Vineyard Haven: Coastal, Cool, and CollectedDesign
Ahhhh….perfection. We think it’s time for you to plan a vacation
Martha’s Vineyard…a place where politicians, New Englanders, and celebrities all can collect for a week and have an ideal summer. You know, the kind where you pick up fish from the side of the road (like sushi-sashimi grade), fresh cut flowers from a street corner, and ride your bike to get some back yard donuts. Martha’s Vineyard is THE PLACE that has inspired so many homes to be built in the “Cape Cod Style.” In fact, a childhood friend of mine is renovating her childhood home to be Cape Cod-ish right now in Southern California!
Well, we went and totally got inspired. From the weathered cedar shingles, to the relaxed beach life, it’s time to get us feeling this Vineyard Haven. So, put on your well worn, Nantucket Reds, Sperry topsiders, and Black Dog sweatshirt from seasons past to create this look. You’d be sooo New England if you wore this.
Shhh…here’s a little secret about us.
We like to search the real estate guides for some fixer uppers in the area and fix them up to sell…in our heads. Here are some real estate find that will help you get the full look and feel:
These are two little gems that we found online…aren’t they cute? They just need a little TLC and some furniture updates to make them totally swoon worthy.
Our first rule for all of the homes we take over, ahem, design, we recommend a paint refresh. Nothing beats painting everything white, and we LOVE Ben Moore’s White Dove and prefer a semi-gloss finish. This will just freshen everything up, and hey, you’re on the island so what’s wrong with being a little fresh? We also think your furniture should be white too…
You also need to have some warm woods, vintage pieces, and lots of texture to help create your Vineyard Haven. Check out this past blog post on texture to help get your island groove on..
Here’s some of our favorite finds to help these homes become MAJOR beauties inside…
And for a little fun on the island, here’s a great dining table from some of our favorite people!