Herbert approached the interior design with a neutral palette of browns, blues, taupes, and crisp whites with a mix of both modern and antique furnishings. “We wanted to keep the look of the furnishings throughout the space rich—really to give the rooms a sense of luxury,” Herbert says. “Don’t be afraid to bring luxury along when you’re on vacation or visiting your second home.” Upon entering the front hall, one is met with paisley-patterned, coffee-colored wallpaper, paired with crisp, white box-paneled wainscoting. An earthy gnarled wood vine console adds sculpture to the space. A shell mirror and lantern sconces subtly anchor the space to its place by the sea. A classic chocolate wicker chair with blue and white fabric offers a welcoming touch.
Acevedo chose to carry the relaxed formality into the living spaces. The second floor is open, but the dining and living spaces are distinct and are set apart by the stair railings and square columns with box moldings. The columns frame the spaces and offer structural views. A dramatic floor-to-ceiling Palladian window floods the rooms with light. In the living room, a library stair adds a strong architectural component to the space and leads to a sleeping loft. The clean white wainscoting is paired with Benjamin Moore “Litchfield Gray” painted walls for a soothing palette.
To juxtapose those quiet tones, Acevedo chose a deeper chocolate tone for the fireplace wall, mantel, and built-ins. Above the fireplace is a painting titled “Bunnies” by Hunt Slonem. A woven sisal rug and Belgian linen drapes set the stage for the luxurious furnishings. The blue ottomans, gold velvet wing chair, and linen upholstered sofa all by Hickory Chair offer comfortable, sophisticated seating. The large modern coffee table offsets the nesting tables and the Oyster Veneer Antique chest. Accessories such as blue coral and blue and white vintage Chinese vintage jars from Shor Home pick up on the hues from the ottoman as well as the sea.