The moment I walked into the gorgeous studio/showroom of design duo Megan Sommerville and Matt Ensner in upstate New York I knew I was in for a treat. Not only did I get to meet one of the most talented couples I've ever met, but also was dazzled by the beautiful craftsmanship in their furniture and lighting collection. Founders of Materia Designs, the couple moved to the Hudson Valley a few years back to start their business where they bought an old bungalow in need of loads of TLC. With their creative spirits in overdrive, Megan and Matt didn't think twice to roll up their sleeves and emerged themselves into a challenging renovation. Luckily for us, they have opened the doors of 'The Cape' (as they like call it their nest) to showcase the stunning transformation and the results of their hard work. I recently chatted with Megan about their project of love and some of the ins and outs of the design process. Here is what she said:
TDP: What was your ultimate inspiration for the look of your house?
MEGAN: Our inspirations were varied, however our first considerations were about the architecture of the house and the fact that it was located in the rural Hudson Valley. Secondarily, we considered materials; what was already there that we could reinterpret, and what we could add that would create a visual dialogue with the existing structure while creating an overall look that was layered and textured, but also clean and edited.
TDP: Which is your favorite space/room? (I'm sure this might be hard since they're all quite incredible)
MEGAN: I think the kitchen... We knew from the outset that it would be the center of the house, that we would have tons of friends all cooking at once and that we didn't want it to look sterile or removed from the warmth of the rest of the house. We absolutely live in there; we eat at the bar when it's just the two of us, we work on the peninsula, serve dinner parties from there.
TDP: Which project was the most challenging and why?
MEGAN: I think the initial gutting of everything was the most challenging, even though the physical work wasn't so complicated, it was just knowing that we were only at the beginning and had so far to go... One of the negative drawbacks of having a clear vision of the final product is that you have to wait for it to materialize! We were living in the house during the renovation and there's no question that was hard!
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Images courtesy of Poul Ober