Higgins and her client laid out the garden like a parterre, with four flower beds surrounding a bird bath.
Kevin Baker Stonework is responsible for the hardscaping, including the stone terrace on the water side of the house, where the homeowners’ pup, Chewie, enjoys the view.
Original exterior details, such as the cornerstones, were replicated in the new parts of the house.
An antique folk art horse and an old rooster weathervane add character to the family room. A fish-themed mosaic floor and a porthole window give the master bath nautical flair.
A fish-themed mosaic floor and a porthole window give the master bath nautical flair.
A soft palette of peach and gray enhances a guest bedroom, where Badger, Helen Higgins’s faithful Jack Russell Terrier, stops for a rest. The pastel palette, reproduction cane bed, and brick-lined fireplace augment the space’s romantic ambience.
A white wash lends subtle color to the master bedroom’s paneled walls.
A twentieth-century Rockport School painting marks the entrance to the pantry.
An antique fish weathervane decorates the kitchen’s custom hood.
Custom shades from Blanche P. Field finesse the powder room sconces.
Louis XIII wing chairs and a leather-upholstered ottoman help create a comfortable fireside oasis in the great room.
An assortment of plant-filled pots dress up the front door.
A crushed-clamshell drive lined with boxwood leads to the new porte-cochère. The home’s top-to-bottom update blends modern features and character-infusing details, such as high-efficiency windows made with hand-blown glass. “A typical summer house has become a four-season home,” says interior designer Helen Higgins.
The Duxiana bed tucks into a headboard, with built-in nightstands and bookshelves, that separates the room’s sleeping and sitting areas.
The master bedroom holds a spacious sitting area, where a George Nakashima stool keeps company with a Holly Hunt sofa and Christian Liaigre table.
A broad window with a transom lets light wash over a cozy sitting area defined by tapered stone columns.
Along the scullery hall, the homeowner has a favorite niche that holds books and a comfortable place to read.
The kitchen is furnished with simple wood cabinetry and pale counters, with tapering stone columns that form a solid connection to the rest of the house.
A seating area in the kitchen features an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table.
The dining room, located in the open space next to the living room, offers comfortable seating to host lots of friends and family.
Wood, stone, glass, and an abundance of natural light define the living room, where a Dash and Albert rug delineates a seating area that includes Christian Liaigre sofas and Holly Hunt drum chairs.
Stone pillars along a hallway are just one way the natural world is brought indoors.
Tapered and notched rafter tails speak the language of Wright.
The house design includes bedrooms with covered porches away from the public spaces.
At this Martha’s Vineyard house, the deeply overhanging roofs, stone walls, wood colonnade, and ample windows were inspired by the iconic work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Set amid vibrant but groomed grounds, the stone patio offers an outdoor gathering spot perfect for warm summer nights or cooler evenings around the custom fire pit.
Neutral, beachy tones and glamorous accents make for a soothing master bedroom sanctuary.
Featuring built-in trundle beds, the boys’ bunkroom is an ode to the interior of a ship.
The airy kitchen continues the understated Americana theme with its island and lanterns sporting a patriotic navy blue.
A modern bistro set and a sunny window seat add a splash of fun to the kitchen area.
The dining room fulfills the owners’ wish for a space that seats their large extended family without being too formal.
Striped his-and-hers chairs and ottomans inhabit a cheerful and sunny reading lounge in the living room—one of many nooks created with a family
of book-lovers in mind.
An antique American flag anchors the airy living space and serves as an inspiration for the home’s color scheme. Modern accents, like the custom floor cubes, create an appealing contrast to the more traditional decor and neutral carpet and walls.
The coastal-chic white rocker and bench, stars-and-stripes pillows, and a door painted in Ralph Lauren’s Club Navy keep the space in sync with the homeowners’ tasteful patriotic aesthetics.
The perfect place to sit with a Sunday paper and coffee, the entry porch is a nice respite from the summer sun
A short jaunt from the beach and the heart of Falmouth, this sun-drenched home was renovated to nearly double its original size and now serves as a family getaway. The cleverly terraced yard and lush landscaping complement the sizable circular driveway, built to accommodate a large family and many guests.
Landscape designer Mary LeBlanc created multiple outdoor seating areas, including this charming nook with a fire pit.
Elms opted for an all-white interior, and then added a shot of yellow with fun pillowing and a striped quilt by Denyse Schmidt.
