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Photos courtesy of Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. Photos by Elizabeth Felicella.
Eat in kitchen by Ghislaine Vinas with white cabinets, stainless steel square tile backsplash, round pendant lights, light blue walls and a long turquoise dining table surrounded by modern white chairs
A stylish beach house’s eat-in kitchen with white cabinetry, a stainless steel square tile backsplash, light blue walls and a long shiny turquoise dining table surrounded by modern white chairs. (above)

I love email introductions! Especially the kind that are straight to the point!

New friend and style lover Kalyn Johnson, the editor of Possess Your Style blog, introduced me to fab interior designer Ghislaine Vinas a few weeks back…all over email.

Kalyn made a quick and efficient introduction with no bells and whistles just with the clear and direct understanding that Ghislaine and I should meet (the intro went something kind of like “Coco meet Ghislaine, Ghislaine meet Coco. You should know each other”…I appreciate this…clear, clean, understanding everyone is busy and cutting straight to the chase! I think Kalyn’s business training came into play here! Thank you Kalyn!!!). Turns out Ghislaine is working with Kalyn on designing Kalyn’s own New York city home.

Ghislaine owns an eponymous design firm named Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. A few weeks ago Ghislaine sent me some gorgeous photos of a Montauk beach house she decorated and designed for another NYC family with three young boys.

The house is a classic Hamptons shingle style house…but Ghislaine took the design to a new level with a playful introduction of bold color and an eclectic and stylish decor.

Here is what Ghislaine had to say about this beach retreat…in her own words:

GHISLAINE VINAS: This house was all about letting loose and having fun. We mixed old with new – classic dining chairs and a tufted chesterfield sofa look great next to 50’s and 60’s inspired pieces. We played a lot with shape and texture. I naturally tend towards rounded shapes and circles are repeated throughout the house. I find the rounded forms very friendly and a happy house needs friendly shapes.

Light blue entryway by Ghislaine Vinas with a bright orange bench and striped rug
Beach house entryway is painted a soothing light blue and features a bright orange bench and a colorful striped rug in orange, blue and yellow.(above)

Living room by Ghislaine Vinas with light blue tufted Chesterfield sofa, modern white coffee table, classic Egg chair and a white fireplace
Traditional, contemporary and mid century furniture all come together in the main living room. A light blue tufted Chesterfield sofa compliments a modern white coffee table and a classic mid-century modern Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen (1958).(above)

GHISLAINE: Color played a very important role. We used blues for the entry and kitchen and living room paying homage to the beachy surrounding but used hot pink and coral in the dining room and the powder room to keep things fun and exciting and not too predictable. The downstairs follows no rules when it comes to color – each one of the rooms got a fun personality.

Breakfast nook by Ghislaine Vinas with two Saarinen tables. One with classic upholstered dining chairs and the other with mini Panton chairs
The breakfast nook cleverly features two Saarinen tables: one for adults is surrounded by classic upholstered dining chairs painted a bright chartreuse; the other Saarinen is a miniature version with mini white Panton chairs. (above)

Red and white dining room by Ghislaine Vinas with coffered ceiling and red walls
Red, white and no blue. No fear of color here in the bright red formal dining room. The coffered ceilings are painted bright white and make for a bold contrast against the electric red walls.(above)

Dark brown home office with built in shelves and cabinets, graphic wallpaper and a yellow Eames chair at a desk
Dark brown wood built-in shelving and cabinetry frames a great graphic wallpaper pattern on the study/office/library wall. A brown and white abstract floral rug and yellow accents and perfect pops of color to this at-home work space. (above)

GHISLAINE: The whole idea was to make this house super fun. Its a happy place. Each of the 5 guest rooms was to have a vibe of its own – like a boutique hotel, so that guests could say… “I stayed in the green room this time” or “I got the purple room”.

