Barbados Accommodations: Rolling the Dice

Barbados Accommodations: Rolling the Dice

I promise I’ll stop tooting my horn about the completion of my holiday rental at St Lawrence Beach Condos, #8, after this post.  Really, I will.

I just wanted to share with you a photo of the inaugural guests, mother and daughter Jane & Francesca.  They arrived at 11 a.m. this morning and seem delighted to be in Barbados and in this spankin’ new apartment.

As you know, three weeks ago, #8 was nothing but, um, what you see here: no appliances, no hot water, no drapes, only one working electrical plug, no furniture, and no air-conditioning (the AC electrical wires hanging out of the wall, which I managed to poke my eye with more than once, are awfully attractive, though, don’t you think?):

Sampling color options ...

Sampling color options … (Btw, have you ever noticed that "before" pics are almost always fuzzy?)

What impressed me was that, even in such a state, this lovely Canadian was willing to rent the place 1) sight-unseen, 2) unfinished, 3) from a complete stranger whom she couldn’t necessarily trust to have it in good enough condition for habitation on such short notice, and 4) never having been to Barbados before.  I warned Jane that the appliances might not arrive before she did … she went ahead and rented it anyway.  She told me this morning she just had a good sense about it.

Fortunately, the place WAS finished on time, showing that Type A personalities are good for something … Hmm, but I do miss those eye-pokers hanging out of the wall ….

Welcome to Barbados, Jane & Francesca!

Welcome to Barbados, Jane & Francesca!

My little “before and after” show follows … (if you’re into this sort of thing, you can see some of my work here on my StagingBarbados site). I love before/afters. I blame long Jet Blue flights watching “Design on a Dime”-type shows five hours straight for this addiction.

(Hey, what are we doing inside so much these days??  Really, you and I both should get out more. In fact, this minute we should be dancing in the sunshine at Reggae on the Hill. Ahem, right after this …)

Living room, before

Living room, "before"

Same view, "after"

Same view, "after"

Living room "bar" wall, "before"

Living room "bar" wall, "before" (the wooden thing there is the day bed that would eventually go into the second bedroom)

Same area, "after"

Same area, "after"

Second bedroom, "before"

Second bedroom, "before"

Second bedroom, "after"

Second bedroom, "after"

Kitchen, "before"

Kitchen, "before"

Kitchen, "after" (no particular thanks to me on this one ... just shows the teeth filling in the gaping smile :)
Master bedroom, "before" (doesn't show mirrors to the right)

Master bedroom, "before" (doesn't show mirrors to the right)

Master bedroom, "after"

Master bedroom, same area, "after"

Master bedroom looking into living room, "before"

Master bedroom looking into living room, "before." (Gosh, these blurry photos really do enhance the before-ness, don't they? I thought I had auto-focus on on my camera, but I apparently didn't.)

Same view, "after"

Same view, "after"



6 Responses to “Barbados Accommodations: Rolling the Dice”

  1. Greg says:

    This is brilliant, simply brilliant. The before and after photos just say it all. Great work, my love.

  2. Thank you, Greg. I sure wish the place had been this comfortable when we camped out in it last month, fighting over who would get to use the one working outlet and taking cold showers!

  3. rainy says:

    Hi Jane, Nothing live renovations, be it boat, condo or house. My husband has been renovating our house boat for the past nine years. All that is left to do is the master bathroom. We work on it during the winter and cruise and party on it during the summer. I think he has ran out of energy. It takes a lot of vision to see something before and imagine what the finished product will be like. No thanks to me, my husband has turned an old trawler that once hauled crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico into a beautiful houseboat for us to enjoy. Check it out. oceanischarters.com. I totally understand and appreciate all of your hard work.

  4. Jane and Francesca Ruddick says:

    Isn’t it odd that sometimes you get this gut feel that this is really going to work out?!! Jane has done an amazing job on Apartment # 8 – so much so that we were sure she had hired an interior designer to help turn this into a work of art! And all of this while living on an island as well – amazing! We could not believe our luck when Jane opened the door and we saw this masterpiece! Visiting Barbados is a gift in itself! Staying here was the icing on the cake! Apart from the missing vital corkscrew – now in place – we could not have asked for anything more! And Jane is a gem – getting to know her more was a very pleasurable experience. Back here in very rainy Vancouver, memories of our stay and the view from #8 will keep us going for months to come. Can’t wait to go again!!!

  5. Rainy, hi! I went all through your site and am now very curious and eager to explore your part of the world on your fabulous renovated boat. I’m so impressed! Thank you. (I liked seeing a photo of you, too .. nice to put a face with the name.) xx Jane

  6. Jane & Francesca, hi! How are the mother-and-daughter team doing?

    Gosh, this is the sweetest testimonial from you — THANK YOU! Your comment here absolutely, positively makes my day. And since I’ve read it every day since you wrote it, it’s made several of my days now … !

    You’re the best. Thanks for taking a roll of the dice for me.

    xx Jane

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