When we first walked through the double doors of this charming Dutch Colonial home and met our client, we became certain that this would be an exercise in nostalgia, both for the client (a native of Coral Gables, Florida) and the project’s lead designer, Susana Simonpietri (who is well-versed in the language of colonial architecture spoken in her Caribbean home-island of Puerto Rico). With the firm belief in hand that a home is composed more of memories than materials, and surroundings that reflect our origins are what truly makes a house a home – we set off to design a space that channeled the warmth, texture and inherited European influence of the tropics purposefully into this peninsular Long Island home.
A thorough renovation of the home’s interior allowed for a redesigned kitchen, the inclusion of extensive paneling and millwork, and the final interior design elements were introduced as bold shocks of character, color and pattern on the finished architectural canvas. An irreverent mix of fabrics transforms otherwise formal spaces, seldom used in a previous life, into playful & inviting areas that ask to be taken in… but not taken too seriously. Caning, bamboo, raffia and grasscloth hearken back to a bygone era, but play nicely with modern polished nickels, lucite details and easy-wear floor coverings, and each element conspires to create a home which is both easy to care for and easy to feel at home in.