East Coast Home and Design May/June 2012 : Page 47

SOUND DESIGN T he pull of the sea has lured many to its shores. Gently rolling waves, smol-dering setting suns and the smell of salty air have enticed many to stroll along its sandy coastline, sail from end to end, or if you’re one of the lucky ones, find a home that looks out upon its sometimes mystical horizon. Art-ists have been inspired to paint it, authors to write about it and designers, to design by it. It’s here, within Long Island Sound’s approximately one hundred and ten miles of coastline, we find the vibrant town of Westport, Connecticut, which is where local interior designer, Susan Glick, has found herself inspired to create many a wonderful home, this being one of them. STORY BY KATIE KEATING PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANE BEIlES AND STACY BASS East Coast Home + Design 45

Sound Design

Katie Keating

The pull of the sea has lured many to its shores. Gently rolling waves, smoldering setting suns and the smell of salty air have enticed many to stroll along its sandy coastline, sail from end to end, or if you’re one of the lucky ones, find a home that looks out upon its sometimes mystical horizon. Artists have been inspired to paint it, authors to write about it and designers, to design by it. It’s here, within Long Island Sound’s approximately one hundred and ten miles of coastline, we find the vibrant town of Westport, Connecticut, which is where local interior designer, Susan Glick, has found herself inspired to create many a wonderful home, this being one of them.<br /> <br /> Susan first met her client some six years ago when this client had “visited a friend’s home for the first time and fell in love with it”. Like many who had never worked with an interior designer, her client was apprehensive about turning over control to someone she had no experience with. Would the house reflect her tastes and style? “Would she be able to bring the look I have in my head to life”, her client thought? To her client’s surprise and delight, Susan was more than capable of translating her client’s wishes and that’s when their design relationship took off.<br /> <br /> “I love that I can tell Susan what I’m looking for and she helps me design it”, said her client. The second of two projects they’ve worked on together, this house is more transitional in style compared to the first home Susan worked with her on. Yet, their easy working relationship has facilitated the design process.<br /> <br /> With beautiful views of the Sound, the house is located in the popular beach area of town. Susan took her inspiration from these surroundings in choosing the color palette. While it was important for her to “bring the outside in”, Susan also recognized that it was “important to her clients to have a continuous flow of color and style throughout the house”. Soft grays, soothing neutrals and serene blues set the tone and were accented by pops of turquoise. Known for her “modern, classic approach to interior decorating”, Susan chose textures, patterns and colors that would give the home a calm, yet sophisticated feel. She also was mindful in choosing materials that were functional and durable enough to stand up to the day to day wear and tear that comes with three growing children.<br /> <br /> Part of this particular design program would include the renovation of two bathrooms and the kitchen. While the kitchen was beautifully designed and built by architect, Michael Greenberg and Associates, Susan concentrated her efforts on transforming the bathrooms. Taking her cue from both beach and spa-like influences, Susan combined frosted glass, mini-mosaic tile with soft Ming green marble for the powder room. A custom designed vanity outfitted with textured doors, has been topped with similar, “soothing colored” marble counter tops and stained in a rich, dark finish. Satin nickel fixtures complement the frames used to display the homeowners’ beach themed photographs. Light blue by Farrow and Ball, has been used on the walls.<br /> <br /> To look like she had brought the beach in, Susan chose a sandy taupe wall color for above the crisp white horizontal paneling and pebble-tile floor in the boy’s bathroom. Carrera marble tops the slatted wood vanity and ties the look together.<br /> <br /> In the kitchen, wide horizontal bead board details, similar to the paneling in the bathroom, can be seen on the custom cabinetry which also boasts frosted, ribbed glass doors. A backsplash mosaic, designed with mini honed gray and white marble tiles, pulls together the crisp white of the cabinetry together with the soft gray tones found in the distressed driftwood of the island. Stainless appliances, honed gray stone on the counters and glass pendants over the island complete the design.