Is it possible for a quaint New England home to have the streamline vibe of a chic city loft? It is if it’s the abode of Jackie Ignall, contributor to The Bay and other outlets including her lifestyle blog Wander + Lash. Four years ago, Jackie and her family of four relocated to Barrington for her husband’s job after living in a two bedroom apartment in New York City. “I loved my neighborhood and building but not having a lot of natural light was tough for me,” Jackie recalls of their former NYC digs.
Going from city living to suburban life was a big switch for the Ignalls; however, Jackie notes that upon seeing their now-home for the first time, the expanded Cape immediately took her breath away. “It had a ton of good natural light. I loved the location – being so close to the water – the open floor plan, the flow of the rooms, and the airy openness of the family room. I always thought I wanted a traditional Colonial style, but this house was unique and we loved everything about it. It also has a great yard for the kids,” she says.
After taking ownership, Jackie enlisted interior decorator Kristin Conrad, who not only helped bring in color, pattern, and texture, but introduced Jackie to regional resources like Lorimer Studios of Pawtucket, makers of her coffee and dining room tables. “Kristin worked with me on my vision and brought it to life,” says Jackie, who describes her personal style as low-key luxury, leaning towards the classics with a modern urban edge. “I like a mix of Boho, Cali-style, mid-century modern, and timeless pieces. It feels fresh, stylish, and livable. It also feels bright and airy,” she says.
While the home may boast a shiplap wall and be a short walk from the water, there is an undeniable high-rise feel at play. Many windows are left bare, washing rooms with light and lending a minimalist feel that is always tempered by soft furnishings. A striking gallery wall of framed art and photographs in the living room is at once elegant and personal. Unexpected statement pieces like a custom trestle settee, buttery soft leather couch, and bold striped rug infuse rooms with contemporary flair.
“Apartment living was way easier, but I do love being surrounded by water and the slower pace of life,” Jackie explains. “Our life is more casual and about our kids and the friendships we have cultivated. I like a house that you can entertain in and also where kids feel comfortable having a bunch of friends running around.”