The centerpiece of the adjacent dining room is the
multicolor crystal chandelier Vaughan found at the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Skirted wicker chairs surrounding a wood trestle table add texture while a cerulean rug and orange curtains provide color, along with bright sideboards, colorful artwork, and a bowl filled with rocks painted by guests.
“It’s an activity that loosens people up,” Vaughan says.
In the kitchen, two oversize Brighton Pagoda lan-
terns by Visual Comfort hang above the marble-topped
island that only looks better as it ages. Same goes for the
brass hardware, which quickly takes on a patina in the
sea air. Vaughan made otherwise ordinary woven rattan
stools from Pier 1 Imports her own by adding bold stripes
Bedrooms occupy the home’s four corners one flight
up, where Vaughan continues her New England meets
Palm Beach meets the Adirondacks aesthetic. Duvets in
graphic patterns dress beds in playful profiles, including
Serena & Lily’s pagoda-shaped headboard. Other furnish-
ings include a worn prayer rug from her husband’s grand-
mother’s estate, a rocking chair inherited from her parents’
beach house, and a vintage Eastlake bureau. Artwork runs
from simple paintings of everyday objects to a collection
of tramp-art frames to a gallery of silhouette portraits.
Despite her eclectic choices, Vaughan says that there
was nary a misstep. She thoroughly relished the opportunity to do the beach house for herself, rather than a client.
She says, “This was me doing me, turning up new finds
every day, living the dream.”
the white rattan bed in the master bedroom from Serena &
Lily is based on an antique Chinese style. The blue-and-white
palette is a nod to traditional coastal decor.
facing page: 1. Vaughan found the simple painting of a boat in
a Connecticut consignment store. “I love the largesse of it,” she
says. 2. The ridges of the vermillion lacquered mirror in the
second-floor bathroom work with the faceted subway tile. The
oil painting, Citizens United by Miranda Updike from Clyde
Hogan Fine Art in Hingham, Massachusetts, is a top-down view
of people on the street. 3. Metal starbursts from Gold Leaf
Design Group adorn the beadboard wall. A pair of Jonathan
Adler X-benches sit at the foot of the bed. 4. A comfy armchair
gives guests a spot to rest. A painting of two entangled extension
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