The diminutive Shingle-style guesthouse beckons visitors with its sunny demeanor.
The master bedroom gets a dose of luxury in the form of rich, textured wallcovering, beautiful drapery, and linen-wrapped bedside tables in Nantucket red.
Visiting grandkids get their own colorful bathroom and custom bunkroom on the lower level.
Detailed design—a toe-kick in the bathroom pulls out to serve as a step, and each bunk has two USB ports so iPads stay charged—defines the spaces.
In the study shared by the husband and wife, Elms designed built-in desks and shelves painted
a deep gray-blue. A textured wallcovering and leather accents, such as the rolling chairs and leather-wrapped drawer pulls, add gravitas.
A glassed-in, temperature-controlled wine cellar and a handsome, comfortable sitting area encourage relaxation.
On the screened porch, Elms started with a neutral foundation of gray-striped cushions and gray paint on the floor, then added accents of ocean-blue and orange. The many windows let nature’s green act as part of the palette.
A statement-making walnut peninsula with a waterfall edge separates the kitchen from the dining room.
The dining table and buffet hail from the owners’ old house; designer Dee Elms added a contemporary three-drum chandelier and wishbone chairs.
Symmetry rules in the living room, where Elms designed matching built-in bookshelves and cabinets to flank the fireplace.
A woodland landscape, anchored by beautiful oaks, provides a lush backdrop for this Shingle style Falmouth house designed by architect John Dvorsack.
A pool cabana further screens the house from the street and offers extra bedroom space for guests.
Around the side of the house, the gardens form outdoor rooms that make perfect spots for play or relaxation.
Surgical precision was required to site the house among the mature trees. Donaroma’s Nursery and Landscape Services created an inner courtyard rimmed with plantings.
The bed was one of the last things the couple found while working on the
decoration of the house. A multicolored woven blanket and pillows by John
Robshaw are finishing touches.
Soothing blue is one element that gives the master suite its getaway feeling. A cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace and a large balcony overlooking the backyard are other bonuses.
The study, where Kramer and Celeste often take their morning coffee, shows off Murphy’s deft blending of the couple’s tastes—her preference for traditional and his for a more bohemian look.
The bed was one of the last things the couple found while working on the
decoration of the house. A multicolored woven blanket and pillows by John
Robshaw are finishing touches.
A sink base picked up at the antiques show in Brimfield, Massachusetts, finds a new home in the first-floor powder room.
Wood beams and painted beadboard emphasize the vaulting of the kitchen ceiling;
the design team took down walls, allowing the kitchen to flow into the breakfast area and living and dining rooms.
A fun mix of seating around the table gives the breakfast area its relaxed feeling.
The homeowners chose a reclaimed wood table built in Ohio for the dining room, which sits just beyond the living room and opens to the backyard; interior designer John Murphy surrounded the table with a mix of upholstered and Windsor chairs to lend extra interest.
The large living room, outfitted to accommodate the homeowners and their six children as well as plenty of friends, has multiple seating areas scattered around a fireplace conceived and built by stone artist Lew French.
Layers of antiques and flea-market finds fill niches such as this one in the entryway.
Furnished with casual pieces from Restoration Hardware’s Leagrave collection, wide porches invite overflow guests, easy conversation, and kicking back.
Outdoor living is essential to the Cape experience, of course, and it’s celebrated in this family compound.
The TV room is layered with textures.
Comfort and a go-with-anything palette rule. Punches of color, exaggerated patterns, and touches of wood, rattan, and wicker jazz up the living room. The living room’s Balou lounge chair from JANUS et Cie is a favorite perch.
The kitchen and dining room are perfect examples of an intentionally casual mix of materials and styles.
The main house family room was fashioned around neutral seating from Restoration Hardware.
Most of the furnishings in both houses were collected over time, some from previous residences, others from catalogs, says interior designer Barbara Lazarus.
A bright red door, twig chandelier, and compass rose create a welcoming vibe in the larger main house.
A pergola shelters the main walkway between the entry doors.
Sited to face the lawn and lake, the houses connect to the outdoors—and each other—by way of multiple paths, porches, and patios.
Inspiration for the two nearly mirror-image homes came from classic Cape architecture, a lovely, private lakeside setting, and the idea that both would function as one family retreat.
Local photographer Daniel Sutherland’s work brings a bit of the island’s scenic landscape into the master bedroom.
A sloped ceiling and paneling are classic New England touches—the perfect contrasts to the family room’s custom console and attention-getting artwork from Natural Curiosities.
