The casual sitting room has a collected feel and relaxed vibe; the demilune and the wooden armchair on the left belonged to the homeowner’s mother.
A sitting area in the newer of the merged units has the same sensibility as the great room in the “old” one.
Exposed wood in rich finishes stands in contrast to the whitewashed oak floors and white walls throughout.
The casual sitting room has a collected feel and relaxed vibe; the demilune and the wooden armchair on the left belonged to the homeowner’s mother.
The views sold the homeowners on this penthouse apartment. Tall wraparound windows bring an abundance of natural light into the wide-open great room, while the soft palette of gray and white couldn’t be simpler—or more elegant.
Accents like a rustic cowhide and this Lillian August ottoman/coffee table, made from a kilim rug, add warmth and mountain-house flair.
A chic console doubles as a mini cocktail bar, perfect for entertaining.
An addition to the back of the house, featuring wall-to-wall windows and French doors that open to a heated patio, was dubbed “the snow globe” by the family for its enchanted, cozy feel when the flakes fall.
The living room’s cool palette of blues and grays is enlivened with a playful mix of styles and unexpected touches like African-print pillows.
Homeowner Jared Martin collects antique portraits because he likes interesting faces and the stories they tell.
A leather Chesterfield sofa offers a kid-proof perch for TV viewing.
A favorite gathering space, the family room includes Michael Mazur’s painting White Water and a game table for hours of fun.
Working with Boston’s Krakow Witkin Gallery and Jules Place, the designer and her clients found contemporary art that beautifully complements the old room. In the same congenial spirit, modern furnishings and fixtures look right at home with the living room’s classic architectural details.
Interior designer Denise Salomon made ample use of black metal for the lighting fixtures, fireplace accessories, small side tables and, unexpectedly, in the accents on the upholstered chairs.
Local Vermont granite gives considerable heft to the great room, where a double-sided fireplace rises to a soaring peak in the living room.
Doors and screens in the glass sitting room are designed to slide completely open to let the outdoors in.
The stones in the fireplace surround, chosen to match those on the beach out front, dictate the living room’s earth-tone palette.
A huge slab of polished marble serves as a focal point in the living room, complementing the views of the lush backyard and acting as a counterpoint to the room’s sleek, modern design.
The pattern on the rug that defines the living room area echoes the interlocking squares on the ceiling. A glass chandelier and crystal sconces make elegant companions
to the glossy Striato Olimpico marble of the fireplace.
Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison added sparkle to the living room by backing the bookshelves with glimmering Phillip Jeffries wallpaper.
The two spaces share many features, including twin fireplaces and Vaughan chandeliers.
Tom Dixon mirror-ball pendants create a playful vibe in the family room, where book-matched slabs of Bianco Elegant marble create a dramatic backdrop for the fireplace and flat-screen TV.
The pub room on the lower level boasts an eclectic mix of clubby leather seating and an African table dating back to the 1940s.
The great room’s antique oak ceiling rises nearly twenty-two feet and is illuminated by French doors crowned with a solid granite lintel that took a day and a half to hoist into place.
A corner table provides the perfect perch for tastings.
Industrial-style stools await visitors at the bar, whose rear door leads to a wine cellar with storage for 2,000 bottles.
The keeping room is home to owner Ashley’s finds; she loves scouting for antiques and unusual pieces, like the blue leather wing chairs and animal-print ottoman, that bring personality to her rooms.
The multipurpose sitting room adjacent to the kitchen has always been the family’s go-to gathering place. A sofa with plush pillows invites conversation.
With the addition of shades and draperies, the window seat went from incidental architectural detail to one of the best seats in the house.
The renovation redux allowed the design team to make improvements to the great room, including the addition of a custom bar (with red wine storage on the left; white on the right).
The great room is a study in contrasts; its rustic backdrop is softened with transitional furnishings in quiet colors and energized with bolder, more modern accents.
The balcony overlooking the great room was painstakingly and authentically restored, with the ceiling, balustrade, and paneled walls refabricated to match what was there before a devastating fire.
The slate shelves of the salvaged piece are loaded with items collected by generations of Tilletts.
A rusted metal shelf loaded with family mementos serves as a semitransparent room divider.
