Color & Light in Shimmo

by: Elizabeth Stanek

While watching the ferry round Brant Point from a living room enlivened with colors that echo the garden and harbor views, it is clear that interior designer Trudy Dujardin has captured the spirit of Nantucket in this Shimmo home. With an artist’s eye, Dujardin has created rooms with tones, compositions and historical touches as elegant as the original artwork on the walls. Her designs play upon the light and architecture of the house, and successfully create a décor that encompasses both traditional Nantucket details and the natural beauty of the island landscape.

“I once had a painting studio in Rowayton, Conn., in an old stone mansion near Five Mile River,” says Dujardin. Though painting proved too solitary a career, she found interior design to be the perfect niche for her artistic eye. “Every house is a blank palette,” she says. “I listen to clients and work from intuition.” This client’s Shimmo home, designed by architect Lyman Perry, was an incredible canvas for Dujardin to work with.

A veteran designer of coastal architecture, Perry has designed more than 200 Nantucket houses, and laughs as he refers to them as his “children” scattered about the island. After touring his creations, the clients were captivated by both the architectural and interior design of one house in particular.