When C&E Furniture’s Katie Winnington and Coastal Haven Design’s Julie Sweeney pooled their talent for one Easton couple, the results were a true synergy of style
When Dan and Christa Krysztofiak purchased their 5,000 sq. ft. Tidewater Colonial in Easton last year, they knew from the outset that a top-to-bottom renovation would be necessary. They also knew that the first order of business was to find an interior designer who was up to the task. When the Krysztofiaks met Julie Sweeney of Coastal Haven Design, they knew right away they had found their woman. But producing the greatest possible result for her clients meant Julie had to find not just any partner, but one so attuned to her own sensibilities that the result would exceed even the clients’ greatest expectations.
Enter Katie Winnington of C&E Furniture in Fenwick Island. Julie and Katie had always worked together brilliantly in the past, so the two were naturally enthusiastic about collaborating once again on behalf of the Krysztofiaks.
“Every store owner has their favorite pieces, and Julie always gravitated to mine whenever she was in the store,” said Winnington, who also owns C&E. “So, when she brought us the Krysztofiak project, I knew it was going to be amazing.”
The collaboration was born, and the two immediately went to work. C&E’s boutique-style showroom houses a vast library of resources and specializes in interior design. Staff members hold accreditation with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Interior Design Society.
“We love working directly with designers,” said Katie. “Given that we are all interior designers ourselves, we thrive when given opportunities like this, where we have flexibility to experiment, and we can be our most creative selves.”
As a second residence, the goal was the make the home a comfortable, welcoming space but also a more casual version of the Krysztofiaks primary residence. “The home will be full of visitors, kids and pets throughout the year, so it was important to keep that in mind during the design process,” Julie said.
“As a result, most of the furniture is covered either in washable slipcovers or fade-, stain- and light-resistant fabrics, while still being comfortable and stylish.”
The overall palette is clean, classic coastal-style. Everything from new furniture and repurposed salvaged pieces to custom solid-marble slabs and walnut countertops can be found throughout the home. Shades of navy flow throughout, with contrasting accent colors, patterns and textures.
“Navy has such a classic coastal feel,” said Katie. “It can also mix with other aesthetics really well, which is what I love about it, and I think this home displays that perfectly.”
The dining room features a farm table with driftwood finish and rustic texture. It anchors the space and allows the chairs to really make a statement. The woven side chairs complement the gray tones and incorporate texture, but the true stars of the show are the upholstered end chairs. A fun red-branch mirror was sprayed to pick up the accents throughout the room and the upholstered chest. Compass pillows supply a pop of color, along with oyster-shell accents, to bring in some local flair. Custom-statement head chairs accentuate the coordinating bands at the top of the custom drapes.
“We put a lot of thought into these,” Julie said. “We knew they needed to be special. We had the ability to work with the fabricator directly, to customize the chairs specifically to the space, and they are truly the highlight of the room.”
“I love everything about this room,” added Katie. “It straddles so many genres and incorporates so many different elements while remaining true to the rest of the home.”
The living room carries over the driftwood finish, and the distressed textures play really well off the softness of the slipcovered kid-and-pet-friendly sofas. Spindle chairs and an oversized coffee table make the space more casual and comfortable. They’re all grounded with a custom area rug that ties into the stair runner in the same colors and brand but in a different pattern.
In the kitchen, walnut countertops with custom-glass herringbone backsplash overlook a gorgeous water view. The custom swivel chairs from C&E are covered in Sunbrella fabric and allow a panoramic view while putting your feet up on the woven trunk Katie furnished.
“The loft is a really fun space,” Katie offered. “It’s a great gathering space for the upstairs. I love the mix of patterns. There are touches of chevron throughout the home, and I love how much of it you see in this space.” Red chevron chairs and custom fish pillows and ottoman carry the red-and-blue color palette from the rest of the main areas.
Katie and Julie continued the navy-and-white color palette in the master bedroom but added a punch of melon for some fun and contrast. The wall shade is a soothing mineral color, which plays well with this combination. Custom yet casual large-scale wooden drapery hardware enhance the custom panels and Roman shades in a bold geometric pattern.
The master bath, meanwhile, showcases a luxurious yet casual space with custom herringbone marble floor, melon-sprayed bamboo mirrors and a repurposed antique cupboard. Solid marble slabs appear on the shower walls, soaking tub with marble surround, and TV. Subtle geometric wallpaper adds visual interest and softness.
Though all of the upstairs bedrooms are light, bright and enjoyable spaces, each has a character of its own. With differentiated color palettes, custom Roman shades and colorful accents, every space is fresh rather than cookie-cutter contrived.
In the final analysis, the Krysztofiaks’ project was the perfect example of what can happen when the homeowners trust the design process and allow it to unfold through the professionals they’ve selected.
“This was the ideal collaboration because of the creative flexibility and talented players in the mix,” Julie said. “It is critical to have those people understand the goals of the project and be on the same page for the overall aesthetic.”
Meanwhile, C&E Furniture and Coastal Haven Design will continue to collaborate, bringing personalized style to homeowners throughout the Eastern Shore and Delaware.
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