By the Beach
Like any design genre, coastal style can be defined in varying ways with each designer infusing their own core elements. A principal important to my aesthetic is to ensure that every home fosters a sense of belonging, in some way rooting the home it to its surrounding environment through indigenous materials or unique elements. Whether the design takes on a bolder approach or is inspired by nature, coastal homes share at least one comment thread that helps evoke a sense of warmth and calm that only the sea and sun can bring: stark whites, sandy neutrals, ocean hues and sky blues, shake exteriors, natural woods, relaxed decor, leafy greens, maritime infusion, open air living …….
What are some of your favorite coastal design elements?
I am thrilled to share that a very special project, our home in Washington, DC was recently featured in Home & Design Magazine. Like most designers’ homes, this was not only a long term project of collecting and perfecting but is a true reflection of my style and design aesthetic. Whether it is described as modern classicism or new traditional, the essence of my work centers around an admiration of the past paired with a modern simplicity. Texture, layered pieces, a soothing palette, flowing fabrics, comfortable furniture, found objects and unique elements collected on my travels fill each space to create our own urban refuge. You can read the full article here on Home & Design.
Classical Modern Mix
Trust me, I love wandering through the period rooms at the Met. I find it fascinating to see how the rooms and furniture were arranged and to envision how the rooms were used in the past. However in the 21st century, with regards to interiors, nothing inspires me more then a space that has a foot in the past and one in the future. A truly classical modern mix! For example, I find the juxtaposition of a Cy Twombly or Lucio Fontana painting hanging above an intricate, neoclassical console table to be really exciting. Or a large scale Anish Kapoor sculpture floating on 18th century boiserie. Its that tension and the relationship between the two that create the intrigue for me. I have included some of my favorite interiors, and people, that reflect such an approach. A perfect marriage of past and present!