Dating kathryn scott
It’s not Shaker-inspired, with an interest in humble piety; upstairs, Scott has hung almost exuberant decorative touches, like a collection of antique Chinese caps or a feathered headdress that belonged to her mother.
There’s something well worn and thoughtful about these rooms, with the overall effect being calming but not monastic.
Upon her mother’s passing, Scott combined all but the top floor into a single home. “It can’t be, because I didn’t have the whole house at that point, and once I did, I didn’t want to start over and turn it into a whole house.
I tried to make it look coherent, so the style is respected, but it can’t be the same.” Scott is at peace with this.
The original fireplace would have been bigger, which was really obvious before” The goal isn’t minimalism; it’s what Scott terms austerity, in which she finds depth and beauty.
It’s the result of two influences: a formative visit to Florence, where she fell in love with how simple colors can celebrate rich architecture, and the earthy creams and grays of historic Chinese interiors.
The shelving was inspired by Scott’s visits to the great homes of Newport, and though the craftsmanship is evident, so too is the perfection.
It’s not altogether fair to call Scott self taught — she had undergraduate training that stressed creativity over technique, and later studied at the Art Students League where principles and rules were stressed — but however much she learned on the job site that she called home, her approach to design is more intuitive than codified. The passing trends of the day — accent walls, statement wallpapers, contrasting textiles — are nowhere in evidence.
But there’s an attention to color, and as you move between rooms, what seem at first minor variations in color and light prove to be dynamic and surprising. “This particular mantel was probably originally in the room below us, because it’s so small.
A sense of the human touch comes through, in the rough edges on the coffee table, the big old gargoyle that’s been refashioned as a bath spout.
“When everything feels so exactly matched, it feels artificial to me,” says Scott.