"The Distinctive Life" presented by the Distinctive Collection

50 51 bhgrecollection.com | | THE DISTINCTIVE LIFE® Volume �� TRAVEL LIGHT-FILLED COMMUNAL SPACES One of the first things you'll notice about the interiors of contemporary island houses is that they are blessed with lightfilled communal rooms. Upscale kitchens, opulent living rooms, and expansive music salons dazzle as sunlight bounces off exquisite finishings. At the recent Hambani Estates development in Jamaica (currently being sold through Better Homes & Gardens Jamaica), the developers took great care to create luxury villas with "a contemporary interpretation of classic design with expansive glass windows creating a solarium of living spaces inviting an abundance of natural lighting." The result of these design goals is a wonderfully inviting villa that is infused with peaceful beauty. Even contemporary homes not blessed with island breezes are designed to bring in abundant natural light – and sometimes, starlight. In fact, one of MyDomaine's favorite upscale modern homes is known as the "House Under the Sky." A delightfully wide modern home, "Maydan Architects designed the home (a 5,000 square foot, six-bedroom, six-bathroom beauty) with the objective to be able to see the sky from anywhere in the house, so skylights were incorporated into the main living space, as well as the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms." Stunning! INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING When Sir Richard Branson bought Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands, it was with an eye to building vacation villas and grand estates that could be rented for luxury getaways. Among these new properties is a contemporary island house known as Point Estate. Travel+ Leisure raves about this lavish retreat. It's set beachside and makes the most of its locale with expansive folding glass walls that erase the divide between the interior's oversized communal living hubs and the eye-catching natural wonders beyond the deck. The magazine applauds the contemporary kitchen and spectacular bar, as well as the swoon-worthy infinity pool and ultracomfortable accommodations (the estate can sleep 22 guests). But it's "the home's open-air seaside dining pavilion built over the cliff's edge" that truly impresses. FLOOR-TO-CEILING BEDROOM WINDOWS While moving glass systems may replace the walls of lower social spaces, many contemporary island houses also favor floor-to-ceiling windows for upper-level bedrooms. Naturally, for homes built near water, this grants upper floors access to cooling breezes and stunning views, such as the ones of Biscayne Bay that are enjoyed by what MyDomaine calls a "San Marco Island Stunner." The home is a "7,100+ square foot contemporary beauty with a heated infinity-edge pool and a rooftop deck equipped with a Jacuzzi" that overlooks the pristine waters of the Bay, the lush lawns, and, of course, the striking pool. Of course, you don't need to live near the water to enjoy the connection with nature that oversized windows bring. Su Casa Design has created an extraordinary interior design with entertaining spaces and bedrooms that are every bit as impressive as the exterior. Luckily, as MyDomaine