I was given 24 days to get this space near the beach in Madison CT ready to show for an open house. My client lives in Texas and bought this house to use in the summer, but was counting on renting it for the Academic year. They closed on the property on August 5. As you can see, even on a bright sunny day, it was a dark space with no proper foyer. The furniture here belonged to the previous owner.
In order to create a foyer, I used a shelf unit to block the full view of the living space and separate a little area that in the 2nd phase of the project, will actually be a foyer. I plan to break through the solid wall opposite the ‘foyer’ window, and add another entry to the staircase leading to the 2nd floor. To get more light, I changed the front door to all glass, which in this photo has not been installed.
I continued the color scheme throughout the house, so anything making it’s way anywhere in the house would look like it belonged. Since this was being rented fully furnished, I had to be sure everything could be washed or replaced if damaged. Both here and in the living room , I used cowhide rugs pulled out of a hotel in NYC scheduled for renovation. (Don’t they know you just have to scrub them to get them clean…..they’re cows “).
A quiet, simple, airy, beachy moment.
Keeping it simple again. Same color scheme with fun washable duvets.
Just a few inexpensive accessories helped personalize the space. Artwork will come this summer when the client will get to use the house themselves .
An extension semi rustic dining table with slip covered dining chairs in washable ultra suede.
Next up, the 3rd floor playroom. The renter moves out on May 31, and the owners arrive on June 5. I have 4 days to paint , carpet and furnish. Ready, set, goooooooooooo
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