Bamboo House on the island of Mustique
This captivating Caribbean house, located on the island of Mustique, is a compelling celebration of neutrals and natural materials, beautifully offset by the green of palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean.
Recently featured on www.houseandgarden.co.uk, ‘Bamboo House’ showcases the work of interior designer Veere Grenney who describes it as ‘a beach folly, a little Robinson Crusoe bamboo paradise’.
Perched on a hill, the house and garden make the most of the island’s lush vegetation, with a stairway that leads down to the outdoor dining area by Gelliceaux Bay beach.
When Veere and his team first encountered the house in 2008, a tropical storm had ripped off some of the roofing and caused a cliff fall below the house. They walked into the main building to discover the fittings encrusted with debris and dust, the shell wall lights wrecked and the bamboo wall covering looking shabby.
With the help of architect Alain Bouvier of ABA, Veere stripped everything back to its bones, expanded the living space, installed a new larger kitchen and reconfigured many of the rooms
The bamboo, a traditional building material in the Grenadines, came from nearby Saint Vincent, where it is always harvested when the moon is on the wane. The belief is that termites quickly devour any bamboo cut when the sap is rising, even once the wood is cured. The team then went in search of vintage bamboo furniture and bought it in container loads, mostly from Los Angeles and Miami, and often through 1stdibs.
Photographer David Oliver
Story featured in House and Garden UK