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.