A Nantucket interior designed by Kristy Kay.

It’s not often that we get asked to design a Nantucket getaway with a European influence. For these newlywed homeowners, they dreamt of their later-in-life, year-round getaway to reflect their love for opulence and all things French. We created a design beginning with a neutral palette to then layer in various textures finishing off with vibrant metals and fabrics. The highly textured, yet luxuriously soft fabrics on the main furnishings feel casual in summer yet formal enough for winter holiday entertaining. Elegance was also injected by adding voluminous draperies throughout the main living and dining area. Finishing touches of hotel silver and mercury glass from vintage shops added some sparkle and completed our Parisian nod.

1. The intricate design found on the draperies complemented our European vision evoking the elegance of a hotel. By selecting a tonal pattern, the fabric still felt airy and not too formal. A touch of sparkle can be found with the polished nickel rod and rings.

2. The carved wood detail on the accent chair and ottoman was a wink to the vintage style found throughout Paris. We chose this burlap striped fabric to keep the formality at a minimum and also provide a very durable and long-lasting option.

3. The patterned gray and ivory wool rug offers timeless interest, but forgiving in a well loved environment.

4. White on a sofa can be daring, however this highly textured weave is family friendly while still feeling airy and coastal. The curved arms and structured cushions feel crisp and tailored.

5. With formal details found throughout, a great counter was this driftwood cocktail table. While the curved legs complement the other furnishings, the finish welcomes a space that is truly lived in and not too precious.

6. By varying accents and accessories including silver trays, mercury glass lamps and marble pedestals, the look feels more curated and hand selected as if it had taken years to select each item.

7. Balancing between matching and mismatched pieces like the end tables of metal and painted wood, reinforces our goal of beauty and elegance while offering a design that is still casually European.

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