The Cliff at Cupecoy - Anatomy of a Caribbean Interior Design Career


In 2004 I started decorating my neighbors’ vacation homes in the ski hills north of Montreal. A year later I moved to the islands and met Jean Legoubey, developer of The Cliff at Cupecoy: St. Maarten’s first luxury high rise. The iconic landmark towers 12 floors above beautiful Mullet Bay beach. Mr. Legoubey regularly vacationed in the Laurentians ski resorts, so this simple affinity led to my decorating dozens of condos at The Cliff. When I sized up the magnificent opportunity, it didn’t take long to move beyond the furniture available on island. I researched American and Italian furniture manufacturers and obtained distributorships of ideal brands for Caribbean residences. These include Tommy Bahama, Laneventure, Century, American Leather and more.

One of the many benefits of living on a dot in the ocean is instant acceptance from manufacturers worldwide, without the necessity of a brick and mortar storefront. I’ve never seen the appeal of a roadside presence, preferring instead to live in my showroom. I designed and built Eversummer high on a hill... my dream villa, blessed with magnificent views and luxurious oxygen, just not possible on a road side. From my home, I research furniture online and correspond with clients via email. As part time residents, they often prefer to spend vacations on the beach, so we choose furniture online at their leisure.

Of the many Cliff condos I helped to furnish, I've had the privilege of decorating several Penthouses, although every unit is a luxurious sanctuary. Besides sourcing exclusive designers like Oscar de la Renta and Richard Frinier, my work entails every detail of the interior, from elegant window treatments to rock face walls and innovative column designs.

Since the Cliff was built, its property values have soared, making it one of the best investments on St. Maarten. It’s a great pleasure to be a part of it!


Edenridge Graces a St. Barth's Villa

We recently decorated a villa in St. Barths making good use of our online interior design services. To quote the owner, "Trying to furnish a house in another country was not easy. Catherine made it easy and seamless."

The outdoor furniture is Edenridge. Here are pictures from Laneventure.

Century's Finishes Raise the Bar Once Again

Century Furniture defines fine, luxury finishes and fabrics. Here are some trend setting colors.

From the Century factory, the Consul Chest in Sapphire.

As a Caribbean interior designer, elegant neutrals are as important as sunny colors in my palette. Here is Juan Montoya for Century, featuring the Branch Credenza.

Tommy Bahama is Set to Conquer the Outdoors

In Caribbean interior design, Tommy Bahama is often starring on the menu. Here is the new Island Estate Veranda all-weather collection.

Robert Allen's Gorgeous New Fabrics

Here are new fabric designs... so beautiful in a Caribbean villa. Our online interior decoration program includes hi-res fabric selection pictures via email, and/or fabric swatches sent to your Caribbean or US residence.

Larry Laslo Artisan collection

Robert Allen's new drapeable textures

The new Sunbrella collection


Villa Indigo - Furnished by Well Being by Design

Well Being by Design furnishes Villa Indigo, the seaside star of Indigo Bay, 148 acres of green valleys and beach front located in Cay Bay, St. Maarten.

Eclectic mix of tropical and contemporay by Laneventure, Tommy Bahama and Century furniture. Painting by Sir Roland Richardson.

 Century's latest design, The Kirin mirrored buffet, complements the floating staircase.

Dining set composed of Laneventure chairs and Tommy Bahama South Seas table.

Contemporary Tommy Bahama

Whitecraft's intricate wicker

Classic Tommy Bahama


A Sophisticated Ambiance of Luxury

My wonderful friend and creative muse, Esther Jacques, is an accomplished decorator residing in St Martin, settling down to tropical ambrosia following a cosmopolitan career in Paris haute couture and fine art. Esther works with me to provide impeccable finishing touches to the decor.

Her intercontinental sense of refinement is indispensible on our remote colonial outpost. Visit her online at www.ambiance-art.blogspot.com