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Home Away From Home

Every time a North Carolina designer and her family travel to their Bahamas home, they become even more involved with the life of the local community.

Melissa Sellars followed a goat path to the house of her dreams. She had scaled the inclined clearing hoping to be rewarded with a panoramic view of Harbour Island, the Bahamas locale in which she, a North Carolina–based interior designer, and her husband and family, had a vacation home.

“I found what I was looking for at the top, a staggering view that practically took in the whole of the island, but I also came upon something else I hadn’t expected, and which some people might not have found as captivating.” She refers to what was then a very modest single-story cinder-block house. Although the dwelling was hardly majestic, the view was, and in the way that only a true designer is able, Sellars was already envisioning a new home morphing from the existing structure.

“We had an adorable little house in the heart of the village, but my husband, at six-foot-four, was beginning to say it felt like a dollhouse. This house, as it turned out, was on the market and I really felt that it was all meant to be.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY MELISSA SELLARS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO

 

This story appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of MILIEU.