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The founder and designer of Lulu DK Fabrics’ client roster is straight from the A-list—Steven Spielberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane von Furstenberg, and Carolina Herrera to name a few. Lulu deKwiatkowski has scoured the globe in order to inspire her colorful, intricate and whimsical textiles. Through Europe, to India, to stints in Morocco and Peru, Ms. deKwiatkowski still calls her family’s Bahamian compound her favorite destination.
There’s no place like home
I love anywhere with a beach, sun, and warmth. I grew up in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas. It is so hard to get to see my large family, but our house in Lyford is the one place we all come together. It is heaven.
To do list
Swim, swim, swim. I water ski when I feel bold, play tennis when I don’t feel too old and walk the beach for hours with my children collecting shells. [Visitors should] eat conch and fresh coconuts, drink rum dums, and take a walk around the club, which has been beautifully decorated by Tom Sheerer.
My biggest source of inspiration is nature. Tokens of the Bahamas can be seen everywhere in my work; the sea life, coral, shells, bamboo, ocean, and sand tones are in every fabric and painting I make. I love to find the local items and the handcrafted wonders. In the Bahamas they have always made beautifully woven items with wicker: baskets, bags, et cetera. When traveling farther east, I always collect the local textiles, which I have piled high in a cabinet in my living room.
I can’t travel without my drawing pens, camera, and bathing suit—you never know!
Lyford Cay Rum Dum Recipe:
The rum dum is the signature cocktail of the exclusive and stunning Lyford Cay Club. Created by the club’s bartender Wilfred Sands in 1971, this concoction embodies the islands. Sands came up with the cocktail when asked for a rum drink that was not overly sweet and could be served in a short glass. 42 years later, Sands still serves up rum dums from the Lyford Cay golf course’s men’s locker room. The recipe has been kept concealed, but AVENUE made it a mission to uncover the original Lyford Cay Club cocktail.
Lyford Cay Rum Dum:
1 1/2 ounces light rum
3 1/2 ounces sweet and sour mix (recipe below)
1 ounce dark rum (Sands uses Meyer’s Jamaican Rum)
Sweet and Sour Mix:
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup (boil equal part sugar and water, stirring until sugar is dissolved)
2 cups water
1 raw egg white
Stir all sweet and sour mix ingredients together in a pitcher. Combine light rum and sweet and sour mix in a blender and briefly blend to mix. Pour over ice in a short chilled glass. Carefully float the dark rum over the surface of drink so it forms a separate layer. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of The Island Remembered by Burk Murchison & Beryl Hutchinsonwww.islandremembered.com