We might be 16 thousand kilometres from its coastal village homes, but Australians have a love affair with the Hamptons. Although a highly sought after tourist destination, the affection is less with the area and more with the style; it has, after all, captured our attention so intently that we are quite literally bringing it home. Clarendon Homes’ Hamptons-inspired Boston 36 was no accident; we noticed the growing public interest in more traditionally designed homes, and how that fit with the harmonious pairing of Hamptons’ coastal sensibility and our Australian lifestyle.
We had the bones of the build covered; architectural details were chosen from our optional upgrade packages – a classic staircase, plantation shutters, high ceilings, herringbone flooring, wall panelling and cornices, and the facade. But, to complete the look we sought the incredible styling expertise of Coco Republic Interior Designer, Chelsea Wilson to bring the Hamptons feel to life.
“The brief was to complement the architectural detailing, designed with the premium upgrades to create unique decorative features in a striking and cohesive Hamptons home,” she explains.
“The colour palette throughout consisted of neutral tones paired with sharp, darker tones such as charcoal, black and deep navy.
“We also embraced bold patterns, stripes and heavy textured linens finished with traditional techniques – such as buttoning, studding and contrast piping – to add an extra layer of luxury.”
This marrying of tradition, luxury and coastal ease is evident throughout the whole home, but there are a few rooms and key pieces that truly shine.
“My favourite room is the master bedroom; I’ve played on texture, pattern and colour, and the contrast of the beautiful wallpaper and the bedside lamps... it feels like a full and considered room. It all comes together.”
Chelsea is also proud of Coco Republic's statement furniture that has worked as the starting point for the overall styling.
“In the master, living and dining I wanted to use substantial pieces; I love that they give the rooms presence. The oval dining table downstairs is my favourite piece, and I love the entry mirror. It’s beautiful and unpredictable to walk into against the wallpaper and herringbone floor.
“I usually start putting together a scheme for a room based on an artwork, a beautiful decorative rug or wallpaper, one piece that ties everything together. For the Boston 36 I used two large navy sofas with white piping as the strong element everything worked around.”
While the styling of the Boston 36 was impeccably curated, there are ways of incorporating the Hamptons trend into your own home without replacing every piece of furniture.
Chelsea’s advice is to opt for upgraded inclusions so that the bones of your home are telling a style story, and then introduce some key decorative items.
“Scatter cushions, accessories and artworks around the home, while embracing patterns, colour and nautical influences. The repetition of deep charcoals, navies, taupes, greys and dusty blues throughout creates a cohesive feel. For example, a series of scatter cushions on a sofa or a set of large decorative jam jars for the dining room table.
“Australian Hamptons is more coastal, and embraces the lifestyle of living by the water. The decorative elements are more nautical, yet still cohesive and very likeable. We’ve found that a lot of people are embracing the more traditional elements and layering of house designs than simple contemporary-style architecture.”
In all, the Boston 36 display is a culmination of architectural difference, an Australian iteration of traditional, the coastal Hamptons and, of course, the space for you to add your unique contribution to the home.
“The Boston 36 build embraces and commits to the Hamptons home. Without those architectural inclusions you are verging to a more modern home, with coastal elements. The display and our styling shows what you can achieve, while still giving you a vision of how you can do it your way.”
Photography by Maree Homer
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