Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the vista of the sea and ships.
By Catherine MacGillvray – May 20, 2019 (www.insideoutcayman.com
Bedroom overlooking George Town harbour. Photos: Stephen Clarke | Styling: Sally Brooker, Absolutely Fabulous Furniture
Overlooking the cruise ships in harbour, the apartments owned by Lars Skroder enjoy one of the most commanding residential views in the whole of George Town.
The original house was given to a family friend from Cayman, who relocated the wooden structure to the Pedro St. James area, where it has been resurrected as a heritage home.
In its place, Lars constructed the contemporary modern building, which as he puts it, has brought a touch of the Caribbean Sea into its space.
Designed by architect Robert Towell, it has 12-foot floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows that outline the mesmerising blue hues of the water and give a bird’s eye view of the ships which come in on an almost daily basis.
Mother & son
“I feel that (the style) is timeless and beautiful; it’s appealing to the senses,” says Lars, who undertook the interior design and decor with his mother Virginia Skroder. “My mother has great taste and has been decorating and doing interior design work on our properties over the years. We both give our input, bouncing ideas back-and-forth to get the best out of every space.
The pair worked together to select all the interior finishes from the cabinetry and lighting, right down to the tiles and furniture.
As well as selecting furniture to suit the open-concept rooms, they chose pieces with natural elements, including wood, stone, leather, bone, metal, shells and glass. A number of items were selected from Absolutely Fabulous Furniture, which has an eclectic range from around the world.
Lars was inspired by a combination of living in South Florida and the Cayman Islands, plus his travels to Brazil over the past two decades, opting for design that never goes out of style.
“I am passionate about fine jewellery, coloured gemstones, photography, art and travel,” he says. “All of these interests have shaped my eye for detail and taste.”
Indeed. a couple of the photographs hanging on the walls were taken by Lars, which he enlarged and framed.
The original oil paintings on the top floor were purchased in Cartagena, Colombia, found while he was strolling through a plaza during an evening walk.
“I saw a local artist selling his paintings and loved the abstract look, as well as his use of colour and wildlife; a toucan and a koi fish,” he says.
He is delighted by the convenient location between downtown George Town and Seven Mile Beach but, above all, the rooms with a view.
“(I like) the amazing colourful views of the Caribbean Sea and cruise ships, and the dynamic sunsets that occur every night,” he says. “I love it when people walk or drive by and look at the building.
“It was a lot of work by everyone involved but I get great satisfaction in our achievement when the elevator door opens and I hear and see people’s reactions.”