Chair Detail

Antique dining chairs upholstered in icy blue have been gilded with white gold to reflect the natural light and make the room glow.

Living Room

In the living room, which captures the colors of the landscape, all of the furniture is bench-made, whether antique or new. The silk-velvet Irish sofa is wonderfully luxurious, a concentrated hue of the lofty walls.

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Living Room

Visitors gravitate to the chair in the fanciful animal print, upholstered in Jonas fabric. The pillow on the sofa looks like cowhide but is needlepoint.

Living Room Details

Geometric pillows in sandy tones decorate the sofa; a shapely lamp from Pucci sits on the guéridon; the silver-plated seashell is a nod to the home’s location.

Dining Room

The antique dining table works well with the floor, which is stained cherry and has acquired a beautiful faded patina over time from all the light in the space. The mirrors “weigh a ton!” Lisa says. “Not literally of course, but they are solid, thick, chiseled glass, and when they reflect the sunlight in the space, they’re magical.” The stools below each console table are 19th century; the columns were part of the original architecture.

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Dining Room Details

Wild animals adorn a beautiful silk-upholstered settee, which sits alongside the dining room table. The luminescent fabric catches sunlight from the windows.

Dining Room Details

Yellow roses complement the blues of the dining room; an equine statue stands guard over the mantel; the antique chairs are gilded in white gold; chiseled glass mirrors flank the fireplace and brighten the space.

Sitting Room

Indigo tie-dyed fabric on the chairs is a nod to the mid-century; Lisa says it reminds her of brushstrokes on canvas.

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Sitting Room Details

Lisa's mantelpiece vignette (middle image) includes a vintage clock, a mirror that is reminiscent of a porthole, and a beetle vase. "The idea of a lovely tray set for tea is so appealing," Lisa says.

  • Choose bottom-up shades for kitchens and bathrooms. These offer privacy, but still allow beautiful light to flow through.
  • Consider your paint colors wisely. Selecting softer colors will help reflect light back into the space.
  • To maximize natural light, choose window treatments made of natural fabrics—open weaves or sheers are best bets.
  • For a serene space, opt for tonal variations in color, and then layer in texture and pattern for more visual interest.
  • Mix different scales, textures, shapes, colors, and time periods for a more interesting, dynamic space.

Master Bedroom

The headboard fabric is graphic but subtle. “It’s a great fabric to work with as it’s visually impactful yet still versatile. I think there’s a good balance in the space between masculine and feminine,” Lisa says.

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Master Bedroom Details

A crystal lamp and a silver vase next to the bed add sparkle; the satin bedding is by Thomas O’Brien.

Master Bath

Because the master bathroom windows open to formally planted gardens beyond, Lisa kept the focus on the surrounding natural beauty. Welcoming with a touch of luxury, the room features an antique bench upholstered in deep blue velvet, used for piles of fresh towels. It sits beside a traditional caned chair. A framed bird print leans against the wall beneath the client’s own antique painted ship tile, an homage to local history. The corner of the tub is an ideal spot for freshly cut flowers from the gardens beyond. Flooring and walls are marble.

Home’s Exterior

Sitting on a lovely estate on Martha’s Vineyard, the home overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. In the front lie manicured gardens, while the back of the house hosts a more natural setting against the ocean.

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Sophisticated Second Home

A light-filled home on Martha's Vineyard designed by Lisa Sternfeld

Written by Rebecca Christian
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Master Bedroom

The headboard fabric is graphic but subtle. “It’s a great fabric to work with as it’s visually impactful yet still versatile. I think there’s a good balance in the space between masculine and feminine,” Lisa says.

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