Wherever we’re heading, we always hope to discover, in equal measure, interesting design, architectural merit and a friendly populous. Ticking all these boxes is New Eng-land; positioned in the United State’s northeastern corner, New England is an amalgam of six beautiful states and a destination that provides designers with inspiration.
To whet your appetites, here’s a look at one of our previous projects, a domestic scheme which captures the airy essence of New England.
Our scheme is all about fresh, open concept. This in mind, we removed the cupboard that occupied the area to the left of the dining zone which immediately made the room’s overall foot-print larger. Note the ladder storage that divides the space; the side struts of this are solid beams which add vital support to the ceiling. These were originally concealed within the cup-board, but now exposed – and with the addition of step shelves – they provide the framework for display.
To bolster our emerging scheme, we specified bright, pickled timber, a product which appears worn by the passage of time and one which helps bounce light around the newly opened space.
To further evoke the spirit of clap-board homes, we installed simple tongue and groove wall panels from Home Depot. We painted the panels a fresh, washy white and added punctuation, above, with softest baby blue. Played against golden tones of sandy beaches, antique furniture and rattan detailing, it seldom fails to deliver.
A classic allusion to New England, shutters are a surefire way to inform your home with a holiday vibe. They’re not inexpensive, but their tailored esthetic will transcend time and ‘future proof’ your real estate. In addition to installing shutters on the main window elevation, we also positioned them in the drywall that backs on to the staircase.
FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES
We arranged lashings of touchy freely Lauren-style rattan alongside simple Hilfiger inspired fabrics and refined our look with red detailing, carefully selected cobalt glass wares and a natural floor rug (edged in blue) to anchor our scheme.
Pop candles in storm lanterns, group them at table height or secrete them in glass wall sconces to imbue proceedings with a soft, welcoming glow. And try ceiling lights that evoke pastoral days and easy living. Our ceiling fixtures are basically upturned glass domes set on a brass chain; sure, they’re simple, but they’re thoroughly effective.
Via Vancouver Sun.