May-June 2016 | COASTAL CHARM

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C&E’s Katie Winnington and her team of designers take on the McClures’ home in Bayside — with spectacular results

Written By: Brian Shane | Photographer: NICK DENNEY

Of all the rooms she decorated in David and Kay McClure’s gorgeous home, designer Katie Winnington says her favorite is the sitting room. Graced by classic French doors, the room’s color and texture choices offer an effervescent cocktail of design and style that skillfully mixes an industrial look with feminine touches.

That dynamic impact matters, Winnington said, because it’s one of the first rooms you see when you walk in the door, so it sets the tone for the entire house.

“Every detail speaks to that,” she said, “from the tufting in the sofa, the chevron club chair, even the paint color. The rug and the light fixture carry the metallic accents seen throughout the home, while the oyster shells incorporate a coastal element.”

Winnington is the third-generation owner of C&E Furniture, located on Route 1 in Fenwick Island. The boutique specializes in interior design; Winnington and her team are members of the American Society of Interior Designers.

It’s a team that is no stranger to whole-house projects like this one, a top-to-bottom redesign for the McClures, whose Bournquist model, built by NV Homes, is located in the idyllic community of Bayside in Selbyville.

“The client trusted us to execute whatever we felt was appropriate,” Winnington said. “Obviously, that takes a lot of confidence on the client’s part. We’re really proud of how it turned out, and they are, too.”

The McClures sought a sophisticated coastal feel, an overarching monochromatic aesthetic with splashes of color. Winnington began with a neutral base of gray, cream and white colors, incorporating a sizable amount of reclaimed wood into the mix, which added more interest and texture.

C&E listened when the McClures said they have a lot of small children in their family. The designers decided to use a lot of Sunbrella, a durable outdoor fabric, on upholstered pieces. It brought a new level of functionality to the design philosophy.

“Even though we were going with a lighter palette, we still needed it to be functional and livable,” Winnington said. “It’s a great way to achieve the classic look of a white sofa, without all the fear that typically comes with it.

“That’s our job as designers,” she added, “to execute what the client tells us and make it as functional as it can be for their family.”

The great room is a perfect blend of elements used in the home, including more pattern and texture combinations, with metallic accents. The reclaimed dining table brings a natural and rustic element to the space while staying true to the coastal feel.

In the master bedroom, they went with a softer feel, Katie said, and the result is a savory blend of mint-green walls and cream-colored furnishings.

“We chose pieces with a warmer beige tone, to soften the space and balance the pops of color. We made sure we incorporated the natural elements, so we carried the texture in with a natural-fiber jute area rug that centered the color in the space,” Winnington said.

David McClure said he appreciated how Winnington’s ideas maximized living space and made everything flow well. He added that his favorite room is the open family room, with its oversized couch and swivel chairs that let everyone commune and interact, from the kitchen to the screened-in porch.

 David said working with Winnington and her staff, including the delivery crew, was “a pleasure from start to finish.”

“With every room, she had the artistic insight to make each room special,” he said. “Her professional and unique ideas made our beach house a special place.”

Winnington’s grandfather, Donald Selway, opened his first showroom in Selbyville in 1979. She took over the business in 2012, after having been a full-time designer in the company since 2005. 

The business moved to Fenwick Island, where Katie has fulfilled her goal of crafting a boutique-style showroom with a strong concentration in interior design. Here, there’s no formula or cookie-cutter solution, because every space has its own specific requirements and décor needs. For that reason, C&E offers complimentary design services. Winnington said C&E is working hard to be not just a furniture store but a design firm, too. They map out all their floor plans using AutoCAD software and the rendering program known as Sketchup.

“We try things that are a little more outside the box and put our creative touch on them,” Winnington said.




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