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"When the drop ceiling was eliminated and the old wood beams were exposed, the room gained not only height, but also style."
"The chairs with a woven textured canvas highly contrast with the dark mahogany floors. "
"The second floor master bedroom includes a private bathroom with access to a secluded terrace."
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Cosmopolitan Charm


Interior Designers Gustavo Martinez and Mark Madden from GM Décor transferred this home into a splendid weekend refuge. Open structures, studied textures and eloquent colors are the key to the success of the project nestled in the middle of the Hamptons, New York.

This luminous residence located in an exclusive area of the Hamptons in the eastern end of Long Island, belongs to a couple who summered in it for a few years before deciding to purchase and transform it into their very own special refuge.
For the design of the interiors they enlisted the help of Gustavo Martinez and his partner, Marc Madden from GM Décor. According to Gustavo, this was a very simple project, but very interesting…. It wasn’t so much about a total renovation but more about transforming the existing home into the needs of the new owners paying respect to the original environment.

Some of the existing walls were removed to increase the feeling of open spaces which was much more important to the owners than the number of rooms. Dropped ceilings in the living room were eliminated which exposed the wood beams which were refinished giving the core of the house a great feeling of height and volume. The new layout…….
created a series of rooms connect to each other but open at the same time: Living room, dining room and sitting room with the dining room as the axis, which also opened onto the kitchen, a bit more isolated, a guest room completes the lower floor.

The design premise for this floor was very precise: natural tones, simple textiles, and monochromatic prints as accents. – For example, the kitchen floor is painted in a checkerboard pattern of alternating beiges and whites and in fabric selections for the living room and dining room he solid colors range from beige to chalk white. Only the curtains in the living room give a faint nod to geometry with their natural woven blocks of pale color.

The room is especially conducive for the couple to spend intimate times with small groups of friends or just with the family. The cozy sofas offer a comfortable invitation to long after-dinner conversations.

On the second floor, Gustavo managed to fulfill the new owner’s longing desire for their own private sheltering refuge. The renovation converted two small rooms into a very generously proportioned master suite, open, airy, and flooded with light incorporating a large master bathroom and dressing room with a color palette of pale blue grays and wood tones, which resemble the subtle color of the outside shingles that invoke the traditional colors of this summer colonial.  In the bedroom, Gustavo looked for light and balanced it with textures. He used rich textiles, Thai silks, angora wool and mohair. In the bathroom he used an inviting old style soaking bathtub for relaxation and a on woven mosaic floor of pale beige and ivory color marble of his own design. The master bathroom offers and unexpected surprise: The luxury of a double set of French doors that open out to a private terrace overlooking the garden and a meadow vista behind.

Translation from Interiores 2011