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Southampton Beach House Before and After

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I didn’t want to leave the sunlit lounge…

A fun loving Brooklyn couple with a dynamic young daughter purchased a summer house in Southampton, New York and asked us to renovate and design the space to reflect their playful spirit. It was such a delightful project! Here are some before and after pictures of the house…

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Music Room – After

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Music room: The grand piano came with the house, and the homeowners were excited to teach their daughter how to play. Since they didn’t plan on using the formal dining room, I moved in the piano and turned it into a music room, adding some drama with plum colored walls and a gold lotus shaped light fixture from Currey and Co. In order to bring more light into this dark room, I installed mirrored wallpaper on the ceiling and added French glass doors leading to the sunny living room.

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Lounge – After

Lounge: A small nook off of the music room lent itself to a cozy lounge with a Moroccan theme. The pair of sofas from Anthropologie can also double as beds for overflow guests. The best feng shui element for this room is earth, so I used earth tones in the paint, furniture and beautiful velvet pillows (pillows from Kevin O’Brian at ABC Home, coffee table from Made Goods).

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Game Area – After

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game area – before

Game Area: The homeowners love all kinds of games, so I turned one end of the living room into a shuffleboard zone. The feng shui reading showed this area would be enhanced by “fire” element, so I added the Philip Jeffries poppy color grass cloth wallpaper and painted the door red.

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Kitchen – After

Kitchen: The kitchen was in good shape, but needed updating. We added wainscoting to the front of the island and painted it a Farrow & Ball green. Curry and Co. pendants and CB2 leather bar stools make it modern and comfy. The artwork was purchased by my clients during their honeymoon in Bali, so we hung it on the most central wall of the house and used the bright tones as inspiration for colors through the home.

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Dining – After

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Dining Area: Connected to the kitchen was an unused space with wonderful views out to the pool. By changing the swinging glass doors to a sliding door, we created enough room for a dining table and chairs. I installed a concrete floor tile in a funky black and white pattern by Villa Lagoon to bring this area to life. The client’s own Tulip table was paired with Anthropologie chairs and a sea glass chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux to keep the space feeling light and beachy.

Bathroom: In order to make this bathroom more accessible to the pool, we opened the wall between the mud room and the bath and renovated the bathroom with a casual vanity from Restoration Hardware and a round rope mirror from Made Goods. The mosaic tile from Porcelanosa has metallic shades of silver and gold, which were the key feng shui colors for this room. The walls are painted a  pale gray Benjamin Moore color.

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Bathroom – After

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Check back soon to see part 2 of this beach house transformation!

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Before and After Brooklyn Loft Renovation Part 1


The loft After - like the design gods intended!

Our client had a simple request: make her loft feel like a loft again.

As so often happens in Brooklyn, a beautiful old warehouse had been poorly chopped up into a bunch of “spec” lofts. The developer had covered old brick walls and gorgeous beamed ceilings with sheet rock, removing all of the character and history.

The loft before - hiding its greatness

Our client was longing to have an authentic loft lifestyle, and wanted to incorporate good Feng Shui energy into the renovation of her home. She was an amazing collaborator with a wonderful sense of style, and is a big reason why this loft turned out so beautifully!

 One of the key things we did was take down a wall between the living room and the master bedroom to create one open space.

Before - The wall on the left made the space narrow and dark.


After - Removing the wall made this space feel huge.

We also removed the dropped ceilings, exposed and refinished the original beams, and installed recessed lighting to bring light throughout the space while keeping a warm, rustic feeling. As an added effect, I found two pairs of 19th century French doors that we used to line the closets  (shown on the left side of the photo).

The daughters’ room, located behind the kitchen, had been a windowless space…

Before - the girls' bedroom longed for sunlight.

By installing high transom windows around the perimeter of the room, we brought in light and increased the air circulation.

After - the cheerful girls room has windows along two sides for sunlight and air flow. (Yes - that is the same corner of the room!)

 To keep within the client’s budget, we made minimal changes to the kitchen and bathrooms – with one key exception:

Before - the original kitchen went from blah to wow, with one key change...

The important addition of a custom concrete island brought great “bang for the buck.” With it as the centerpiece of the kitchen, the original cabinets and appliances instantly looked as good as new.

After - the custom concrete kitchen counter transformed the original kitchen.

Check back soon for Part 2: Design Details and Feng Shui tips for your home!

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