Old English Country Homes Are The Ultimate Inspo For This Hamptons Retreat

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Antique console table foyer

Designer Tatum Kendrick placed a Venetian-style console and Curtis Jeré mirror, both from 1stdibs, in the entry of her longtime-clients’ new Hamptons home. Checkerboard flooring in a mix of black and cream tile from Stone Source adds a graphic sensibility and speaks to the English country house vibe channeled throughout.

paneled sitting room

Kendrick mixed in sculptural midcentury pieces for the light-washed living room, including a pair of Norman Bel Geddes lounge chairs she found at auction. She also custom made many of the furnishings, such as the boomerang-shaped coffee table. The carpet is Stark.

light-filled living room

English country houses and their beguiling mix of old and new inspired designer Tatum Kendrick’s take on her longtime clients’ Hamptons home. In the sun-dappled living room, she juxtaposed a Noguchi sofa from Design Within Reach with a custom neoclassical-style chaise. The pattern of the Arabescato marble fireplace surround echoes the bust of Julius Caesar from 1stdibs.

Midcentury dining room

“I have always loved this Scalamandré wallpaper,” Kendrick says of the dining room’s romantic covering. The furnishings span decades, from the 1960s Guillerme et Chambron sideboard, Finn Juhl chairs and Gio Ponti-style light fixture, to the massive Carrara marble table from Studio Twenty Seven.

tiled guest kitchen

The home features a guest suite (perfect for the couple’s grown children) with its own kitchen. As carefully outfitted as the rest of the dwelling, the space boasts Tabarka Studio tiles on the backsplash, Grigio Toscano countertops from ABC Stone, a Brizo faucet and a swing-arm sconce from 1stdibs.

Green pantry

Kendrick says she’s a fan of a good pantry, and the one she designed for her clients is no exception. She carried checkerboard flooring and celadon-hued paint into the space. The brass Van Cronenburg cabinet hardware “checks my inner fancy-lady box,” she notes.

green mud room

Even a mudroom allowed Kendrick the chance to explore her passion for wallpaper. Above the classic wainscoting, she opted for an Hermès covering. A collection of artwork and vintage accessories bring a collected feel.

leopard and floral sofa

“Leopard adds a layer of punk and sex appeal,” Kendrick says of the House of Hackney pattern she chose for the den’s sofa pillows and George Smith ottoman. “A home needs to get a little roughed up—nothing too precious or appointed.” The Jasper floral makes for a cheeky contrast.

white boucle chair

Against the library’s backdrop of traditional millwork painted in a black Farrow & Ball hue stands a custom chair and a vintage Jean Rispal floor lamp. “It’s an explosion of layers of wackiness,” Kendrick says of the space.

leopard rug pedestal table

A 19th-century Biedermeier table from 1stdibs anchors the upstairs landing. Underfoot is a Stark carpet that continues the leopard motif. Beyond is the entry to the master suite and a fireplace Kendrick retained but refaced with four-by-four tiles, her riff on traditional Swedish kakelugn stoves.

floral wallpaper powder room

The Scalamandré wallpaper in a powder room “echoes a more classical European look,” says Kendrick. She paired it with a similarly classic marble-topped vanity from Urban Archaeology. Pierre Guariche sconces flank the oblong mirror from Monc XIII in Sag Harbor.

Darius yektai painting

In the main bedroom, a cement-on-canvas piece by Hamptons-based artist Darius Yektai above the custom bed upholstered in fabric from Harbinger in West Hollywood, speaks to Kendrick’s interest in sourcing artwork locally. Topping the vintage William Hinn nightstand is a Greta von Nessen lamp.

The most meaningful designer-client relationships often span miles and generations. Such was the case for Tatum Kendrick, who reunited with a beloved East Coast family for the sixth time on their new Hamptons residence. The couple first hired Kendrick over a decade ago, back when her now Los Angeles-based firm had just launched in Manhattan. “They let me push the envelope and be experimental from the very beginning,” says Kendrick. “After six houses together, we have a real trust and shorthand established. They let us do what we do.”

This time around, the homeowners were up-sizing—as was their family head count. To accommodate a growing brood of grandchildren, they had purchased a textbook Shingle-style abode just a short jaunt from the charms of East Hampton village. “It was much more classical with lots of built-ins and millwork,” says Kendrick, “but I didn’t want it to feel ‘Hamptons.’ The story in my mind was that it had been passed down through generations; a crazy British grandma type of house that I could layer in.”

For inspiration, Kendrick turned—where else?—to old English country homes, the kind with paint- and pattern-saturated rooms. “In those old manor houses, you turn a corner, and something is different. I didn’t want things to feel match-y,” says the designer, adding, “It needed to be darker, moodier and sexier.” She established that vibe with a few initial moves. Working with general contractor Ronan O’Dwyer (whom she had collaborated with on two previous projects for these clients), checkerboard flooring was laid in the entrance and in the back of the house, and any remaining cherry floorboards were swapped out for oak. Beyond that, “I knew I wanted to paint the trim black and have a leopard runner on the stairs!” she says.

Bold black paint and cheetah motifs appear again in the den, where Kendrick swathed the wainscotting in an inky shade and upholstered both the ottoman and floral sectional’s back pillows in animal print. She dubs that piece “a wackadoodle grandma sofa” and says of the leopard, “For me, it’s like a stripe—the perfect neutral. I love how it looks with graphic patterns and how timeless it is.” The mood in the dining room lightens a touch with shades of celadon paint, which she paired with an immersive leaf motif wallcovering. Against the more country-feeling backdrop, Kendrick worked in nods to the wife’s love of midcentury furnishings, such as the Danish chairs, a Guillerme et Chambron sideboard and a Gio Ponti-style light fixture, along with the monolithic Angelo Mangiarotti marble table that plays to the traditional architectural detailing.

The living room stands out as an ethereal exception. “There was no way to make it feel moody,” Kendrick says of the airy, double-height space with its floor-to-ceiling windows. “So, we decided to turn it into a light box.” Leaning into the light, the designer chose a pale neutral tone for the walls and a crisper white for the traditional millwork. She swapped out the existing fireplace mantel for a modern iteration in a richly veined Arabescato marble. And for furnishings, she opted for a few key pieces with strong, organic forms—like the Noguchi Cloud sofa—arranged in an “asymmetrical, askew” layout. “The idea,” Kendrick explains, “was to feel like you were walking into a sculpture garden.” Peppered in though are antiques, or items that read antique, reinforcing the home’s collected-over-time ethos. She had the daybed (where Madame Récamier would have felt entirely at ease), custom-made and placed a bust of Julius Caesar, rendered in the same marble as the fireplace surround, on a column. “We blindfolded him to have a little fun,” she adds.

Blindfolded Caesar notwithstanding, “I don’t try to shock or make a statement—I think of a story,” says Kendrick. “And that boils down to the purpose of design. The spaces you live within shape your energy, thought processes and feelings. With this house, we ran with that as we went from room to room.” From the dark, cozy den, to the dining room where high-style Italian design meets the English countryside, to the expansive prism of a living room, each space packs a distinct emotional punch. “It was,” says Kendrick, “so fun to create all these different pockets of personality.”

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