Jennifer Watty offers personal insight on her design inspirations.
What is the style in Monmouth County, and how do you style a traditional home in this area?
Jen Watty: The style in this area is very large Arts and Crafts Dutch Colonial homes. You can fill these homes with strong traditional or transitional furniture. Most Clients want their homes that are near or on water to reflect their surroundings and be very serene. We typically use a soft palette of whites, light blues, light grays and light green. Sometimes we do all navy and white which is crisp and nautical. Textures are light weight linens, flat weave cotton rugs and easy light colored furniture.
What are the key things you look for when upgrading and designing a home for your clients?
Jen Watty:Because these homes are on the beach, they require a lot of upkeep. Due to the moisture from the water, you have to repaint the house every year, refinish the back of the house, and even repaint anything on the inside that had exposure to the view of the ocean. It is important that you live on the outside as well. Making sure you have really solid pieces on the outside will ensure durability which will save you in the long run, instead of buying cheaper pieces which you would have to throw out every year.
Tell us about the lifestyle in your area and how it meshes with the housing market?
Jen Watty:Lifestyle at the shore are weekends with friends and family. Entertaining is huge and for me a clean, neat space is essential and light bright colors gives a clean feel. I also feel like in Monmouth is a little bit more casual.
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