WITH NATURAL MATERIAL, A
CREATIVE FLAIR AND A DECORATING
SENSE OF HUMOUR, CHRIS AND
BARBARA WEST DECK THEIR HALLS
FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON.
hristmas is ripe for cheer and festivity, but for
many people decorating the family home for the
holidays is an arduous task that belies creativity.
Chris and Barbara West of Boatswain’s Watch
in St. George’s are experts at creating stylish and
a;ordable holiday décor, drawing inspiration
from Bermuda’s natural surroundings.
“Our style is playful and whimsical—we aim to celebrate the fun of
Christmas, so we incorporate lots of spirited decorations into our home
décor. We use as many natural materials as we can; it’s cost-e;ective and
pays homage to our beautiful island lifestyle,” says Barbara.
Chris and Barbara, who live with their Rhodesian ridgeback, Loquat,
and their blue-fronted Amazon parrot, Midori, built their house them-
selves in 2001. ;ey take pride in the natural beauty of its location,
particularly their water views of St. George’s Harbour.
The Wests take
pride in the natural
beauty of their St.
as many natural
materials as they
can to decorate with
their unique flair.
forgoes a matching
set of crystal, for a
fun, eclectic mix of
festive wine glasses.
Left: Fun, furry owls,
berries and lights
mix with clippings
of casuarinas and
the garden to adorn
the mantle in the
;e house is situated on a hillside
with dock-access to the waterfront
and land on either side that is richly
planted in native and endemic plants.
With Bermuda’s natural environment
at their doorstep, the Wests naturally
incorporate ;ora from their property into the interior decor of their
home—using plants and shrubs in innovative ways to enrich the ambience
of their living space.
;e couple’s creativity is most in
evidence in their seasonal showpiece,
their Christmas tree, which stands
tall in their formal living room.
“We’ve always decorated for
Christmas, but eight years ago while
cleaning up our property a;er a
winter storm, I realised that we could
cra; our own one-of-a-kind Christmas tree from the fallen branches in
our back garden,” explains Barbara.
“We gathered together the trunk of
a Bermuda cedar and various-sized
palm fronds, and constructed a beautiful tree. We carry on the tradition
with a new tree each year.”