I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
A Traditional Sag Harbour Cottage
Mention the Hamptons to a designer and it not only identifies an area it conjures up an image of a specific style of decorating that has become extremely popular throughout the world.
My home is worlds away from the Hamptons, in fact it’s located in a suburb of Auckland, However, due to its proximity to our harbour, I have adopted the popular Hamptons style which totally suits my relaxed way of living. “Relaxed living” is the first words that spring to mind when I think of Hamptons, other descriptive words would be “light filled spaces and white walls”. Within the foundation of Hamptons one can add colour, a popular combination being blue and white. Touches of green also work well and if you want to play it safe, soft greys and beige tones are fitting, especially if you include subtle pattern and texture.
Hamptons style can be traditional or modern but today’s home is most definitely traditional in style. This small, original two story cottage located in popular Sag Harbour has a re-invented interior by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design Partnership. The cottage is typical of its period with sash windows and a pillared portico, a popular architectural feature of its time. Most of the original architecture both inside and out of this charming home has been retained. Downstairs the original floorboards have been restored with a patina that reproduction floorboards could never achieve. Upstairs, however, narrower boards are painted white, lightening up the smaller spaces. The colour palette throughout is light and neutral, the perfect foil for antique pieces. This home is full of character, from the moment you step through the split, stable door to the second you walk into the master bedroom. Everything works wonderfully together and although it has been brought into the millennium it exudes so much original charm.
Above: Rustic, original floorboards greet you at the entrance. An antique or reproduction bamboo desk works wonderfully as a hall table
Above: Shaker style balustrade’s on the staircase have been picked out in black. The little decorative panels on the stairwell have been retained
Above: A small pair of artworks depicting the ocean work perfectly on an end wall. A cross between traditional and modern lighting has been used in this space. A pair of chairs form a symmetrical entrance to another space
Above: I am unsure if the beams are original in the kitchen, however they could easily be mistaken for original
Above: A contemporary artwork livens up this space with its colour
Above: Laden bookshelves make the dining room feel homely and interesting. Another modern artwork features above the fireplace
Above: White painted floorboards lighten the upstairs bedroom which has a simple four poster bed. I truly love everything about this room
Above: A freestanding bath in a traditional style works perfectly in the bathroom
Above: An antique bureau is the perfect base for a vanity
I do hope you have enjoyed this gorgeous cottage and now filled with ideas for a makeover of your own.
Wherever you are in the world, have a wonderful week.