One of the reasons I started this blog was so I can write about beautiful décor. I don’t have many people in my life to talk about interior design (my husband is a very patient man yet I feared that patience was running out) so blogging was the next best thing. And if you’ve been following for some time, you know I can’t resist a pretty cottage when I see one, so today I have a very special treat to share with you: an old fisherman’s cottage in East Hampton gets a new life as summer home/studio of famed painter and sculptor Anh Duong. The houses’s modest size did not get in the way of creating a wonderful, albeit eclectic retreat. Gilded French antiques are mixed in with Early American Farmhouse pieces and wrought iron outdoor furniture, all accented with a modern detail here and there. And plenty of artwork, of course.
Rather than fighting the architectural details of the house, such as low ceilings, small windows and tiny rooms, furniture is chosen efficiently. A mix of pattern and different blues makes the living room cheerful and feminine.
The kitchen retains the inherent charm of an old cottage. Contrasting paint and a gabled roof draws the eye upwards.
Cottages and open shelving go hand in hand. So do shaker style cabinets and teak countertops. And then there’s that famous East Hampton light…
In the entrance area, rules are broken when a rustic farmhouse table is juxtaposed with gilded Louis XV chairs. It is as unexpected as it is daring. Risk has its rewards!
In the master bedroom sitting area, we get a peek of a sculptural antique bed that once lived in a Milanese convent.
More blues and artwork throughout.
In the master bedroom, a painted antique dresser and a suzani quilt bring in a healthy dose of color.
Possibly my favorite room in this cottage, Duong’s work studio is kept more neutral than the rest of the home. Angled ceiling and beams, painted white floors make the space feel fresh.
I hope you enjoyed this small tour. It is not often that I see homes like this one, so eccentric and rule breaking. Decorating is a deeply personal journey, and this house is a gentle reminder that there are no right or wrong decisions. As long as we keep true to who we are and what we love.