Look Around This Relaxed, Colourful Family Home On Shelter Island, New York

This relaxed and colourful family home on Shelter Island, New York, was designed by interior design firm Gachot, and features a rustic, homely scheme


John and Christine Gachot, the designers behind design agency Gachot, created this relaxed and colourful modern home on Shelter Island for their family. The property was built in 1929 and has been in the same family until they sold it to the Gachot family. Now it's home to John, Christine, and their two boys Boris, 17, and Jackie, 12. The house already had a beautifully maintained and mature garden. John and Christine gave it a cosmetic renovation, painted the interior and exterior of the house, added a privet hedge at the street front, plus new light fixtures, new floors and furnishings.

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The family room is an inviting space, with a vintage leather sofa, textured natural carpet, and lots of pillows and throws.

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The living room has a more formal look, thanks to the armchairs, artworks and composition.

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The kitchen features a relaxed, country vibe with white painted cabinets and round door knobs.

Wood floors and furniture warm the white space, and paintings add pops of colour.

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The dining room is also a white space that's warmed with woods and artworks. The effect is homely, welcoming and relaxed.

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At the back of the garden there's a garden house which doubles up as a home office and studio space.

Floor boards, wall paneling and the pitched roof with exposed beams have all been painted in white gloss paint, giving the space a light and airy look. This nook is a favourite cocktail spot.

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There's also a creative studio, separated by a step-down change in height, which is used for painting and creative projects.


Back in the main house, the master bedroom continues the white and wood scheme, and features an Eames rocking chair with cosy sheepskin.

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The kids' rooms are upstairs. The stairs to the top are covered in a bespoke bubble pattern.

The stairs leading up to the teen's room features the boys' favourite catchphrase; That's What She Said!

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The boy's bedroom features a fun, over-sized Miffy lamp and a framed Lichtenstein print,

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The house was built by the previous owners, and the Gachot family fell in love with the clapperboard style exterior, and the gorgeous mature gardens.

The garden house and swimming pool were the cherry on the cake.

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.