Oversize two-over-two windows enhance the connection to the landscape (and get around Nantucket’s prohibition on windows without muntins). Even the sliding doors are taller than normal, to take advantage of views. The architects obliged the owners’ request for recliners with these sleek models from Design Within Reach, which sit in front of the wood-burning fireplace.
A slatted screen admits light to the stairwell while establishing a midcentury vibe that’s echoed in the living room furnishings. The neutral palette defers to the scenery, save for the sofa’s incendiary spark.
By using a natural, neutral color palette in the great room, the design team ensured the furniture and accessories would not detract from the dramatic exterior views or the focal-point stone fireplace.
See-through white JANUS et Cie Forest chairs and a gossamer Moooi pendant light leave the view from the sitting room unobscured.
Strategic splashes of color in the living room tease the eye without distracting from the views.
The blue Schumacher Chevron D’Ete chair fabric speaks quietly to the home’s coastal location, while the Lucite table reflects the owners’ affection for modern furnishings. The splashy artwork over the mantel is by Holly S. Manneck.
The dining tables sit between the living room and kitchen in the home’s central “life space,” with a glass-enclosed sitting room projecting toward the backyard.
The atmosphere is relaxed in the living room, with colors borrowed from a Cuban painting over the fireplace. A skirted table divides the room into two seating areas. A console table was turned into a bar to draw people into the living room.
Comfort was paramount in the family room, which features a custom ottoman covered in outdoor canvas. Patterned paper enlivens the back of the bookshelves.
A console table was turned into a bar to draw people into the living room.
The spacious living room is furnished with custom, linen-upholstered sofas, a custom coffee table, and for added drama, a vintage Augusto Bozzi lounge chair, all grounded by a textural dhurrie rug.
The great room’s furniture is a bold take on classic seaside style.
In keeping with the home’s bayside location, the family room takes on a nautical flair with beachy colors and a cleverly designed barrel-vault ceiling.
The study features darker colors and materials and a bold, graphic rug.
The master bedroom draws from a lighter seaside palette of colors and textures for a serene look and feel.
The sunken living room’s expansive windows frame the drop-dead view.
The kitchen continues the beach tones in the rich blues of the granite countertops and the back-painted, glass-tiled backsplash.
A wood and rattan side table, topped by a 1940s painting, is a classic touch in the contemporary setting.
The sloping lot offers extensive views of the bay beyond from the home, from its many terraces and patios, and from the deck surrounding the infinity pool.
The pool house is an architectural nod to the main house.
Local fieldstone visually links the house with the terrace areas.
Pale shades of sand and sea reflect the home’s location.
An elegant but relaxed design scheme is evident in the living room and the dining room beyond.
An environmentally protected coastal bank provides a natural buffer between the pool and the bay.
A grouping of Italian furnishings makes an appealing vignette alongside the window.
“Soft melon and cream are colors the owners have always preferred,” says interior designer Richard FitzGerald, referring to the pastel-hued living room.
The living room coffee table was custom made from a fallen Martha’s Vineyard tree. Bursts of hot pink add vibrancy to the color palette, and exposed beams draw attention to the fourteen-foot ceilings.
Decorative beams, a stone fireplace, and a sliding barn door give the living room a rustic feel.
Lounge chairs help keep the living room as comfortable as it is elegant.
A cherry-paneled media room was painted a custom-mixed bright blue to add color and reflect light.
With no kids or pets in residence, the homeowners embraced this pale, custom-designed rug by J.D. Staron. Photographs by Jim Nickelson add a graphic punch, and gold coffee tables gleam at the center of it all.
Fauteuils from the homeowners’ prior home flank the painted limestone fireplace.
The designer’s comprehensive approach extended to the placement of the owner’s Nantucket baskets and boxes on the living room’s étagère.
The Josephine sofa from J. Robert Scott makes the living room a favorite spot for snuggling up with a book on a sunny afternoon.
A few large, simple furnishings, including sofas in muted colors, help scale the great room down to human size, but the custom Holly Hunt chandelier bespeaks rustic grandeur.
To add to the living room’s airy feel, designer Christina Sullivan Roughan removed crown molding above the French doors and hung the draperies as high as possible. The neutral palette of pale gray and white gets youthful energy with the occasional shot of sky blue.
In the family room, hemp wallcovering and wool carpeting enhance the cozy feel.
