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Red and Blue Bahamas Home by Branca

Decorator Alessandra Branca blends vernacular elements, chinoiserie details, and strategic splashes of vibrant color at her impeccably chic Bahamas getaway.

terior designer Alessandra Branca and her husband, Steve Uihlein
Interior designer Alessandra Branca and her husband, Steve Uihlein
Exterior – Chinese Chippendale–style railings and a 40-foot-long pool distinguish the Harbour Island retreat; the windows and glazed doors throughout the compound, named Highlowe, are by Andersen Windows
entrance hall red white
Pecky-cypress panels line the entrance hall, where a Directoire hanging lantern joins antique Tyrolean chairs and a 1960s table.
Living Room
The living room’s vintage armchairs are cushioned in a Bennison print, and the 19th-century campaign chairs are clad in an Alessandra Branca for Schumacher stripe; a Pottery Barn rug is spread across the coral-stone pavers.
red and blue living area
The living area showcases an octopus triptych from Alessandra Branca’s Chicago shop and a 1960s red cabinet; the woven-wood shades are by Hunter Douglas.
red blue interior
The armoire and cocktail table in a sitting room are vintage, while the rattan chair is antique; the gouaches on either side of the window are by Anna Chiara Branca, the designer’s mother.
Vintage chairs surround an RH table in the dining room; the light fixtures are by IKEA.
red and blue bar interior
In the bar, fixtures from Circa Lighting illuminate books, bibelots, and Slim Aarons photographs.
Red blue and white kitchen
Red, blue and white kitchen – The kitchen is equipped with a Hunter ceiling fan and a Viking range and hood.
card room in blue
Painted in a Benjamin Moore blue, the card room includes photographs by Tema Stauffer (left) and Jonathan Lewis and a table by Jayson Home.
Blue and white master bedroom
The master bedroom features an Oly four-poster hung with Les Indiennes curtains.
Coral, white and taupe guestbedroom
Coral, white and taupe guest-bedroom.
pool house bedroom
Contemporary poolhouse bedroom in blue and green – Lamps from Circa Lighting flank a sunburst mirror in one of the poolhouse’s bedrooms; the desk is vintage
veranda in the bahamas
The veranda is furnished with a vintage French rattan chair and an RH sectional sofa and curtains; the low tables are by IKEA.
A poolhouse with guest quarters is located across from the main residence
A poolhouse with guest quarters is located across from the main residence

Magazine: Architectural Digest via
Interior Designer: Alessandra Branca (
Photo: William Waldron

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