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A 90-inch dining table—ideal for hosting a large group of family or friends—called for substantial chairs. The homeowner also wanted fabrics that would be able to withstand his children’s damp bathing suits and sticky barbecue fingers. Chagnon-Holbrook chose high-back chairs upholstered in a sea green, crocodile leather to add a little bit of light-hearted fun, yet stayed true to the home’s soft, natural color scheme. “If the leather gets dirty, the chairs can just be wiped down,” the designer says.

An Interior Designer's Transformation of an entire Waquoit Bay House Wins a Homeowners Heart.

Photo by Dan Cutrona

The home was built with recessed lighting, but adding a few carefully selected lighting fixtures helped give the space a cozy, more relaxed feel. Above the dining room table, a nautical-inspired chandelier with straight lines and polished nickel adds visual interest. Two Venetian glass light fixtures above the kitchen island are not only beautiful, but also cast a lovely four-way reflection on the ceiling, like the sunlight on the bay outside.

For the private peaceful space of the first-floor master bedroom, Chagnon-Holbrook chose a strong, yet serene, navy and white palette. White wainscoting was installed three-quarters of the way up the walls and navy grass-cloth wall coverings make an elegant impact, creating a cool interior. A crisp navy, tufted upholstered headboard pops against the wainscoting.

“We kept the bed simple and added masculine details, like a leather ottoman, to complete the space,” Chagnon-Holbrook says. High-quality but machine-washable bed linens are in line with the homeowner’s desire for practicality. Marine-inspired prints in navy and white above the bed enhance the coastal feel of the room.

When Chagnon-Holbrook and Casabella take on a project, the design team offers full-service interior design options, whether for a single room, or an entire home. Chagnon-Holbrook notes that she has a team of experts to paint, wire, hang, move, and install her interior design concepts. The furniture and décor are thoughtfully curated from Casabella’s extensive warehouse stock, as well as from an arsenal of unique vendors, furniture makers, and artisans, many of whom are based in the US and are able to customize their product. Chagnon-Holbrook coordinates with the vendors for delivery and installation to take the stress of a project off the client. “When our homeowners open the door, the work is done A to Z,” she says.



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