Thanks so much for the kind words yesterday – while I only shared a couple glimpses from home, your support warmed my heart. If the idea of peeking into the windows of unique and charmingly designed seaside summer home interiors appeals, do buckle up for the joy ride! Because if ever there was a love letter written to classically traditional summer homes, SUMMER TO SUMMER is it. Houses by the Sea has summery design inspiration so buckle up!
Houses by the Sea Summery Design Inspiration
A Beautiful Book: Summer to Summer
In Jennifer Ash Rudick’s Summer to Summer (Vendome, 2020), with photography from the amazing Tria Giovan, seaside design freaks are destined to experience blissful, Hampton High states ranging from Nantucket Nirvana to Newport Namaste.
Houses by the Sea – Photography by Tria Giovan
The 25 homes represented in the book are varied, yet all tell a very personal story about their owners thanks to the genius of photographer Tria Giovan.
For example, the book cover’s photo depicts an airy summer house (the Daniel Youngs Homestead, dating to 1651) transformed by designer Sallie Giordano of Leta Austin Foster & Associates.
The porch overlooks protected wetlands as well as Oyster Bay Cove.
“When a home is a distillation of its owner’s distinctive taste, the story it tells is the equivalent of a personal portrait.” – JENNIFER ASH RUDICK
Seaside Summer Home Design Inspiration: Tom Scheerer
The bedrooms (below and also above) are in a home known as “Driftwood” within Nantucket’s Brant Point neighborhood and enjoyed by four generations of family who gather on summer weekends.
Believe it or not, the book reveals that no family member has dibs on a particular bedroom!
Designer Ken Fulk’s Rhode Island Home
How charming is this moment (above) in a hall showcasing the couple’s collection of dog portraits? Have a ho hum hall you could enliven similarly?
Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton Home
Aerin Lauder inherited her grandmother Estee Lauder’s East Hampton summer house (above) whose blue and white interiors were decorated by the legendary Mark Hampton. Aerin loved the house but gently adapted it for contemporary living with the help of Daniel Romualdez.
This elegant yet relaxed bedroom (above) in Meg and Doug Braff’s historic Colonial in Newport certainly has a collected, layered feel like the rest of the home.
Chic Home in the Hamptons
I love how designer John Fondas explained to Jennifer Rudick the very casual approach taken to decorate their Maine summer home (below):
“We kept adding various blues and white, and we finally said, ‘With all this pattern, the only logical thing is to keep adding one more.'” – JOHN FONDAS
Hahahahaha…now that is my kind of partner in design! Also, how happy is the blue ikat on the sofa in this living room!?!
Seaside Sister Parish House in Maine
One of my favorite quiet moments in Summer to Summer is this peek (below) into a seaside cottage bedroom. Rudick deliciously describes it this way:
“The interiors brim with an artful mix of painted wicker, handwoven baskets, mattress ticking, vintage quilts, and intricately patterned hood rugs, a look instituted by her late mother, Dorothy ‘Sister’ Parish, who reigned over three generations of American design as head of the legendary New York firm Parish-Hadley Associates.”
Summer Words of Whimsy & Coastal Grandmother Finds
More Design Inspiration to Discover
See also THIS, and summer fashion HERE.
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