Celerie Kemble’s Dominican Republic Retreat

Since hearing it was in the works a few years ago, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Playa Grande Beach Club designed by Celerie Kemble in the Dominican Republic to be published. The April issue of Architectural Digest got the big reveal and it is totally and utterly charming. With friends Charlie Rose, Mariska Hargitay, and George Soros as investors, Kemble set out ten years ago to create a familial resort complete with a clubhouse, cabanas, and bungalows in the style of Dominican vernacular design. Below, Kemble with her family in the clubhouse (the wonderful architectural fretwork throughout was cut by hand).
item0.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.celerie-kemble-dominican-republic-compound-01The Kemble Curry family’s private house, below. Kemble worked with builder Marc Johnson and historic preservationist Elric Endersby.
item1.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.celerie-kemble-dominican-republic-compound-02Vintage garden chairs surround the dining room table. We love all of the metal furnishings throughout and artisinal touches like the light fixtures made by a local metal worker.
item3.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.celerie-kemble-dominican-republic-compound-04Heaven!
item5.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.celerie-kemble-dominican-republic-compound-08A charming mix of vintage and custom furniture that looks like its been collected over time.
item4.rendition.slideshowVertical.celerie-kemble-dominican-republic-compound-07In the living room of Kemble’s private house, she covers a pair of whimsical slipper chairs from her collection with Henredon in a tropical green and white print. The faux bois side tables are utterly adorable in this setting.
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item6.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.celerie-kemble-dominican-republic-compound-11To see more of this incredible hideaway, pick up the latest issue of AD! It’s not to be missed!

  • Susan B

    just magical and stunning. I shall imagine myself jumping on that gorgeous furniture with her children all afternoon!

  • http://www.dominicanfun.net Dominican Republic

    beautiful & in good style