Jamie pulls off a real-deal decorating feat: He doesn’t just make small feel bigger. He manages to make a diminutive 1950’s box feel downright opulent.
For this glamorous beach retreat, defining and unifying the rooms is key to the project. Bush’s architectural background reveals itself in his approach to elongating the house by aligning interior doors so that both the width and depth of the space are broadened by unfettered sightlines.
Bush also draws the eye up by wallpapering many of the ceilings. In the bedroom, he uses a grain-like Keith McCoy paper. In the music room and library, it’s a custom McCoy fern pattern. He also ‘wraps” rooms in tile, fabric and wood. And for the library, Bush’s favorite room in the house, he took the bleached white oak he used for the floors and extended it up onto the walls and built-ins for a “Japanese sauna box effect.”
Bush’s other design mantra for small spaces? Repetition, be it the eight identical carriage house French doors in the living room, library and music room; the dining room’s matching mirrors; the twin Karastan carpets in the library and music room; or the living room sofas.
For the bedroom, Bush took a few bolts of “faded lavender” Belgian linen and draped it along almost every vertical surface, effectively covering every square inch (the closet, the bookshelves, the windows) in yard after yard of ripple-fold fabric. The lone exposed wall is painted in custom-blended Pratt & Lambert that seamlessly matches the drapery.