The Cedar Hedge House, located just one mile from the center of Southampton, NY is the definition of a diamond in the rough. When the design company, Grisoro Designs, decided to take on this project as part of their new property investment venture, Grisoro Properties, they knew that they had found the perfect cottage to transform into a rental home. “We loved that it was on a corner lot with and fully hedged with mature privets as it offers a wonderful sense of privacy,” Gabriela Gargano, the company’s founder, explained. “In terms of the home, it was small and dated at only 1400 square feet, however, we could see it was well built and the existing floor plan allowed for flexible expansion options.”

Orange tinted wooden floors, an overgrown garden, and little entertaining space were major issues that Gabriela and her firm wanted to tackle. The floors were the first and easiest design decision to make: “We wanted to keep the original red oak floors but also needed to brighten the space, and easily integrate in new flooring on the addition. By doing a custom double bleaching, plus a whitewash, we were able to feather the new floors in and give the home a much cleaner feel,” she said. Although the floors were an easy fix, the floor plan was more of a challenge. They had to make sure that the gas line locations and building heights were properly kept while adding on to the lower level to provide more space to the kitchen, bathrooms, and an addition of a powder room and dining room. “It was almost a puzzle on trying to figure out where we could add square footage to the home, and how that would impact the design.”

The style of the home was another clear and easy decision: instead of going for the classic traditional beach-house look, Gabriela and her team decided to bring in the approach of Danish and French design. “The design of these countries seems to effortlessly layer old bones with contemporary furnishings. The look pays homage to the origins of the structure while utilizing interesting juxtapositions to make it feel fresh,” Gabriela explained. Layering in vintage pieces from Chairish and local antique shops gave the space the sophistication and heart that it needed. The light fixtures, however, were sourced from high-end brands such as Petite Friture and Apparatus Studio. “Lighting and art are always a splurge for me, this is especially true in a high traffic, rental home as those pieces add so much style but also experience less wear and tear,” she said. 

Through a careful selection of furniture both high and low, working with materials that would stand up to high traffic, and creating a new floor plan to expand the social areas of the home, Grisoro Design was able to achieve their goal of converting this small 1500 square foot bungalow into a 2300 square foot rental home for families and singles alike. 

There’s so much to see in this home, click on our slideshow to see the “Before and After” and to find out where the products and materials were sourced! To find out more about renting this property click here!