Ba­hamian Blush

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!)

Coastal Living - - CONTENTS - By Stephanie Hunt Pho­tographs by An­nie Sch­lechter Styling by Liz Strong

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).

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