Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Case in point: a few weeks ago Garrett and I were watching In the Heart of the Sea, and as captivating as Chris Hemsworth and the white whale were, for me, the real eye candy was the 19th century Nantucket setting (okay, and Chris Hemsworth’s abs).
The glossy black millwork of the whaling office reminded me of a hotel I’ve been dying to visit: Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, New York. Surprisingly, (or maybe not so surprisingly considering I grew up on Cape Cod) I’ve never visited the Hamptons, but when I do have the occasion to make a trip, Sag Harbor is at the top of my list.
The hotel’s striking interiors were designed by Colleen Bashaw, a Parish Hadley alumna who heads up the design team at Cape Resorts. If you’re a design lover, all of their properties are worth a peek.
What I particularly love about Baron’s Cove is how it breaks from the expected beach resort palette of blues, whites, sisal, and driftwood. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things, but it’s refreshing to see a different, darker take on nautical. More sea captain’s home than Something’s Gotta Give.
It’s all about that black lacquer! Hicks’ pendants have never been more apropos.
I would never have thought to use that fantastic pineapple wallpaper in this setting, but it works perfectly.
The blue and white tile surround and herringbone brick fire box lends a historical feel.
Sister Parish’s Tete de Negre is yet another stroke of wallpaper genius.
Antique stores in New England are gold mines for these old schooner oil paintings. I’m taking note of how amazing they are against black walls.
Worn leather and green millwork make for a meeting room I’d actually want to be in all day.
all photos via Colleen Bashaw and Baron’s Cove