Summer is almost over and the August 2016 issue of Veranda delights us with six rooms that make us wish summer would last a lot longer. In these closing days of August we not only bring you nostalgia for summer, but also inspiration for designing rooms that make it easy to enjoy day-to-day living without compromising comfort or elegance. Amanda Nisbet is especially inspiring because she shows how custom designer rugs can help you bring the relaxing vibes of the sea inside the home. Mark D. Sikes and Nicky Haslam design director, Colette van den Thillart create chic and relaxing havens full of personality.
1. Hamptons Dining Room
The prestigious Franklin Report awards New York designer Amanda Nisbet 4½ stars and says, “Clients admire her ability to create homes that are unique yet livable, even for an active family.” Amanda designed this dining room for a hectic family of five in the discreet Quogue community in the Hamptons. This modern-traditional dining room receives a burst of color and relaxing sea energy with a blue and white wave pattern custom rug. The wave motif is carried over in red to the drapery trim and to the dining chairs and chandelier. Another pop of color that barely makes it into this photograph, is the bright purple velvet settee placed along the wall.
2. Montecito Master Bedroom
Mark D. Sikes’s work in a Park Avenue living room was reviewed just last week in our blog, House Beautiful: 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in September. In this master bedroom in Montecito, CA, Mark uses his mastery with blue and white to design a functional and chic master bedroom. Mark has created an elegant, care-free atmosphere by using a blue and white geometric rug with a large ogival pattern to unify all the blue and white fabrics in the room. Mark says, “This home defines my style.”
3. Lakeside Living Room
Creative director for London-based design firm Nicholas Haslam Ltd., Colette van den Thillart re-designed her family’s lakeside cottage in Ontario, Canada where she grew up. Colette mixes a rough whitewashed ceiling with red and white chintz fabrics and a hooked rug reminiscent of 19th-century needlepoint rugs.
4. Hamptons Living Room
Amanda Nisbet evokes the sea in an abstract way in the living room of the Hamptons home. She selected a dominant blue and white color scheme and added pops of salmon and coral. To solidify the color palette and the sea theme, she selected a blue and white custom rug that will make you feel you are standing barefoot in soothing sea foam.
5. California Living Room
In the same Montecito house, Mark D. Sikes carries his blue and white theme to the living room. A clear blue Oushak rug layered on top of an Abaca rug evokes the feeling of cooling your feet in a pool within a large sand bar.
6. Hamptons Family Room
Amanada Nisbet’s calming family room in the Hampton’s house has plenty of room for all five family members to relax together. Amanda gave the room a youthful jolt with shades of plum that are reminiscent of the sea and sky at sunset. A velvet sectional sofa floats on a cream and plum custom rug reminiscent of a placid sea at sunset.
Images courtesy of Veranda.