A young couple in Manhattan needed someone with an eye for pattern and style to bring their new construction, blank slate of a second home in nearby Amagansett to life. And a mere 1,500 miles away they found her: the incomparable Southerner Amy Berry of Amy Berry Design.

Amy set out with the goal of creating from that blank slate a retreat from the city, a home functional for their small family now, which will stand the test of time — and boy, did she achieve that goal. Working with the homeowner remotely from her Dallas-based interior design firm, Amy began creating a vision for the home. “The homeowner loves color and was really wonderful to work with. So after spending a lot of phone time with her about her vision for the house, we were able to develop a strong concept that I think resonated quickly with her,” Amy says.

A priority for the homeowners — a young couple and their pup — was to create a retreat from their day-to-day life where they could also comfortably host friends and family.
An open concept kitchen and dining area with an expansive center island allows for plenty of room for entertaining.
The living space is warm and welcoming – with plenty of space for guests to take a seat!
Who wouldn’t want to linger here? “The chaises in the family room were something that I think initially felt like a risk, but ended up being a spot where they love to lounge,” Amy says.
The more modern elements of the home pair beautifully with traditional furnishings and fabrics.
This corner represents many of the elements used throughout the project — natural cane, classic lines, timeless pieces and shades of blue, gray and cream.

They would play off of the home’s good bones and modern lines with traditional furnishings, unique artwork and tasteful pops of color. “We very intentionally selected traditional upholstery with an emphasis on comfort and functionality, but mixed in layers of modern lighting and other elements that I think spoke to her sensibilities,” Amy says. A heavy focus on the careful selection of art for each room guided most design conversations, which Amy says made a big impact on the end result of the space.

Each room was revamped with Amy’s expert hand. The open concept living space, which encompasses the kitchen, dining area and sitting room, was painted a bright white, with unifying shades of blue, gray and cream throughout. Elements of natural cane served to further tie the spaces together, from the dining chairs to small woven baskets here and there and a cane accent chair in the sitting area. Comfortable furnishings with classic lines were the perfect complements to Amy’s vision for the home and would also serve the homeowners well for years to come. “They are young, so there was always an emphasis on investing in pieces that will last,” Amy says.

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This collection of avian paintings brings an element of sophisticated whimsy to the space.
This outdoor space invites you to relax. Even Pepin has his own dog bed in which to recline — one of three or four of his very own Amy Berry Home beds in the house.
The porch provides another space ideal for entertaining — we’d love to spend cool evenings right here!

The bedrooms are each as inviting and comfortable as the living space. Bold patterns and individual color palettes in each room lend a transformative feel, encouraging guests to relax and make themselves at home. Each space, though distinct, is classic at its core, linking the rooms through a common thread of traditional style.

One of Amy’s absolute favorite components of the project actually waited for her outside the main house. An unfinished pool house with awkward sloped ceilings was the perfect challenge for Amy to tackle. They transformed the space with mint bamboo trellis wallpaper, gorgeous glass-front cabinetry and comfortable seating for guests both at the bar and tucked along the far wall. The ceilings were painted a bright white, and above the bar a custom valance Amy designed and had made in Dallas was mounted. Whether you’re grabbing a drink before heading to the pool or curling up inside with a book, this pool house is a dream — we can see why it’s Amy’s favorite part of the property.

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The formerly unfinished pool house ended up being one of Amy’s favorite aspects of the project and ultimately her favorite part of the property. “The sloped ceilings created a little design challenge when it came to the valance we made overhead.”
Mint, white, black and pink with touches of cane: the tropical vibes in the pool house are beyond dreamy.
This pool house transports you to somewhere tropical!
A serene bedroom dressed in classic white and blue … a good night’s sleep is definitely in store.
This space, with coordinating wallpaper, window treatments and even another dog bed for Pepin, is the perfect balance of modern comfort and traditional style.
Pattern play: Amy’s expert hand makes combining bold and soft patterns look easy! The horizontal striped wallpaper plays a supporting role next to the vibrant print on the armchair.
The geometric lines of this piece add a modern flair among largely traditional furnishings.
No space was forgotten in this home — even the laundry room got its own fabulous wallpaper. “We were intentional with color and used pattern and wallpaper to complete rooms that could have easily been left on the back burner,” Amy says. “It really is such a privilege though to work with someone who appreciates and values design.”

Amy credits much of the end result of this gorgeous home to the trust and confidence the homeowner had in her as a designer. “She loved color and pattern, so it was a really great opportunity to take some risks there,” Amy says. “She completely trusted us from the beginning, which I think resulted in something we are all really proud of. When you have a job and a client you really love, you push yourself that much harder to make it the very best you can.”

All photography by Nathan Schroder. See more of Amy’s beautiful work on her website, amyberrydesign.com.

See Amy in person at Birmingham Botanical Gardens‘ Antiques at The Gardens on October 4 through 7, 2018. And catch her speak at the Tastemaker Panel Discussion on Sunday, October 7, at 1:30 p.m. Purchase tickets HERE.  


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Kellie Grammer

Kellie is a freelance writer stealing time between her toddler's play dates to write mostly about weddings for StyleBlueprint.