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Expert-Approved Pieces to Shop for This Holiday Season

IDG’s dedicated team of experts live and breathe design and are here to make your holiday shopping easier. Read on for our top picks for giving the gift of home this season, now in-store at IDG.

Cozy Earth Bedding

What could be better than the gift of refreshing sleep? Cozy Earth’s linen sheet sets will add a luxe aesthetic to your bedroom that’s ideal for every season, or try a silky soft bamboo sheet set with a breathable weave to keep you at the perfect temperature night after night.

IDG Bed No.5

Bed No.5 was crafted in a modern Italian style using high-performance fabric with impeccable softness. As part of IDG’s custom bedroom collection, you can also create your ideal bed from scratch, choosing everything from the headboard height and style to the material – the ultimate tailor-made gift for the holidays.

Jaipur Living’s Burbank Pillow Collection

These cushions are crafted from 100 percent linen and come in a range of textural styles, guaranteed to bring joy to you or a loved one.

Sferra Bathrobes

The holiday season evokes coziness and decadence, and Sferra’s ultra-smooth, cotton velour robes are designed to keep you perfectly pampered. This range of unisex styles will deliver that vacation feeling whenever required.

Tangent GC Toiletries

Tangent GC is a chic new line of natural, organic, cruelty-free, fossil-free soaps, body washes, lotions, balms, and detergents now at IDG. Whether you prefer the warm, woodsy scent of cedar or the soft, floral fragrance of tulip, Tangent GC has a smart and delicious-smelling product to suit.

Light Up LED Fairy Trees

Add a lasting touch of magic with these LED trees that fold up small and stow away easily. These best-sellers bring warmth and glow to the holidays and create a lovely ambiance at any time of the year.

Harbour Outdoor’s Bondi Lounge Chair and Sofa

This furniture collection provides an effortlessly cool coastal aesthetic and top comfort, with plush, sink-in feather cushioning inviting endless hours of lounging.

Sweet Water Decor Tea Towels

The stylish holiday collection from Sweet Water Decor will add a festive feel to any kitchen. Available in a range of typographic designs and seasonal prints, these tea towels make a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the host.

Dovetail Pillows and Rugs

These lamb’s fur and suede back pillows and rugs add a sumptuous softness and texture to spaces. Available in white and grey, they’re the perfect final touch to tie everything together.

Visit us in-store for these pieces and more.

Looking for more ways to create a space that “feels like home” this season? Book a complimentary consultation with IDG’s award-winning team or browse our online collection.


Inside a Chic Coastal Condo in the Cayman Islands

Set in one of Grand Cayman’s newest gated communities, One Canal Point, this condo was created for its owners to live in and enjoy as soon as they walked through the door. Interior designers Justin Szigeti and Andrea Keuler were responsible for every detail of the home, from the furniture, artworks and linens to the window treatments and entertainment systems.

“The client was off-island for the duration of the project, so our goal was to make the process as easy and fun as possible for them,” Andrea explains. “We determined their desired look, feel and budget and ran with it, creating a space they could immediately relax into and offering the ultimate turn-key experience.”

A clean, modern base is met with natural features.

Located in the Seven Mile Beach Corridor, it’s minutes from the sand yet cloistered in a quiet, private setting.

The client’s hope for the home was a welcoming space with an elevated sense of ease. “We chose certain textures and warm-tone colours to create that vibe when you walk in, also incorporating features like drapes to give it a high-end feel,” Andrea says.

The IDG team worked to create a ready-to-live-in feel.

A soothing palette, statement light fixtures and textural details achieve a chic coastal style, with intriguing individual pieces across the home coming together to form one stunning, cohesive whole. “We intended to make each area unique but ensure the overall look and feel was unified,” Andrea says. “The finished picture included furnishings, decor, bedding and homewares for our client to settle in right away.”

The homeowners were delighted with the result and grateful for the seamless process, receiving quality designs that fit their style and budget. The interiors gave them the calming aesthetic they were looking for, plus all the fittings imaginable to enjoy living in the space.

A palette of neutrals and blues invites calm and rest.

Before you go: Watch more on this project in our interview with designer Andrea Keuler.

Check out more IDG projects or book a complimentary consult with our designers.

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Cream upholstery with a gentle thread creates a laidback bedroom look.

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How to Elevate Your Home’s Entertaining Potential

One of the best parts of having a home you love is sharing it with others. From game nights and dinners to movie screenings and backyard barbecues, making memories with the people who matter most creates a home.

