East Coast Home and Design October 2010 : Page 29
MEG MCAULEY KAICHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID JACQUOT RESIDENCE “I ART IN nterior design should not be considered an experience for only the well-to-do, but for anyone interested in improving their lives by surrounding themselves with what brings them joy. For me, great design is a healthy blend of smart investment items mixed with offbeat selections, realizing the space’s full potential with a breath of fresh air.” – John Willey East Coast Home + Design 29
Art In Residence
Meg Mcauley Kaicher
<b>Interior design should not be considered an experience for only the wellto- do, but for anyone interested in improving their lives by surrounding themselves with what brings them joy. For me, great design is a healthy blend of smart investment items mixed with offbeat selections, realizing the space’s full potential with a breath of fresh air.” – John Willey</b><br /> <br /> Upon entering the foyer of this stunning Hamptons home, one is greeted by an Andrew Martin Limited burnished steel chest of drawers finished with leather luggage handles and rivets at all corners. Dark oak flooring grounds the exceptionally crafted wainscoting and railing which were custom designed by John Willey. Immediately one gains a sense of the home’s personality: sophisticated yet fun-loving, worldly but chic.<br /> <br /> <b>This is great welcome design.</b><br /> <br /> In an adjacent family room, the Milo Baumann credenza from the nineteen sixties in burl wood with darkened chrome legs elegantly mixes with carefully chosen accessories atop it in wood, coral and metal, while allowing the brilliant artwork to take center stage in this composition. Nature subtly is represented in materials found in the woven chair arms, baskets, and blanket throws.<br /> <br /> Sunshine and seaside colors reflect nature. Deft eclecticism mixes artwork with boldly printed fabrics, as with the custom ottoman covered in chocolate and blue zebra stripes. Ceramic lamps signed 1960 depict an authentic Aztec design and were discovered at Duane Antiques in Tribeca; while costly, Willey promises that they were “well worth the splurge!”<br /> <br /> Reflection is used intentionally and with great effect. Often reflections double as artwork, as the television screen mirrors a carefully edited still life. Sand and sea colors soothe.<br /> <br /> A welcoming blue sectional suits client lifestyle. The high gloss lacquer finish on the chair pair’s woven texture shines like water. A distressed brick fireplace surround suits the textured geometry of Stark’s African tribal print pattern hearty wool carpet that was custom colored with a brown border.<br /> <br /> The brick maker’s coffee table sits on a burnished steel base. The woven multistriped pattern of browns and blues on throw pillows is by Fabricant. Surfaces with sheen juxtapose others coarse to achieve a natural balance.<br /> <br /> In the media room, now the most frequented space in the home, a tan suede sectional complements sea blues and chocolate walls. Swing arm lamps in Gunmetal by Hinson glow like the setting sun. A yellow oil on canvas offsets the striking graphic bookcase custom designed by Willey. The English spool chair in bleached oak is from Mecox Garden.<br /> <br /> The kitchen offers sleek elegance with practical sense. Cerused oak cabinetry proffers a durable finish; this process distresses wood with a wire brush before it is rubbed with stain. This highlights the wood grain and adds depth. A polished nickel light fixture by Remains Lighting illuminates the island. Seating, sourced at Design Within Reach, is provided by brown leather swivel stools with brushed stainless bases.<br /> <br /> This Water Mill location demands synergy with its environment which Willey’s design achieves brilliantly. Walters Wicker rattan and leather klismos chairs present a basket weave grid of interwoven leather straps; they are upholstered in practical leather. This basket weave pattern relates to the adjacent kitchen’s mosaic tile backsplash.<br /> <br /> In the dining area, a striking fourteen globe polished nickel light fixture (“Veronique” from Remains Lighting) grants chic drama over the custom table made with a brushed stainless base and topped with two inch think American Walnut. This piece (from Room, with showrooms in Westport and Tribeca) anchors the space. Practical and purposeful accessories such as the woven wicker picnic basket and large gear basket near the doorway finish the composition.<br /> <br /> A fixture from David Weeks Lighting for Ralph Pucci illuminates the stunning foyer where classic elements contrast colorful pizzazz. Upholstered in lush purple velvet, a pair of custom benches sits under an abstract oil on canvas painting.<br /> <br /> Willey’s custom designed wainscoting and stair rail is classic and timeless while achieving “modern Hamptons” flair. This treatment dramatically updates the entry hall. The reflective metal chest provides practical storage as does a large woven basket.<br /> <br /> A tan wool carpet runner custom trimmed in blue on the staircase is by Beauvais. It underscores sand and sea colors used throughout the home.<br /> <br /> In the master bedroom, drapes and shades sport a Clarence House fabric called “Petraia.” The upholstered headboard lends casual elegance to the sumptuous suite. Covered in a soft cotton velvet called “Marvelous” by Pollack, the headboard shimmers with a silvery thread in this Sandstone color.<br /> <br /> The fabulous fifties light fixture was a client discovery and provides a sensational focal point.<br /> <br /> A pair of Asian Kittinger® bedside tables add flair with their dual color wood stains in black and walnut. Symmetry continues with a pair of vintage brass Stiffel lamps. Trimmed with solid blue satin from Hines, these custom linen shades were done by Dovecote in Westport. Perfectly chosen accessories bring in natural elements: topiary, shells, fresh flowers. Luxurious bedding invites with soft and silky textures. The lighting fixture is a polished brass and blue socket vintage Sputnik piece.<br /> <br /> The sitting room area of the master bedroom suite showcases artwork. The television screen, too, appears as a frame: it provides its own viewpoint. It is integrated in the space without being intrusive; rather, its essential usage is recognized and acknowledged. Cleverly, Willey demonstrates that technology can cohabit with nature.<br /> <br /> A carved wooden abstract fish sculpture from Mexico rests on the black stained frame nine drawer console with stone inset top. The potted tree and fresh flowers add nature. The faceted white ceramic side table is from Comerford Hennessey in Bridgehampton. Woven baskets tame necessities and provide homes for blankets. A chair and a half, whose cushions are upholstered in Pollack’s “Zither” in Robin’s Nest and whose bases are upholstered in “Solna,” provides intimate practicality.<br /> <br /> Willey added finishes and new hardware to the existing traditional bathroom that featured a stone tub deck and slate tile floor. Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth Blue (HC-150) sets the scene for restful respite in this spa-like bath. Botanical ferns float in glass frames. The bamboo étagère provides elegant storage and displays personal photographs amidst luxurious necessities (scented candle, plush white towels).<br /> <br /> Throughout the home, furnishings are practical and inviting while demonstrating a classic modern Hamptons global chic.<br /> <br /> Meg McAuley Kaicher may be reached at her business development firm Capital Consulting Group in Greenwich, 203-554-5300, or megmk@ optonline.net.