Scandinavian design is what influenced this calm and contemporary vacation home
A tired 30-year-old property has been transformed into a modern Scandinavian-inspired home by Portland, Oregon-based interior designers Jessica Helgerson and Chelsie Lee.
The house is a weekend and vacation retreat for the owners, Suzy and Chris, and their three children. The couple had long dreamed of having a refuge in the Hamptons, a swanky seaside neighborhood where New Yorkers flock to escape city life.
Located in the small seaside town of Amagansett and spread over two floors, this 279 square meter home, which has a peaceful backyard with various birds, trees and plants and backs onto hiking trails, offers homeowners exactly that escape .
To turn this vision into reality, the property had to undergo a huge transformation …
The couple bought the house for its exceptional location and privacy, but the 1990s aesthetic was clearly in need of an update.
“The biggest challenge was making the exterior more attractive,” says Jessica. “To be really frank, this house was by no means an architectural gem and the exterior elevations were really unattractive. But – and that’s largely thanks to local architect TBD Design Studio – by making a few key moves, repainting everything in white, adding a porch, and changing some windows, we were able to make them look a lot better. place.
Inside, the original oak floors have been preserved and bleached, while wooden planks and beams have been added to the ceilings to bring more character to the interiors.
A minimal approach to the new carpentry and cabinetry has been retained and all spaces have been reorganized. “We had a lot of goals with this project, but one of them was to create a layout with lots of room to read and relax,” says Chelsie.
“The property itself was originally very Scandinavian in style and we took inspiration from our stylish guest furnishings, incorporating Danish pieces with more modern touches,” says Jessica.
Some items, such as the kitchen island and the desk, were custom designed, then made in Jessica’s hometown of Portland and sent to the East Coast.
The new kitchen-diner now occupies what was the old porch, and the staircase has been opened up, while two bedrooms, a bathroom and two living areas on each floor, with comfortable built-in sofas, have been opened. been added.
Because the bright home serves as a serene getaway, the palette is understated yet warm, with pale natural wood, white painted wood, handmade white tiling, neutral natural leathers, nubby wools, marble and brass everywhere.
With a mix of timeless furniture and lighting combined with textures and some artwork, the new interior spaces are welcoming, calm and comfortable.
Here, each member of the family takes the time to do the things they love, at their own pace and without rushing, while sharing quality and joyful moments together in their home away from home.
Protected from the sun by a plant trellis, the outdoor dining room is a haven of peace.
“This house reflects the personality of its inhabitants,” says Jessica. “He’s refined but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
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