14 October 2018

Modern Meets Traditional in a Coastal Cottage

A contemporary twist on a traditional home can be done, subtly or dramatically.

Good interior design doesn’t draw a line in the sand between modernity and the past. We try and express through our work that great rooms successfully merge these two classical styles, whether subtly or dramatically. We accepted this challenge recently, when decorating an elegant pre-war Park Avenue apartment for a couple with three young children. It was such fun watching the rooms steeped in history come to life for this busy and fun-loving family of five. The photos are coming soon! One of our latest projects is an 1820’s federal style farmhouse in Southport, Connecticut. The historic home is relatively untouched in terms of its original footprint, which is what drove our attention to it. We’ll be making changes to the kitchen (largely cosmetic) and two bathrooms, but the bones are there. We started our quest for inspiration turning to the pages of architect G.P. Schaefer’s extraordinary new book  “A Place To Call Home.” We’re sharing just a few of the beautiful photos which spoke to us…we look forward to continuing to share all of our motivations and inspirations for this project as it unfolds.

Warm woods, natural fibre rugs and shades and lots of textural objects and art bring life and charm to this all white painted entrance. It’s a great advertisement for the power of paint and a few charming finds!

We like to focus on the details of the interior doors and millwork first. Raised panel doors shown below, paired with simple moldings are a subtle nod to history. When changing the interior doors, the door hardware changes, and the hinges change. All of these elements add a richness, and what Gil refers to as masculinity.

Painted white floors in a dining room, paired with a strong painted wall color introduce an element of light not coming from the outdoors — especially useful in a room where sunlight is at a minimum.

In traditional homes, wallpaper and wooden paneling are just some of the ways to decorate a room. Painted designs such as a stencil on the walls or a pattern on the floors is a wonderful way to add interest to any home.

Natural fiber rugs is one of the oldest ways to warm up wood floors, and it doesn’t seem to waining in popularity. We love them in both traditional and more contemporary interiors.

We’d like to incorporate tall, linear painted bead board molding in the bathrooms, paired with a ceiling painted in a contrasting color.

This photo incorporates many of the interior architectural concepts we’re looking to employ all in one: raised panel doors, simple but impactful moldings, painted floors, stenciling, natural carpet fibers, paint colors inspired by the proximity to the sea, and artwork, all coexisting in a fresh, modern way.

Congratulations, Gil, on an extraordinary book!

— Lauren & Suzanne
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Do you know what the paint color is in the last photo - that beautiful bright blue?
Each room has a style on it own, yet flows into the rest beautifully. I love the colors chosen for each room. Thanks for the inspiring post!
Hi Suzanne and Lauren. We really appreciated this blog and thus posted it to Studio Designer’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StudioWebware/posts/2142947435719147 - and Twitter - https://twitter.com/studiowebware/status/940993471464329217
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