The previous owner of the property spent a lot of time on landscaping and detailed manicuring and that provided a great start for the area by the water. When I moved in, I wanted to include a more functional aspect to the grounds so that every part of the yard had a designated purpose. We introduced zones, so that wandering through allowed you to experience a whole bunch of special moments. We also created spaces where people could participate in different outdoor activities. We have areas for basketball, golf, and places to sit or stroll to comfortably enjoy the outdoors.
When it came to the flora, my intention was to aesthetically complement the natural environment. A lot of the native plants and trees have been maintained, but pockets of curated vegetation have been introduced throughout the grounds. Japanese maples, rhododendrons, azaleas, and magnolias aren’t commonly found in this region, but provide a beautiful contrast to the pine, cedar and spruce of the surrounding area.
There really isn’t a lot of striving. I generally buy things I like, and make them work in the space. Although my tastes have differed over time, there’s always this granular aspect that I think makes things I like work well together.
Whether I have something that’s extremely modern or something antique, there are ways of putting these items together in a really warm, welcoming way. It’s not a stark, beautiful home that you feel like you can’t touch; you can jump on the couches.
My home in three words: Eclectic, entertaining, welcome.
My home is inspired by: A curated collection of things I find interesting because I want my surroundings to be inspiring.
Color scheme I’m currently coveting: I love using mixed materials. Whether it be concrete meets subway tile, or French oak meets sheepskin. With a dash of pale pink.
If I weren’t running Herschel Supply, I’d be an architect.
I’m 10 times more productive when: I get a nice morning run in.
Definitely the outdoor spaces, particularly the dock. The reason the house exists in this location is to be amongst nature.
Published April 28, 2017