The seaside estates of Long Island are iconic in their architecture as well as the place they hold in the collective American imagination. The place that inspired "The Great Gatsby" at the beginning of the 20th century has changed little in the nearly 100 years since - sleepy shore towns dotted with cottages and crab shacks surrounded by traditional, grand properties are still the heart of this area.
Naturally, the current owners of homes on Long Island endeavor to preserve that aesthetic, even as they update their property with all of the modern conveniences. A recently featured project on Dering Hall, an interior design marketplace, is particularly striking. Eberlein Design, at the helm of the renovation, sought to maintain the home's traditional bones, feature the owner's astonishing collection of American antiques and render it fit for the life of a modern, 6-person family.
The result, as seen in a slideshow on the site, is a perfect balance between old and new, light and heavy, form and function. A simple iron hexagonal lantern hangs in the foyer, which serves to contrast the dominance of white in the space while complementing its warm, rich chestnut accents. In the living room, the source states, "Drapery around the perimeter of the room allows for maximum view of the pristine natural surroundings and affords comfortable passage through the central French doors. Wall moldings connect to the ceiling details, creating a frame for sconces and chandeliers."
Attention to detail in the home is impeccable, and serves as a great example for any designer or homeowner looking for inspiration in updating a traditional home for the 21st century. Visit Eberlein Design's website to view the firm's portfolio for even more!