clients on a shopping
trip hangs over the second sitting area in the living room.
Nine feet in diameter, the chandelier brings an element of drama needed in the large
space without overwhelming the room. The mirror, which itself is eight feet tall, was
made in England and features shell, coral and antiqued glass, bringing an
earthly sophistication to the room.
The kitchen was designed to have double islands—one for cooking and the other for entertaining.
The bar stools are by Dessin Fournir and the ceiling pendants are custom
from Blanche Field in New York.
Overlooking the ocean and pool, this long narrow room right off of the kitchen is used for everyday dining.
The simple cotton curtains with the crewel borders are hung on iron hardware by J-Art Iron in Los Angeles. The striped multicolored rug was custom made in
Guatemala by Stark Carpets, and the dining table and chairs are custom from Bell
Antiques in Chicago. The lanterns, sconces and sideboard are all from
Formations USA at Holly Hunt.
The formal dining room features a dining table from Rose Tarlow Melrose House, dining
chairs by Michael Taylor and a 19th
century Italian chandelier. To fit with the island setting, Lobrano added a striped
coral, aqua and natural jute rug from Stark Carpets. The
walls, which look white, are actually French plaster with little flecks of mica
set into the plaster. This finish gives the
room the room a beautiful patina at night and a slightly more casual
The family room and wife’s office are directly off of the kitchen and have a more contemporary, coastal
feel. The color palette used in the family room is primarily coral and
aqua with an accent of camel from the Osborne & Little fabric covering the sofa. The coffee tables were custom made by Formations, and the aqua table lamp is from Christopher Spitzmiller. In the office beyond, aqua and gold leaf patterned sheer curtains
complement an antique rocking chair covered in a camel colored leather. The
ceiling fixture in the office is custom from Blanche Field.
In contrast to the wife's office, the library is more traditional with a soft light cherry finish. Serving as the husband’s retreat, the room
needed to feel warm and inviting while also quiet and cozy. The curtains and valance
fabric is from Brunschwig & Fils. Behind the green velvet sofa is a writing desk that the husband uses as an office when the couple is in the islands.
On the stairway from the first to second level is a striped runner made for the home in Guatemala through Stark Carpets. The gold leaf center table is vintage from the 1930s, and the bronze lamp is from Blackman Cruz.
This “husband and wife” landing separates the master bedroom from the other three bedrooms upstairs.
The daybed by Dwell is inspired by Jean-Michel Frank and covered in an aqua chenille
from Osborn & Little. The lamps and lounge chairs are vintage.
The master bedroom is done in shades of cream and pale coral with a painted and
glazed four-poster bed by Michael Taylor. The bench at the end of the bed is
from John Rosselli, and the carpet was made by Beauvais Carpets. The walls in the room are a crisscross Strié glaze, and the woodwork and paneled ceiling were glazed to add warmth and age.
The mirrored night tables in the master bedroom are from Rossi Antiques in San Francisco, and the rock crystal lamps are from John Rosselli.
For the daughter’s bedroom, the client didn’t want anything overly girly. Instead, Lobrano used a Moroccan print from Carleton V, pairing
it with softly glazed night tables from Dennis & Leen and bright lime green
gourd shaped lamps with white paper shades. The pillows and bedding were made by Leron and add a touch of pink into the room's green and gold color palette.
Overlooking the infinity pool and the cabana, all the main rooms on the first floor of the house open on to
this loggia. The loggia is separated into
three spaces—a dining area off of the main dining room for casual evenings outdoors,
a main seating area and a cocktail area at the far end off of the husband’s
study. Seen above, the main seating area uses outdoor furniture from
Michael Taylor that is aluminum framed and resistant to the salt spray off of
the ocean. In the loggia, as in the living room and entry, Lobrano limed the planked ceiling to give the look of driftwood.