We live in such a fast-moving, information-heavy time that the external environment can start to feel all-consuming and engulf our daily lives. Yoga, meditation and other forms of relaxation are experiencing a resurgence as busy Americans search for deeper connections to their inner selves.
For some of us, we need a sanctuary space, a place that brings us peace and joy. This is what an east coast couple were seeking when they turned to designer Jamie Herzlinger of Jamie Herzlinger Interiors who is known for creating comfortable, inviting and luxurious spaces. She was the perfect partner to help her clients create a weekend retreat.
“The couple lives in a vibrant city all week, and come the weekends, wanted a space to turn off from the city and truly relax,” says Jamie.
“We achieved this through a collaborative process, by actually first discussing materials. There are certain materials and patterns that, in and of themselves are noisy and make you have emotions. Then there are materials that are quiet and monochromatic and soothing. After we reviewed different materials, we started the process of imagery. This part of the design process is really the right way to go, as it gives the client the opportunity to actually verbalize what they feel about an image.”
The contemporary, relaxed vibe starts with the entry (shown in the above image) which is quiet and low key, then carries throughout the home with natural materials and minimal accessorizing.
A zen water feature outside the entry gallery sets the tone for weekend get-aways: slow down, breathe deep and take it easy!
The gallery space is flooded with light and showcases breathtaking views on both sides. Jamie used furnishings and accessories sparingly to accentuate the home’s setting.
“I designed the fireplace surround to be in sync with the fact this house sits on the water.”
The stone bench in front of the fireplace is sculptural and dramatic, adding character to an otherwise quiet room.
How to achieve this modern aesthetic? Jamie suggests to “stay monochromatic. I don’t like patterns involved in modern design. It brings an unnecessary element. Stay true to what you are trying to achieve!”
The modern stairway is softened with the use of wood in the railings and the ceiling treatment.
This media cabinet, constructed of Macassar ebony is a great way to camouflage a large TV.
The monochromatic master bedroom is tranquil and serene.
The “His” master bath is strongly masculine with dark, modern tile and a decadent shower.
In the “Hers” master bath, luxury abounds. Jamie pairs pure white granite with mother of pearl accents to create a spa-like feel. The Victoria and Albert tub is a show-stopper. In the “Hers” master bath, luxury abounds.
The pool area carries through the relaxed, contemporary aesthetic. A modern pool deck and lounge chairs are offset by rustic beams and window claddings. A perfect place to wind down and perhaps spend a little meditation time.
Jamie’s design of this weekend retreat has inspired me to find ways to bring the “zen” into my own home. Sanctuary Seekers, what are some things you have incorporated into your homes to create space for reflection and relaxation?