When Susana Simonpietri, creative director of Chango & Co. interior design firm, was tasked with decorating a 3500-square-foot East Hampton home (think four bedrooms, three bathrooms, family room, den, playroom, dining area, and kitchen), she didn't let the sheer size daunt her. Instead she crafted a seriously chic abode that went above and beyond her client's dreams. Simonpietri transformed the traditional East Coast saltbox house built in 198 into a bright and airy family-friendly space with midcentury modern influences and a subtle Moroccan vibe. Thanks to the high vaulted ceilings and picture windows throughout, the home is literally flooded with natural light (and fresh sea air), further enhancing the fashionable décor mix.
Despite its coastal location, this contemporary home is anything but beachy. The neutral color scheme creates a seriously stylish foundation for the pops of pattern and international influences from Morocco and Scandinavia. Ahead, Simonpietri takes us through her style notes and direction for each room. Just wait until you see what she did with the kids' playrooms. Scroll down for some major pinspiration.
Simonpietri's aim was to create a space that was a comfortable retreat for the family and inviting for guests. "We wanted the home to feel like a modern beach house without all the typical beachy elements," she told MyDomaine. "Nautical stripes were used but on simple throw pillows, and in Moroccan tile in the kitchen backsplash. Sailcloth was used on the elegantly deconstructed light fixtures over the dining table. The bleached wood floors and a washed driftwood dining bench added light and texture to the otherwise crisp and modern space."
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While Simonpietri tailors every project to her clients and the spaces they inhabit, she typically gravitates toward clean lines and uncomplicated environments. This gorgeous neutral moment is a perfect example. "Our goal with design is to achieve homes that feel comfortable, happy and welcoming yet stylish and clean," she said.
The living room is where the midcentury coastal vibe really takes on a life of its own. This relaxed space has a perfect mix of natural materials and textures to liven up the neutral palette. "We wanted to go with a neutral color scheme, mostly bleached, light colors, with touches of warm leather hues and indigo," said Simonpietri.
While every room in the house has its own uniqueness, Simonpietri really loved how the kitchen turned out. "The kitchen was a quick refresher and is a good example of how a new coat of cabinet paint, a change of tile and hardware, and a cute runner can spruce up any tired-looking kitchen," she said.
While Simonpietra isn't one to play favorites, there is one piece she absolutely fell in love with during the course of the project: the custom leather sofa, which she covered in one large single-piece leather slipcover. "The Chango & Co. indigo pillows, which look so beautiful against the leather," she said. "Another piece I love is the vintage Indonesian bench we used in the dining room. Coupled with a custom upholstered bench seat and lots pillows from our shop, it just made the dining room come to life."
While many would be daunted by designing around a large room, Simonpietri found the smaller parts of the home more challenging. "Generally, our biggest challenge was making the relatively smaller rooms appear larger and uncluttered yet still working in as much seating and usable furniture as possible," she explained.
We don't know many little boy bedrooms that look this cool and have all the practical elements too. We love this adorable tipi bed with hidden storage amplified by that incredibly beautiful (and cool) blue star wallpaper. This is what sweet dreams are made of.
How would you decorate a large space like this? What's your favorite room in the house?