Escape to Playa Grande Beach Club

Escape to Playa Grande Beach Club, Dominican Republic • via @SavvyHome

“There was constant fear that people would walk in and say, ‘This place looks like crazytown. Were you drinking while decorating?'”

—Celerie Kemble

Escape to Playa Grande Beach Club, Dominican Republic • via @SavvyHome

Escape to Playa Grande Beach Club, Dominican Republic • via @SavvyHome

Escape to Playa Grande Beach Club, Dominican Republic • via @SavvyHome

Escape to Playa Grande Beach Club, Dominican Republic • via @SavvyHome

 

If, for a moment, I had forgotten that Celerie Kemble is one of my all-time favorite interior designers, the Playa Grande Beach Club in Dominican Republic was a clear reminder.

Kemble just knows how to turn beautiful places into magical moments of dreamlike picture-perfect design. And if the resort she opened with her husband, financier Boykin Curry, is a little wack-a-doodle—it’s also precisely what you would want to walk into on a dream a Caribbean vacation: a modern day Alice in Wonderland fantasy world of luxurious laid-backedness (yep, just invented a new term) with a healthy dose of quirky.

“I think interiors that are well-designed tell people how to behave,” Kemble says. “Here, I want them to know they’re supposed to be barefoot but they can also put on a grand hat and their emeralds and go twirl around on the beach.” Celerie, you are my spirit animal.

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Images via Architectural Digest.

  • http://thouswell.co/ Kevin O’Gara | Thou Swell

    This place is dreamy… definitely crazy in a GOOD way!

    • http://savvyhome.wpengine.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Crazy in THE BEST way. If this is crazy, I’m off to be declared mentally ill.

  • CallingitHome

    UM, I need to live like this!

    • http://savvyhome.wpengine.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Don’t we all!?

  • http://emilymaydesigns.com Emily May

    It’s stunning! I love how bright and happy everything looks, it makes me want to go on holiday- I would never want to leave!

    Emily xx

    Emily May Designs

    • http://savvyhome.wpengine.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      I wouldn’t want to leave either. In fact, I’d probably have to get dragged out kicking and screaming!