Welcome to our series, "At Home with...," where we sit down with our favorite design tastemakers to learn about the inspiration behind key spaces in their home.
Athena Calderone, a design enthusiast and creative force behind the popular food blog, , loves nothing more than unwinding in her mid-century modern retreat in Amagansett. In her own words, Calderone shares about her favorite spaces in the home, including a relaxing outdoor area that's outfitted with furnishings from Restoration Hardware.
This small family room, just off the kitchen, is the coziest nook in the home. It's where we sink into the sofa to watch movies as a family or lounge on a rainy day. Shockingly, when we purchased the home, this was the kitchen. I recently updated the room with a quick and easy project. I lime-washed the walls myself using a mineral paint from Belgium called . The stone color gives the room a sense of tranquility, while the soft and inviting fabrics really make this a cozy space. Our coffee table is actually a Danish daybed designed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen, which I love because it just adds another subtle layer of comfort to the room.
OGK Daybed, $455
Continuing the grit-meets-glam motif that runs throughout my home—a Lindsey Adelman chandelier sparkles above this rustic table, a custom piece made from reclaimed timber that can
accommodate up to 10 people. The contrast of the modern light fixture just above this pastoral table really typifies my aesthetic and I am glad that it makes such a statement in the dining room. I love the magical quality of togetherness that springs up around the dining table. It is my opinion that food changes people—when we break bread, our hearts are both full and open. We made so many great memories around this table.
Lindsey Adelman Branching Burst Chandelier, $22,500
My master bathroom is likely my favorite space in my home. It is truly a sanctuary. The use of natural materials extends into the bathroom with utilitarian manila rope (from the local hardware store) that serves triple duty in a super crafty way. Engineered to clad the ceiling, woven onto a sliding door to shield the heavenly bathtub from the outdoors, and also used architecturally to hold the vanity mirror—this rope has both functional and aesthetic purposes. I love the way it contrasts against the resin tub and sleek silver fixtures. The soft and velvety walls envelop the space and also offer a tactile element to the room, which opens to the master bedroom.
The kitchen is my happy place! It is where I feel the most creative—and for me, it is truly the apex of love and joy. The open kitchen design is a necessary element since it is where you can find me most often—morning, noon, and night. When in Amagansett, I embrace an all-hands-on-deck approach in the kitchen, preparing an impromptu family-style feast with provisions gathered at the local farm. The design of the kitchen is meant to reflect the home's laid-back aesthetic. Open shelves of reclaimed wood line the walls and the ever-so-forgiving basaltina lava stone countertop masks any stains with its natural imperfections. Even the handles on the cabinets are leather and were chosen to age and weather over time. Nothing is precious in my kitchen—except for the memories that are built there.
Although the architecture of my home is mid-century modern, I have made conscious design choices to counterbalance those sharp, modern lines with warm and tactile materials like weather-worn wood and natural fibers, such as linen. This ethos holds true for the exterior just as much as the interiors—particularly since I use the exterior and keep the pool open in autumn. Who says summer needs to end at Labor Day?
I selected furniture and materials that will age gracefully over time with a beautiful worn patina to strike that perfect balance of rustic meets modern. The RH Outdoor Olema lounge chairs that surround the fire pit are both easy to lounge in, yet have a beautiful structured base. When conceptualizing a space, I continually play with the juxtaposed union of cozy and relaxed contrasted against clean lines and beautiful tailoring. I am particularly obsessed with the contrast piping. The chairs are perfectly suited to surround the rusted corten steel fire pit, where I cozy up with family and friends in the fall—fire aglow and lots of sticky s’mores-covered fingers.
RH Olema Lounge Chair, $2,395