Below, the IDG team reveals their top tips for designing a home perfect for entertaining. Discover how to maximize your space from foundation to fit out with these ideas.

Inviting island seating at One Canal Point.

Focus on Flow

Creating a perfect entertaining space starts with the right floor plan. If you want a home ideal for hosting, you probably want to avoid closed-off areas or boxy rooms. 

“It doesn’t matter how great the people, food or drinks are if you can’t get to them easily,” IDG interior designer Rhon Royer says.

It’s the reason open-plan living and kitchen areas are so popular. In fact, one of the places where people tend to congregate most is in the kitchen.  

“If I know a client loves to entertain, I always suggest a large center island in the kitchen, allowing us to create an area for guests to sit while the host prepares food or pours wine,” Rhon explains. “It’s also important to leave enough room around the island for people to walk and pass each other comfortably, and that goes for any room in your home. Otherwise, they’ll feel less inclined to talk to others or make the most of the space. So, don’t crowd your furniture to the point where it impedes flow. It’s the silent difference that makes for successful entertaining.”

Custom-designed details outside at Seafire Residences.

Consider Outside

Events often utilize outside space, so when thinking about the flow of your home, don’t forget your garden, patio, or balcony in that equation. The movement between these spaces should feel easy and natural.

“Your guests should be able to move comfortably from sunset drinks outside to their seats in the dining room, creating an atmosphere where everyone can truly relax, unwind and enjoy themselves,” IDG interior designer Barry Hutchinson says.

“As designers, we’re always considering continuity. Many of our clients want indoor/outdoor living, so we often think about how we can make these spaces work together. For example, a large sliding door can be a great solution for merging these zones, and using similar tones or materials can also help create a seamless blend.”

Warm lighting lifts this Beachcomber penthouse.

Choose Lighting Carefully 

Proper lighting is essential to creating a space perfect for entertaining, as harsh, bright lights have the power to make guests uncomfortable and detract from the mood. That’s why we recommend selecting bulbs that come in natural colors. Warmer tones can be lovely at night, but you don’t want anything too cool or sterile.

“If I had friends over, there would be candles burning and a chandelier to give off a soft glow, bathing everything in warm, shadowy light,” IDG personal shopper Paula Duffy says. “Lighting is your chance to have fun and express your personality. A backlit bar or bold light fixture can completely change the feel of a space. In the design world, lighting is often referred to as the jewelry of the room, so think about how you can best use it to accentuate your space.”

Where and how you entertain will influence color choices.

Develop a Color Palette

When nailing down a color palette, it can be helpful to think backwards. Start by considering the rooms you entertain in most and how you use them. For example, if your dining room is exclusively for formal gatherings, you might go bold and playful, whereas if you eat there every day, you’ll want to keep it timeless and simple. 

Feature walls also work well to add a pop of color to entertaining spaces, or you could also invest in something like textured wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to pick up a color wheel to help plan your space. Often, colors directly next to each other on the wheel give off a calming, cohesive feel, while complementary colors (like blue and orange or yellow and purple) can be fantastic for something more daring. 

“At the end of the day, it’s important to choose colors that make you smile,” IDG sales associate Tagh Wilson says. “For me, I believe every room needs a touch of gold, whether that’s a part of the finishes, lighting or soft furnishings. Don’t be scared of things like metallics or bright colors. When used correctly, they can work anywhere, including formal and informal spaces.”

High-quality furnishings in Cypress Pointe.

Don’t Sacrifice Comfort

Ensuring our guests feel comfortable is a huge part of entertaining. Plush sectional lounges or supportive dining chairs will help keep the conversation flowing all night long. 

“If you have a lot of garden get-togethers, it’s also worth investing in high-quality patio furniture that feels just as comfortable as what you have indoors,” Paula says. 

When it comes to decor, being purposeful is the key.

Decorate with Purpose

Now that you’ve figured out your floor plan, lighting, color scheme and furniture, it’s time to accessorize. Decor can bring a space to life, but too much can lead to clutter, so be purposeful about the pieces you choose.

To avoid being heavy-handed, we recommend choosing functional pieces. For example, a dining room can be elevated by a beautiful bar cart, and a luxurious game board can help add a bit of fun and flair to your coffee table. When something looks great and serves a purpose, it’s a win-win. 

