STYLE BLOGGER CHASSITY EVANS OF LOOK LINGER LOVE RE-ENERGIZES AN OLD LIMESTONE-BLOCK HOUSE ON HARBOUR ISLAND AS A PLAYFUL AND PRETTY RETREAT FOR HER FAMILY (AND PLENTY OF FRIENDS!)
Chassity Evans brings her stylish talents to a coralcolored Harbour Island cottage, remaking it as a comfortable family retreat.
“INEVER DREAMED WE’D OWN A HOME IN THE BAHAMAS I still have to pinch myself,” says Chassity Evans, an Indiana-born, flash-a-grin-overthe-shoulder kind of gal (think a 21st-century Mary Tyler Moore, but blonde and with better shoes). She’s the mind behind popular lifestyle and design blog Look Linger Love, and this rosy nonchalance is what makes her so magnetic. It’s part of the reason, anyway: The other half is that she knows how to spot a gem.
But her discovery on Harbour Island was different than the sartorial selections she delivers daily. In the first place, the mid-1800s limestone-block home wasn’t on anyone’s “New and Now” list when she found it three years ago. The original 1,500-square-foot island Loyalist cottage hadn’t been renovated since sometime in the 1970s. But more importantly, her connection to it was more visceral than visual. Chassity and her husband, Josh, had been vacationing in the Bahamas for a couple of years and were smitten with Harbour Island’s pink-sand beaches and Dunmore Town’s quaint, historic vibe. “It reminded me of Charleston, where we live,” she says. They began looking at possible investment properties and came upon a faded coral two-story across the street from the harbor. “When Josh and I first walked in, it felt light and bright, and we loved it immediately,” says Chassity. (The white picket fence out front didn’t hurt, either.)
Soon, Josh was crunching out spreadsheets to see if they could make the project work. The clincher: adding two bedrooms and a pool so the cottage would not only accommodate their family and guests, but also attract potential renters. And being situated on a corner lot with a side yard gave them room to maneuver. Charleston-based architect Beau Clowney opened up the layout to improve the home’s flow and designed a new bedroom wing with a Palladian hip roof to ensure that the addition fits in with the traditional architecture. “The goal was to keep the spirit of how things were done back in the day, while making it more livable,” Clowney says. Here, more on how he and Chassity turned the old island dwelling into a Bahamian stunner.
Chassity freshened up the exterior by repainting it pink (Coral Gables by Benjamin Moore).