In addition to the poolside cottage, which has been reborn as guest quarters, and a pool house for equipment, the property also holds a separate garage with second-floor studio space.
Dartmouth, Massachusetts, woodworker Scott Pacheco crafted the kitchen’s sawbuck table and bench. The latter is clad in vinyl for easy cleaning, and the pillows are dressed in a Galbraith & Paul fabric.
Strips of iridescent glass tile shimmer against white granite in the bathroom.
A custom bench is reflected in a mirrored dresser in the bedroom.
In a departure from the homeâs cooler tones, Ouellette designed this bedroom around a floral pattern she loves.
Louis Ghost chairs cozy up to a white pedestal dining table; a purple chenille sofa adds a pop of rich color.
Ouelletteâs collection of art glass is housed in specially designed wall niches.
The homeownersâ dog, Chloe.
The English countryside inspired the back garden, which boasts an ordered mix of annuals and perennials such as day lilies, impatiens, gladiolas, lavender and roses.
A seating area on the terrace.
A terrace area allows for entertaining space and an open lawn lies just behind the stone wall.
A view of the hydrangea garden.
Other hues, such as the shell-pink accents, are also drawn from nature.
With an eye toward geometric shapes, Ouellette painted all of the artwork in the house.
Lush hydrangea bushes surround the house.
Homeowner/designer Margo Ouellette chose a palette of blues and greens to represent the ocean and sky.
A tiny attic room makes a cozy guest bedroom.
The neutral palette gets extra punch in a guest room, where the artwork inspired the seafoam-green accents in the bedding.
The octagonal cupola lets the light shine into the master bedroom.
A weathervane inspired by the Fool in the Tarot deck stands atop the cupola.
A bluestone terrace surrounded by lush plantings makes a peaceful outdoor dining area.
The old standalone garage is now a fitness room and studio.
The back stairway takes a whimsical turn with its motif of sun, moon and stars.
Landscape architect David Hawk planted lush perennial beds along a meandering bluestone path.
The kitchen ceiling echoes the shape of the glass-topped island.
The original Cape-style house still forms the core of the expanded home.
A sitting room adheres to the same neutral palette and simple window treatments as the rest of the home.
The living room's curvaceous but clean-lined furniture forms a seating group with the fireplace as a focal point. The fireplace screen's sea-life motif hints at the home's Cape Cod location.
The dining room sounds a contemporary note with its sculptural dining chairs surrounding a walnut dining table that sports an inset center strip of glass. A Ligne Roset sideboard makes a handsome companion, and a custom Tibetan rug from Williston Weaves brings texture to the room.
An an aged-look mirror from Restoration Hardware and a new marble top for the vanity enliven the existing tile in the master bath.
Barnes commissioned the shell-framed mirror, by Laurette Kittle, to play off the terracotta walls and white trim of the master bedroom.
Barnes gave the living room a neutral backdrop and added pops of blue, including an arresting water photograph by Tamara Bahry Paterson.
Barnes tried tables of various sizes and shapes for the kitchen and ultimately selected a long, narrow table from Leonards, which makes a perfect match for the built-in banquette.
Designer Charlotte Barnes outfitted the dining room in an array of styles, anchoring the space with a timeless antique birds-eye maple table, then adding mid-twentieth-century chairs and a Crate & Barrel sideboard. A vibrant, Caribbean-inspired painting, purchased locally by the homeowners, adds a relaxed feel.
In the living room, antique mercury glass lamps sit atop a reproduction desk from HB Home.
A nineteenth-century table turns the space under the stairs into a quiet reading nook.
Bright pops of pink join lush grasses around the swimming pool.
Tangerine and periwinkle blue accent a sunny first floor bedroom.
The dining chairs’ hand-screened Galbraith & Paul fabric picks up the tangerine hue on the walls. The primitive elephant painting is from Nantucket Looms.
An oil painting by American artist Megan Hinton, a focal point of a seating area in the living room, picks up the blue of the ottomans and accessories.
Rattan stools surround a large center island in the kitchen, which blends cottage-style wainscoting with botticino marble countertops and contemporary stainless steel appliances.
The classic Shingle-style house was built in 1996.
The designer combined bold texture with a serene color palette inspired by the coastline, picking up the tones of the fieldstone fireplace and the pickled beams. Objects collected from the sea (coral, shells, sea sponges) and the marine motif of the upholstery are reminders of the home’s island location.
