In the front hall, the first impression at the home’s entrance, little things mean a lot. The fireplace, of dark-paneled wood and limestone, has a brass fender that Hope found at the Brimfield Antique Show. She carefully chose the rug at the front door entrance, a weaving in shades of adobe, cranberry, and gold that picks up colors in the upholstered chairs and murals.
The designer was careful to retain the home’s historic spirit. “We tried to create an old-fashioned feeling to suit the house,” she says. Some of the pieces she chose are from the Osterville shop Van der Wolks, located in the front of her design studio on Main Street. The charming shop, filled with decorative objects and one-of-a-kind antiques, is operated by Hope’s brother Peter Van der Wolk and his wife, Conway.
To the right of the front hall is another echo of the past: a sweet powder room that is essentially a sitting room. “It used to be called a cloakroom,” Hope says. The wall color—a rich, deep green with a touch of blue—works beautifully. “It was an unusual choice, but it suited the space and the color scheme,” she says. Other items in the room play off the bold shade, such as the deep window’s silk valance in stripes of taupe, rose, and ecru, and edged in tassel fringe. She had the small upholstered armchair covered in a soft rose pattern, forming a very pretty vignette with the window’s Irish lace curtain and wallpaper by Samuel & Sons. The sink, the home’s original, needed new faucets—not an easy task for the designer. “The sink’s antiquated layout made it difficult to find faucet fixtures that would work,” she says. She found the answer in oil-rubbed bronze.