An ar­chi­tect cre­ates an is­land es­cape where the de­sign is full of char­ac­ter, the vibe is laid­back and the ocean views are spec­tac­u­lar.


An ar­chi­tect cre­ates an is­land es­cape with a laid- back vibe and spec­tac­u­lar ocean views

cot­tage, which he shares with his wife, Jenna, their five grown chil­dren and their beloved York­shire ter­rier, Chloe, he was cog­nizant of lis­ten­ing to him­self. “I had to project my­self onto a screen, so to speak,” Jim says. What he saw was in­spi­ra­tion from the past, present and fu­ture: spend­ing child­hood days at his par­ents’ cot­tage in On­tario; en­joy­ing time with his Keats Is­land neigh­bours (when this lot came on the mar­ket, he was spe­cially in­vited to join the close-knit en­clave of six properties); and cre­at­ing a place for host­ing business get-to­geth­ers, as well as re­lax­ing with a good book. “If you com­pile no­tions of past ex­pe­ri­ences and fu­ture de­sires, you get a back­drop you can re­spond to,” he says.

It’s a cre­ative process that, after six months of con­struc­tion, re­sulted in a mod­ern 1,200-square-foot struc­ture that’s strik­ing – ob­vi­ously the home of an ar­chi­tect – but sim­ple and not over­bear­ing. “I didn’t want it to be an ex­am­ple of cold aus­tere mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture. It had to have warmth and com­fort built into it,” he says.

Work­ing with Jim to in­ject char­ac­ter was Jack Brown, Formw­erks’s direc­tor of in­te­rior de­sign. “We wanted a rus­tic cabin feel,” says Jack, “with noth­ing too pol­ished or city-like.”

Achiev­ing that rus­tic-chic bal­ance meant com­bin­ing an un­com­pli­cated open floor plan, clean lines and a min­i­mal­is­tic sen­si­bil­ity with char­ac­ter-filled el­e­ments like shiplap wall pan­elling, ex­posed ceil­ing beams, wide-plank hard­wood floors and sal­vaged win­dows and doors. “I was ren­o­vat­ing a client’s 100year-old house in Van­cou­ver and all these doors and win­dows were com­ing out. So I thought I’d re­pur­pose them and re­fresh their ex­ist­ing off­beat colours – but­tery yel­low and turquoise,” says Jim. (Serendipi­dously, Jim’s con­trac­tor also of­fered a set of old leaded glass win­dows in the same but­tery hue that were used for the kitchen cab­i­netry.)

The bright colour scheme keeps things fresh and re­laxed, while lay­ers of soft el­e­ments and tex­tiles add to the co­zi­ness. An eclec­tic mix of ac­cents – a comfy sec­tional from a past project, art­work found at flea mar­kets and colour­ful quilts picked up while on va­ca­tion – lends a laid-back vibe. But, per­haps most im­por­tantly, those el­e­ments re­flect Jim and his fam­ily, who are in­ter­est­ing, re­laxed and well-trav­elled. “It was re­ally im­por­tant to cap­ture who they are,” says Jack. Mis­sion ac­com­plished.

Ver­ti­cal cedar sid­ing em­u­lates a weath­ered look. “We wanted the cot­tage to look like it had been there for a long time, even though it’s brand new,” says Jim.

With a ta­ble that com­fort­ably seats 10, the din­ing room of this Hamp­tons, N.Y., sum­mer home plays host to both el­e­gant din­ner par­ties and ca­sual fam­ily meals. DE­SIGN, Chango & Co.,; WALL­PA­PER, Phillip Jef­fries; DIN­ING TA­BLE, RH; DIN­ING CHAIRS, Chango & Co.; PEN­DANT LIGHTS, Circa Light­ing; cus­tom RUG, Sacco Carpet; PRINT, Bar­loga Stu­dios.

Nes­tled next to the front door, a Wind­sor bench is the per­fect place to rest beach bags or kick off flip-flops. Wooden dot hooks look Scandi-chic even when bare. Dec­o­ra­tor’s White CC-20 WALL PAINT (through­out), Ben­jamin Moore; BENCH, Way­; HOOKS, CB2.

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