The covered porch at the back of the house lets the owners relax outdoors rain or shine. The chairs, the sofa and dining table are from Restoration Hardware, while the coffee table, side table and lamps are antiques store finds. Antique bricks were used to build the fireplace, and the metal ship’s model on the mantel is also an antique.
Simple sheers at the windows give the spacious master bath privacy. "There’s something about a summer breeze gently moving sheers that says relax and take it easy for me," says Gauthier.
In the owner’s paneled bedroom, an antique bow-front chest serves as a nightstand beside the dark-framed bed.
The husband’s study, where much of his outstanding scrimshaw collection is showcased, is clad in reclaimed pine paneling. An antique portrait of a ship’s captain hangs above the fireplace.
The owners bought the striking hall sculpture because, says the wife, "It makes us smile." Shallow Rumford fireplaces like the one in the living room are classic features in old houses.
The pool house mimics the house. The pool includes an attached spill-over spa with a stacked rock veneer.
"Generous portals help keep the kitchen and family room area connected," says designer Jim Gauthier. The homeowners’ collection of antique blue bottles-along with a painting they commissioned of some of their favorites that hangs over the mantel-adds color to the quiet palette.
The dining area’s decor incorporates a stalwart lantern by Formations and a pair of antique chests.
The welcoming parking court, situated between the main house and the pool house, is hidden from the road. Dual chimneys framing the widow’s walk and colorful window boxes at the dormers further the home’s charm.
Comfy seating surrounds an antique chest turned coffee table in the sitting room adjacent to the kitchen.
Like many rooms in the six-bedroom house, the master bath offers great views of the pond and the ocean.
In the dining room, a fireplace and chimney were removed to open up the space and create a niche to highlight a favorite painting. The round raised ceiling, table and rug add visual interest and ease of movement in this hub of the house.
Throughout the home, bleached oak floors and natural rugs help create an updated beach-house look.
Landscape architect Gregory Lombardi dug into the grade in several places, including the pool area, to improve sight-lines and make the hardscaping feel more integral to the land.
Transom doors on the guest house make the building look like a relic from a previous era.
The home’s second floor and the pergola that runs along the entire south wall were left unpainted. The wood will weather naturally over time, blending into the landscape.
A quiet spot for reading and lounging is tucked into a corner of the living room.
The pool area offers great views of Sengekontacket Pond, but maintains privacy from the adjacent Farm Neck golf course.
Most of the kitchen is surrounded by windows; the one interior wall is tiled in glass.
The window seat that wraps around the living room ties the indoors to the outside. The travertine fireplace and upholstery colors were chosen for their similar hues to the nearby sand and sea.
A ribbon of wood incorporates nightstands, headboard and shelving in one convenient and good-looking built-in in the master bedroom.
A glass slider separates indoor and outdoor showers in the master bath.
The modern house nestles into its landscape.
Building the deck only a few inches above the ground eliminated the need for a railing.
The Ligne Roset sideboard in the family room is new, but the chair is a vintage 1st Dibs find.
Tau Ceramica wraps the living room fireplace in style. The raised hearth accommodates wood storage and seating.
The pergola surrounding the home frames exterior living spaces while a third floor deck provides water views.
Architect Maryann Thompson cantilevered a soffit indoors and out to manage light in the dining area.
Design Group Italia stools from Herman Miller belly up to a kitchen dining counter clad in bleached, glazed oak.
A cupboard opens to a bar area.
The country kitchen features a tile backsplash
Serafini built out the wall behind the bed in the master bedroom to create a walk-in closet.
A hidden courtyard behind the house offers space for outdoor dining and entertaining.
A quilted paper art piece by Nantucket artist Mellie Cooper hangs above the family room fireplace. The family room is open to the living room, but maintains a more casual character.
Zoffany fabric makes a pretty backdrop for the entry’s Chinese vases and gilt-framed mirror.
Historic homes along Orange Street share interior walls with their neighbors.
In the mudroom, carved wooden birds flock on plaid Schumacher paper above an antique woven cafe table and chairs.
Bold blues and lively botanical print fabrics animate the historic Nantucket home’s formal living room. Period antiques mix with newer pieces to keep the home from feeling too rooted in the past.
Nancy Serafini found the English chair at Janis Aldridge and the antique embroidered fire screen at Rafael Osona Auctions, two on-island resources popular with interior designers.
