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leilani ryder white hamptons console table in entryway with black and white horse print

Camberwell Client Concept: A Charming Hamptons Cottage

I’m so excited to be going full-blown Hamptons for my latest design clients, who’ve brought me in to transform their Camberwell home into a charming Hamptons cottage.

I say full-blown Hamptons, but I guess you could say that it’s my take on classic Hamptons interior design. We’re not doing any striped armchairs, for example. And I can’t say I’ll pop in any blue and white ginger jars. So it’s not that traditional Americana Hamptons. But the clients do want the home to be unapologetic in its homage to the classic Hampy vibe. And so I’m giving them all that but with a few unexpected moments too.

Today I thought I’d share some of my ideas with you; showing you a few of the moments from the design concept I presented to the couple a few weeks back. The painting, wallpapering and then furniture install for this project will happen in the next eight weeks, so the place should be ready to photograph early December. Christmas is coming early and I’m ol’ Saint Nick 😉

Lemme walk you through some of the design considerations below so you can work some of this scheme in your own home.

dulux preschool quarter paint sample

Banishing White Walls is Where the Magic Starts

I’m on a bit of a mission to banish all-white walls in homes across Australia. I did it with this wall in my other Camberwell project. I’m doing it with black and grey feature wall moments in my Williamstown project. And then in this project we’re doing all the internal walls in Dulux Pre School Quarter, which you can see above. It’s a gorgeous subtle blue that’s going to contrast beautifully against the white window and door trims inside.

I actually took four sample pots of paint to the client’s home and splashed them on the walls in different areas. It’s honestly the best way to get a feel for what the end result will look like. I narrowed down four stunning blues by looking through the Dulux colour book, and then went and grabbed four pots with some brushes. It was a good way for the clients to see the colour on the walls in different lights and at different times of the day.

We all agreed that Pre School Quarter was the winner. And so I have my paint guru, Jason from Richmond Painting and Decorating, doing his thing with the walls in two weeks time. It’s really going to transform the space.

Outside of paint, we’ll be wallpapering the bedrooms. I cannot wait to show you the paper once it’s installed. It is a Hamptons fantasy if I ever saw one, and I just know it’s going to get you thinking about wallpaper for your own home!

“The entryway is going to take inspiration from this shot I found on Pinterest. The clients already have dark flooring like this, and so a white console moment is going to look rather marvellous on top of it”.

hamptons living room mood board with duck egg blue sofa

Living and Dining get the Classic Hamptons Treatment too

As I said above, I wanted to do classic Hamptons interior design but with my spin on it. So while we are going for staples from this style (like the white buffet and round dining table below), we’ll go contemporary in other pockets. I don’t want the home to feel too themed. I want it to have that wonderfully subdued feeling, like all Hamptons homes evoke, but I don’t want it to look like a film set, or overly cliche.

The colour palette is going to be what you’d expect from a Hamptons home, but without the darker brown (if you like a darker Hamptons vibe, check this home out). The floors in the main zones of the house are already a deep and delicious chocolate tone, so I thought it important to keep furniture, art and decor fairly light and soothing to the eye.

Artworks will be where we add some punch and impact; moody blues will do all the work there. But for the most part, it’s about a zone that feels effortlessly sophisticated. That’s how I describe my style, actually, so it makes perfect sense I channel that aesthetic here as well.

The living and dining areas sit side-by-side, and it’s fair to say it’s not a huge space overall. And so round tables will help here. Fluid shapes like this are always a great idea if you’re tight on space, so it’s something to consider before you purchase furniture. Lots of clean lines and sharp concerns can overwhelm a smaller zone.


hamptons dining room mood board with white hamptons buffet

“The colours and patterns will speak to each other from room to room, so the zones feel connected. They do sit side-by-side, so I want them to make sense as you walk from one to the other. But they will have their own distinct personality”.

hamptons bedroom mood board cream headboard and white hamptons bedside

Bedrooms are going a little more Traditional

This is a two bedroom home, with one master and another space we’re converting into a bit of a dressing room and chill-out zone for the lovely lady of the family. The mood board for the master is above (sans wallpaper, which we’re installing soon). And the mood board and inspo pic for the dressing room is below. There are classic Hamptons interior design moments here, like the tufted furniture and the stud detail. But then I’ve added in a few surprises, like the Mongolian lamb chair for the dressing room below, which I’m just so in love with.

The colours and patterns will speak to each other from room to room, so the zones feel connected. They do sit side-by-side, so I want them to make sense as you walk from one to the other. But they will have their own distinct personality. I’m applying different wallpapers in each space, so although the zones are like sisters, they will have their own vibe going on.

I’m also getting some permanent mirror installed in the dressing room, like you see below, and we’re creating a gorgeous reading nook too. I am feeling very excited about this one. It’s going to be so so charming.

hamptons dressing room mood board with tufted hamptons armchair

Follow Along on Instagram Stories for BTS Info

I tend to do a lot of my behind-the-scenes videos and project photos on Instagram stories. It’s a great way for you to follow along and see how the progress is going on all the different homes I’m working on.

If you’re not doing so yet, click here to follow me on Instagram. I’ve got this classic Hamptons interior design project at the moment, as well as an Urban Industrial reno, and another Hamptons/Provincial reno. Oh, and there’s also the transitional interior design job in Canterbury starting soon, as well as the Scandi Luxe project in Kew. It’s all happening here at TLC Interiors in the leadup to Christmas!

Happy decorating at your place, and let me know if you have any questions about the project in the comments below.

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Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here



    Your concept looks gorgeous Chris! Cannot wait to see this project complete. I have no doubt it will be amazing! It is sure to inspire me for our current ‘Hamptons Cottage’ we are building once it comes to styling 🙂 Love your work. Tamee – Varroview Homes Pty Ltd

    8 October, 2019
  • Jan


    Love the above selection Chris,
    My home is Hampton themed but I do have some antique furniture that I love also.

    Kind Regards

    8 October, 2019
  • Allana


    Hey Chris, will you be posting any pics of the Williamstown project.

    8 October, 2019
  • Kerry


    Looking forward to seeing your twist.

    8 October, 2019

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