The original scope for our Hamptons à Sorel project included renovating three bathrooms and furnishing the home from scratch. The home was dated but in pristine condition. It was tastefully decorated by a designer but needed a major update. Having to work with a property that was already covered in stunning, high-quality finishes is surprisingly challenging because we have to carefully decide what is worth keeping, restoring or replacing.
There was no question that it needed a major update. All of the rooms had matching floral wallpaper, drapery and bedding. There was carpet that ran throughout, the walls were covered in upholstery and the bathrooms were jungle themed. The project snowballed a bit when we decided to install wood flooring and change all of the doors and hardware. However, we maintained the charm of the original travertine fireplace in the family room, the wainscotting in the main hall and we restored the original oak columns and entrance panelling.
The view of the river as you walk in from the main entrance instantly brings a sense of calm that makes you gravitate towards it. The furniture layout was intentionally thought out to focus on that view. Swivel chairs in our room with the view, create the perfect spot for a morning coffee or a tête à tête.
This family with three teenage kids love to host! That meant prioritizing seating, so we included a large extendable table in the dining room. In this main floor living space, we kept the decor simple an understated to really put the emphasis on the view.
We initially thought that we would be working with a lot more of the original furniture given it’s quality, but the overall aesthetics just didn’t fit into the final design. We kept two chairs and an entrance bench covered in a designer dragonfly fabric and we used it as inspiration for our powder room. The powder room is playful and contemporary yet still respects the character and charm of the home.
We first found the wallpaper and then went on a wild goose chase to perfectly match the wall tile to the background. The wall sconces have a crackle effect and the marble mosaic floor tile both replicate the graphics found in the wings of the dragonfly.
We designed four bedrooms on the main floor and one in the lower level. Our client didn’t want the children’s rooms to feel juvenile but more so an extension of the guest quarters.
The guest bathroom is also playful yet sophisticated. The dark and moody vanity and wall panelling is offset by a geometric marble mosaic floor tile and elegant white marble wall tile.
Our client’s one request was that his principal bedroom feels like a hotel. As a seasoned traveller with a busy job, this home was his escape. Even though he’s enjoying the property all year round, the intention was that the principal bedroom would provide solace where he can unwind. For that reason, we made it a little more contemporary than the rest of the house but it still maintains a cohesive flow because of the carefully selected colour palette and consistent textures.
We don’t really consider the lower level a basement because it’s still entirely above ground overlooking the pool, with another incredible view of the water. It was clear that this room was going to be their summer entertainment space. An indoor/outdoor area perfect for summer days and evening barbeques.
We completely renovated the bar to create a second kitchen with panelled appliances including a dishwasher and full range. The goal was to make it feel like part of the furniture. It is very functional while hosting but also serves as a teenage hangout when friends are over that gets the kids out of the main kitchen.