Colonial Elegance

¨A brick path lined with low box hedges leads to the front door of this 18th century cottage. It may look simple on the outside, but on the inside is true East Hampton. No, not the new Hampton of lavish marble and four-car garages, but the old elegance of blue-and-white nautical patterns and an open, breezy layout. ¨ ( The Daily Beast )

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

I consider myself truly blessed. I have a wonderful family, an incredibly supportive husband and best friend, and I get to wake up every day to think / learn / design / write about my true passion: creating beautiful homes for happy clients. My love of interiors is not a surprise anymore, at least not for others, but my adoration for this particular house that I’m gonna show you today is beyond my own wildest dreams.

I’ve been a long time admirer of Mr. Tom Scheerer, and follow his work wherever and whenever, but back in 2008, when his East Hampton cottage was first featured in House Beautiful, my career path was slightly different. So I missed it. And while many things can change in eight years when it comes to interior design and architecture, this particular home is as fresh, elegant and relevant today as it definitely was almost a decade ago. I feel happy to be able to write about it still.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

{A peek into Tom Scheerer’s office, dark moody walls with lots of whites and blues}

A respect for the architecture of the house is evident throughout. Maybe it’s because of Tom Scheerer’s formal training as an architect, but the home is kept authentic, with undisturbed floor plans, small rooms and low ceilings. Somehow, all these quirks of old homes that we no longer seem to appreciate today, are embraced beautifully and made functional for modern day living.

Like this beautiful winded staircase (above) to the upstairs bedrooms with uneven, wide wood planks layered vertically (as they were  used originally in Early American homes).

Fantastic exposed beams, with a rough craftsmanship that is once again faithful to the architectural history of the space and a mix of antiques with more modern pieces create the perfect balance of old and new. And I’m so loving the different blues that come to play in this living room. The glass jars contribute to the ¨18th century tavern-vibe¨ of the house, as Tom Scheerer defines his vision for his home.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

Simple white roman shades keep the space light and the decor simple.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

{Another angle of the living room}

The dining room with a peek of the breakfast corner (below) is open to the living area and the raw pine beams are continued as unifying element between the two spaces.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

In the close-up of the breakfast room, the focal element is an enlarged Currier & Ives print of Newport Harbor.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

A beautiful reminder of the home’s coastal location.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

The all white cottage-style kitchen features timeless subway tile enveloping the walls all the way to the ceiling. Aged brass and antique wood, together with rush seat bar stools add extra dimension and warmth to the space.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

More of those gorgeous beams in the master bedroom. The view from the stair top reveals some fun 18th century bird prints that Tom Scheerer surrounded with delicate, black faux bamboo frames. This right here is one of the reasons I love Tom Scheerer’s aesthetic: his interiors have an elegance that comes along with simplicity and fun. Unexpected elements are playfully interwoven with more luxurious ones and the result is a relaxed, easy elegance (which is how I would love my own homes to feel like).

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

The attraction factor of this four-poster bed is undeniable. And another detail that shows Tom Scheerer’s brilliance is the fact that he takes a modern twist on the classic design by upholstering the headboard. And that bedding…woof!

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

The attention to detail when it comes to preserving the home’s charm is incredible. Rough-iron spear head door hinges and latches further add to the colonial authenticity.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

How beautiful is this spattered wallpaper in the bathroom below? Playful distraction from the room’s small size. I LOVE sheer bistro-curtains whenever I see them!

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

A corner antique cupboard, painted and filled with bath linen and corals adds a pop of color.

Café Design | Tom Scheerer

I am in LOVE!

I really hope you enjoyed this home tour, though some of you have probably already seen it. The photography is by Simon Upton, images are from the The Daily Beast, House Beautiful and Hooked on Houses.

xo,

Eva

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