Guest bedroom by Ghislaine Vinas with branch wallpaper, orange hearboard and sleek white nightstand
One of the five guest bedrooms has a woodsy theme with textured wall treatment with a branch motif. A bright orange headboard provides just the right amount of color to the room. (above)

GHISLAINE: In the master bedroom we decided on turquoise and brown just simply because its a great combination – we also loved the kitschy fun element the mermaid lamp added to the room. We found the headboard on ebay and had it painted white and reupholstered in turquoise corduroy. We picked Kelly green white and black as the color scheme for yet another room.

Turquoise and brown master bedroom by Ghislaine Vinas with a light blue tufted headboard with white trim and a modern white side table
The master bedroom! (above and below)

Brown and turquoise bedroom by Ghislaine Vinas with a striped chaise lounge chair and a mermaid lamp

GHISLAINE: In the purple room, we fell in love with the fabric that we used for the window treatments and designed the room around them.

Purple bedroom by Ghislaine Vinas with white dresser, orange mirror, chaise lounge and purple and orange striped Roman shades

Purple bedroom by Ghislaine Vinas with a white tufted headboard with orange accent pillows and lamps

Bathroom by Ghislaine Vinas with wainscoting on the walls, grey wallpaper and a porcelain washstand and bright orange wastebasket
One of the home’s bathrooms has wainscoting on the walls, a silver grey wallpaper with a circle pattern, a porcelain washstand and a bright orange wastebasket just for fun! (above)

Orange nursery by Ghislaine Vinas with a white crib and a surfboard
A wave of orange is splashed onto the walls and floors of this nursery. The room comes complete with sporting gear, a surfboard, for a future surfer perhaps! (above)

Outdoor patio with wicker lounge chairs with green cushions by Ghislaine Vinas

Exterior of a Montauk beach house
The exterior of this beautiful Montauk beach house. Traditional wood shingles and a gravel driveway make this a Long Island classic. (above)

Thank you Ghislaine for sharing this wonderful design! Nice meeting you via email. Also, thank you Kalyn for the introduction!

Readers…maybe some ideas for you! What do you think?


Photos courtesy of Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. Photos by Elizabeth Felicella.

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  1. Wow! If you see the exterior of the house you could not expect an interior as this one! Amazing! Sometimes we have to try out more of these colours as here!
    Thank you for sharing! Very inspirational!

  2. Hey Coco –
    I’ve featured your blog in my latest post – thanks!

  3. I love this so much!!! Montauk is such a beautiful place, but it’d be a total dream come true to live here! The colors are perfect, so cheerful and bright. Each room has such a great personality. I love them all!!!

  4. Love this house and everything in it! Especially the Saarinen tables. Great use of the Frames wallpaper in the office. And second time this week I have seen the branch wallpaper. I wish I had a place to use it!!

  5. Color can have an astounding effect on perceptions, feelings, and interactions. Different colors evoke different memories and different ideas. In a room, where one is supposed to be most at ease, it is important that you plan out your color scheme so that it creates the maximum comfort for you.
    For ex, Black is an attention grabber, and gives a dark, sultry look while white is a good color for warm climates. Yellow creates a very positive effect on people psychologically. Orange is a color that makes people happy. Blues and greens evoke serenity and peace. Red is an exciting color.

    So choose your color carefully.

  6. It is refreshing to see the use of color in this house. Not the same old paint colors of the past. Most would say they like the Wow but will not dare to paint there own home.

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  7. Fun is the right word for this home. The turquoise table is gorgeous and I particularly love the bedroom with the forest theme and the bright orange headboard. Every room has great personality!

  8. As I look at the boring white walls of my summer house I am inspired to take the leap. The standard “East End” home look is always the same – whites and neutrals. This houseis certainly the flip side and it really is me. So here’s to Benjamin Moore Fresh Cut Grass in my living room!

  9. Love it! Love the bright colors and all the happiness. Also love the quirky details like the mermaid lamp and the orange lightbulb lamp…Hope you dont mind if I add this post to my friday links of the best of the blogs tomorrow…

  10. I really enjoyed this post and the pix! I love it all but the guest the floor and wall covering but NOT the one legged pedestal with the exposed yucco pipes showing. At least should have been chrome. Other than that minor detail, a spectacular home!

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