Blackman Tackles a 14-Bathroom Renovation Project in the Hamptons
By Stephanie Ames
Every now and then a project comes along that really allows a designer to shine. That is precisely what happened when Rita Coleman, a sales and design consultant at the Blackman Southampton showroom, met Kerry Gaynor. After recently purchasing a farmhouse with her husband in nearby Sagaponack, Gaynor needed the kind of assistance, expertise and selection that Coleman and Blackman could offer for her home renovation.
“My husband and I boarded and rode our horses at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack,” Gaynor said. “So when a little farmhouse came on the market across the street with a huge potato barn, we thought it could be a home for both us and the horses. We did not want to tear down any of the old farm buildings, so we ended up building a new main house on the property and connecting our new house to the original farmhouse by an underground tunnel. This gives us a lovely little guest house. We moved barns around to use as a pool house, a party barn we call ‘Tavern on the Green,’ and we restored and outfitted the potato barn with stalls for our three Clydesdales.”
The expansive project included 10 buildings and a total of 14 bathrooms. Gaynor was understandably overwhelmed at the prospect of selecting kitchen faucets, sinks, tubs, mirrors and especially tile for all of those spaces. She had a vision, which she shared with Coleman. “As much as this was a farm project, it was also a house located in the Hamptons, so the finishes needed to have a certain amount of luxe,” she explained. With the assistance of Coleman and the Blackman team, the project began in the guest house.
According to Gaynor, “I wanted to use a tile that looked like wood for the baths in the guest house. We did the full shower walls and ceiling in a porcelain which was nice for the budget, as well. In the guest house master bath, we used a hand-made Italian subway tile which became my favorite. I used different sizes of it all over the property.” This hand-made tile was even used in the guest house kitchen which features walls of white ship lap with open shelving. “There is always a question about where to stop the backsplash,” said Gaynor. “It was Rita’s idea to take the tile completely up the wall so we didn’t introduce any other material. Everyone who comes in loves that wall!” Due to zoning regulations in Sagaponack, stoves cannot be installed in a guest house. “So we did under-counter refrigerators and paneled them. Without appliances in view, the tile is really the star of the show,” added Gaynor.
Gaynor and Coleman carried the same subway tile from the guest house into the main house guest bathrooms. They paired them with limestone floors in grey and sand colors. “I like really neutral colors and grey is my favorite color,” said Gaynor. “In one bath we even alternated the subway tile sizes, using 2 x 6 and 3 x 6 tiles. It is beautiful but the poor tile installer!” A fan of continuity in home design, Gaynor selected claw foot guest tubs from Blackman as a nod to the farmhouse roots of their new residence.
Better At Blackman
Gaynor credits Rita Coleman and the entire team at Blackman for their patience and expertise during the decision-making process. She cites little details that made a huge impact on the overall design of the space. For instance, the selection of a more square farmhouse sink in the main kitchen helped modernize the space. The use of Danby marble from Vermont on the master bath walls, which was paired with brown sable stone with a Parisian cut on the floors, ups the luxe factor.
When asked about her favorite parts of the renovation, Gaynor said, “I guess I’m with everyone else in loving the guest house kitchen wall, but I do love the black onyx marble floor in the mudroom and the guest bath subway tile, with its height and top caps. I’m really pleased with how everything turned out.”
The Last Word
Rita Coleman is a Sales Consultant at the Blackman Southampton, NY showroom. She specializes in kitchen and bath design, as well as total home renovation. Rita has a passion for tile and an eye for good design. Visit our Southampton Showroom to meet Rita and start your project. You can also make an appointment to meet with Rita.
*This article was taken from the Summer 2018 Edition of Blackman at Home Magazine
Photo Credit: Tim Cree @ Creepwalk Media Inc