Tour a Home That Mixes East Coast Traditionalism With Cool

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When designing a summer house on Martha's Vineyard, Karie Reinertson and Rob Maddox of the Asheville, North Carolina–based interior design firm Shelter wanted to give a nod to the area's traditional style — but without creating a traditional home. "Because this home is in New England, the world of weathered wood and saltbox houses, we wanted to respect the vernacular of the area but add a more playful and contemporary take on it," says Reinertson. For the designers, who collaborated with Maryann Thompson Architects on the project, the solution was a mix of natural materials, like handwoven fabrics, locally sourced wood, and a color palette that references the surrounding landscape (think deep greens, bright blues, and dusty pinks).

The clients also wanted a home that was built for entertaining large groups. The living room, dining area, and kitchen flow together, creating a flexible space for gatherings. Since summer residences tend to attract plenty of overnight guests, Reinertson and Maddox also took particular care in designing the bedrooms, giving each a unique identity. The entire home is filled with custom pieces and collaborations with artisans, creating a one-of-a-kind twist on coastal style.

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Living Room

A freestanding fireplace separates the bright, white living room from the dining area. The extra-long dining table, which was a collaboration between the designers the client and Analog Modern, is paired with Sawkille chairs topped with vibrant green cushions.

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Bedroom

The designers collaborated with Marshall Farm Woodworks on the walnut slab bed in one of the bedrooms. The hand-dyed window treatment was made by Lookout + Wonderland.

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Bedroom

A white oak bed and sculptural nightstand lend a modern edge to a bedroom with classic white wood panelling.

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Bedroom

In one of the bedrooms, a nook acts as a small workspace, accented by a brass lamp and midcentury-style chair.

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Bathroom

Heath tiles also line the bathroom's spacious steam shower, which features a teak floor.

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Bathroom

Large, circular mirrors hang over a double-sink vanity topped with a wood counter. The custom peg rails were designed by Shelter and made by Marshall Farm Woodworks.

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Bathroom

In another bathroom, traditional wood paneling contrasts with a geometric wallpaper by Heath Ceramics for Hygge & West.


Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.

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