When Libby Rawes, of Sharp + Grey Interiors, took on this New Jersey new build, the goal was to create a comfortable and coastal-inspired family home. Layered with natural textures and nods to seaside living, this home showcases a fresh and casual style. Rebecca McAlpin Photography beautifully captured how it all came together. Take a peek below!
From the designer… The homeowners are from the East Coast but spent time in California. They loved the relaxed and casual feel of the West Coast, so they wanted to bring that west coast casual eclectic feel to their Summit, NJ home with lots of warm textures including a mix of linen, leather and layered rugs along with comfortable and clean furnishings. Our clients were very inspired by their time in California as well as their wedding at The Surf Club in Miami. The home is filled with large plants and the clients were drawn to the neutral soft colors and a mix of materials.
The homeowners own a large Gray Malin print that was a huge focal point in the entry and a big inspiration for the home. The overall design features warm woods, mixed textiles, textural layers and a soft color palette of blues, grays and blush throughout to highlight their original artwork and their love of the coast. The intent was for the home to feel lived in, airy and warm. A space that begs you to stay a bit longer and enjoy time together.
The home was a new build and one of the main challenges was bringing character and style into the space. We first added a large built-in to an open wall in the living room to create a large focal point in the space and create a spot for storage and showcasing the family’s treasures. We also added new lighting throughout that added style and warmth and was a great upgrade from the builder basic that was there.
Casual and comfortable furnishings were added for a growing young family. The living room was designed to be comfortable for everyday living as well as a conversational space for when the family entertains. The dining room added a pop of darker color on the grasscloth wallpaper, paired with a dark blue-gray etagere that ties in with the blue in the rug, creating a more formal space and a play on color. The linen roman shades and layered white patterned drapery keep it feeling fresh and casual to tie in with the remainder of the house, all while being cozy and cool.