Situated on Shelter Island, a picturesque island between the north and south forks of Long Island, only a two hour drive from Manhattan, the house dates back to 1979 but was bought by Harriet and Andrew in 2004. It has been respectfully transformed into the relaxed escape of today by the design-savvy couple, who now live there every weekend throughout the year and the whole summer with son Ivo and twins, Celia and Alastair.
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With its incredible views and peaceful lakeside location, it is hard to believe that this place – calm and isolated – is so close to vibrant, bustling New York. With five bedrooms and a stunning deck, a pool and an open space living room and kitchen area with large glass facades, it has been styled with an organic simplicity, elegantly understated in keeping with the original spirit of the home. Treasured furniture pieces from friends mix with vintage finds, while first prototypes of OCHRE designs pair with designer pieces from the Canvas Home collection (many of which were initially made to fulfil specific needs in Andrew’s own home before being developed for the Canvas Home line). Pine walls have all been washed with a whitish grey – the perfect backdrop to the lightness of the furnishings – while simple linens in soft and muted colours have been used on everything from the curtains (from Linen Me in Lithuania) to the Canvas linen tea towels in the kitchen and the sublime ‘Eternal Dreamer’ sofa in de la cuona fabric by OCHRE.
This timeless home on Shelter Island encompasses the hallmarks of both OCHRE and Canvas Home – discreet glamour meets relaxed ease, befitting a home where the holiday never ends.