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Colorful and Charming Second Home

Designer Liliane Hart fills a Victorian home on Amagansett with color and a dash of bohemia

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes Bartlett

If a second home is a place to relax and unwind, then the interior design should be equally calm and uncomplicated. Designer Liliane Hart hit the nail on the head when she designed this family’s vacation home on Amagansett, Long Island. The homeowners wanted a space that reflected their easy-going personalities and would be welcoming to guests. The result is a colorful, comfortable, and bohemian space where antiques mix with contemporary furnishings, allowing kids and adults alike to make themselves at home.


The 100-year-old home has been in the family for decades. The formal Victorian exterior belies the bohemian charm inside.


Farrow & Ball’s “Stone Blue” on the banister greets guests as they step inside the Victorian home. “The cottages along the water in the Northeast frequently have fun painted banisters,” says Hart. “The entry of this house is so charming, and we thought painting the banister blue would enhance the personality of this small jewel box of [a space].”


Although small, the living room provides seating for a crowd. Sofas from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and a pair of rattan chairs surround a sizable rustic barnwood coffee table. A neutral Elizabeth Eakins rug grounds the space in subtle texture.


A striped rug and a hand-blocked Marthe Armitage wallcovering set a nautical blue-and-white palette in the dining room. Anchoring the space is a large dining table from Noir that the family uses for games, puzzles, and meals. The round table helps keep traffic flowing from the living room through to the kitchen.


In the mostly white space, a blue backsplash from Lim Handtryck adds a dose of color. The unique backsplash is made from natural products, has a matte finish, and is entirely washable once the product is cured, making it ideal for its kitchen location. A collection of baskets—a gift from the homeowner’s father that has moved with the family from apartment to apartment—is proudly displayed atop the white cabinets. Wallpaper on the ceiling has the look of wood planks.


Miss Print wallpaper wraps the walls and ceiling of the powder room in a playful leaf motif, giving a visual punch to the petite space.


The master bedroom exudes a bohemian vibe. One of the first pieces of artwork the homeowners bought together, a lithograph purchased from a printmaker in Venice, now crowns the rattan headboard from Bielecky Brothers and serves as a happy reminder of the couple's vacation there. Patterns play on the gray-and-white rug, the bedding and throw pillows, and the Roman shade.


It’s a pirate’s life in the son’s bedroom, where Paule Marrot’s “Marius” print served as the jumping-off point for a mostly blue-and-white color scheme. The Dash & Albert area rug and the RH duvet cover feature subdued stripes. For impact, throw pillows wear indigo ikat and colorful block prints.


A bathroom shared by the children is appropriately playful. “We used a beautiful Farrow and Ball wallpaper [called] ‘Yukutori’ that looks like the sky with seagulls,” says Hart.  “And then chose a sink color to complement the seagulls in the paper.” The double sink from Kohler means no sibling squabbles over the faucet.


With a king bed and two cozy window beds, the loft bedroom is perfect for guests. “Les Indiennes” bedding by John Robshaw dresses the king bed. Vintage Brunschwig & Fils fabric on the daybed is from an antique shop in Stamford, Connecticut. A slipper chair plus two rattan chairs provide flexible seating options.


Photo: Annie Watt
Liliane Hart is a 2018 New Trad designer. Her eponymous design firm is based in New York City.

Photography: Mark Roskams