Is chic tropical living the next big thing when we want to lose ourselves in aspirational interiors fantasies?
That would be a yes, judging by the latest work of a photographer who’s devoted 12 years to putting a community of US beach homes in the frame — and who now has an eye on immortalizing residences within shouting distance of her new address, having exchanged Florida’s balmy shores for the windswept west coast of ireland.
In an Olivia O’Bryan-decorated house designed with Merrill, Pastor & Colgan, the living, kitchen, and dining areas converge under a vaulted ceiling.
Initially, the Westons built a few homes for friends and family and a polo field, to be followed by a championship golf course — and then their vision of “a community with small-town charm, world-class sporting amenities and sophisticated cultural events” .
Windsor founders Galen and Hilary Weston.
“My daughter was only three months old at the time. I was thinking of putting it off until she was a bit older; however, Windsor welcomed me and my family. They put us up in a two-bedroom suite.
A pair of vintage Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs (1958) face the Landon Mackenzie. Pictures: Jessica Glynn Photography
Published by Vendome Press this is a coffee-table book filled with bougainvillea-framed entrances, airy open-plan living-dining rooms, cozy studies, and bedrooms that open onto balconies with sweeping ocean views.
In this living room, built-in shelves didn’t stop the owner, a former art adviser in the Bahamas, from hanging canvases, layering them atop an assortment of blue-and-white china.
Galen Weston was a business innovator and chairman of George Weston Limited, one of North America’s largest food processing and distribution companies. He was also the chairman of Selfridges Group, a collection of iconic department stores that includes Selfridges & Co (UK), Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy’s (Canada), and, here in Ireland, Brown Thomas and Arnotts.
For a Morocco-loving family, Steven Gambrel channeled the spirit of Tangier with textiles and plaster walls in saturated colours, as well as a Moroccan chandelier. Pictures: Jessica Glynn Photography
Famously, Galen Weston gave his wife Brown Thomas as a wedding gift after their marriage in 1966.
“We have lived around the world together in Boston, London, Sydney, and Auckland. We thought it was time for a change and thought it would be lovely to raise our daughter here.”
An Olivia O’Bryan-designed kitchen features a ceiling in pale blue, the shade common on porch ceilings in the American South, rooted in the Creole tradition of warding off evil spirits.
“The light in Florida is amazing and powerful,” she says. “There are so many beautiful pink skies and puffy clouds. However, the Irish cloudy weather and light is soft and lovely to work with as well.”
Jessica Klewicki Glynn.
“When I am retouching photos from Florida I could spend hours taking glare and reflections out of photos, here I don’t have that problem as much.”
Architecture by Clemens Bruns Schaub.