Not every designer would be thrilled with the idea of outfitting a home, in its entirety, with a mix of vintage and modern existing pieces; it takes a certain level of creativity and vision. Interior Designer Kate Jackson, of her eponymous firm, clearly has that vision and was excited when she was approached by the owner of a gambrel-style home overlooking the ocean in Weekapaug, Rhode Island.
Photography: Sam Gray
Written by: Jessica Laniewski
Interior Design: Kate Jackson Interior Design
While the home is new and the owner had a few decidedly modern pieces he wanted to incorporate in the design, he also had quite a few vintage items and Jackson was thrilled to learn of her client’s extensive antique, book and nautical antique collections. From timepieces to barometers and weather instruments, Jackson was careful to include all in the home’s decor. The end result was a perfect mix of old and new, showcasing the family’s rich heritage.
Mix until seamless
In the kitchen, salvaged ship lights hang from the brand new beard board ceiling and in another room two corresponding pieces of artwork of blue coral pull in color from vintage looking fabrics.
Jackson created a soothing color palette in blues and greens that are reminiscent of sea glass found on the beach. She was greatly inspired by the blue and green orb that sits near the kitchen in the home. “Spring” by artist Lars Fiske, the design coordinator at Socrates Sculpture garden in Astoria, New York, is a spherical rendition of tile from the Spring Street subway station wall.
Jackson sought out the “soft” furnishings for the nearly 3,200-square-foot home, including pillows, counter stools, sofas, and beds. Some pieces such as the driftwood mirror in one of the bedrooms were acquired through local travel, while others like the inlay tile bureau in the same room is from West Elm. While the home functions as a great landing pad for beach use, Jackson used hand-blocked linen from décor and fabric website COCOCOZYand the Boston Design Center instead of a hardier outdoor fabric.
In the homeowner’s two daughters’ bedrooms, Jackson worked to reflect their personality with vibrant, bright colors. In one room, she monogrammed the pillows because the daughter had just been married, and added a Capiz shell chandelier above the bed and mercury glass lamps on the side tables for a hint of beach glamour. In the other daughter’s bedroom, she opted for splashes of pink and a bubble lamp Jackson got on design and craft website, Etsy. Jackson continued this tactile, patterned theme with the rugs used throughout the house, including a muted ousack rug layered over a more basic sisal one.
The finishing touches
It was Jackson’s idea during construction to add the bench seats in the living room. “We were looking for a place to put the grandfather clock and needed more seating to take in the view,” says the designer, who opted for a blue striped fabric on the cushions. One of Jackson’s favorite parts of the project was when it came time to arrange the bookcases. The client had a treasure trove of beautiful books, and she organized them by color, alternating with some of the owner’s small vintage pieces. Thanks to the owner’s careful collecting and Jackson’s eye for color and mixing the old with the new, the home has a feeling of comfort and relaxation, where antiques are paired with modern fabrics and water views are enjoyed from the second and third floor.
Article published in 2013-14 annual issue.