Harmony

Elegant island living in Jamaica, specially photographed by Steve Cohn

  • Studio sitting-room. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The studio bedroom. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The studio kitchen, seen from the terrace. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • Dominated by handmade wooden couches or love seats, the living room leads directly out to the first floor terrace. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • Detail of stairway. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The upstairs terrace. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The back of the house. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The terrace at the back of the separate studio, with the kitchen in the background. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The dining area on the terrace outside the kitchen: the glass table is supported by old cast iron sewing machine bases. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The studio sitting-room just inside the entry. Photograph by Steve Cohn
  • The master bedroom. Photograph by Steve Cohn

Near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, film artist Sue Henzel has created a home that is classically Caribbean in its casual beauty. Sue – who works on films and commercials – grew up in Jamaica, child of an Antiguan father and a Trinidadian mother. To furnish and decorate her home, “Tumbleweed”, she used leftovers from film projects, casual discoveries in junkyards and roadside shops, together with antiques and inherited or hand-made pieces, to conjure up a completely unique environment.

Most of the furniture is in wood, stone, cast iron, natural tree trunks and driftwood; there are attractive wood carvings, Haitian and jamaican paintings, ceramics and clay pots, oil lamps and wicker shades. Walls are left with a rough unfinished look or painted to look aged or weathered; the fretwork, serpentine louvres and open rafters, the pickling finish on the ceiling and the shingle roof, are all unmistakably Caribbean.

This is real island style: in tune with the land and its gifts, the sea and the sky, with Caribbean tradition.