Modern Meets Rustic in This Massachusetts Home by Jess Cooney Interiors

Jess Cooney Interiors have completed an extensive renovation to a home in Stockbridge Massachusetts incorporating a subtle rustic meets modern element.

How were you commissioned?:    
Jess Cooney Interiors (, the full-service interior design and build firm whose homes embody Berkshire living, was contracted to complete a variety of spaces in this 4,000 sq ft home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Jess and her team were brought in to give a facelift to the kitchen and five bathrooms while opening a variety of walls in the space and renovating the mudroom.

What was the brief from the client and how much were they involved?:    
The clients bought this as their second home, as their primary residence is in Rye, NY. The home was not originally the style they wanted, but it has beautiful sweeping views of the Berkshires from their windows, along with a phenomenal site. As a husband and wife duo, she gave Jess a Pinterest board with a variety of inspiration shots embodying the things she liked - mostly clean modern elements mixed with rustic details. The husband, on the other hand, preferred a more mountain lodge feel.

How did the brief affect the materials and design choices?:    
In the beginning, the house was far too traditional for the clients. The husband actually thought about flipping the home because it wasn't his style. However, Jess assured him that when the JCI team was done with the project, he would definitely not want to sell it. While he wanted a more mountain lodge feel and she wanted a more clean and modern style, Jess and her team blended both styles through a variety of materials and details.

How did your previous experience help you with this project?:    
The entire project kept very well with Jess Cooney Interiors' style and overall aesthetic. The firm loves to mix rustic elements with modern details in the Berkshires (where most of their projects are located). They are in a very rural area but have a lot of NYC influence in the environment with arts and culture that tends to bring the modern sensibility in - very fitting for Jess Cooney Interiors.

 What problems or challenges did you face?:    
Jess and her team encountered a few challenges when it came to the moldings in the house and the wide variety of archways throughout. They had to eliminate a lot of these formal details in order to bring the space back to a very modern and clean style, as to adhere to the clients' needs.

What do you feel were the most unusual design elements of the project?:    
The most unusual elements included the custom island and range hood in the kitchen, along with the correct pairing of stains with the flooring patterns. In addition, it was a unique experience to create a cohesive his and hers baths which were both in the master suite, but separate baths. Jess wanted to tie them together, while still having them feel unique and special for each of them as well. Also, in adding large wood beams across the living room ceiling, they were able to really get that mountain lodge effect the husband was going for.

How do you think this project is pushing design forward? What makes it special?:    
What makes this house so special is the fact that Jess and her team stripped away the very formal moldings and archways, along with the massive crystal chandeliers that were there in the beginning in order to bring the beautiful views of the outside into the home. The clients now feel like their second home is a special mountain getaway for them to visit when they want to get away from the city.

Custom cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms -Soapstone kitchen counters -Danby marble in baths -Waterworks backsplash tile in kitchen -Waterworks bath fixtures

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