get the look: new “old” home in wainscott

Nothing beats the charm of an older home; for as long as I can remember I have dreamed of buying an old fixer upper and transforming it into a quaint little cottage, complete with an ivy-covered entrance, Dutch doors, a limestone fireplace/mantle, skeleton keys and, of course, a white picket fence.  Like most families, especially non-civilian ones like ours, no matter how adorable or how much potential, an older home in need of repair is just not in the cards.  A close second for me are newer homes with older sensibilities that, when you enter, make you feel as though they were built generations ago.  This Wainscott home, designed by Steven Gambrel and Sawyer-Berson Architects, is a great example of such, with its mix of soft color and pattern, lots of texture, vintage furniture, great lighting and subtle nautical accents.  Modern touches make it feel fresh and updated rather than brand new.  I LOVE.  Great design really is in the details and this home boasts quite a few:

A perfect screened-in porch with plenty of cozy, oversize seating, a fireplace for cooler evenings and table lamps; I love bringing the inside out:

Gambrel is the master of tablescaping, always with topiary, rustic pots and glass hurricanes:

How amazing is that reclaimed wood detailing??  It makes the soaring ceilings feel more cozy and the green demijohn lamps add color and a nautical touch:

The kitchen.  Perfection.  Floor-to-ceiling subway tile with dark gray grout and glass front cabinetry evokes the feel of generations past:


How amazing is all that subway tile?  And that limestone fireplace isn’t too shabby, either:

Sandy walls and blue window sashes are a beautiful compliment to subtle patterned window treatments, oversize mercury glass lamps and a great mix of textiles, from the throw pillows to the striped chair and jute rug:

Another cozy seating area:

Built-ins and a generously sized gallery wall in a hallway:

Mirrored cabinetry make an already gorgeous closet/dressing area seem even larger:

Chrome details in the master bath and blue painted doors…yes, yes, yes!


To get a similar look, stick to subtle pattern, lots of texture, a gray/blue and sand color palette, vintage-inspired furniture (I absolutely LOVE the coffee table below!) and groupings of topiary.  Here are a few of my picks:

Topiary / Votives / Anchor / Lamp / Coffee table / Seagrass basket / Clam shell / Pillow / Tray


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  1. Teri Russell on March 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I love the subway tile with dark grout. The light blue sofa is gorgeous. I want it, too. Wish I lived in this house.

  2. Kelly Stivers on March 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    You and me both, Teri! Steven Gambrel is a design genius – and such a great source of inspiration!

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