TRAVEL : Tropical Chic

Revamping a rundown house on the Caribbean island of Nevis, British designer Naomi Cleaver brings a super-stylish touch to this chic holiday retreat.

Making the most of the island’s long, light-filled days, the main living space opens out onto the veranda and sunset-facing views over the Caribbean Sea.

When Naomi and her husband started holidaying in the Caribbean some 20 years ago, they were so enchanted by the rural island of Nevis that they couldn’t stay away. Drawn to the wonderfully sleepy island for its peaceful elegance and idiosyncratic style, when they came across this 1960s Plantation House, named The Galleries, it was love at first sight.  A four-bedroom stone and timber property with a deep veranda and uninterrupted views across the rugged landscape, it was just the renovation project they had been looking for.

 

Naomi’s house on the island of Nevis. 

“I loved the fact that that it was built in the early 60s, so there’s a touch of the Doris Day about it. It’s also said that the house was owned by CIA agents who held swinging cocktail parties so I wanted to create the kind of vibe that would suit just that. I love designing spaces that are atmospheric. For me, a home’s interior shouldn’t take itself too seriously but rather should be a pleasure to be in."

 

In contrast to the pared-down informal living space, the library is much more ‘swinging’ and styled in the manner of Naomi’s favourite Bond film, Dr No.

“The style is quintessentially colonial, which I adore. It is authentically Caribbean, spacious enough to allow cool breezes through, yet still feels intimate inside. We love to live in the thick of nature and be with friends and family, so the design, I hope, reflects this." To read the full article in the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, click here