With all these colors and patterns interacting with each other throughout the home, Linder explains that it was also important to introduce neutral tones to add balance: “In the living room, specifically, we used a neutral sofa and chairs made from natural fibers that pair well against the vibrant trim. There are all of these elements that are very grounded and natural.” The driving force behind the space was to create a connection to the beach—one that is charismatic, quirky, and charming while still respectful of the fact that this is someone’s home. “We wanted to find this balance so that the space still felt homey and welcoming—somewhere people can relax,” explains Linder. “At the end of the day, this is a summer house. We want it to feel summery, but more than anything, we want it to be comfortable.”
Linder and Egan best describe the homeowner, who they have worked with a number of times, as a “dynamo.” “She’s very colorful—from her clothes to her personality,” laughs Egan. “She’s vibrant, charismatic, energetic, and has a sharp focus. She really knows what she wants, and it’s fun for us to match her speed.” With an incredible eye for accessories and decorations, the homeowner was able to bring her personality into the space and provide the finishing touches that make the home wholly unique. It’s clear from the jump that this is an Evolve home—with something new and exciting to discover in every corner—but more importantly, it’s obvious that this is a space created for a real person with a true kaleidoscope of tastes; in that way, Evolve has done so much more than create a beautiful space—they have expressed the heart of a proud homeowner in every fabric choice, one-of-a-kind wall hanging, and bold paint color.
There’s one standout element that truly captures what Evolve is all about, and it’s something that might initially be overlooked: the coat hooks in the entry. The playful octopi, beguiling starfish, and other sea creatures are the perfect elements to tie a space together, to capture the fun, colorful nature of an Evolve home. It’s exactly this kind of detail that demonstrates the thoughtful mastery that Linder and Egan present. “We want everyone who enters to know this is a fun house,” comments Linder. “It’s a challenge when you’re creating a space that is so highly decorated. We want it to feel stunning and electric but also want people to feel like they can jump on the sofa, kick their feet up, and feel the excitement and energy that we put into creating the space; more than anything, we want it to be a home where a lot of joy is shared.”
It is certainly easy to feel that sense of calm, beachy livability within these walls, with a sprinkle of fun accents, radiant colors, and family spaces like at the picnic-style dining table. “What else would you want in a summer home?,” continues Linder. “We don’t want guests ever asking for coasters!”
“I had this image that the kids would grow up in this home and always remember the summers they spent there, feeling refreshed,” sums up Egan. “The tradition of the house that we played up makes a big impression. It gives the home a strong personality and a connection to where it is, and hopefully it gives the homeowners a sense of place. That’s how Josh and I grew up—on old Cape Cod. It’s something that stays with you your whole life…that sense of place resonates forever.”
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