Inside a kaleidoscopic beach house on Martha’s Vineyard


“I would follow Jessica to the ends of the earth,” says Johanna Hynes, referring to her creator, Jessica Stambaugh. The Nashville-based director of JS Interiors designed Hynes’ Boston wellness studio, Asana Charlestown, her family’s townhouse, and most recently their beach cottage in Katama on Martha’s Vineyard. “Her use of color, pattern and texture is consistent but never predictable,” Hynes says.

Stambaugh spent six months beautifying the interior so the young family of five could enjoy the summer. “It’s a contemporary 1980s beach house that could be pushed in any direction,” says the designer. “They went for a bohemian style inspired by surfing.” The house, which adjoins a historic seaside farmhouse, is infused with light, allowing Stambaugh to institute a particularly juicy color palette. “Light and color are intrinsic to this creative style,” she says.

For all its design moments – and there are many – the decor is as practical as it is playful. “Living on a dirt road with three kids with sandy feet and two Labradors playing in mud piles, I need a lived-in look,” Hynes says. “It’s fun to be here. I feel like I should put on a housecoat right away!


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With direct access to the terrace and close to the kitchen, the living room is the heart of the house and the relaxation area par excellence. Stambaugh chose the striped textured upholstery for the sofa and the stylized floral upholstery for the tandem living room sofa as the starting points for the project. “There is a nice tension between the textured fabric and the printed fabric,” she says. “You feel the textures differently – tactility is a big part of the design. “

A shaggy Moroccan rug adds to the sensory experience, as does the leather ottoman. “As a yoga teacher and person who meditates, I enjoy the feeling of sitting close to the earth,” Hynes says. Stambaugh notes that the use of natural materials was very important to his client. “Rattan was a staple ingredient and we used a lot of cotton textiles that are soft and cool for the beach,” she says.

The impressive display of pillows illustrates the designer’s gift for evoking a collected vibe. His secret? “When I’m looking for pillows, I go to culture (Turkish, African, Indian) then add custom pillows made from fabrics that I collect along the way from a local fabric store to businesses. high-end textile, “she said. As for figuring out which ones to bundle up, Stambaugh says it was trial and error, but assures us,” If a pillow has DNA of the project, it will work somewhere.

Sofa: Room and board. Hanging chair: Serena & Lily.


yellow bathroom, yellow painted walls with a white basin, bird artwork

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The bathroom is behind the chartreuse door from the living room. Stambaugh painted the walls and ceiling the same color, then punctuated it with a socket lamp in a zippy utility orange. The peacock-style rattan mirror frame echoes the mood of the brave feathered bird in the original watercolor.

Art: Marie Maguire. Light: Common.


kitchen with white blue and green tiles, wooden worktop

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marble counters with silver oven, white blue and green backsplash

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Due to the budget and the schedule, emptying the kitchen was not an option. Instead, Stambaugh painted the existing cabinetry white and replaced the countertops. Carrara marble now tops the perimeter, and a maple butcher block made by a family friend adorns the island.

The real magic comes from the zellige tiles that Stambaugh describes as “the statement that brought the colorful scheme into the kitchen”. Hynes, who loves lines, symmetry, and all things checkerboard, loves the design that Stambaugh designed, as well as the palette.

Breakfast area

old French style table, white and brown chairs

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An antique French farmhouse table provides additional cooking space and a casual place to eat.


terrace with colorful outdoor furniture

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The upside-down layout of the house captures what Hynes calls the “great view of the sky,” which is on display from the living room deck.


living room, white and black shag rug, black and white colorful sofa, white coffee table with indoor potted plants, vintage wall art

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black and white sofa with white coffee table and coffee table books

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In the living room, Stambaugh layered a shaggy Moroccan rug on top of a woven jute rug to juxtapose the smooth cotton sectional. The handful of global textiles tone down the busy impression rather than making it more chaotic. As in the living room, there is an eclectic display of wall decorations, most of them vintage. “They really trusted me to do whatever I wanted on the walls,” says the designer. Hynes agrees. “I encourage him to take risks, which is fun for both of us,” she says.

Framed print: Wear Téléo. Side table: MoMA design store. Sofa: Case and barrel.

Dining room

dining table, silver chairs, green dining table

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Stambaugh added simple shelves under the window to hold books, games, and craft supplies. “It’s a hybrid space,” she explains. “When I visited in the fall, they were doing distance education there.” Custom vinyl seats add comfort to industrial metal chairs.

Hynes found the small table with cutouts in his mother’s house down the street, and Stambaugh made the enamel table lamp in a recent pottery class, then topped it with a soft, pleated shade. . As for the funky Mexican candelabra that Stambaugh got on Ebay? “When I posted it on Instagram and Johanna commented on it, I realized she needed it here!”

Masterpieces: Old. Side table / stool: Goods manufactured. Table: Blue dot.

Entrance + Cloakroom

entrance and cloakroom, with white storage shelves and shoes

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The new wainscoting panel in the main level entrance hall and on the stairs to the main level instills a New England sensibility. “It also adds some dimension to what is essentially a white box,” says Stambaugh. She created a mini locker room by removing a door from a closet and adding hooks.

Guest room

guest bedroom, white linens and green bed frame with yellow and blue carpet with brown wooden chest

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green bed frame with white linens and yellow side table

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A pencil post canopy bed in Kelly Green is an unexpected touch. “It has a traditional colonial feel of meeting Shaker, but fused with a fun color,” says Stambaugh. The antique chest is a heirloom from the Hynes family.

Primary bath

blue tiles with white cabinets and sinks, rattan mirror

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New cement floor tiles in a shade reminiscent of the Majorelle Garden in Morocco appear almost nautical compared to the crisp white vanities that Stambaugh streamlined with custom doors and drawer fronts. That said, vintage rattan mirrors and amber knobs recreate the bohemian vibe.

Children’s bath

bathroom with green cabinets

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Stambaugh treated the busy children’s bath with a dazzling update that involved painting the existing antique cabinetry, which she topped with leftover marble from the kitchen. The tiling is new, as is the light, although it left the electrical box in place in order to move the renovation forward. “This wall lamp was a good solution, it acts like a modern exclamation point,” she says.

Children’s room

orange bed frames, twin beds, black and white throws

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Classic American meets Bohemian on the bed, which is topped with Pendleton duvets and shams made with African textiles. The vintage pastel colors of the 1940s tie in with Moroccan rugs from an antique dealer in Tennessee via a French estate sale. “It’s at least third-hand,” said Stambaugh.

Beds: Room and board.

Children’s room

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Stambaugh dressed the bed in this nursery with a Kantha quilt from India. The 1960s abstract painting of the sun originated in Mexico.

Nightstand: Kartell.

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