The random dots in the Stark stair runner meander from the lower level to the fourth-floor office.
The dining room’s delicate Dennis & Leen chandelier balances the heftiness of the moldings, but both share a sense of shine. In the living room, glistening nailheads and zebra fabrics add interest to the lounge chairs.
Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison introduced shine throughout the house, from the living room’s crystal chandelier to the silver-leaf coffee table to the high-gloss finish on the home’s moldings, stair balusters, and newel caps.
Just off the living room, a staircase winds up all four floors of the home, originally designed by architect Anthony J. Tartaglia.
The fireplace’s sculptural treatment adds subtle movement to the living room. The panels of the Nada Debs cocktail table can be reconfigured for a variety of looks.
Designer Beth Martell and her partner, Enda Donagher, designed the family room fireplace. As elsewhere in the house, Martell used color sparingly as an accent against a neutral palette.
Artwork by Richard Serra pops against the white walls.
A Dennis & Leen sofa with a somewhat formal silhouette plays off the room’s contemporary art.
A game table and upholstered chairs claim a quiet corner.
Cleaning revealed the deep green tones of the room’s original marble fireplace
Iconic Eames walnut stools are part of the room’s playful mix of patterns and textures.
Cathedral ceilings and skylights let the light pour into the family room, a gathering space with a quiet nook for reading up in the loft
The living room’s sofas, custom designed by interior designer Gilles Clement, get extra visual interest with built-in shelves at their backs.
The pendulous chandelier is suspended by a cascade of chains. Unfinished ceiling beams are a nod to the home’s Colonial heritage, while the black-and-white palette and graphic fabrics are a modern touch
The cocktail room’s gold paint and drapes brighten the substantial leather furniture and deep teal shelves.
Adolfo Perez designed the variable-sized circle lights that dance across the playroom ceiling. With a ping-pong table, foosball, a billiards table, and plenty of comfortable seating, the expansive space is a favorite gathering place.
A chenille sectional makes a playful sitting arrangement in the living room.
A custom billiard table in a matte lacquer matches the concrete-lookalike walls; its organic shape appears to float, softening the straight lines of the upper play area. A sliding barn door opens to the playroom for entertaining, or closes it off for privacy.
Lined with white oak, the innovative wet bar instantly transforms the front parlor into an ideal entertainment space.
New steel-framed windows give the back parlor the feel of a Parisian atelier.
The room’s wealth of texture includes a sculptural metal Jieldé floor lamp and a bold Merida carpet topped with a hide area rug.
The sparkly Ochre pendant is a modern twist on chandeliers of the past. A hide rug by Yerra references scallop shells, playing to the wife’s love of the ocean.
Tom Rickman’s engaging landscape gives the front parlor—the first room visitors see—a burst of blue sky.
Meticulous planning allowed for additional shelving and cabinetry in the family room, where Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair from Knoll is a popular seat.
The contemporary vibe is played up with an Andy Warhol poster above a streamlined console.
A natural cleft slate fireplace studded with custom-made sconces is a focal point of the room.
The basement complete with ping-pong table and room for games galore.
Swivel chairs upholstered in blue velvet are a prime spot for enjoying conversation.
Bright, fun colors—from the wall tiles behind the wood-burning stove to the rainbow-hued carpet to the throw pillows—dominate the home’s basement level.
The second level holds a smaller seating area, grounded by a Paola Lenti rug, for intimate conversation.
Rachel von Roeschlaub Maniatis’s acrylics on LP records add a dash of color to the media room.
A bright red chair and Marjorie Minkin’s vivid artwork add energy to the serene upstairs living room without detracting from the stunning view visible beyond a generous terrace with plantings by Winston Flowers.
A soffit was extended to provide the great room’s new barrel ceiling a place to land. It also allowed the designer to inch the sofa forward by placing a thin table behind it.
Wall paneling cures multiple ills in the great room by giving the small firebox more presence while minimizing the impact of the television.
The antique pool table, turned chair, and Scottish tartan rug reference a country manor, but the purple walls, upholstery, and mantelpiece disrupt any presumptions.
The sitting room got new life as a billiards room.
Tress-Balsbaugh and her client found inspiration for the living room in photos of the Paris apartments of well-known designers. “That juxtaposition of old and new was something I was really drawn to,” the homeowner says.
