The Coastal Home - Mackenzie & Company Musings

Apr 25, 2018

The costal home: quite possibly the most sought after aesthetic in design. There are so many elements within the classic + cool coastal theme that make it such a forever favorite...

For this week's studio blog, we wanted to highlight our love for the coastal home, as well as the regions we are currently working in and/or that we adore, as region often gives a direction for the "type" of coastal that you're going for. From Naples, to Cape Cod & the Islands, to Long Island and beyond...join us as we explore coastal living!

I sat down with Mackenzie & Company's leading lady, Angela Hamwey, for a brief Q&A session about all things coastal. Here's what she had to say...

Q: Hi Angela! What is your favorite thing about coastal design?

A: My favorite thing about coastal design is being able to utilize lots of light textures and fabrics, giving each space that easy, breezy kind of feel.

Q: What is your favorite way to “do” coastal?

A: Such a great question...my answer has multiple parts! I like to treat windows with soft, unlined cafe curtains; I love the way they look when they blow with the sea breeze! 

My favorite (unexpected) thing to do in a coastal design is to add a soft velvet headboard, or maybe a few soft velvet pillows.

Lastly, I tend to treat outdoor spaces with the same design aesthetic as the interior. When you are living in coastal locations you use your outdoor spaces frequently; I like to design them as thought they are another room in the house...moving the color palette throughout all spaces.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve about coastal design?

A: First and foremost - to each their own! If you love your coastal design, then that's all that really matters. However, if I had to say, I'm not a huge fan of sea foam green and zip code pillows. my favorite way to design a coastal space is doing so without blatantly stating that we're on the coast (from a design perspective)..."understated coastal" is the best.

Q: What is your ideal "coastal" aesthetic, such as color palette, materials etc.?

A: I always love a fresh clean palette with hints of black, shiplap & wood grain...the more texture the better, with touches of rattan and grassy window treatments.

I enjoy incorporating the classic blues and whites in coastal design, but I like to include these shades in unexpected places...

- (EDITOR'S NOTE: we can't wait to reveal our Martha's Vineyard project!) - 

FROM COAST TO COAST: From exteriors to interiors, here's a roundup of some of our favorite (& most noteworthy) coastal designs...

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This bright color palette is everything - hoping to stumble upon some more hidden coastal gems when we peruse Naples, FL this week!

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A striking bedroom in a San Francisco home with Cali-cool vibes.

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A peaceful, all-white haven on the coast of somewhere far, far away...

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A dreamy neutral space with an organic feel, complimenting the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast.

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Swooning over all of the raw and gray-washed finishes inside this serene coastal master bedroom...

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We could stare at the panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay (framed by woven wood Roman shades) all day...coastal sitting room perfection!

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Speaking of VIEWS...this modern coastal bathroom situated in the Hamptons is what dreams are made of. 

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All the heart eyes for this boho backyard bar! A perfect exterior aesthetic for a coastal home located somewhere warm year round.

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A picture perfect New England tiki-bar! 

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It's hard not to fall in love each time you turn a corner on Nantucket, but this quaint curb-appeal is something special...

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More coastal curb-appeal, except this time from down south. Speaking of which, our plane is departing shortly. Off to Naples, FL we go!

Images above via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11

Hope this inspires! xx Mackenzie & Company


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