When London-born fashion buyer (and Remodelista reader) Lisa Jones emailed us with before and after photographs of her recent home renovation, we instantly wanted to swap sources. Where did she get the incredible daybed in the master bedroom and the simple white mat in the bathroom?
Here’s the story. When Jones and her husband, James Hyatt, stumbled upon a dated, dark, wood-paneled bungalow on New York’s remote Shelter Island, she saw the perfect opportunity to dive into her obsession with design—and create the ideal vacation home. “It wasn’t necessarily love at first sight,” she says, “but we saw the potential and loved the abnormal angles and the undeniable beauty of the position on the lake. This was a great opportunity at an affordable price.” Over the course of a year, she ditched the dark wood paneling, updated the floors, and knocked down interior walls. The result? A bright, lakefront home that’s a perfect backdrop for a fashion (and design) buyer’s carefully sourced trove—bargains included.
Here’s a look inside.
Photography by Jonathan Hokklo.
Above: Jones didn’t originally plan on a full-house remodel, but after living in the house as it was for a winter and replacing a leaky roof, she was ready to dig in. “Nothing had been done to the house since the ’70s and there were some very dated design decisions,” she says. Consulting (via Skype) with Swedish architect Niklas Thormark, Jones’s team refinished floors, knocked down walls, and painted the walls, trim, and ceilings with Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. In the main room, Jones says, “we loved the sunken living room but hated the railing that divided the rooms,” so they removed it, along with the kitchen wall. As a nod to the original house, the ceiling fan was kept as-is.
Above: Another major change? The flooring, which was half white oak (“they were very yellow,” Jones says) and half terracotta tile. “We wanted to create the look of Scandinavian white oiled floors,” she says. “To save on costs, we kept the existing oak floor and matched it with new white oak planks (to replace the terracotta tile), then sanded and treated both the old and new, following instructions for traditional white-pigmented Scandinavian floors.”
In the living room, Danish armchairs (found at Brimfield antiques market and re-upholstered in dark green Kvadrat Tonus fabric by Brooklyn interiors firm George & Martha) anchor the space. Jones turned an empty nook under the stairs into log storage: “We liked keeping a lot of the quirky original details of the house as they have so much character,” Jones says. “This was a perfect nook that had no pre-existing use that we could use for log storage,” allowing easy access for fall fires. (And, spotted on a built-in shelf: the Remodelista book!)
Above: “The inspiration behind the living room colors are taken from Luis Barragán color combinations: pink, green, and yellow,” Jones says. The rug is the Moroccan Beni Ourain rug from Etsy (similar versions available here). The Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen daybed, a flea market find, was given a facelift: the backboard was removed and the fabric reupholstered by George & Martha. (A similar version with backboard and gray fabric is available via 1st Dibs.)
Above: A major focus of the renovation: adding outdoor access throughout the one-story house via three new sliding doors. “We extensively researched and eventually chose LaCantina sliding doors,” Jones says. “They have a beautiful low profile, great engineering, and are incredibly robust.” In the dining room, Jones opted for an 12-foot-wide custom door for panoramic views of the lake. “You can now see the lake from all rooms except for one guest bedroom,” Jones says.
Above: In addition to removing the kitchen wall, Jones and team lofted the ceiling. (The skylight was original—the ceiling was “a strange mix of different heights,” Jones says.) Jones sourced the white Ringhult cabinets from Ikea and added custom oak open wood cabinets and shelves. The Carrara marble counters are sourced from ABC Stone in Brooklyn. The fridge, oven, and cooktop are all Bosch; the vent hood is Miele. The black stools are Ercol stools from A+R in LA.
Above: “We love open storage to showcase our collection of ceramics,” Jones says. Among her favorites: earth tone ceramics by Joan Platt (on shelf) and a concrete bowl (filled with oranges) by Clam Lab. The Dualit toaster was purchased on Amazon.
Above: “We installed a custom laundry cabinet in the hallway (inspired by Julie Carlson’s!),” says Jones. Wooden doors conceal a stacked washer and dryer; the drawers keep linens and cleaning supplies out of sight. The Sugatsune satin nickel drawer pulls are from Hardware Hut.
Above: “Throughout the house, the palette we chose is oak wood and white paint,” Jones says. “We wanted to keep it very simple with light, natural materials.” Case in point: The master bedroom. Jones took down a half wall separating the bedroom from a sunken lounge, and added a Hans Wegner chair, another Moroccan Beni Ourain rug from Etsy (here’s a similar option), a white standing lamp by Arne Jacobsen from Design Within Reach, and Coyuchi bedding from ABC Carpet & Home. Jones doubled the size of the windows next to the bed and added unobtrusive rolling shades from the Shade Store.
Above: The original shelf above the bed got a fresh coat of white paint and are framed by a pair of Hector Wall Sconces from Design Within Reach.
Above: For the sunken lounge in the master bedroom, Jones sourced everything from Denmark auction houses, including a Børge Mogensen daybed and Bruno Mathsson armchair. The room gets prime afternoon light.
Above: A Børge Mogensen wooden cabinet displays an “all-time favorite” Jean Arp print found on eBay. Jones adds: “We kept all of the existing interior doors, but changed the door knobs to Baldwin estate knobs in satin nickel.”
Above: In the first of three guest bedrooms, Jones sourced Shaker pegs from the Container Store and had them fitted to a custom board. The Bestlite black sconces are from Lumens, and the floating shelves were custom-built. A Canadian wool blanket from Nalata Nalata takes off the autumn chill.
Above: In the master bedroom, a custom marble vanity (also with marble from ABC Stone in Brooklyn) is fitted with custom oak shelves, perfect for storing bath essentials. A glass-enclosed shower uses square tiles from Nemo Tile. The toilet is the Duravit Happy D., and the striped rug is from Nickey Keyhoe in LA.
Above: Also in the master bathroom, the ideal rejuvenation spot: a freestanding soaking tub from Signature Hardware is paired with a faucet from Kohler’s Purist collection. The white rug is from the Japanese site Analogue Life (similar options available).
Above: The guest bath is tiled with gray Carrara marble hexagonal tile from Stone Source. The toilet brush and holder are by Iris Hantverk and a green glass vase, from Brooklyn’s Sprout Home, holds stems. Spotted in the mirror: Muuto wooden dots.
Above: Jones kept the original weathered deck overlooking the lake, but added a two cream chaises from Skagerak (a similar option is available here), and a Vietnamese rice basket, ideal for carrying lakeside essentials, from Lantern Moon.
Above: The lakeside property has ancient trees and incredible light.
Above: Jones had the bland exterior of the house repainted in Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray. “We were looking at Scandinavian modern summer houses, many of which are painted black with contrasting very light/white interior,” Jones says. “Painting the exterior dark has the effect of blending into the landscape and also has a very cozy feel.”
Above: The original main room was dark and cluttered.
Above: The kitchen, as it was. Jones opened up the enclosed space and replaced the heavy, dark cabinetry.
Above: The hallway, pre-paint and concealed storage.
Above: The master bedroom had small windows and a half-wall separating it from the sunken lounge.
Above: A guest bedroom was covered in dark wood paneling.
Above: An original bathroom.