In the music room, simple furniture forms and subtle colors prevent the abundance of architectural detail from overwhelming the space.
A marble floor was removed in favor of a warmer floor of wood laid in a herringbone pattern.
A large door masquerading as a wall when open, can be swung shut to block noise in the living room from reaching the rest of the home.
Light pours into the living room from the original windows of what was once the Boston College High School auditorium, casting a warm glow on the hot-rolled steel used for the fireplace and mantel.
Japanese Shou-Sugi-Ban pyrography brings out the rich grain in the wood paneling surrounding the study, and a comfortable reading nook takes advantage of the deep wells of the original windows of the historic building.
Vibrant black-and-white chairs, contemporary sconces, and abstract art are fun contrasts to the living room’s understated heirloom sofa.
Comfort in the family room includes a cozy sectional and ottoman along with a feels-good-underfoot Stark carpet.
Rich wood paneling gives the living room its cozy feel. The homeowners had used the vast felt rug in their New York City apartment but, amazingly, it was a perfect fit here as well.
The family room was previously used as a sunroom, and the homeowners admit they initially had no idea what to do with it. Rivoli suggested the transformation, and her clients love it.
The study’s vintage Arne Norell chairs, discovered in Antwerp, give the owners a perfect perch for contemplating their eye-catching light sculpture.
The Santa Teresa wool window sheers hail from Muse Bespoke in Chicago, de Santaren’s sister’s company.
A sitting area in the living room is a minimalist’s dream with its 1930s Jules Leleu chairs.
The living room’s hearthside sitting area provides a prominent place for a painting from the owners’ collection.
An immensely versatile space, the loft/family room sits at the top of the stairs on the second floor. The chrome and wicker settee was found on Nantucket. Designer Lisa Tharp papered the daybed alcove wall with book pages and ephemera to inspire daydreaming.
The windows in the room’s new bump-out bathe the space in natural light. The breezy shades can be rolled up and fastened with rope, while shutters offer flexible privacy control at the room’s front window.
The living room adopts a nautical air without being too obvious.
The living room is contemporary in feel, now that the old brick hearth has been replaced by a sleek stone surround. Easy-care slipcovered chairs flank a cocktail table of black grasscloth and brass.
A slew of Williams Sonoma pillows in a host of summery blue tones raises the living room’s comfort level, while a glass top enhances the dining table’s practicality. Leather-bound books and an antique copper boiler add to the hearth’s charm. The handsome rug pulling it all together is from Ballard Designs.
To create a lighter atmosphere for the living room, designer Patricia Lapierre removed the doors that once enclosed the lowest part of the shelving and brought in beachy accessories. She also embellished a small upholstered chair with nailhead trim, upping its character tenfold.
A bar tray holds entertaining essentials at the ready.
In the living room, accessories from Ralph Lauren Home lend an antique chest fresh personality.
A silk rug grounds the living room, where a sofa reupholstered by the designer in Venetian velvet and chairs re-covered in Osborne & Little Oriole fabric beckon. Ikat and animal-print toss pillows lend an exotic note.
Phillip Jeffries wallpaper provides a subdued background that lets the art play a starring role.
Comfy cowhide-covered swivel chairs fill the sitting space off the kitchen.
A fireplace fabricated with London Fog stone commands attention in the family room.
White sofas and a cowhide rug, glass cocktail table, and an airy cage chandelier are washed in light in the glassed-in conservatory.
Horizontal lines and a mix of light wood finishes, including walls clad in pale yellow sugar pine, contribute to the home’s seamless look.
The great room’s sitting area is anchored by the massive fireplace built with locally sourced stone. Furniture keeps a low profile, the better to focus on the views.
Sunset-colored furnishings give the library its warm ambience.
Reclaimed vintage white oak rafters add a rustic touch to the cedar-clad great room.
A view from the mudroom into the tower captures the lighthouse-inspired newel post and the cushioned hideaway beneath the stairs.
The wife’s love of bold geometry plays out in the living room’s rattan chairs. A piece of art above the fireplace conceals the TV.
In the living room, artwork collected by the client dictated the blue, white, and yellow palette.
A glassed-in gable and clerestory windows splash sunlight onto a seating area in the “away” room.
