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British West Indies Style: Antigua, Jamaica, Barbados, and Beyond

Written by Michael Connors

  • October 5, 2010
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Interior Decorating
  • Rizzoli
  • 9-1/2 x 10
  • $55.00
  • $65.00
  • 978-0-8478-3307-8

About This Book

Breathtaking photographs capture the history and unique design of the English island great houses, detailing the hardwood furniture, terraced gardens, walled courtyards, and interiors. Perhaps the most admired and influential of tropical styles, the English island style transformed residences into private paradises. British West Indies Style is a lavish account of the interiors, architecture, and lifestyle of the English colonial great houses and historic town houses in the Caribbean—from Antigua, Jamaica, Nevis, Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, Mustique to the less-traveled islands of Bequia and Dominica. Close to fifty private homes are featured, with unique collections of antique, indigenous, and colonial furniture: a southern plantation style scaled and refreshingly adapted to the airy, sunny climate of the Windward and Leeward Islands. Presenting a world rarely seen by visitors—the homes of the islands’ affluent planters, both historical and contemporary—the English island styles are elegant yet practical and accessible, giving ideas for the use of local materials, painting and stenciling techniques, environment-enhancing design, and indoor/outdoor living—all of which are ubiquitous in contemporary interior design.

About the Author

Michael Connors, an expert in West Indies antiques, is a contributor to numerous publications, including Art & Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art, and The Magazine Antiques. He has written many books, including Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture (Rizzoli, 2009).


  • “Devoted to preserving as well as promoting the environmental, cultural and architectural integrity of the airy, island lifestyle, Connors has successfully composed this comprehensive study. For the first time, a wide variety of data has been compiled to celebrate the material culture and traditions of English island great houses and the island-crafted furniture inside them.” ~Florida Design

    "There are books and there are books and this is a feast for the eyes, informative, intriguing, invaluable. It belongs in a place of prominence on your coffee table. British West Indies Style by Michael Connors ($55.00, 200 pages and 200 color images) takes the reader into a little seen world – one of magnificent colonial homes, one of elegance, refined taste. Almost 50 private homes are showcased as are their special craftsmanship, their mahogany writing tables, their linens, gardens and tropical hardwood furniture. The less known islands Bequia and Dominca also have a place in the sun in this winning tome. Much more than a 'picture book,' this is also a mini-history of the islands. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." ~Frommer Luxury Travel

    "From Antigua, Jamaica, Nevis, Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Mustique to the less-traveled islands of Bequia and Dominica, a beautiful new book by Michael Connors captures the best of British West Indies Style. Many of the English island great houses showcased in the volume are hidden to most visitors. Close to fifty private residences are featured in over 200 full-color photographs taken especially for the book"
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