featured designer: Liliane Hart on Martha’s Vineyard

A casual entrance hall with botanical prints, wallpaper above wainscoting, and an antique French country bench.

I thought I’d continue the coastal theme that I started last week, and show you some rooms decorated by designer Liliane Hart in homes on Martha’s Vineyard. One of them was just featured in the July/August issue of House Beautiful and I was immediately drawn to the home-spun, yet elegant simplicity of Hart’s approach. She is a new favorite here at ECS.

A living room fireplace kept simple and bright with vintage bottles, a small framed seascape, and antique sconces.
More old-fashioned details in a flower arranging room and a beautiful painted floor to keep it fresh.

As you scroll thru the photos, you will notice that while there is an old-fashioned feel that Hart achieves by using antique pieces, vintage fabrics, and period fixtures and accessories, she keeps it light and clean and fresh.

Casual and understated.
The prints used here, in the same tone but different patterns, don’t overwhelm, but create a lovely restful feel to the bedroom.


Antique pieces like the large country hutch in the kitchen and the blue painted trunk in the bedroom below add warmth and interest.

You’ll find unexpected items living happily side-by-side, like charming hand-blocked prints on fabrics and wallpapers, Victorian wing back chairs, Early American tables, chintz pillows, ticking covered sofas, and English ladder back chairs. By thoughtfully layering and mixing, Hart creates “Interiors that feel as though they were collected and decorated over several generations.”


And what I especially like is that she knows exactly when enough is enough: she lets her rooms breathe in the sea air.

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