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Get an Extra Pair of Eyes

To create a true entertainer’s home, a consultation with a design team can help take your space to the next level. At IDG, our experienced designers and shoppers have the knowledge and experience to create something customized to your lifestyle. Read more about IDG’s services or book a complimentary consultation today. 

This statement-making chandelier will be the star of any room.

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This high-quality concrete coffee table is perfect for outdoor entertaining.

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Set the mood for your event with this evocative scent, ideal for island gatherings. 

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This Art Deco bar cart is elegant and easily movable to wherever you host. 

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Entertain guests with this glamorous take on an old-fashioned game of tic-tac-toe.

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Linger longer in these ultra-comfortable linen dining chairs. 

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Vista Del Mar: From Concept to Completion

When a client wants a big impact without a big renovation, it’s important to work smart. 

For Vista Del Mar, the IDG team used their expertise to determine the best way to update the property without undergoing significant changes, like ripping up floors or overhauling the layout.

The client is from Toronto and bought the property sight unseen during the pandemic. Unable to get to Cayman, they knew they needed a company they could trust to upgrade their home while away – a referral led them to IDG. 

Because the client would be off-island for the renovation, IDG interior designers Andrea Keuler and Justin Szigeti went above and beyond to make sure they felt comfortable and informed. Constant communication through video and messaging ensured they were involved at every step.

Now, with the finish line in sight, IDG is preparing to welcome this client to their new dream home. Below, we look at what it took to get there, from the initial planning period to the final installation. 

Concept and Planning

To start the process, IDG set up video calls to walk the owners through the original space. By listening to their wants and needs, IDG was able to create a detailed list of everything required to transform the home.

“Once we had a feel for what they wanted, we created a mood board and 3D renderings so the client could really visualize the proposed transformations,” Andrea explains. “Being able to walk a person through a space virtually is so helpful. It ensures we’re all on the same page and helps clients identify any small revisions they’d like made.” 

These tools and conversations helped IDG present a plan the client loved. After that, it was time to develop the technical drawings for contractors and make detailed notes on the construction execution. 

Design

The existing home felt pretty outdated and had a stark and sterile interior,” Justin says. “We wanted to create something a bit more contemporary and with a moodier, sexier feel.” Dark wood tones, monochromatic colors and beautiful stonework helped evoke this sophisticated and timeless feeling. 

“Although the client didn’t want a major renovation, there were small things we could do to make a splash,” Andrea says. “For example, painting the doors black and squaring off the traditional curved archways.” 

This client loves to entertain, so focus areas include the kitchen, living and dining rooms. 

“The new kitchen design is one of my favorite parts of the home,” Justin says. “We adjusted the previous floor plan to create something that was more of a statement and perfect for entertaining.”  

The designers also looked for areas that weren’t previously being utilized, such as a bar area in the living room. When planning out the new space, IDG proposed a beautiful new wine room – something that’s become one of the project’s most stunning additions.

Build

“At IDG, our typical build process is demolition, framing, drywall, painting, cabinetry, plumbing and electrical,” Justin says. “But for this build, the addition of custom millwork was the star of the show. Adding new casings, wall coverings and cabinets added character to the space and gave everything a more architectural feel.”

In the kitchen, the team installed two-toned cabinetry and reconfigured the appliances to make it more efficient for cooking and entertaining. They also added a new pantry and extra storage. 

“Another big change happened over in the garage,” Andrea says. “The previous home had a large double garage, so we took advantage and converted half the area into a self-contained nanny suite with its own separate entrance, sleeping quarters, bathroom and walk-in closet.” 

Decorating

This last step of the project is currently underway, and the decorating part is when everything really starts to come together.

Furniture has been installed, and final touches like drapes and accessories are being added. With every project, IDG strives to use the highest quality materials and furnishings. This home is on the water, so anything outside has to be able stand up to the elements. For the interior, IDG also needed to ensure that everything was pet-friendly and easy to clean. 

Because the client for this project has been away from the very beginning, IDG’s designers wanted to make their upcoming arrival super special. IDG designs people’s dream homes and wants every client to feel that magic when they walk in. 

So, not only has furniture been installed, but the team has also helped place bedding and pack cupboards in the new kitchen. “We really want that turn-key experience when they arrive,” Andrea says. “We want a place that’s ready to welcome family and friends, and we’re so excited that Vista Del Mar is almost move-in ready!”

