There is something about the graceful lines and flowing spaces of this Cape Cod gambrel that has the owner call this magnificent home “the elegant lady” and that she is; from the wide and inviting colonnaded porch to the perfectly proportioned rooms that flow from one to the next creating elegant yet comfortable living spaces.
The homeowner chose a classic, crisp blue and white color scheme, punctuated with pops of warm red, giving this coastal beauty a sense of harmony and grace. Careful that the colors and textures flow effortlessly from one room to the next each space is inviting for relaxed easy living and entertaining.
The furnishings are a well curated blend of family heirlooms, updated custom upholstery and well hunted for antiques.
The light and bright interior palette accentuate the magnificent trim work and moldings.
Inside and out this home creates the perfect setting for gracious, easy living to be shared with friends and family.
In this Portsmouth, NH penthouse the interior design was all about striking a balance between creating an elegant city dwelling that still lived like a big comfortable house.
A harmonious color palette was used to allow the eye to take in the dramatic city landscape and water views while still enjoying the sumptuous interiors.
Updated finishes for flooring, cabinetry, lighting and tile were selected to keep the interiors polished and modern. The furnishings were kept clean line and casual to create a very livable city home.
The architecture features dramatic exposed timber frame details and walls of windows to maximize the expansive water views. The objective was to take these stunning, open concept spaces and make them comfortable and livable on a human scale. This was achieved by scaling up the custom furniture to the volume of each room to insure proportion, balance and comfort.
Through close work with the architect the interior spaces were customized to showcase the timber frame architecture, maintain water views from every room of the house and still create comfortable livable spaces.
This home features many custom luxury details and finishes yet lives as a casual, approachable lakeside home.
This in-town home represents the perfect balance between elegance and comfort.
The color palette used was rich and warm and the furnishings while beautiful were all inviting and user friendly.
The floor plan of this home centers on the heart of the home, a custom working kitchen.
Easy living with a statement for design made this home a timeless classic.
This home, located on a pristine New Hampshire golf course, is a beautiful representation of the home owners lifestyle and tastes.
A chef and restauranteur by trade the home owner wanted the kitchen to be the driving force of the rest of the home's design. Functional yet elegant this kitchen works as well as it looks. A custom home office outfitted with elegant yet functional built-ins is a perfect executive extension of this kitchen for this self made entrepreneur. The rest of the house radiates out from the kitchen offering a floor plan designed for entertaining and easy family living.
Many of the walls and cabinets in this home were faux finished to create an Old World patina, including a mural in the lower level entertainment room.
The bedrooms and bathroom on the second floor transition to a lighter, brighter palette for the two young girls that live there.
Peace, tranquility and a place for family to gather were the homeowners objectives when designing and building this magnificent, custom lake home.
This spacious three level home was the perfect solution when the entire extended family is in residence with ample spaces to congregate for relaxing, playing or even working.
The calm, clean palette carried throughout the house allow for the vibrant artwork collection to stand out while still maintaining a soothing, sunny and relaxing atmosphere.
There is an abundance of custom millwork and custom cabinetry throughout the house, crafted out of black walnut and playing out a theme of convex and concave lines makes each interior space a piece of artwork itself.
The five custom stone fireplaces anchor the rooms they provide light and warmth to as well as a touch of rustic charm.
Guest bedrooms abound, each with their own unique style and character and of course luxurious en suite bathrooms.
A complete family compound this property has every amenity. Inside there is a sauna, exercise room, summer kitchen, wine cellar, craft room and a bunk room complete with a climbing wall. Oh and of course an elevator, leading to a secret library.
Outside there is a private beach, terraces, firepit and sumptuous gardens. Guest and family never want to leave this lakeside retreat.
This Portsmouth, NH home, which was featured in NH Home Magazine, embraces the elegance of turn-of-the-century New England architecture.
The furnishings and fabrics were carefully selected to blend with the historic aspects of the interior while providing modern day comfort and elegance.
Cicely Beston Interior Designs is a full service interior design firm helping you to create your ideal home.
Cicely has over 20 years of experience in the interior design, architecture and building fields. Coming from a family of designers and artists, she has been immersed in design her entire life. Working as an interior designer for over 20 years, Cicely specializes in new construction and renovations of all sizes.
Providing her clients with a full range of services from complete construction consultation and oversight to simple paint consultations, Cicely tailors her work to her client's needs. She is known for her wide range of design styles -- never narrowing her inspiration, but rather reflecting her clients’ tastes and desires to create unique and personalized interiors.
Known for her attention to detail and thorough communication and follow-up, Cicely has created trusted and long-lasting partnerships with suppliers, contractors, craftsmen and clients.
Taking on a home construction or remodeling project can feel like an overwhelming task. My goal is to take the stress out of the process by helping you create a harmonious home where all of the details such as windows and doors, tile and cabinets, hardware and paint selections are in balance throughout the house and tell a related story – your story.
As my grandmother always said, "a house is not a home until memories are made in it". By using organization tools and design strategies, together we will develop a purposeful design with beautiful spaces that maximize your lifestyle and help you create those precious memories that will make your house your home.
Whether you are creating a new space or want to enhance existing ones to maximize your experience, I will work directly with you, in person and/or remotely, to define your vision for each room. We will outline what the space is used for, who uses it, if you have any specific needs and wants, furniture, cabinetry, finishes, what may have worked for you in the past and what hasn’t, colors you are drawn to, and so on. I love to source materials and will present you with multiple options for your consideration. These can include tile, flooring, fabrics for furniture, pillows, bedding, and shades / window treatments, plumbing and electrical specifications and finishes, and paint swatches.
My home is more important to me than ever before and you probably feel the same way. It’s true: having a well-designed, comfortable home can help put away the many stresses in our lives and make it easy to enjoy the things that matter most – our family and friends.
From Conception to Completion
From siting a new home to developing a floor plan, CBID offers a full and complete range of design services either working on existing interiors, renovations or new home construction. Listening to her clients’ needs and wishes, gathering ideas, and organizing these ideas into plans, Cicely works tirelessly to develop a project to her clients specifications and to create unique and well thought out homes.
CBID specializes in architectural review either working with an architect, a design/build firm or the home owner. Cicely is very hands on in all aspects of the architectural design process, from reviewing and developing floors plans to specifying each hinge and knob on a project.
Cicely takes a very hands on approach to her projects. Attending many on-site meetings, working hand in hand with the architects, project developers, contractors, sub-contractors and vendors.
CBID offers all aspects of the interior design development process including:
A true believer in that form follows function, Cicely's main goal is to make sure the spaces she designs work, live, and flow as well as they look. Knowing that spaces need to relate and be on a human scale, CBID works with the architecture as a whole, always keeping in mind how the space will be used.
Through a thorough client interview, Cicely listens to her clients to understand their lifestyles. She will then make sure the interiors support their needs and dreams.
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