How funky are these chairs?
I am a big fan of Kelly Wearstler‘s commercial work, yet the Viceroy in Anguilla took me by surprise.
A few years ago I met clients for a drink at the bar. At first, when I walked in, the décor seemed so “uncaribbean” to me.
Then I walked around. It IS very Caribbean. Wearstler’s use of natural materials, her color palette, and the subtle nod to more tradition Caribbean design makes the Viceroy one my favorite hotel spaces.
This hotel is huge and could easily feel very corporate (thinking of a certain hotel on the Dutch side of St. Maarten that ruined one of the best beaches on the island).
Instead it’s unique and jaw dropping gorgeous.
Not a bad place to meet for drinks, especially with a locals’ discount.
I have more meetings this weekend about my Caribbean project.
Feeling very inspired
After a very long summer, Il Riento is upon us. My friend Erica wrote eloquently about the return of vacationing Italians HERE.
I hope everyone had a great summer. Mine was weird. Seriously. Next year there WILL be some changes.
For example, next time I go Anguilla I will not work the entire time.
Meads Bay, Anguilla, BWI
I will not spend hot ass August in Rome. Instead I hope to rent a place near Marina di Pietrasanta.
Room with a view, Marina di Pietrasanta
I went to the Tuscan coast last weekend for my birthday. It was my first time there (pics later). It was lovely. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Not sure if this song was a hit in America, but it was huge in Europe. It will always remind of this summer.
Buon weekend a tutti!!
This Caribbean expression is very similar to the Italian word, domani. Technically, domani means tomorrow, but in Italy it could mean months or years from now. The concept of time is very different.
Soon come is the same thing.
“When is your tio (uncle) visiting from the States?”
When I was a child, I assumed this meant that the gentleman would be on the next flight. No, he may arrive tomorrow, or December 2013.
Work in progress – A beach house in Anguilla, BWI. Great views.
Work in progress – A beach house in Anguilla, BWI. Earlier in the build.
Work in progress – A beach house in Anguilla, BWI. View from the house on a sunny day.
Work in progress – A beach house in Anguilla, BWI.
Yesterday, I met with my clients and their builder. The house is moving along.
“When will the exterior be finished?”
It’s not easy to build on a tiny island thanks to the elements (hurricane season is no joke), sourcing of materials, and high labor costs.
Depending on a variety of factors out of my client’s hands, the house could be done in eight months or ???.
We’ll see. Soon come.