On their own private island in the Bahamas, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw create the perfect escape
After more than 20 years together, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw don't quite finish each other's sentences. Instead, the two long-married country-music stars have developed a manner of speaking that can only be described as down-right harmonious, with each supplying an instrumental part of the whole. Consider, for example, the way they talk about the first time they saw the future site of their beloved Bahamas home.
Needless to say, the couple’s own settling-in process was a bit more involved. Hill and McGraw first purchased the private 20-acre island they call “L’île d’Anges” back in 2003; they didn’t move into the house—actually a collection of eight distinct “pavilions,” connected by thatch-roofed loggias—until 2012.
For help, they turned to McAlpine, an architecture–and–interior design firm that had previously worked on their homes in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. According to architect Bobby McAlpine, who designed the compound with his partner Greg Tankersley, the main question—aside from the very practical ones suggested above, of course—was “What does paradise look like for a couple of creative people like them?” In its raw state, the island “was already otherworldly, with this clear water and white, white sand. I thought, In paradise, you live in ways you can’t live in civilization. So every room is a separate building,” he says, linked by open-air passageways. “You can bathe outdoors or climb a tower and feel that you’re being lifted up into the air. All these sort of romantic ideas, we got a shot at doing here, and we took them.”
The pool terrace is steps from the waterfront. Chase lounges by Royal Botania; Henry Hall designs seating with Delany & Long cushions; brass tripod tables from Mecox.
The setting also inspired the home's spare, naturalistic decor, says interior designer Ray Booth. "I think the beach has always represented, to the McGraws, a simplicity that their everyday life lacks. So this house needed to offer a real clarity and cleanliness in its aesthetic. It's essentially a bleached-out white [throughout]; where there is color, it's pulled directly out of those beautiful Bahamian waters." Certain pieces, such as the music room's "organic" tree-trunk table and the twine-bound Indonesian lanterns that hang above it, were selected to convey a whimsical, almost shipwrecked vibe.
As touring artists, Hill and McGraw are used to roughing it—they fell in love on the road in 1996 and will spend much of this year crisscrossing North America with the latest version of their Soul2Soul show. (They’re also hard at work on their first-ever album of duets, which will likely be released this fall.) “As long as our family is together,” Hill says, “we can pretty much make a home anywhere.” Consequently, they felt very comfortable setting up shop, along with daughters Gracie, Maggie, and Audrey, now 20, 18, and 15, in a pair of seaside yurts during the decade in which the permanent structure was being constructed.
But when it came to the house, Hill says, they weren’t interested in improvising.
Read the full interview here - https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/faith-hill-tim-mcgraw-bahamas-home
See more pics of Tim and Faith's private island home in the Bahamas here - https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/faith-hill-and-tim-mcgraw-live-in-harmony#1
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