house tour {in curacao} where jef met bachelorette emily’s daughter, ricki


Happy Tuesday to yáll!  Do you recognize those front steps?  Today we’re taking a tour of the truly breathtaking oceanfront Sirena Bay estate where Bachelorette Emily and her daughter Ricki stayed while they were here in Curacao.  It is phenomenal! A true representation of traditional Curacao architecture and design.
bacheloretteWhen my friend, Marilyn, and her husband, Richard, retired to Curacao 12 years ago they came looking for an historic renovation project.  Now that’s my kind of retirement!

And, I guess when you have this view to enjoy when you’re taking a break from the project, you can’t complain too much.
bacheloretteTHANK YOU so much Marilyn and Richard for showing me around your beautiful home and letting me share a little inside look.  I am in awe of what you have accomplished with your beautiful home.

Marilyn actually did all of the design work herself during the renovation, and picked all of the artwork and furniture from here in Curacao!  How awesome is that?!?!

And true to Curacao style … it really is all about the outdoor space.  Be still my heart!  A private beach?

But, ok, I really did take some pictures inside, too.  When you first enter the home you are greeted by this very cozy entry … now this is Curacao floor tile I would love to have.  (Did you see Emily coming down those stairs to tell host, Chris Harrison, that she was ready to break it off with Arie?)
bacheloretteAnd the view when you’re in the main sitting area of the home.  What can I say … I said I took pictures ‘inside’ the home … I didn’t say they were ‘of the inside’.  😉 The Bachelorette watchers will recognize the walking bridge …
bacheloretteI took some time on the bridge to ponder as well … what would my husband look like in skinny jeans? 😉

Ok, back to the house … there are two beautifully appointed guest suites with attached baths off either side of the main sitting area on the first floor.

And I am head over heals in love with the Pineapple Suite upstairs … the room where Bachelorette Emily stayed. I could have really benefited from a wide-angle lens to do these rooms justice.

bacheloretteThe view from the room back out into the quaint sitting area at the top of the stairs.  Look at all of the beautiful woodwork. Love.
bacheloretteAnd look what else I found upstairs … I could stare at that all day.
bacheloretteOne really cool feature of this home is the original ventilation unit on the roof over the kitchen.  Magnificent!!
bacheloretteAnd the view down the alley beside the main house.  I just love it!  The two rooms off to the right originally held water cisterns and have been converted into offices.  And the alley leads to two separated apartment units on the property.  The estate sleeps 12 in total.  Who wants to come visit?  :)
bacheloretteInteresting factoid – all of these historic homes were built with coral stone.  Marilyn did something really cool and left some of that original work exposed on one part of the wall in her courtyard.  Just beautiful!
bacheloretteAnd the view down the alleyway on the other side of the main building.  Makes you wonder what’s around the bend, doesn’t it?
bacheloretteWell, I’ll tell you … there’s a covered patio where I can see myself wasting some time away.
bachelorette I just love all of the colorful, Curacao artwork in Marilyn’s collection.  This piece had been switched out during the filming of the show … remember when Emily and Ricki were having breakfast before the date with Jef??
And the view from my … er, their breakfast spot.  Sigh!
bacheloretteAren’t these lights so fun?!  Sirena is the Spanish word for mermaid.
bacheloretteAnd a few more details I fell in love with … the view from the side apartment.
bacheloretteI loved these shell candle holders.
bacheloretteAnd the color of this pool house.
bacheloretteAnd the detail on this bathroom door.

And everything and anything to do with the outdoor space. :)
bachelorettebachelorettebacheloretteOne last look back at the main house from the water. Remember the final date with Jef, Emily and Ricki on the step … they talked about the monkey eating Cheetos, and the marionettes.  Awwww!
bachelorettePretty awesome, huh!!  Now, if you are ever headed for a Curacao vacation, keep this estate in mind because it is available as a vacation rental.  Wouldn’t it be the perfect spot for a trip with extended family or a big group of friends?  You can find out all of the details at their website,

One last HUGE Thank you!! to Marilyn for all of your support and for allowing me into to your wonderful retreat.  :)

What do you guys think?  Are you in love with it as much as I am? Do you prefer this architecture or that of the house I showed you yesterday where Emily’s family met Jef and Arie?

And don’t forget, tomorrow we’re going into the Tree House, Emily and Jef’s fantasy suite, at the other end of the island, the post is live here.

I am sharing this house here and at: BNOTPDIY Show OffHome Stories A to ZSavvy Southern StyleRemodelaholicToday’s Creative and Sugar Bee Crafts.


  1. says

    GORGEOUS!!!! You are in heaven! My hubby and I honeymooned on St. Thomas and I’m always blown away by how blue the ocean is in the Carribbean

  2. Kathy says

    Regarding Jeff’s fantasy suite. Love the couch pillow fabrics. Of course, the yellow with buttons is a real “pop”, but would like to know the fabric name of the neutral/eggplant/green/and one other color of the couch pillows. Any hope for me to find out this information?

  3. says

    I am like the only person on the planet who doesn’t watch the Bachelorette. But, that house is gorgeous. The view is absolutely stunning. I’m afraid, if I ever stayed there, I would never leave.
    Thanks for the tour.

  4. Karen says

    I love the use of such rich colors throughout the home! Also the exposed coral rock provides wonderful texture. It reminds me a bit of the “truth windows” people leave when building cob houses. Love!

  5. says

    Karah that is gorgeous! I’m so jealous you got to tour the inside of that beautiful home. Maybe my next vacation I’ll stay there…a girl can dream right??? Or better yet, let’s have a bloggers get together there!

  6. andrea cammarata says

    WOW my friend…talk about a POP OF COLOR!!!! the yellow is so awesome!!!! What a place! Thanks for showing us…it was really fun! Now go get your COLOR ON!!! : ) hugs to you all especially the M&M team : )

  7. Joanne says

    The property is absolutely breathtaking! Emily and Ricki were so lucky to spend time together in these surroundings. How many days did they have together at your place? I hope enough days for some wonderful mother/daughter bonding in paradise!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Joanne! The house belongs to a friend of mine and feel so fortunate to have been able to get an inside look and share it with you all. ABC kept all of the logistics pretty quiet but I think they stayed in this house for about 10 days. :)


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