Live Beautiful will be released in just two days! I have worked on this book for the greater part of two and a half years and could not be more excited and proud of this journey I embarked on with Nicole Franzen! We shot my own Amagansett beach home for the book in summer of 2018 but since then, in these past few month’s I have given it a refresh and Architectural Digest featured the material and tonality-driven transformation. Franzen shot both the before and the after and many of the angles captured are the same. I wanted to let these images speak for themselves and document for you how paint, furniture, and décor, and updated materials can completely update a space. The architecture remained intact, nothing changed structurally, however, I do feel like I am living in a brand new home. Gosh, I love design!
When I initially designed this space in 2009 there was an uptick in the reclaimed wood craze as well as industrial antiques and obscure oddities which were bursting onto the design scene. I reveled in the hunt at local flea markets, antique fairs, and Brimfield at every opportunity. 10 years later I felt I needed to lighten and brighten the space in both palette, materials, and energetically. I didn’t want to wipe the slate clean and strip the home of its original identity, just institute a few small tweaks that would make a large impact visually, but not a large dent in my budget.