The architect sited the one-and-a-half-story cottage to give the children a yard to play in.
Book-matched statuario marble tops the kitchen counters.
An oyster-shell mirror and faux-crocodile desk add visual interest to the entry way.
Bunk beds in a room with a beachy, unisex palette offer plenty of space for sleepovers.
The living areas are on the second floor of the "upside-down" house, where the interesting angles and pinched corners reflect the exterior roof planes. Horizontal shiplap walls give the cottage an appropriately maritime feel.
An eclectic seating collection surrounds the rustic dining table.
Built-ins, like the statuario-marble-backed wet bar, add luxury without taking up valuable space.
A backyard dining area has the same natural but sophisticated look as the home’s interior.
The children’s bunk room has open portholes trimmed with mahogany and a ceiling painted Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue.
The living room’s wool rug looks like sisal but is softer on the feet and easier to clean. Natural materials, such as the water hyacinth used for a swivel chair and the woven rush surface under the glass on top of the coffee table, add texture.
Bold orange and navy accents add zip to the white built-in shelves, cabinets, and queen-size daybed of the family room.
In the master suite, a sofa and wing chair provide inviting roosts, while an antique chest serves as a put-your-feet-up coffee table.
A large front porch serves as a welcoming entrance as well as an outdoor living room for family gatherings.
The entry presages the home’s beachy vibe with its stunning piece of coral and a painting by Provincetown artist Anne Packard.
A well-equipped mudroom opens to the pool area.
A Blanche Field chandelier and classic Windsor chairs sound traditional notes in the dining room.
The sun-washed living room epitomizes the owners’ wish for a traditional seaside house with a modern air.
A soffit helps delineate the cooking area in the open kitchen, while the curved counter creates a nook for the breakfast area.
Landscape architect Gregory -Lombardi’s plan enhances an already dazzling site, while the multiple decks of the house designed by architect Doreve -Nicholaeff give the homeowners ample opportunity to enjoy the views.
Divided stairs in the entry hall bestow a gracious ambience that befits a medley of family antiques, including a grandfather clock.
Original beams from the barn provide structural support and visual appeal.
Stephanie’s husband, Harald, bought the nautical painting above the fireplace as a surprise for his wife.
Arranged just so, a cluster of paintings collected over the years wound up a perfect fit for the family room.
A few well-placed black accents in the family room spice up the quiet palette.
In search of an abstract focal point to anchor a hallway wall, Stephanie spied this painting, by Victor-Raul Garcia, in a SoHo shop.
Acevedo carried blue and white accents into the master bedroom, the space he considers the most luxe in the house.
The couple collect the work of Manhattan-based artist Hunt Slonem, whose abstract rabbit painting sits above a dresser.
Designer Herbert Acevedo chose bolder colors for the diminutive guest room than elsewhere in the house; visual interest is created by mixing patterns.
The textures of the grasscloth wallpaper and the sisal rug add warmth and casualness to an otherwise formal master bedroom.
Casual yet elegant was the desired vibe in the living room, where a neutral palette reflects the natural beauty of sand, sea, and sky outside the windows.
A delicate shell mirror and a piece of decorative coral in the entryway subtly reference the coastal location.
Custom mahogany saloon-style doors on the oft-used outdoor shower are both fun and functional, opening in and out.
Although small in scale, the dining table can still comfortably seat six for a dinner party.
A vaulted ceiling above the tub in the master bath is one more example of the skillful architects’ attention to details. Open shelves house towels, and marble in the tub surround and counter lends a note of elegance.
Built-in seating along the perimeter of the deck maximizes space for outdoor entertaining.
Guests enjoy their own deck with postcard views. Following the roof lines, the room’s sloped ceilings conjure intimacy. Matouk linens and Bennison fabrics-stripes on the beds and floral at the windows and on the armchair and ottoman from Reddick’s private label-enliven the space.
A master-bedroom window seat covered in a dreamy Peter Fasano fabric makes an additional perch for reading or resting.
The library offers the best of both worlds: a welcoming fireplace for when the owners wish to be cozy and access to the deck so the sea feels always near. A sumptuous Edward Ferrell sofa is just right for hunkering down with a book or watching television.
A custom desk in the library provides a handy spot for working from home.
The rounded porch is a favorite destination for al fresco meals.
Opportunities abound for catching ocean views, including a pair of second-floor roof decks. A honeysuckle hedge (with a safety fence hidden inside) safeguards the pool.