Extend the Season: Coastal Cool on Martha's Vineyard by James Studio Interiors
Written by Jenna Talbott • Photographed by Jessica Delaney // When interior designer Jaime Moore of James Studio Interiors began installing a summer home on Martha’s Vineyard, she met the flip side of island charm. “Getting things over to the Vineyard is always a task—the window treatments in the master went up when the installer was actually vacationing nearby!” she says. Jaime also found herself renting a U-Haul to deliver the furniture because it was impossible to get a receiver during the off season. But for this problem solving—in addition to her design chops—her clients are so pleased with the results.
Jaime, who recently opened her own shop, James Studio Interiors, lives in Hingham, MA. She found her way to interior design after years of working high-end retail for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Barbour, and her style is distinctively polished prep with an ocean vibe. “I have always loved coastal homes,” she says. “I grew up on Cape Cod, so I feel that is in my blood!”
For this roughly 3,300-square-foot family compound, her directive was to update all beige and sand tones to a fresh palette of crisp, clean and cooler tones. The result is modern but still coastal, with surprising but pleasing high contrast pops of navy and black. The walls are painted with a 50% mix of Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore, and the trim is All White by Farrow and Ball, which makes the most of the ample natural light. The main living space flows from an open kitchen and dining area into the living room, anchored at the far end by a large, stone fireplace. Textiles in blues and white mixed with woven accents continue the palette of the coastal landscape visible outside.
The light and bright palette stays true in the bedrooms, creating restful spaces each with its own view. In the room belonging to the homeowners’ daughters, the design was built around favorite artworks by Northern California artist Dawn Michelle Wolfe, whose style incorporates cut paper and collaged graphic elements.
Jaime says her favorite space in the home is the pass-through. “Even though it’s very simple, to me it’s the most quintessential beach house space.” When you stand there, it’s not hard to understand why—what better place for a coastal designer to pause and admire, both the view that inspires her and the home she helped create.