Once the house was shored up, the couple turned to the interiors. “We walked into Nautique, a home furnishings shop in Brewster, and knew we had come to the right place,” notes Elizabeth. They needed direction to create the perfect cottage atmosphere—and then they met designer Marsha Malone, the shop’s proprietor. Michael describes Malone as a “champion of good taste.” The couple explained that they wanted to imbue the interiors with the colors found in sea and sand. Malone took the lead to create a dreamy seaside cottage. The view would be reflected in the furnishings and hues. Sea foam green, soft blues, and creamy whites became the color palette.
Marsha Malone also worked with the owners to choose lighting, chandeliers, many slip-covered pieces, and bedding for the cottage. “It was important to honor the original elements in a home,” says Malone. “They are part of the intrinsic charm of a house—its character and history.” Because the house is small, Malone custom-designed “miniature” tables and chests made from reclaimed wood—another sustainable move. All the pieces are from her Nautique Sail Loft Collection. Bedrooms are kept soothing and serene—the master in pale greens and the upstairs bedrooms in soft whites.
Special touches give the home personality. Malone hung a large custom mirror encrusted with indigenous seashells over the refurbished antique mantel in the living room. Under the dining room table, Malone’s decorative artist created a “floor cloth.” She actually painted the floor with a seafoam green rug design accented with sail rope and a native seashell motif. The decorative artist also gave the lampshades a sponged or crackled effect. “In a small room, this treatment is a real space saver,” says Malone.