Do you have a project in mind? Book a complimentary consultation with IDG’s award-winning design team. 

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Why Art is the Key to Making Your House a Home

At IDG, our goal is to make sure every house we work on feels like home, and art plays a big part in achieving that – it breathes life into a space and can evoke various emotions and moods.

We might select something soft and abstract for a bedroom to create a calming feel, but for a powder room frequented by guests, something quirky and statement-making. We believe art is a great conversation starter as well as a focal point. That’s why we love to include a mix of bold and minimalist pieces in every home.

Many people see art as a personal investment, but your collection can also be an investment in your community. Some incredible artists call Grand Cayman home, and IDG supports local creatives wherever possible.

One of our community initiatives is “A Night with the Artists”, a series of events celebrating Cayman’s art scene. These evenings help raise money for local art and are anchored by a growing list of IDG Featured Artists – meet them below.


Carlos V. Garcia

Carlos is a self-taught painter, muralist and designer from Honduras. His vibrant pieces centre on abstract realism.

Painting by Carlos V. Garcia in The Residences at Seafire.


Julie Corsetti

Julie is a passionate photographer whose work captures the beauty of Cayman’s people and landscapes.

Wall art photograph on canvas by Julie Corsetti.


Janine Every

Originally from South Africa, Janine is a Cayman-based artist best known for her stunningly detailed portraiture.

Oil painting on canvas by Janine Every.


Tansy Maki

Tansy is one of the Cayman Islands’ most respected muralists, also working with sculpture and installation.

Handmade fish installation – image courtesy of Tansy Maki.


Babbity Barwick

Babbity is a talented sculptor whose creations reflect Cayman’s ecosystems. Her pottery includes abstract vases, patterned bowls and other vessels.

Handmade ceramic – image courtesy of Babbity Barwick.


Tracy McMenemy

Tracy is a multidisciplinary artist bridging photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Her location-specific art highlights her home of Grand Cayman.

Hibiscus Thatch painting by Tracy McMenemy.

If you’d like to attend our next “A Night with the Artists” event, contact [email protected].

In the meantime, browse IDG’s selection of art or check out a few favorites below.

This captivating mixed media piece by Carlos V. Garcia would be ideal for any home’s shared space, adding life and character. 

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The Caribbean blues of this detailed coral sea fan design are a nod to homes in coastal locations that’s eye-catching and elegant. 

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We love this print by Tracy McMenemy, using the leaves from a Silver Thatch palm to create a subtle and gorgeous design. 

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A mixed media, original artwork by Janine Every, with cool tones and gentle movement that create a calming mood. 

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This ethereal painting combines earthy tones with shades of blue to evoke a tranquil feeling that’s perfect for a bedroom.

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We love this multidimensional print – a blend of colors and textures from afar and hundreds of book spines up close. 

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Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. This bold black and white painting of water lapping against the shore would look great in any room. 

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This intricate and delicate depiction of coral sea fans is mounted in a maplex light brown frame, with an elegant style that would suit any space. 

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A joyful, stunningly detailed oil painting highlighting artist Janine Every’s exceptional talent with portraiture. 

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How to Design an Entertainer’s Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the core of any open floor plan – it’s also frequently shared with guests. IDG senior designer Justin Szigeti has helped many clients transform their kitchens into beautiful entertaining spaces. 

“It’s where people come to talk, eat and drink,” Justin says. “It’s no longer just for cooking. It’s also where you might share a bottle of wine with friends, do crafts with the kids, or chat with your partner over coffee.”

If you love to host, a well-planned kitchen should be a top priority, and in an era when this space works overtime, nailing the right design is essential. Ready to start the journey? Consider the tips ahead.

The Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse Kitchen

Plan the Perfect Layout

The right layout is crucial to any room, but it’s especially critical in the kitchen.

“If you like to entertain, we always recommend a large center island to anchor the space and provide a dedicated location for people to gather,” Justin says.

You’ll want to ensure you’ve left enough room around the island for people to move about and mingle. If you’re unsure how much is enough, a 3D rendering can be an beneficial tool. Talk to a designer about creating a virtual model of your kitchen. It will help highlight any potential problems and form a solid layout. 

Create Smart Storage

Kitchens often come with clutter, and if you spend a lot of time hosting, that’s something you’ll want to avoid. It’s also important to have plenty of surface area for pouring drinks and serving food.

