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  • Five style takeaways from this hip Hamptons hideaway

    This modern beach house in the Hamptons, in New York State, uses raw wood and natural stone
    to add warmth and texture to what could easily have been a sterile
    interior. Want to know how to get the look? Here’s how…

    1.Add rustic farmhouse style to a modern backdrop

    ‘From the moment we bought the house I had this idea set in my mind of a heavy rustic farm table that felt really solid and beaten up,’ says the owner. ‘I searched everywhere but couldn’t find what I wanted so in the end I designed it myself and had it custom made – using white oak salvaged from a barn in Virginia.’ The dining chairs are vintage mid-century and the cast iron chandelier, inspired by a antique Spanish design, was custom made.

    2.Use rope to create a textured ceiling

    The owner’s inspiration for the house was natural and raw textures, like leather, stone and wood. And their architect took the idea one step further to make the ceiling out of Manila rope.

    3. Mix reclaimed wood with modern appliances
    The owner wanted the kitchen to look rough and tactile, so she used reclaimed wood on the island and attached it with randomly placed, rather than perfectly lined-up nails. It’s a clever contrast against the smooth work surfaces and steel appliances. Vintage bar stools add another layer of texture.

    4. Build a room around an item you love
    The artwork by a local Hamptons photographer was the inspiration for the decorating scheme in the bedroom. ‘I wanted this room to feel soft and dreamy, so the walls are painted in a very pale mint green and the silk rug is pale turquoise,’ says the owner.

    5. Design the bathroom to match the house!
    The owners have used the same materials – raw and reclaimed wood, rope and leather trims – to ensure that the bathroom feels like part of the house. The rope wall behind the bath is actually a sliding door which separates the bedroom from the ensuite.

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