Handsome, sophisticated features include a living room finished in beadboard and an airy sun porch with a vaulted ceiling given definition by radius mahogany tie beams. The flooring was replaced with maple planks with attractive mahogany borders. The addition of a quiet serene master suite and a comfortable bunkroom offers added sleeping space for a large family. The bunkroom also has a coffered ceiling and substantial cove moldings that add interest to the space and hide mechanical grills. A built-in window seat offers storage for toys and clothing.
Heather McGrath, owner of Simpler Pleasures in Chatham and Hereford’s sister, and Vanessa Card were the interior designers for the home. “We have worked with this client for 10 years on various projects. She has a wonderful eye and her daughter who is studying architecture in Boston also got involved with choosing colors and papers,” says McGrath.
The most important factor for the interior—besides being relaxed and comfortable—was to create a backdrop for the extensive collection of artwork amassed over the years by the client. “The artwork really drove the design,” says McGrath. The homeowner has an eclectic mix in several different mediums and genres. “The client chose vibrant paint colors to speak to the artwork in the various rooms—she was not scared of color,” says McGrath. The rich tones chosen, such as midnight blue for the family room, orange for the bunkroom, and Tiffany blue in the dining room, offset the artwork.
“It’s really important to find out what a client’s needs and wants are before you start a project,” says McGrath. “This client put so much of their personality into the home.” The fabrics chosen are light, airy, and have an organic quality. McGrath—a master seamstress—did most of the upholstery and drapery sewing herself. “Whenever possible we specified low-VOC paints and cotton or wool fabrics—we also buy from mills that have good environmental practices,” says McGrath.