<br /> <br /> Soft grays, blues and taupe prevail in the light filled living room. One of the first rooms to greet you as you enter the home, it provides visual access to Long Island Sound through a beautiful set of French doors. To capture the light in the room, Susan chose finishes and accessories that were reflective in nature. Mercury glass, silver accents and mirrored surfaces shine in this elegant room. A pair of black and white botanicals by Stacy Bass sport mirrored frames and provide a focal point in the space. Windows have been dressed in “stunning pewter silk dupioni fabric”, framing the enviable views beyond. Satin nickel drapery hardware provides a “refined and subtle” branch from which they hang from. Stark velvet, in a taupe and blue, was used to upholster “repurposed” tall-back chairs. Porcelain canines cast a watchful eye upon the comfortable seating area which has been grounded with a lush, ribbed viscose and wool area rug.<br /> <br /> Touches of turquoise dot the sandy colored family room. Above the well stocked bar, abstract art by Kerri Rosenthal adds a colorful pop to the subtle palette. Bookshelves filled with white coral, mercury glass and driftwood accessories remind you that the sea is ever near. Aqua and neutral tones weave their way through the “under the sea life” pattern seen in the carpet and helps pull together the fabric choices for the upholstered pieces in the room. A pair of upholstered cubes and a ceramic garden stool, add occasional seating when needed. As though back from a long lazy day at the beach, turquoise Buddhas “sleep” comfortably a top their bookshelf perch. The circular dining table in this room promotes conversation and offers no hierarchy to those who find themselves seated in the ultra-suede chairs around it. French doors with a transom window above, allow light to fill the room and reflect off the modern metallic surface of the chandelier.<br /> <br /> A gilded starburst mirror shines its rays down upon a trio of turquoise vases on a side table in the dining room. Upholstered chairs surround the formal mahogany pedestal dining table. Aqua blue circles mimic the circular design of the chandelier’s contemporary drum shade hanging above the table. With their interconnected gold frames, the circular discs appear shell-like in nature, blending well with the sea-inspired theme of the home. It can be said that casual sophistication reigns supreme in this room.<br /> <br /> The lines between the home’s interior and exterior rooms have been blurred by Susan’s thoughtful design. As our weather warms and the days grow longer, sea breezes will soon fill this home and it will be brightened by a bold and brilliant summer sun. As day moves into night the glistening water will give way to starlit skies reminding us that our natural surroundings always provide the perfect template from which design springs forth.<br /> <br /> Soothing blues and crisp white set the tone in the entrance home of this Westport beach house.<br /> <br /> OPPOSITE A silver sun mirror shines brightly behind a trio of contemporary blue vases in the dining room.<br /> <br /> The designer chose textures, patterns and colors that would give the home a calm, yet sophisticated feel. Dupioni silk, in a stunning shade of pewter, dresses the living room windows. Mercury glass, silver accents and mirrored surfaces shine throughout.<br /> <br /> ABOVE Touches of turquoise dot the sandy colored family room. Bookshelves are filled with coral, mercury glass and driftwood accessories. Yellow tulips and soft pink roses fill a silver mint julep cup.<br /> <br /> RIGHT A well stocked bar sits ready to host an impromptu cocktail hour. A pair of sleeping Buddhas, sit peacefully atop a shelf within the family room built-in bookshelves.<br /> <br /> ABOVE Mini honed glass tile make up the kitchen backsplash and pull together the crisp white of the cabinetry with the soft gray tones found in the driftwood island.<br /> <br /> OPPOSITE Upholstered chairs surround a double pedestal mahogany table in the dining room lending to the modern classic feel of the space.<br /> <br /> Katie Keating is an interior designer and freelance writer and can be reached at 203. 339.5820 or katiekdesign@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> RESOURCES <br /> <br /> Designer <br /> <br /> Susan Glick Interiors Westport, Connecticut 203. 984.4112 susan@susanglickinteriors.com susanglickinteriors.com <br /> <br /> Stylist <br /> <br /> Ronny Carroll 203. 561.8386 <br /> <br /> Photographer <br /> <br /> Jane Beiles janebeiles.com <br /> <br /> Stacy Bass<br /> <br /> 203. 221.7606 (Living, dining and family room photos

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