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A Blue and White Coastal Home Tour in New England

This coastal home tour featured in the May/June 2011 edition of New England Home is a blue-and-white-lover’s dream! The 1990s shingle-style home, located in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, was completely redone inside and out. The interior designer of the home is a favorite of mine, John De Bastiani.

This home is not your typical blue and white New England coastal home.  Neither white wicker nor blue-and-white-striped or checked fabrics will be found here! Instead, De Bastiani has chosen fabrics and furnishings that lend an exotic and global feel to the space.

The front entry of the home introduces visitors to the blue and white color scheme:East-Coast-Sea-Side-812.jpg

In the living room, the walls and much of the upholstery are white, giving the space a clean and crisp look:


East-Coast-Sea-Side-804-1.jpgThe Moroccan style printed curtain fabric shown above is by Brunschwig & Fils. Notice the Asian style garden stools and lamps and the ethnic inspired fabrics used in the upholstery, window treatments, and pillows—elements that add sophistication to the room. Here is the living room sofa that is on the wall opposite the fireplace:


The dining room:


The dining room’s printed wall covering and curtain trim are by Peter Dunham.  The room is traditional and elegant. The blue linen slipcovers on the chairs are a nice contrast with the other, mahogany furniture.

The kitchen area is white and fresh, with just pops of blue and white in the throw rugs and banquette, and I like the interesting pattern of painted wood boards on the ceiling:



The library offers more ethnic fabrics and coastal references, and black overhead lanterns help to ground the space:


The ikat print on the chair pictured above is a favorite! The library’s coastal touches include corals, a fish sculpture and an abundance of shells.

A  softer blue and white palette was used for the master bedroom and bathroom, lending these spaces a serene and peaceful feel:



This home is a classic and elegant New England summer cottage. The beautiful ethnic-inspired textiles give this traditional beauty a fresh and sophisticated feel.

8 thoughts on “A Blue and White Coastal Home Tour in New England

  1. I grew up on the North Shore, and I absolutely love this style! #LifeGoals ….I currently have a new blog that is featuring my own home renovations, and I am definitely trying to channel that classic New England style!


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