Earlier this year, we began working on an exciting redesign: the beautiful Plymouth, MA house of an existing client. Since the space was empty, we ended up exploring inspo images on the floor for the initial consult (shots seen here), which I kind of love doing. It was the perfect way to touch base with my client and imagine what this space could become. Nestled in the woods and two minutes away from the beach (more beach and consult pics here), this Plymouth house had the perfect location to highlight my client's natural aesthetic, with minimal, earthy, and Californian (and inadvertent BLL) vibes. In this redesign, I aimed to bring the balanced, bright, and peaceful feeling of the outdoors in.
Let's start in the master bedroom:
Here was the initial design plan for the space. We incorporated hand painted wallpaper with an abstract wave pattern. I loved the meaning behind the paper provided by the manufacturer, Farrow and Ball:
The ‘raging waves’ of our Aranami print are influenced by kiri-e, the intricate Japanese art of paper cutting. Clean and precise, but with a sense of fluidity, our marine inspired pattern is both dynamic and calming, mimicking the ebb and flow of the tides.
There is a midcentury flavor throughout as well, as seen by the wood nightstands and low bed frame.
Unique fabric prints were incorporated, textured ottomans and a large print from Juniper Print Shop (highly recommend for gorgeous, budget friendly artwork).
Of course, not everything in these redesigns always goes according to plan. In the final design photo below, you can see that we ended up swapping out a few pieces, including the rug, chair, and lamps. The new chair was selected because the original choice unfortunately wouldn't fit into the door! This is super rare for a chair, by the way (there is a small hall as you enter the room, so it couldn't be turned). Luckily, the beautiful tan leather of the final chair really tied into the warmth and natural feel of the space. Many of you asked about these pieces, so I have linked here: rug / chair / lamps / nightstands
One of the major before and after changes to the space seen below was the incorporation of light. To bring the outside in, we not only chose brighter, more spacious colors for the room, but literally aimed to let more light inside. After the project, I asked my client if he was happy that we didn't end up doing drapes and he said, "Do I look like a drape guy?" Ha!
The shades were custom and have a really beautiful texture, that is also light filtering for privacy - a close up seen here:
Here was the before for reference. Note: not how my client styled it... just the before from the listing. I thought it would be helpful to see how dramatic the change was!
For the rest of the home, we went with the same styling and feeling, mixing simple shapes like the dining room table, and natural, brighter tones like the end chairs.
The eat in kitchen space features a cane base and stone top piece with classic wishbone chairs. It is topped off with a subtle, yet beautiful vintage rug.
Here is another progress shot of the living room coming together with the beautiful rug from local designer, Thayer Design Studio. The tree was existing (honorably named, Ficcy, short for ficus), and we added a sleek leather sofa, bronze lamp and linen pillows.
As a finishing touch, we incorporated vintage prints that I scouted from the Brimfield antique show, seen here. I love how vintage elements, like this artwork and the dining room rug, add a bit of soul and story to a space. Especially in a home that is so tied with the outdoors and surroundings, it is very special to have a few pieces to incorporate another history into your home.
With this Plymouth redesign, we were able to brighten and enlarge the feeling of the home by reflecting not only the natural surroundings, but the individual aesthetic of the client. The result is a home that embraces the beauty of Plymouth, between woods and beach, and also tells its own story.
All after photos by Nicole Baas Photography.