The goal for this house on the Oregon Coast was to create a home unlike any other in the area. Coastal homes tend to be kitschy and we wanted to stay away from that. This home had the worst layout of any home we have worked on deeming half of it unusable and honestly, that speaks for a good number of coastal homes in the area. So to differentiate this home from the rest, we first needed to rework the layout so every space could be used in the most effective way. We then looked to the UK for inspiration to create a home with some edge and grit while remaining classic.
We love how the new pubs (and even the old pubs) in London and the UK have this effortless way of combining edginess with more traditional and classic design. For the interior of this home, our goal was to create a similar feeling. We incorporated warm greys and dark tones to create a cozy atmosphere since the Oregon Coast has it's fair share of cold and rainy days. The house was originally built by a sea captain so we used the original knotty pine walls as a traditional design element to play against. Traditional tile, brass fixtures and antiques also fit well into the older feeling of the home while dark grout and bold use of charcoal paint added that element of grittiness for which we were aiming.
Although the worst layout to begin with, this house was fun to redesign. Since the upstairs remained virtually unusable, our goal was to create a grand and historically inspired staircase to replace the original and draw you upstairs. For the upstairs, we aimed for creating rooms with purpose and space, something the original home was lacking. We wanted the homeowners' to feel the upstairs was as much of a retreat as the main floor so we pulled out all the stops!