Presiding Over Stingray City
A Captivating Beach House In Grand Cayman Captures The Beauty And Movement Of The Sea
Jason Lynn and Jack Lonetto, The Decorators Unlimited, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Daniel Newcomb, Jupiter, FL
John Zona and Michael Blake, Zona Architecture, Jacksonville, FL
Developer and Builder:
Eric and Tracey Kline, Encompass Ltd., Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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A home usually offers one or two special “moments,” as developer and builder Eric Kline calls them, but when developing this 7,800-square-foot luxury vacation house in the Cayman Islands, he aimed to go above and beyond. “We tried to incorporate a series of moments or events that together make up one continuous experience,” the builder says. “When designing that way, the collective is greater than the individual parts.”
Interweaving seaside colors, patterns and forms, this home reflects its environment. A magical setting, “the beach community of Cayman Kai in Grand Cayman is surrounded by 100 shades of turquoise blue water and even has a bioluminescent bay,” says Tracey Kline, who developed the property with her husband. “The shallow water just offshore is what makes Rum Point Beach so special. Every weekend the locals gather on their boats to enjoy Sunday Funday while stingrays circle their feet … and this coastal retreat, Sun Serenity, is in the middle of all that.”
With the large volume of ceiling heights and the color of the flooring, the space models the ocean, which is just outside. A second-floor promenade curves around the great room; walls of glass windows and doors blur the separation between inside and outside; drop ceilings in the kitchen and dining area float like clouds; and filmy white draperies dress the main living area like sprays of sea foam.
“We were fortunate to arrive by boat,” interior designer Jason Lynn says. “We saw the house from the ocean and waded through the water to come to the pool area. It’s a nice memory of how the house looked on the coast. It was stunning, beautiful and tropical with lots of natural light.”
The colors of the environment set the interior tone. “The sky … blue and white; the sandy beach hues; also the variations of color in the water with deep purples and grays of the seaweed — we abstracted out all of those colors and brought them into the house in a subdued way,” project designer Jack Lonetto says.
With an organic, water-world feel, shimmering chandeliers combine elements of metal and glass; accent walls and ceiling sections are papered in faux eel-skin; and the ceramic flooring, in washed gray and blue, mimics exotic wood.
Two seating areas in the living area mirror furniture choices. Loveseats and a sectional sofa are covered in sand-colored chenille; a curvy accent chair is wrapped in a pale linen while a contemporary wingback chair is clad in brown wool. Nearby, two woven swivels join the mix. For shimmer and shine, pillows in silk, cotton and mohair color the space, while sculptural accessories add interesting line and textural details.
White, gray and blue hues style the streamlined kitchen and dining area. Designed to fit the casual eating space, a custom seven-foot-square table is crafted from white oak, the base, a U-shaped form that punctures through the top.
“With six bedrooms that include four second-floor master suites, the design is based on function,” Eric says. “To accommodate four private ensuite bedrooms with ocean views, we staggered them and placed two over the pool to provide additional shade coverage.” The vaulted ceilings in these pavilion bedrooms are lined with Canadian cedar, gray-washed to resemble driftwood.
The house backs the beach and faces the sunset. Chaise lounges are strategically placed poolside and in the shallows to enjoy the views. The pool runs the full length of the house and is all three feet deep, which is great for both children and adults.
“The Caymans are beautiful, warm, hospitable, fun and relaxing, and we wanted to bring those elements into the home,” Lynn says. “From everywhere, there are great views, and with that, it’s not hard to make a beautiful house.”