At Home on Fairfield Beach
July 17, 2023
Gold tones and interesting shapes bring a touch of glam to a coastal home.
Text by Bob Curley Photography by Jane Beiles
A “golden thread” is an element that is present in all parts of a whole; it pulls everything together. For Moss Design’s Courtney Yanni and Meghan De Maria, gold itself was part of the throughline they used to weave the design of a Fairfield beach house with a dash of bling.
Repeat clients, a family of five, tasked Moss Design with reinterpreting “New England coastal design with a little New Jersey flair,” as a nod to the wife’s Garden State heritage, says De Maria.
Not Jersey Shore, mind you: the saltwater taffy on the table in the foyer is as close to Seaside Heights as the home gets. Rather, the overall design blends texture and a strategic use of coastal colors (including blue hues matching those in the Phillip Jeffries Flight wallpaper in the main hallway) with some Atlantic City glam.
“The beach is their backyard, but the owners didn’t want a beach-bungalow vibe,” says De Maria. Instead, copious use of marble and glass adds a veneer of sophistication and elegance to spaces with stand-out organic elements like the dining room’s decorative wood ceiling beams, the kitchen’s white-oak-trimmed range hood and pendants suspended from saddle-leather straps, and the living room’s jute-backed chairs.
Gold tones, meanwhile, make mostly understated appearances throughout the home, particularly in the kitchen where Moss Design added brass-framed glassware shelves to complement the wine storage that dominates an entire wall. Sink fixtures and cabinet hardware, likewise, have a brassy sheen. Even some natural elements, like a tripod table in the primary bath, get a little pizazz. The team applied a gilded veneer to the table’s three legs that otherwise resemble tree branches.
Unique forms also unify the design. The hourglass-shaped backs on the kitchen counter stools are echoed in the turquoise buffet table in the dining room, a signature piece that captures the colors of the abundantly visible seascape outside. (Here, too, you’ll find brass trim tracing the buffet’s Rubenesque curves.)
Interior design: Moss Design