A Shelter Island home is featured on the cover of the April issue of House Beautiful.
Some of the furniture in the house comes from owners Harriet Maxwell MacDonald and Andrew Corrie’s Manhattan home store Ochre. But the island's influence is strong.
There’s a map of Shelter Island, wall tiles pressed with local plants and a “beach shack-y” mood, as MacDonald says.
“It was very loony, with dark stained-wood walls that looked like a Swiss chalet,” she tells the magazine. “The man we bought it from liked the views — basically, one wall of the house is glass, and it looks out over a lagoon, then a spit of land, then the water. But he had no interest in style.”
MacDonald and Corrie whitewashed the interior and sanded the floors. “We kept all the fabrics to natural, muted tones and it’s all the colors you see in the views — whites, grays, blues, a bit of pale pink,” Corrie says.
Their one “aesthetic sin”? “We have a minivan,” says Corrie, who lives in Manhattan with his and MacDonald’s three young children. “But as I said to Harriet, ‘How sexy can you look, anyway, going down the Long Island Expressway?’ ”
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