“The trick to clearing your counters is creating ample storage for things that don’t need to be out all the time, such as small appliances, utensils and cookware, and making it accessible and properly programmed,” Justin says.

When juggling cooking, conversation and keeping guests’ glasses full, a well-organized kitchen with everything in easy reach will be a godsend, so think about how you cook and the products you use most often. You don’t want your everyday items in a deep drawer or at the top of a tall cupboard.

Ask your designer about options such as rolling shelves or cupboards made specifically to tuck away large items like stand mixers and juicers. Built-in appliances are also great for creating space.

“Spending time on drawer organization will also pay dividends,” Justin says. “There are a million cabinet inserts to make your drawers and cupboards more efficient. Consider what you need close by and design your cabinets to fit. You could even create a storage area specifically for hosting, including items like napkins, linens and bottle openers.”

Britannia Residences Kitchen

Choose Your Appliances Thoughtfully

You may think appliances are the final touch in a kitchen, but they are essential in mapping out the flow of a space.

“There are so many appliances to choose from based on function, size and configuration,” Justin says. “But to choose the right ones, you need to think about what’s important to you.”

If you love entertaining, you may want to invest in a wine fridge, dual ovens or a separate ice maker. Understanding your routine, habits, and the appliances you’ll need from the start will help create a layout that works for your space.

“The dimensions between your appliances or workstations are also important,” Justin explains. “You want a good flow between these areas, especially when it comes to the sink, refrigerator and cooktop. A great layout will create ease for you and your guests.”

Seafire Residences Kitchen

Determine Your Color Palette and Materials

Now that you’ve got the floor plan down pat, it’s time to figure out the look and feel of the space. That includes the finishes on your cabinets and materials for your countertops.

“There are so many styles to choose from,” Justin says. “But if you host friends and family a lot, it’s probably best to choose materials you know will be durable and hold up to wear and tear.”

For example, natural countertops, such as marble, travertine and wood, can stain easily and require proper sealing and care. In contrast, a material like quartz is heat-resistant, stain-resistant and super-durable. It’s also good to remember that painted cabinets chip easier than laminate.

“When it comes to your cabinet colors and finishes, we always recommend choosing timeless over trendy,” Justin says. “Trendy will inevitably go out of style, so opt for something classic that will work for multiple occasions. You can always switch out the hardware for a more playful look.”

Stone Island Kitchen

Don’t Forget About Lighting

Lighting is essential to setting the mood, and kitchens can be notoriously difficult to light with all their nooks and crannies. So, you’ll want to have a plan for lighting your space that considers both form and function.

For example, Justin recommends integrating LED strips in your upper cabinets for a functional kitchen with no dark corners, and for creating atmosphere, installing light switches with a dimmer to have bright lighting while prepping and cooking and a softer ambiance once the meal is served.

Pendant lights over an island or breakfast bar can also help add personality to your space. Depending on the fixtures you choose, you can match lighting to suit. Whether industrial, coastal or another style, statement lighting can be a brilliant way to evoke different feelings in your space.

Stone Island Kitchen

Kitchens are a significant investment, so making the right design choices is crucial. IDG will help you feel confident in your plan – book a complimentary consultation today.

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Upgrade your mise en place with these glazed stoneware pinch bowls.

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This gorgeous cake stand is beautiful and functional. Choose from white or gray marble.

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Add a pop of green to your kitchen space with maintenance-free faux succulents.

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Dine by Design at The Grove’s Textile-Filled Cocktail Bar

The Grove is one of Grand Cayman’s latest developments. This walkable community combines shopping, dining and living in lush surroundings, just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Seven Mile Beach.

One of the first spots to open in this new community is Door No. 4, a welcoming cocktail bar that has set the tone for the space. Here, we catch up with owner Simon Crompton to hear the thinking behind the design. 

Simon Crompton of Door No. 4.

Door No. 4 provides a whole new atmosphere within Cayman’s bar scene. When longtime bartender Simon Crompton first started dreaming up the space, he approached IDG for assistance. As a result, senior designer Justin Szigeti and interior designer Poly Lougiakis came on board to help realize his vision. 

“The idea actually changed quite a few times,” Simon reveals. “In fact, the original concept was very different from what we ended up with.”

Initially, Simon was leaning toward a light, bright bar with lots of blue colors. But after noticing similar looks in competitors nearby, the team decided on a new direction. 

“IDG helped develop a darker, moodier color palette,” Simon explains. “You still see the influence of the Caribbean in our menus, but the bar is something that wouldn’t feel out of place in Melbourne, New York or London.”

