2019 Excellence in Interior Design Winner: Coastal Dream
Cristina Johnson of TMS Architects in Portsmouth
A six-thousand-square-foot Victorian-style home was renovated to respect its historic layout. A sixty-five-foot open hallway now spans the length of the ocean-facing wall. Wide elliptical arches and columns replaced walls that had blocked views of the ocean. A dramatic compilation of finish materials and tones was paired with intricately detailed furnishings and fixtures.
A careful selection of crystal chandeliers reminiscent of Victorian English lighting and nineteenth-century lanterns tie to the home’s nineteenth-century roots. Tufted upholstery with ornate carvings, paired with hand-selected bed linens, drapery and upholstery bring glimpses of French-country style to this coastal home. The use of black-and-white tiles is an ode to classic European styles.
Judges said: The juxtaposition of classical architecture, European style elements, coastal hues and modern conveniences with an integrated blend of finishes and furnishings works quite well.