In the guest quarters, a custom-built table and vintage Klismos chairs upholstered with Stark leather cozy up to one of the Otis house’s original fireplaces.
A midcentury sideboard forms a stylistic bridge between the living room with its contemporary furniture and the dining room with its traditional Windsor chairs.
Beams from an eighteenth-century New Hampshire barn frame the view from the living room to the backyard.
In the family room, once an old fishing cabin, Sidnam reinforced the ceiling with tie rods and added clerestory windows to bring in light.
The living room gets a nice punch of color from the oversized painting by Ben Georgia above the fireplace.
Blues and whites predominate in the living room. “We just kept it beautiful, simple, and inviting,” says designer Lynn Morgan.
Adjacent to the kitchen, the family room is outfitted for comfort with an oversized sectional and a hefty leather ottoman large enough to rest an extended family of feet. Durable fabrics are key to keeping the beach house relaxed and user-friendly, says Morgan.
The room’s other seating area is geared toward conversation and the view, with all-weather outdoor upholstery to withstand wet bathing suits and the owner’s Labrador retriever, Sam.
A game table anchors the center of the great room, whose retractable doors encourage easy indoor/outdoor flow, while sectional sofas surround a TV concealed behind stainless steel panels.
Antique hand-adzed timbers crown the walls throughout the main floor, instilling a sense of history and a rustic counterpoint to the sleek limestone floors.
A Max Frintrop painting commands the kitchen’s seating area, which features a customized pair of Alvar Aalto Paimio chairs. The television over the sideboard was recessed into the wall and framed with Sheetrock for a seamless, built-in look. The Tao Gray Light limestone floors are from Exquisite Surfaces.
The compact powder room off the dining room features a custom triangular sink crafted from limestone.
A deft mix of antiques and contemporary pieces fosters a charming cottage ambience. “The wife and I had a wonderful time sourcing pieces,” says interior designer Linda Banks. “Many of them are from local sources.” Holding court in the living room, the old cherry coffee table has a waxed finish reminiscent of a boat’s deck.
The living room’s vintage black barley twist writing table was among the first purchases made for the home.
The cathedral ceiling is painted in high-gloss white to enhance the sense of height and emphasize the simplicity of the beams and trim work.
A classic barn door was updated with navy high-gloss paint and modern hardware for a polished, but rustic look.
The original entry was transformed into a sitting area, where swivel chairs surround a pierced cast-resin cocktail table, adding a sophisticated touch to the beachy vibe.
A well-placed sideboard delineates the kitchen/dining room from the living space, and does triple-duty as a bar and storage unit.
Designer Steven Favreau likes to mix and match. Here, he blends periods (birdcage chairs are a modern foil for an antique grandfather’s clock) and price points: “The room represents a range from $19 Ikea light fixtures to an $8,000 sofa,” he says, “and it all looks luscious.”
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.
Louis XIII wing chairs and a leather-upholstered ottoman help create a comfortable fireside oasis in the great room.
Most windows, like these in the porch-like sitting room, have no window treatments to hide their clean lines or mar the view.
An upper story was removed to give the great room its high ceiling and an abundance of windows.
Burke painted the paneling white and dressed the unused fireplace with a screen covered in curtain fabric. The designer refers to the recamier as her “phone booth” because she lounges on it when she makes calls. With a similar palette but a different scale, the patterned upholstery works well with the Christian Lacroix rug.
Zeytoonjian’s Bahamian roots are reflected in the Amos Ferguson paintings over the bar; elephant heads supporting the brass rail honor the home’s original owner, Republican governor Henry Roberts
The family gathers nightly to watch TV on the custom sectional, which Burke embellished with tufting, pleating, and nailhead trim.
n antique chandelier illuminates a group of Theodore Alexander club chairs in the great room, which Burke has dubbed “Club Z” for her husband, Mark Zeytoonjian.
“I really love to blend styles,” says designer Kellie Burke, who placed a modern seating group beside a traditional one in the former ballroom of her Hartford home.
The large, circular window is the centerpiece of a sitting area off the kitchen, where French bergère chairs mingle
with a wingback settee and an array of patterned throw pillows.
