When interior designer Hope Van der Wolk began redecorating a grand turn-of-the-century seaside home in the Mid Cape area, she knew the house had a lot to reveal. But the summer house’s starry presence was being dimmed by some of it best features: the dark wood paneling, high ceilings, and vast scale.
So the Osterville designer, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and veteran of the studios of Ralph Lauren and Mario Buatta, called on her mastery of color, texture, and form to give the century-old beauty an interior lift. “I knew of the house, so the possibility of working on it was very exciting,” Hope says. She now has a deep relationship with the house, redecorating it two or three rooms at a time.
As taken as Hope is with the home, the journey hasn’t been a breeze. “I must say, the dark paneling and the big rooms were a challenge,” she says. While dealing with scale, proportion, and varying degrees of light, she also had to serve the needs of an active family that is very attached to their home, as well as accomplish the update without disturbing the integrity of the house’s historic nature.
For her overall strategy, Hope settled on three linchpins: the beautiful murals painted throughout the house, the glorious oceanside setting, and the home’s grand scale.