Editor’s note: Haute Design by Haute Residence caught up with Tina Ramchandani of Tina Ramchandani Creative (TRC), a full-service design firm that creates modern, sophisticated and relaxed interiors. Tina Ramchandani gave us a sneak peek on her latest project in the Hamptons in Long Island, NY.
Photos by Jacob Snavely
Known as the Quogue Residence, this project is a collaborative design effort recently completed by Tina Ramchandani from Tina Ramchandani Creative and Maureen McDermott, from Winter McDermott Design. Both having successfully established their individual design ﬁrms, Tina and Maureen met several years ago while working side by side under Vincente Wolf, and had been looking for the right project on which to join forces. This 7,000+ square foot home was the perfect challenge. As a second home, the homeowners wanted an open concept with a modern aesthetic and loft-like space good for spending time with family and entertaining guests.
“The size alone was a challenge,” explains McDermott, “but Tina and I were able to divide and conquer a lot of the design.” Ramchandani adds, “We were cognitive of the fact that the house was so large and made a conscious effort to design each space distinctively, to ﬂow seamlessly from one space to another.”
Various tones, a mixture of textures, and choosing the right statement pieces helped to ensure that the various environments created in each space ﬂowed throughout the house with a modern sense of effortlessness.
What was your inspiration for this project?
Our client wanted us to design a family home with an open plan and loft-like feel. We worked closely with the architect to ensure that the exterior of the home aligned well with the other homes in the neighborhood, but upon entrance, our client wanted to step into a modern space and serene environment. Our client’s primary residence is in Manhattan, and he wanted to bring the New York City Loft Style feel to his Hamptons home. We used shades of grey and industrial elements to accomplish this, from the custom stained wood floors to the grey variations in the upholstery and rugs. We designed a unique powder room, with wallpaper that resembles concrete, to continue the vision throughout the first floor. We incorporated stainless steel into the large kitchen island, which has a refined yet casual feel. Layering materials and textures anchored the design scheme throughout the home.
This was a newly constructed home. Describe your involvement and how you work with the architect and builder.
Maureen and I were involved in the design from the beginning, so we had a chance to influence the material choices and unique components in the home. We worked closely with the architect and builder to bring our client’s vision to life. We followed through with that vision by designing the concrete-clad fireplace wall in the living room. We were thrilled to design the bathrooms, especially the spa-like master bath, with enclosed wet room. We also shared our perspective on architectural elements that we feel are important to the overall design of the home, such as door frame styles, hardware, and stair details. It’s often the smallest details that make the largest impact on the look and feel of a space.
The house is very large. How did you handle designing such an expansive space?
Our goal was to create a soothing environment. To do this we floated our furniture arrangements, which allows the furniture to breathe and feel like a sculpture on its own. Our clients can walk around the furniture and enjoy it from all angles. We appropriated areas with rugs or chandeliers, which also directs you to viewing points, so you’re not overwhelmed by the size of the home. Out back is a beautiful yard with lush greenery and a pool area that can be seen from all windows. The interior of the home complements the exterior which has a separate purpose yet occupies the same space harmoniously.
Images courtesy of Tina Ramchandani