Friday, August 16, 2013

Simplicity in Mustique

 Architect Jack Diamond is best known for his landmark civic structures around the world however when it comes to his beach house in Mustique his aesthetic is translated in a more organic way. The three bedroom house like his many projects spanning from Toronto to Russia is deliberate and unpretentious and he keeps only what is necessary. Functionality was a central design factor and the name "simplicity" could not be any more perfect to describe this breathtaking property. 

Located on the undisturbed Eastern coast on the island of Mustique "Simplicity" is fifty five feet above sea level on a steep hill. The location affords stunning views of the ocean, white sand beaches and neighbouring islands. 

The climate and views encourage outdoor living and "Simplicity" has been set up for just that with lots of outdoor living spaces. The interior rooms are all connected via landscaped walkways and inside and out flow seamlessly with each other. 

The interior spaces are all open plan living. Glass doors and louvered shutters make the transition from inside to outside all that more smooth. They also invite the cool tropical breezes inside. While the real gem is the outdoors and natural surrounding beauty the interior is equally impressive. In the living room the whitewashed rafters, simple wooden furniture and comfortable slip covered sofas create a comfortable and informal space. 

The whitewashed rafters and simple wooden furniture continue into the bedroom and are complimented by luxurious linens, functional as well as dreamy mosquito nets and again stunning views. 

The simplicity of the house and the lush natural surroundings of Mustique compliment each other and create an open plan oasis perfect for family dinners, late night chats, lounging by the pool and most importantly a backdrop for many precious memories. 

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