A Coastal Inspired Home in Westport

Plus 7 Home Staging Tips to Help Create Polished & Inviting Spaces

A Coastal Inspired Home in Westport | Interior Design/Staging by Linda Kennedy of Meredith Baer Home | Photography by Eileen Sawyer | Modern Sanctuary | Eating Area | Kitchen | Contemporary Eating Area | Lighting
Photo by:
Eileen Sawyer
01/23/2017

Although the design is staged for selling this newly built modern farmhouse in Compo Beach, Connecticut buyers might have been tempted to purchase the home fully furnished! Designer Linda Kennedy of Meridith Baer Homes created spaces that are contemporary, casual, and bright. The calm, coastal-inspired interior feels so comfortable and well lived-in, you almost expect to see parents relaxing in the family room while teens splash in the pool.

Says Linda, “The builder wanted a very casual and light look since it’s by the ocean. I’m generally in favor of a very clean look and I went for that here especially since I wanted to highlight the views and all the details of the house.”

Several home-staging principles may be applied in your home to help create polished and inviting spaces.

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1. Keep color choices to a minimum. Linda’s monochromatic color scheme creates a calm backdrop and helps rooms flow seamlessly from one to the other. The ceiling design adds subtle interest.

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2. Highlight your home’s best features. Black fireplace surrounds bring a touch of drama to the living and family rooms, while multiple windows showcase this home’s setting and views.

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3. Let the sun shine in. In the kitchen, Linda leaves windows uncovered to  take full advantage of the light. The breakfast area features built-in banquette seating and easy to clean slip-covered chairs in a casual cotton fabric.

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 4. Ample storage is a must.  In this office,  bookshelves and hidden storage are beautiful and functional.

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 5. Add interest to often overlooked spaces. Linda created a cozy seating area near this staircase.  Using built-ins ensures functionality without eating up floor space.

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6. Create a memorable first impression. Just a few carefully chosen accessories and a unique wall treatment make this entry a standout.

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 7. Don’t overcrowd rooms.  Linda carefully curated furnishings that are appropriate in scale for this bedroom and added just a few accessories and crisp bedding.

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7. Take advantage of your outdoor spaces. Use the same critical eye and design principles when curating outdoor seating and dining areas.

Meet the designer Linda Kennedy of Meridith Baer Home
Bio:

Linda Kennedy is one of Meridith Baer Home’s first interior designers. Trained personally by Meridith in 2002, she began work in Los Angeles before eventually becoming instrumental in organizing MBH’s expansion into New York, Connecticut, and Florida. Linda brings expertise in both floral design and Swedish antiques, and her work has been published in two seminal books on Swedish interiors. Her design aesthetic is simple and clean, whether transitional, traditional, or contemporary, with antiques mixed in to taste. Linda’s elegant style has become signature for Meridith Baer Home on the East Coast

MERIDITH BAER HOME is the premiere home staging company in the nation.

Featuring beautiful materials, elegant furniture, and the keen eye of an expert designer, we create alluring spaces that make houses feel luxurious and desirable. We also design and manufacture our own signature line (please email shop@meridithbaer.com for more info).

With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hamptons, and Miami, we offer staging, luxury furniture leasing, and private interior design.

Meridith Baer Home has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Bravo, CNBC, and The Discovery Channel. We’ve been written about in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Wall Street Journal.

In 2013 HGTV premiered Staged To Perfection, a docuseries following Meridith and our team of designers staging multimillion-dollar homes, bringing the company to international attention.

Widely regarded as best in the industry, Houzz named MBH Best of Design 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Your space has a story. Meridith Baer Home brings that story to life.

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