It all came together on this one. My love of all things blue and white … of furniture crafted by Lee Industries …of the creative work of interior designer Mark D. Sikes … and Coastal Living Magazine’s take-me-away features on drop-dead-beautiful homes. Be still my heart. It’s a Nantucket home washed in a nautical look that takes a fresh new approach to traditional décor.
I wanted to share this beautiful home with all of you, in hopes it will make you as happy inside as it does me. And, I hope it will inspire your great ideas as you imagine what your own home could be. The photos and information in my blog today are from Coastal Living Magazine’s feature “Tour Our 2017 Newport Idea House”, written by Ellen McGauley with stunning photos by Amy Neunsinger.
Everyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with blue and white. So I was fascinated to see how Sikes used this tight palette in completely different ways throughout this Newport, Rhode Island, inspiration house. The color duo is anything but monotonous under his direction, being expressed in fresh new ways though his creative use of textiles and wall coverings.
I’m all about designing your dining room so your guests will want to linger there for hours. Sikes nailed it with these dining chairs, which are super comfortable. We carry these chairs at Nell Hill’s, and they are really popular.
Here’s another one of my Big Loves: checks. This boy’s room? Wow. Just, Wow. Covering all the walls, the ceiling and some of the furniture with buffalo check was a bold choice by Sikes. And, it totally works. Here’s another interesting design choice. Instead of using twin beds, Sikes used matching day beds so the room looked more like a lounge.
In this master bedroom, Sikes said he was designing to match the sea. I love this idea of letting the natural world outside the windows inform your design inside.
The master bedroom sitting area is light and bright, so happy and irresistible. Sikes used Sunbrella fabrics on these pieces, so they are life-ready.
Love this welcoming chair by Lee Industries, tucked into the corner of the master bedroom. The horizontal stripes give this classic a newer, edgier look.
This English rolled arm sofa by Lee industries has always been one of my favorites. It’s a classic that will never go out of style. But, you can give it so many different personalities depending upon which upholstery fabric you choose. Modern, traditional, casual, formal. It can do it all. I like it with either two cushions or three cushions, with a tight back. My old friend looks remarkable in this stunning living room.
Next Week … We’re going to visit the lake cottage of my next door neighbor, to see how she’s transformed it into a romantic retreat.