Louise Mulry (née Groom), a banking and finance partner at Harneys law firm, moved to Grand Cayman in 2007, after being based in London and Singapore for a number of years.
Meanwhile, her husband Matt, a funds partner at Dillon Eustace law firm, arrived from Jersey in 2006; they met through mutual friends and married in 2011.
The couple chose the prestigious Crystal Harbour community because of the area’s beautiful, peaceful neighborhood, especially their plot of land which has serene views of the canal.
“It has a fantastic view on a wide part of the canal which opens out into Governor’s Creek,” says Louise.
Louise was heavily involved throughout the entire process of designing the home and enjoyed every minute of it.
Built in the colonial-style, its exterior is reminiscent of many New England homes and is adorned with plantation shutters inside and out, while its interior has an understated elegance.
The 3,400-square-foot property comprises four bedrooms, a separate walk-in closet that could easily convert into a fifth bedroom, and three-and-a-half bathrooms. A great room, study, TV room, kitchen, and dining room comprise the main floor, as well as one of the bedrooms.
Kitchen with a view.
Many of the furnishings are European vintage-inspired, such as the great room’s two wing-back arm chairs and salon bench which are modeled on the 18th century French originals in Louis XV style; the kitchen bar stools are modeled on 1940s French-upholstered barrel-back stools.
Much of the furniture and many of the accent pieces were bought from U.S.-based stores Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, as well as from U.K.-based The White Company.
A number of the home’s light pendants and chandeliers are based on Victorian-era fixtures typically found in grand European hotels, while others have a slightly more modern edge reminiscent of 20th-century industrial factory pendants.
An aluminum floor lamp in the corner of the great room makes a bold statement, giving the room a touch of glamour, especially juxtaposed against the luxurious fabrics and earth tones of the room.
A reproduction 19th-century British marine light used to transmit Morse Code, it also has an Old Hollywood vibe. The lamp, as well as most of the other lighting in the home, is from Restoration Hardware.
The master bathroom is one of Louise’s favorite rooms in the house; modeled after a traditional French bathroom, it has a grand vintage charm with a modern edge.
A chandelier hangs from the ceiling while a freestanding bateau tub with Victorian-style faucet artfully rests underneath a large window overlooking the canal.
Both show-stopping pieces were purchased in the U.K. at Victoria & Albert and perfectly complement the matching Italian baroque-aged silver leaf mirrors hanging atop antique gray vanities (they are actually French-inspired ladies’ writing desks from U.S.-based Bramble & Co., which Phoenix helped to convert into bathroom vanities). An expansive glass shower is situated to the left of the bathroom.
“We wanted a comfortable stylish bath and found this gorgeous one,” says Louise. “I felt that a traditional claw-foot freestanding tub would be too old-fashioned with the traditional taps/faucets.”
In every part of the house, no attention to detail has been spared, such as the seamless toggle light switches by Forbes & Lomax that are fitted for every wall outlet. “I hate the cheap switches where you can see the screws, so having wall plates that hid the screws on every switch and receptacle was very important to us,” says Louise.
The walk-in closet upstairs contains no visible screws or holes either. Mike Davidson of Storage Solutions was one of the only suppliers on island who understood her pet peeve of seeing holes exposed in closets, and he worked hard to cut and measure the closets to scale on site.
Many beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces adorn the home, which Louise collected while living in Singapore and traveling in Burma, Vietnam, China, Japan and Bali; from lamps to side tables to décor, each has its own story.
The dining room’s hand-painted antique Mongolian side cabinet is actually a chest that was used in royal processions to carry arrows and other paraphernalia. The study’s Asian chest was previously used to store rice, and a traditional Chinese hairdresser’s stool sits on the stairway.
The kitchen is welcoming with its cream-tone, shaker-style cabinets and Nantucket cup drawer-pulls, white subway-tiled backsplash and a spacious island with pendant lights overhead.
A large bay window offers unobstructed views of the backyard and canal, and a long, curved, upholstered built-in bench underneath the window has cushions that match the island’s bar stools, providing extra seating options for guests as well an adjoining lounge.
“We love entertaining and it’s nice to have the open-plan element flowing into the lounge for guests to spread out, although friends do tend to congregate around the island and wine fridge,” says Louise.
Classical without losing its modern appeal, the Mulrys’ home has a timelessness that will endure for decades to come.