In the Americana room, splashes of red, white, and blue complement Deyber’s collection
of patriotic objects, including a portrait of George Washington and a trio of carved eagles.
The linen-covered chairs and sofa strike just the right balance of comfort and elegance.
A mirrored bar and Louis Vuitton trunk
make an elegant pair in the dining room. The trunk holds throws, so it’s also functional,” the designer notes.
A cowhide rug brings texture to the loft.
The living room’s high ceilings hold photosensitive panels that are blue by day and rose-colored at night.
Designer Karen Quinn discovered the striking fire screen on 1stdibs.
Inside, a barn-board wall and a stone floor evoke the home’s farm past.
To boost the ambience in the personality-filled porch along the front of the house, homeowner and designer Leslie Rylee paired the swing (devised with help from Kay Sloan, a friend whom the designer labels “jack of all trades, seamstress, and facilitator extraordinaire”) with old-time treasures like antique lamps and an end table decorated with wooden spools.
The cool grays the homeowner loves form the backbone of the living room’s decor, with blue and gold providing harmony and highlights. The sheer draperies at the floor-to-ceiling windows wear banding at the top, where the opaque fabric hides the window treatments’ mechanics.
The family room reflects the spare aesthetic of the parlors, but in a more casual way. In the adjacent dining area, vintage leather chairs surround a sleek white table.
The palette was deepened to include darker grays and tans in the comfortable media room.
“A walnut ceiling provides a cool transition to the living room,” explains interior designer Dee Elms. Small details, like the silver base on the custom ottoman, bring lightness and sparkle to the setting. Atop a Hellman-Chang Xie cabinet, even the TV gains stature. And although, says Elms, “No one ever tires of the view,” motorized sheers afford privacy when desired.
In the front parlor, modern silhouettes feature a curvaceous lounge chair from Maison Gerard.
Interior designer Manuel de Santaren’s intent was to create a
calm, blank canvas for the homeowners’ extraordinary collection of art and midcentury furnishings. In the back parlor, light-filtering window treatments contribute to that plan.
A symphony of soft hues, honest materials, and iconic pieces
like the Todd Merrill barrel chairs and the vintage Brueton sofa is performed sotto voce in the back parlor.
When it’s not glowing in ample natural light, the family room is warmed by a built-in fireplace flanked by bobbin chairs. An abstract painting by interior designer Lisa Tharp conceals a flat-screen TV when not in use.
The blue of the family room’s slim-lined TV console is nicely reiterated in the custom-framed botanical prints hugging the edges of the tall, vaulted ceiling.
Natural and organic elements—such as an orchid plant that sits in a hollowed-out stone—make the space more modern, livable, and unfussy.
The designer insists pieces like the living room sofa and chair be as comfortable as they are good -looking.
The living room’s custom sofa, coffee table, wool area rug, and built-in shelving espouse the
Arts and Crafts era’s dual emphasis on superior craftsmanship and clever use of space.
The service barn’s
second floor is devoted to a spacious, comfortable area for entertaining.
The dark-blue family-room sofa is a kid- and pet-friendly choice; a game table sits in the bay window.
The living room shares a two-way fireplace with the family room and showcases colorful abstract paintings against a neutral backdrop of staggered limestone bricks and light-colored seating. Designer Shari Pellows adds edgy energy by contrasting the cool hues of the Steven King rugs with the fiery colors in the art.
Quiet neutrals and jolts of color make the living room both serene and energetic.
The living room’s ornate mantel was preserved, while new molding has a simpler, more contemporary profile.
Tucked in what was an unused part of the attic, the husband’s office is accessible from the media room as well as a ladder from his dressing room.
With its palette of warm hues and cushy furniture, the study is a sink-in-and-stay space.
Neutral, with pleasing blue notes, the living room is purposefully calm, cozy, and curated.
Interior designer Cameron -Schwabenton aimed for an updated farmhouse feel that honors the natural environment. Well-chosen antiques are plentiful, including a circa-1880 bird’s-eye view of Keene, New Hampshire, over the fireplace, a pair of Moroccan tables with antique mirror tops, and architectural wood carvings from Kerala, India.
On a trip to Buenos Aires, Rylee and her husband discovered the living room’s mirror and black benches. The sconces are antique as are the Chinese garden seats, while the delicate chandelier is from Visual Comfort.