Annette Jaffe was born with a natural ability to see space differently. With over twenty years’ experience in the interior design world, she prides herself on capturing the dreams of her clients and helps them to see their visions realized. From airy beach homes to traditional county cabins, Annette brings a discriminating aesthetic, perspective and elevated level of taste to each project she undertakes. Annette shares one of her projects with The LuxPad below…
Project Name: White House Blue Water
Floor Area: 6,500 square feet
Project Time Taken: 1 year
Completion of Project: September, 2016
The Brief :
Often I work with clients before they own their home and am part of the house hunt. The owners asked me to come look at a house, that was not on the water, but was a new build and a typical Southampton, gambrel roof style home. The house was lovely but very cookie cutter and I noticed a few issues, cupping floors, lowerend cabinets that I didn’t like. The house they eventually bought was a craftsman cottage on the water around the corner and I suggested we go look at it. I have my real estate salesperson’s license which I don’t use professionally but interior design is often part real estate broker, therapist and accountant as well as designer.
Once we walked on to the site they were sold. These clients were really able to do anything they wanted but they did not want the home to be ostentatious and kept talking about a white house with a blue door and even a picket fence. With that in mind we decided to keep the older portion of the house intact and just add on the double height entry, living room and master upstairs.
Creation / planning process
Trying to give as many rooms open water views was our goal. Four of the six bedrooms have beautiful water views upstairs and just about every room on the main floor enjoys the setting.
We worked with images of classical homes and then pushed them towards their purest form. If there was a planked ceiling, the board joints met one another cleanly, there were no “V” grooves.
The bookshelves were made with crisp lines and thick shelves. The bluestone surround fireplaces were cut straight and simple, they are not mitered on purpose. In the kitchen we decided to introduce color that was reflective of the surroundings. The islands are a chalk toned navy and the wood tone cabinets and the upper cabinets over the sink are glass fronts and back. It’s really the only space in the house where there is any receding color.
How it went?
The clients are part of a family that I’ve become attached to in the past few years. I know three generations and have done 4 family homes. Getting to know this young family, who had baby born just weeks after moving in has been a blessing. They are kind, wise, tasteful and lovely to work with.
Favourite room / part of the project and why?
The living room because it sets the tone for family, relaxed living. The family wanted everyone to use the living room and are big sports fans. There are no formal spaces in the house yet every space is beautiful. The living room has the views, the fireplace, comfy, cozy seating, a tremendous window seat and a big TV. The colors within the white space all reflect the outdoors and nature.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
Because we wanted to maximize the views, and maintain the older, craftsman cottage, the approach to the house was a bit challenging. By painting the entire house white on white on the outside some of these challenges were absorbed.