A modern take on a Hamptons weekender
When a young Manhattan couple purchased their weekend home in the Hamptons, they had a vision in mind, but they also wanted their interior designer to bring new ideas.
The couple – a real estate investor and early education teacher – tasked James Huniford of Huniford Design Studio with creating a new identity for their 1910 shingled farmhouse in the town of Water Mill.
Often people dream of a white beach house, but the end result can feel quite sterile. In this home, the subtle use of patterns, timber features and the introduction of beige, grey and blue tones bring warmth and calmness to the space. It was this approach that enabled Huniford to establish a contemporary take on the traditional beach retreat; one that emphasised the home’s coastal location but also the sophisticated aesthetic that his clients desired.
Huniford set to work removing walls and built-in cabinetry along with ripping off wallpaper and tearing out carpets. During this stage, he discovered wooden beams across the full length of the living room ceiling and made the decision to keep these exposed as a design feature. Other quirks of the home are the sliding barn door, the claw foot bath and a 1940s rocker, which was found at a local antiques shop and re-upholstered in floral fabric.
These design features offer great inspiration for updating a home in the ever-popular Hamptons style. So, take a look at this chic, light-filled and character-rich family home…
Images from here.