Monday, April 18, 2016

Gary McBournie's Nantucket Cottage

Hi there,

Had a great weekend and hope you all did, too!  The sun came out yesterday after a couple of days of on and off snow.  It was just like spring!  What a surprise!

When I came upon the latest Nantucket cottage by interior designer, Gary McBournie in House Beautiful this weekend, I was surprised by the flood of color.  I've followed his work since the 90s and have loved everything he's ever done.  And while he's always used a lot of color, this color scheme was a bit different and took me a few minutes to really appreciate it.  After all, blue, orange and green are not typical colors one would see together very often.

Then, when he explained how he came up with this color scheme, it all fell into place.  The way he described it was quite funny, but made total sense.  He said, "I was in Copenhagen for about a year-and-a-half before I found this house, and I loved the Danish-modern white-box interiors there, where people's floors and walls are all white, clean, and crisp. Later, I went to Marrakech, which is a whole other situation. You have all this fabulous saturated color coming at you — oranges, blues, and yellows. I think I got the two of them mixed up in my head, and out came this hybrid."

So, he used complementary colors of blue and orange with splashes of green throughout and even though each room and patio has it's own distinct look, the whole cottage flows beautifully.

To see more of Gary's interview, click here.

To see more of the cottage, click here.


Besides offering privacy, this privet hedge and door certainly adds a sense of intrigue and would cause one to wonder what's behind that door?  Love it!

Winston, Gary and Bill's Welsh terrier, lounging in the garden.

Winston no doubt wondering who the person with the camera is!

All white walls and floors.
Silvio Cattani art work.

Reflective wallpaper in the dining room adds mood by candlelight.

Winston is looking very cozy (and still wondering who the person with the camera is)!  Love the fresh green in the library!

The painted checkerboard floor is a nice jolt of color in the all white kitchen.
The blue door to the mudroom also adds a nice accent.

A large swath of blue Marimekko fabric adds a sea of color to the master bedroom.

Vintage bamboo furniture was painted with marine lacquer to preserve it.

House Beautiful

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