Design Crush • Celerie Kemble’s Beach House

Celerie-Kemble-Dominican-Republic-House-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ86d2418c9c2da20bb938d021b253ba89Celerie-Kemble-Dominican-Republic-House-Pool-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe aspect I love most about decorating vacation homes is the theatrical element of whimsy you can implement. Since inhabitants don’t live there year-round, you can really go all out with a theme – nautical, Palm Beach chic, Aspen chalet, Moroccan riad, etc.

I was flipping through this month’s Vogue, and fell head-over-heels for this Dominican Republic home belonging to famed interior designer, Celerie Kemble, and her family. The property itself is actually a cluster of bungalows, each belonging to individual shareholders, centered around the communal clubhouse (featured in the 1st and 3rd photo). While the combination of intricate lattice work (called tragaluz), copper palms, seashell studded walls and Dominican tile may become a little tiresome for most people’s day-to-day; it makes for the ideal escape into vacation!

A boutique hotel is slotted for the property’s future – wonder if Kemble will have a hand in that as well?!

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3 thoughts on “Design Crush • Celerie Kemble’s Beach House

  1. Ugh! Can you imagine being able to escape to that spot. I love everything about it for a vacation home. On a related note, my husband and I were trying to come up with baby girl names and he stumbled upon Celery. He began making fun of it for being food and was shocked when I said I liked it. I mean, her designs are so good, how could you not have a positive association with the name! I don’t think I’ll be winning that battle tho 😉

  2. How beautiful!! I am a huge fan Celerie Kembles’ decorating so it is no surprise that I love all of these images. She seems to have a great way to layer different styles and really make a room unique with a lived in quality, like that first image.

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