Rebekah Caudwell Design instils each interior project with spirit and soul. Based in London & New York City, Rebekah and her team believe in creating something personal, warm and expressive, rather than the showroom design so prevalent in today’s interiors. Alongside her husband Nicolas Dupart, who is Managing Director of the company, Rebekah Caudwell Design has transformed a luxury slopeside chalet in Vail USA, a 17th century country mansion in Staffordshire, a 67m Superyacht and various projects in London.
With a bold and exciting aesthetic, Rebekah is unafraid of taking risks and is strong with both colour and pattern. Here she shares one of her most recent projects, a contemporary house in Moutauk, Long Island with The LuxPad…
Project name: Montauk
Floor Area: 2000 sq ft
Project time taken: 6 months
Completion of Project: Sept 2016
The property is a contemporary house in Montauk, Long Island, by architect Steven Harris, 2007, interior designed by Rebekah Caudwell Design in 2016.
The main entrance of the house is accessed from the driveway at lower ground level. On this level, after the entrance hall and mudroom, the space opens into a large games room with a concealed wet bar. There is also a cinema room and a children’s bedroom with bathroom. The cinema and children’s bedroom both have windows looking onto the swimming pool. A set of stairs in the entrance hall leads up to a guest wing with three further en-suite guest rooms. Through the games room another set of stairs leads up to the ground floor where there is an open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area, plus a w/c. A final set of stairs from this floor leads up to the master suite, which is its own private unit. There is a courtyard between the guest wing and the kitchen / dining / lounge area. To the other side of this area is the swimming pool and hot tub leading onto the lawn, and beyond that the bluff that descends to the sea.
What was the creation / planning process?
The property’s varying levels create an open flow, yet quieter, more private nooks and interesting turns are interspersed throughout. “The juxtaposition of cubes and cantilevering is quite striking, so we wanted to let the architecture still hold sway but we could see ways to create so much more interest and life inside its spaces” says Rebekah.
How did the project go?
The house had been presented for sale in a way that was plain and devoid of personality. Expanses of unbroken cream travertine, white walls and white surfaces, and Rebekah felt the pull to wave a magic wand. “It felt more like walking into a very expensive hospital rather than a home. I think when the architecture is fairly severe, spare ascetic interiors simply feel too cold. A house should never feel like a mausoleum. It needs to feel like a living entity, with its own pulse. I am a maximalist at heart but I did try to reign myself in a little with this house as I didn’t want to drown its subtlety with too much ‘stuff’” Rebekah adds.
With Rebekah’s love of colour she was itching to put some soul into the place. Once purchased, she swept through the interlocking series of white spaces spreading colour, pattern and warmth. Go-to shades of turquoises and teals, zingy greens and luminous aqua woke things up. The curvaceous mid-century designs, Jonathan Adler numbers and thought provoking art breathed life into the house. The sculpture by Beth Carter in the living room Rebekah says, “muses on our preconceptions of storytelling and our obsessions with ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’; how if you tilt the angle of the story these distinctions are less clear or even totally subverted. The Patricia Traub oil painting in the master bedroom is similarly challenging. Patricia works in the style of an old master, but poses very contemporary questions about humanity and our relationship with the animal world”.
“Nick and I love working with different styles of architecture. I wouldn’t say that we have a favourite though I am extremely drawn to history and perhaps Nick is more taken with contemporary design. We tend to represent the yin and the yang both in business and our personal lives. My interior design is always partially informed and inspired by the architecture and its setting, but colour is always the main springboard.” adds Rebekah.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
The Master bedroom, cantilevered over the pool, is in many respects the architectural jewel in the crown, sitting at the top of the property. It has the best views in the house and Rebekah says one almost feels guilty staying there and keeping it to yourself.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
The cinema room was subterranean so it lent itself to be used as such. However there was the issue of the window onto the swimming pool. Rebekah had a wall to wall roman blind made, to help with the acoustics and also to make the room cosier. The built in platform sofa is actually 4 feet deep and makes for great evenings with a bowl of popcorn, a blanket and a glass of wine.