Four Houses Q&A: Monte Mathews
In TLC’s new show Four Houses, four design-loving homeowners compete to see whose house is best in show. Competition heats up as contestants judge each other’s homes based on livability, originality, and personal style to win a $10,000 prize and a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens!
In the second episode of Four Houses, beautiful homes in the Hamptons were featured with Monte Mathews coming out on top. We had the opportunity to chat with Monte about his gorgeous home and unique decorating style.
How would you describe your homes aesthetic?
It’s an autobiographical house, it really is all about us and where we’ve been, what we collect, where we travel. There are pieces from my own home growing up and as child and there are things that we’ve just picked up on the beach. It tells a story.
Which room do you spend the most time in?
Well actually, we spend a tremendous amount of time in the breakfast room. I love it. The light just streams in there, it’s a wonderful place. But really, we use the whole house. We have a very pretty living room and we do a lot of entertaining, so we really use the house and the outdoor space.
What makes the home uniquely you?
I think the use of color, we have a lot of color in this house. Once we had hit upon a color scheme, everywhere we went we would find objects that came from that place but that fit in here beautifully because of the coloration. If you do a house like this it makes all that kind of collecting that you do, if you’re a collector, if you’re a person who loves to travel and loves to bring things home that remind them of where they’ve been, it is much easier to do because you focus on, in our case, blues and greens so that’s really what I think makes it unique.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?
I don’t think necessarily. We love our dining room table which is a big English oak table. We love our dining room chairs, they’re extremely comfortable. They came off a cruise ship. They were from a ship that was a Cunard ship called the Caronia that was the first ship built for cruising and they’re beautiful chairs. We collected them. They’re very comfortable. They’re all covered in ultra suede which I think is fantastic fabric to use, especially in a beach house.
Aside from your own home, which house would you live in?
Well, I really love the big shingle mansion that Anastasia lived in. I think it’s a very gracious house. As a matter of fact, when I saw it I thought, “holy cow, what am I doing here?” because hers is a very traditional Hamptons house in a very good location and I really did like it a lot.
What do you plan to do with the winnings?
I think it that we’ll continue to add to the house, and it’ll all go back into the house. Some of it not to purchase anything but just to maintain.
Get a sneak peek at next week’s episode in the clip below and tune into TLC Mondays at 10/9c to catch the full episodes!