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A historic town might not be where you'd think to look for fresh interior color combinations - but think again! Seaside towns can be quaint, or even elegantly upscale, but it's not often that New England inns channel a boutique hotel vibe. Until now.
Boston-based interior designer Rachel Reider undertook a total redo of the Attwater Hotel in Newport, RI last year. She transformed all 12 guest rooms as well as the public spaces, into a breezy haven. Drawing on nautical elements, like shades of blue from ocean to sky, grommets, rope, and coral, Reider infuses the coastal theme with punchy color and geometric prints. Find furnishing inspirations below, then click over to StyleCarrot for more interior photos.
Reider starts with a neutral base of grudge and mustard, then pairs it with a seaworthy turquoise. The barn door harkens back to the New England vernacular, while the ikat print pillows hint at global adventure. Photo by Rare Brick.
Shopping guide: 1. Microsuede Slipcovered Bed in Sky 2. Murray Feiss Helena Mirror 3. Petra Ikat Armless Chair 4. Hager Potteries Adrift Ceramic Tear Drop Table Lamp 5. Lattice Ceramic Garden Accent Stool 6. Light Ikat Throw Pillow 7. Surya Fallon Yellow Rug 8. Surya Tobias Teal Throw
In this guest room, Reider turns the classic preppy palette of navy and coral on its end with an infusion of chartreuse to create this fresh interior color combination that's definitely unexpected. She expertly blends the geometric (Greek keys and chevrons) with funky ethnic flair (the headboard pattern) and the traditional (floral chair). A neutral metallic table lamp provides a soothing contrast. Photo by Rare Brick.
Shopping guide: 1. Microsuede Slipcover Bed 2. Burlap Print Semi-Flush Ceiling Light 3. Milan Navy Zig Zag Armless Chair 4. Ellie White and Mirrored Chest 5. Resort Tangerine Chevron Rug 6. Brighton Hammered Pot In Brushed Nickel 7. Ikat Cyan and Coral Pillow
Marni Elyse Katz is a Boston-based writer and editor, and the blogger behind StyleCarrot. She began her career in the fashion closet of Rolling Stone before moving into the digital space, where she worked for both indie startups and biggies, like AOL. Today, Marni writes regularly for Boston Globe Magazine and other local publications, and is Features Editor at Design Milk. In addition to cultivating a serious Pinterest habit and Instagram addiction, Marni masquerades as an interior designer. She also collects art with her husband, including many nude drawings and paintings, to the dismay of their two easily embarrassed sons. Follow Marni on Google+