Updated: Dec 17, 2021
A guest house beckons in Harbour Island, Bahamas
Everything about Will and Laura Young’s guesthouse was designed to make visitors feel relaxed, from itspoolside setting to a kitchen garden that offers up fresh tomatoes for sandwiches. Located on Harbour Island—a hop (by plane), skip (taxi), and jump (water taxi) from the couple’s primary residence near Nassau—the two-bedroom cottage is part of a larger compound with a nineteenth-century home built from blocks of coral stone quarried on-site. Given the property’s history, adding to it wasn’t a matter of luxury; the guesthouse had to fit in.
“No one ever guesses that it’s new,” says Amanda Lindroth, a Nassau-based designer who teamed up with New York architect Kiko Sanchez to help the Youngs make sure the addition complemented the original home in scale, materials, palette, and spirit.
To make the cottage feel even homier, Lindroth outfitted the bedrooms with stationery, water carafes on night tables, and reading material. “A holiday house doesn’t feel loved if it doesn’t have current magazines and novels,” she says. A comfortable place to nap helps, too. “I love to drape the beds in white cotton,” Lindroth says. “It’s so islandy, so crisp and beautiful with the breeze blowing through.”
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