Textural elements and rich colors achieve an inviting result.

“We were inspired by a more industrial style,” IDG designer Poly says. “We installed a faux brick wall behind the bar, adding warmth and texture, and chose a color palette of blacks, golds and deep greens, with metallic wallpapers, herringbone-style floors and a sweeping bar to complete the space.”

Door No. 4 welcomes casual drinks or drawn-out dining.

For Simon, the goal was to create a beautiful bar that still felt relaxed and inviting. “We take our cocktails seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously,” he says. “We didn’t want the space to feel pretentious.”

It was essential that Door No. 4 appeal to various people and situations. It’s a place where you can come for a nightcap, a meal, an after-work drink or even a beer. Although cocktails are the specialty, Simon wanted the space to work for every stage of the night. That’s why it’s broken up into four distinct sections – patio, bar, high tops and lounge – each offering a different experience. 

Slide into the banquettes of the Door No. 4 lounge.

Door No. 4 was created and built during the pandemic, so there were a few more hoops to jump through than usual. “It’s taken a long time, but one incredible constant has been that Justin and Poly have been there throughout the process,” Simon says. “They’ve been great. Now that we’ve been open a few weeks, it’s been amazing to see the number of people blown away by the space. We keep hearing how there’s nothing else like it in Cayman.”

Cushioned nooks invite settling in with a cocktail.

Stop by Door No. 4 for dinner, drinks or a quick bite. Cayman’s newest cocktail bar is at Unit 12 of The Grove in Seven Mile Beach. 

The IDG team celebrates the opening of Door No. 4.

Before you go… Watch more on this project with our interview with senior designer Justin Szigeti.

Check out more IDG projects or book a complimentary consult with our designers.

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A simple black base and intricate woven seat give a high-end look to this bar stool.

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These brass pendant lights are perfect for making your entertaining space glow.

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Bring the bar to you with this drinks trolley featuring architectural lines and a bronze finish. 

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Go with the Flow: How to Design the Ideal Floor Plan

The perfect floor plan is designed with wellness in mind, considering the look, feel and function to create ease in your space. 

Read on for examples and tips from IDG designers on creating a floor plan that flows.

Britannia Residences Kitchen

Be Purposeful

To create the ideal floor plan, you first need to map out the areas in your home and dedicate time to figuring out their purpose. Next, think about how you live and how you would like to be spending time. This foundation will help you develop spaces to support and enhance your lifestyle. 

For IDG’s Britannia Residences renovation, it was immediately apparent the floor plan needed to change. “Originally, our clients had a large living room, but a lot of that space was being wasted,” IDG Interior Designer Rhon Royer says. “We shifted the spatial set-up and expanded the kitchen and laundry areas to create a home that functioned so much better for this family’s lifestyle.”

Britannia Residence Kitchen

Consider the View

The function of your space is crucial, but you’ll also want to think about how it looks from room to room. “Sightlines” are an integral aspect of interior design. Where does your eye go when you enter your home? You probably don’t want to see dirty dishes when you walk through the door. 

In IDG’s Britannia Residences project, the main bedroom and walk-in closet were technically open to one another, but clever sightlines created separation. The result was two beautiful spaces that flowed effortlessly into each other. 

It can be hard to think about these things when designing a floor plan, but 3D modelings and renderings can help you take a virtual walk through your home and highlight any potential problem areas. 

“All our clients who opt for 3D renderings love this part of the design process,” Rhon says. “I agree it’s worth the investment.”

Britannia Residences Bedroom

Design Smart

This stage of the process is an opportunity to fine-tune and make changes that will be a lifesaver later on – for example, pinpointing where you need an electrical outlet. Work smart and you’ll be rewarded down the road. 

It’s also good to design with the future in mind. “Maybe you’re a young family looking to grow over the next few years,” Rhon says. “Even if you’re focused on designing a home office right now, we might suggest adding a walk-in closet or ensuite in case you need another bedroom. Keep your options open!”

Britannia Residences Bathroom

Sound Advice

You should always design around the five senses, and sound is one of the most important. 

If you’re a family that loves to entertain, think about how you can design a space to encourage conversation. Maybe you want a kitchen with a large island or an open living space that flows into the garden.

If you work from home, consider placing your office in a quieter part of the house, away from the TV or laundry room. 

The Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse Kitchen

Don’t Forget Storage

One of the biggest interior design mistakes is creating a beautiful floor plan only to realize there’s hardly any storage. Whether it’s hallway closets or kitchen pantries, don’t forget these crucial spaces. 

Kitchens, in particular, require a lot of storage, so pay special attention to this area. For IDG’s Britannia project, a chic scullery was added behind the kitchen to increase the usability of the space.

For the Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse renovation, the team also worked hard to redesign the kitchen for the client’s needs. “When we first started on this project, there was a small galley-style kitchen with minimal walking space and a pantry taking up too much room,” IDG Interior Designer Poly Lougiakis says. “We demolished the kitchen and started fresh with a brighter, more functional area. By adjusting the floor plan, the space ended up feeling twice its original size.”

Full-height cabinetry, a massive center island and a tall, narrow shelving unit added even more room for items. 

“Storage goes beyond linen closets and a cupboard under the sink,” Poly says. “It can be beautiful and eye-catching, too. Have a lot of unique stuff? We can help you create something completely custom.”

The Ritz-Carlton DeckHouse Kitchen

Before starting any build or home renovation, you need to feel confident in your floor plan. After all, this will be your roadmap for the entire process. Our experienced design team will ensure you have the best foundation before you begin. Book a complimentary consultation with IDG today.

This thin, low bookcase will fit seamlessly in hallways or home offices. Its chic frame is crafted from matte black iron.

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Mirrors are great for adding the illusion of space or brightening up a room, and this one has an undulating frame in solid cast brass.

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A selection of vases can help create lovely sightlines in your home. These aquatic-inspired options are accented with a beautiful blue glaze.

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Rugs can help break up large areas in an open-concept space. The blue in this hand-woven piece also adds a pop of color.

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Woven baskets are an attractive solution for rooms with less storage, perfect for anything that doesn’t have a dedicated home.

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Keep your entertainment space tidy with a credenza that hides cables. We love this wood-framed option with raffia panels.

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An Inspiring Convo with: Kyle Broadhurst

The spaces we inhabit can affect our mood, energy and physical health. Given most of us spend a good portion of each week working, being in a well-designed space is essential.

When Kyle Broadhurst of Broadhurst LLC reached out to IDG to spearhead their new office renovations, we knew it was important to deliver something spectacular.

Broadhurst LLC is a boutique corporate and litigation law firm. Our goal was to create an environment that energized, inspired and worked for the needs of its growing team.

At IDG, we know a great office has the potential to motivate, promote productivity and lead to game-changing results. We were so happy to help Broadhurst LLC design the office of their dreams.

After the project wrapped, we sat down with Kyle to discuss the company and its new and improved space.

Kyle Broadhurst, Managing Partner at Broadhurst LLC.

Tell us a bit about Broadhurst.

We’re proud to have experts in many different areas, but our core business is as a specialist litigation firm. 

We are one of the few Cayman-only firms regularly instructed in large-scale international litigation and insolvencies. We’re also very active locally, frequently being engaged in local disputes and providing advice on various legal issues. 

When you decided to begin renovations, what vision did you have in mind?

We needed space to accommodate our growing firm and had been in the same location for a while, so we decided it was time to make a change. 

We met with the IDG design team to discuss concepts for the space. Our firm focuses on dispute resolution and is often asked to assist clients with complex problems, so our offices needed to be modern and clean but comfortable. 

When we communicated this to IDG, they ran with it and quickly provided the framework for what we have now. 

A light-filled boardroom overlooks George Town.

Why did you choose to work with IDG as your interior design partner?

We were aware of IDG’s work in other locations and were impressed. The team has great ideas and helped guide us through the entire process. They are first class!

Which of the new design features excite you the most?

The bookshelf is something that the whole firm enjoys. While not visible to clients, it serves as a focal point in the working space and encapsulates the vibe of our office, which is focused but fun. 

The front desk and reception area are stunning and provide the clean, professional look we wanted. 

Last but not least, the main boardroom takes advantage of our excellent views of the George Town waterfront, with a design that is both elegant and comfortable.

A custom-designed bookcase is a centerpiece.

With the renovation complete, what’s on the horizon for Broadhurst?

With the restrictions in place, we have not been able to utilize our meeting spaces as much as we traditionally would.

We look forward to things returning closer to normal and being able to welcome clients into our beautiful new office. 

An elegant front desk and seating area greet clients.

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