Eye Swoon

July 3, 2012

As both an interior designer  at Rawlins Calderone Design and home owner, it’s an unbelievable honor to have my home published in Elle Decor’s July / August 2012 issue!

I poured my heart and soul into the design & renovation of this “diamond in a rough” of a mid century modern beach house. Every single item in the home….a piece of furniture, art, accessory, antique, or oddity…has a specific & personal story attached to it & I enjoyed every drop of the very organic curation.

Working with Paul Masi, of Bates Masi Architecture, propelled the renovation process into another stratosphere, especially his brilliant engineering of the loomed rope ceiling.

The house obviously had spectacular bones and a lot of potential…however it was engulfed by trees, untrimmed for 40 years, with a roof that was caving in and ridden with mold….we had our work cut out for us.

One major concern was that the architecture was already uber modern and I wanted a home for my family that felt relaxed & rustic…I did not want a cold and austere modern house.  My vision was to turn this 1960’s house on its side a bit with the addition of mixed period pieces, oddities, and the use of warm, natural materials like rough hewn wood, leather, lava stone, and manilla rope.  The result is a home that in Summer is light-filled and beachy yet can completely transform to a lodge-like cozy retreat in Winter!

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