Prep Classic in Lyford Cay

Christmas is over people - pack it up! Ok, well, I'm not being a grinch, but the post-Christmas "Resort" season, is one of my favorite times of year for design. Any New Years doldrums can be swept away by white (or pink, pink works too) sand beaches, colorful sundresses, and bamboo everything. Even if you can't go south for sun and rum-duma, daydreaming about the perfect caribbean getaway works too. Enter this insanely classic house for sale currently at the exclusive, uber-prep, tropical community, Lyford Cay in the Bahamas. This Bahamian beauty, named "Windwhistle" is a totally legit, old school gem - let's have a look!

The house, done in all white, is as refreshing as a tropical breeze. Coming up the driveway, "Windwhistle" is both elegant and understated.

The foyer halls is at once formal and realized with classic elements like the pair of demilune console tables, topped with matching lamps. However, there is clearly room for lots of tropical fun, as those lamps are big, tole palm trees, topped with turquoise striped shades. A petite, scalloped, turquoise flush mount light adds even more charm, and mirrored walls bounce lots of light.

From the small foyer, the space explodes into a huge, vaulted living room, split up into multiple seating areas, all done in wonderful island style. The living room is a swirl of turquoise and coral, wrapped in natural, neutral tones of stone and cerused wood, making it both boisterously bubbly, and completely comfortable.

A closer look at the far seating area shows the interplay of several lovely, patterned fabrics. And I love the classic layout with a roll arm sofa, two armless slipper chairs, and two cozy club chairs. The scalloped lantern echoes the flush mount in the foyer (and looks like an Oomph creation to me, but I'm not sure). And what tropical space could be complete without a curio cabinet filled with corals? The pedimented monster of a cabinet at the far side of the space certainly fits the bill, and the turquoise painted interior adds even more spritely charm.

As far as I'm concerned, a round games table with four fretwork chairs is what every corner needs. Also the prints hanging from a picture bar don't hurt either. In this vignette, the interplay between the faux stone finish of the walls, and the faux wood finish of the ceiling is really on display. The natural textures are a great foil for the bright, preppy pattern in the room, and vice versa.

A vivid turquoise kitchen opens up in a small, cotton candy pink family room space. An impressive collection of Bahamian policeman figures line the walls. Also here we see the first of many Stark Antelope rugs (and I'm not complaining!).

The long kitchen, decked out in tropical ocean turquoise is well suited for a family beach house.

The powder room is perfectly prep in a navy fretwork grasscloth paper and a collection of colorful, framed prints.

The beating heart of any wasp home, the bar. Well stocked, might I add.

The master suite, with attached sitting room space, is a riot of pink and green. I love the flagrant mixing of ikat-y chevron, thick cabana stripe, and petite floral. The white walls and sisal rug provide a calm back drop that let's you get away with all this madness - but let's be real, this room is telling you to Go To Hell, anyway. Also, hey green pagoda lantern, I see you.

A guest bathroom wrapped in thick grasscloth with a rattan mirror and white coral shelf screams tropical house. And is that a surfing penguin watercolor above the toilet? Because that is awesome.

A guest bedroom and office is wrapped in a diamond patterned grasscloth, with brown, cream, and tan pam tree print drapes, and more of that Stark Antelope carpet. Framed prints, photos, flags, and maps line the walls, and mix with a vintage brandy barrel lamp and campaign desk to give this room a masculine vibe.

An additional guest room is also the recipient of Stark Antelope carpet (someone must've gotten a big remnant batch of this or something...). The walls of the bedroom are left white, with prints in red frames popping off the walls. Combined with a pale turquoise dressing room and office, this light colored suite is a nice contrast to the other dark'n'stormy guest room.

The real crown jewel of this home is the outdoor living space, with its rattan and bamboo furniture, with pink upholstery and turquoise accents, looking out over the home's serene pool, and into the Club's famed golf course.

Absolutely charming turquoise painted rattan couches mix with slim armchairs upholstered in a pink and white Chinoiserie fabric, and provide several perfect perches to cuddle up with a cold drink, and a good book, and watch the day go by.

Although this home may not be featured in any of the mainstream shelter mags any time soon, "Windwhistle" is a wonderful example of carefree, gracious, tropical living. With an easy joie de vivre, and a healthy dose of Go To Hell insouciance, this home exemplifies the breezy, classic, resort feeling that I love this time of year!