A designer duo deck the halls at their new Pinehills pad
By maria allen • Photography by Tom Sheehan
An eye-catching chandelier outfitted with Edison bulbs and dripping with chunky glass crystals creates a warm glow and serves as a conversation piece in the new home of designer Will Hayward and partner Blair Hamaty. The owners of Setting the Space, a home staging, design and furnishings company with several South Shore retail locations, Hayward and Hamaty recently moved out of an antique Greek revival in Kingston and into a newly constructed Nantucket-style home at The Pinehills in Plymouth.
Built by Barefoot Cottage Company, the design for the 1,200-square-foot home is called the “Fish Shack,” but with its white picket fence and wide pine floors and high-quality craftsmanship, the home delivers upscale cottage style. While the exterior of the home looks similar to many of the other homes on the street, the interior of Hamaty and Hayward’s home features countless customized elements, including a secret door that leads downstairs to a wine room and a large entertaining space complete with a custom-built bar and a movie theatre room with terraced seating.
This home is our little oasis where we can turn off our phones and relax. The comfort level is insane.
Hayward, who heads up the creative team at Setting the Space, provided the artistic vision for the home’s interior design and decor, hand-selecting everything from the neutral gray stain used on the floors, walls and chair legs to the urban-Parisian artwork that hangs on the walls. And with years of decorating experience under his belt and a 15,000-square foot warehouse of furniture and accessories at his disposal, Hayward was able to get the home holiday-ready just days after the construction team had wrapped up their work.
One of the things Hayward loves to do when he is decorating is to incorporate rustic and modern elements together, or as he puts it, work with “highs and the lows.” Atop the kitchen island, for example, beneath the statement light fixture that Hayward describes as “steampunk-glam,” an arrangement of twiggy tabletop trees sits beside elegant glass cake trays filled with holiday sweets (Hayward admits that he was inspired to get the cake trays after watching the Kardashians). This modern look is continued in the living room, where slender, whimsical, wood houses share space with sleek mercury glass decorations.
“I love reflection but I hate mirrors,” explains Hayward, gesturing to the kitchen’s shiny subway tile backsplash and the shiny edging on the throw pillows tossed atop the Belgian linen couches.
Despite the lack of traditional red and green holiday decor, the home conveys a festive, convivial atmosphere. Fresh hydrangeas are nestled amongst the branches of a faux Christmas tree and a bouquet of powder-white chrysanthemums and lilies provide an attractive and unusual alternative to traditional holiday pine swags. Winter white sisal wolves occupy a cozy nook in the hallway while rustic burlap reindeer and mercury glass vases decorate tables and bookshelves.
Throughout the home, Hayward seamlessly works multiple types of metal into the home’s decor. “Brass is back,” says Hayward, who covered the walls of the master bedroom with brass-backed cork and utilized a pair of large vintage brass ottomans as low seating in an upstairs den.
Sticking to a monochromatic neutral gray color palate for the home’s shiplap walls allowed Hayward the ability to incorporate large-scale art and furniture that is designed to make a statement without looking obtrusive. In the living room, a massive painting swirls with oceanic shades of blue and green, and in the bedroom a majestic crushed velvet bed conveys a sense of luxury.
Friends and neighbors who come for a visit often leave with decorating ideas to try in their own home. “It has turned into a concept home,” says Hamaty, who points out that everything in the house, from little bronze animal figurines to the funky octopus sink in the downstairs bathroom is available for purchase through Setting the Space vendors.
While Hamaty and Hayward are known for throwing a good party, at the end of the day their home is designed to be a restful escape from the stress of their work.
“We can visit 10 homes in a day,” says Hamaty. “This home is our little oasis where we can turn off our phones and relax. The comfort level is insane.”