One of the most satisfying experiences I have as a designer is to go back to a project AFTER some time has passed and see how it looks and is functioning for the people using the space.
Yesterday, I Analyzed & Admired Athena Calderone's (interior designer), self-designed beach house that was featured in the most recent issue of Elle Decor. Today, I ask her what life has been like for her and her family, behind closed doors, since they moved into what they've appropriately titled, "Camp Calderone."
Athena... What features about this property attracted you first and why?
Athena ➤ It's so rare to find a mid-century modern home in The Hamptons. We looked for a year, yet didn't find anything that caught our eye and had the "wow" factor we wanted. We were waiting for a property that was unique. The architecture of the home was so special even looking beyond the condition of the house.
How would you define your personal style?
Athena ➤ Eclectic . . .
Refined, yet bohemian . . .
Clean-lined, but also natural & organic.
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What did you use as your criteria for selecting furnishings and art?
Athena ➤ It all happened so effortlessly. To be honest . . . Factor 20 was a huge inspiration, along with The Brooklyn Flea and antique fairs. Since the house was so modern in its architecture, I was acutely conscious to warm up the home with mixed period pieces and natural material, like leather, reclaimed wood, and manilla rope.
Tell me about a few of your favorite pieces and how you found them.
Athena ➤ I LOVE the Georgian sideboard, and the painters bench with brass cabriolet legs. Both were purchased from Factory 20! And the button factory cabinet was purchased from Obsolete in Venice California.
What's a favorite moment you've had since you've been using the property?
athena ➤ We have created so many wonderful "moments" in the home and on the property. We recently added a hammock, zip line and a small basketball court to an area off the property we had never used prior - we're loving that specific moment. We have been calling it "Camp Calderone."
I love the spare but comfortable look you've created. Is it as "easy" to live there as it appears?
Athena ➤ Ridiculously easy. Everything in the house will only wear with age, nothing is precious. The teeny media room is such a cozy "moment" to hole up in after a long day surfing. And, ironically, this space used to be the small kitchen.
I am also in LOVE with my master bath . . . def my favorite room in the home.
Now that your home is, in itself, a dream come true, what's next on your bucket list?
Athena ➤ With such a strong response from friends about my home, I want to create another! And, as a designer, my goal is to purchase another home, create a similar experience to its completion, and then sell it.
With 2 bedrooms for our family on one wing that's separated by the great room with clerestory windows, and the guest rooms on the other, the layout of my home is so efficient. If I chose to purchase some land, I'd love to recreate this layout again. A home designed from the ground up would be a dream!