Peek Inside Designer Celerie Kemble’s Whimsical Dominican Oasis


By Nina Wolpow

Designer and Harvard graduate Celerie Kemble has transformed her family’s vacation home—a beach club in the Dominican Republic—into a fantastical paradise.

Along with her husband, financier Boykin Curry, Kemble planned and outfitted her “familial resort” on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic.

The resort, named Playa Grande Beach Club, follows Dominican vernacular architecture, which means patterned woodwork, metal roofs, and hardware suited to age and patina distinguish the property.

A 22-foot-high central clubhouse grounds the property and features a great room with locally produced furnishings and accessories.

An attractive eclecticism marks the resort’s interiors; vintage finds complement Kemble’s custom designs, while walls and ceilings are painted tranquil, tropical colors.

Other designers featured at Playa Grande are D. Porthault, Casamidy and New Jersey Barn Co.

Barbie’s pied-à-terre is another notable work by Kemble. The designer runs Kemble Interiors with her mother, Mimi McMakin and younger sister Phoebe Kemble.



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