The interiors also honor earlier New England homes with details such as shiplap and V-groove paneling, classical moldings, six fireplaces, and traditional layouts. Although the house is large at 7,500 square feet, the rooms feel intimate—everything is done to human scale. “We wanted the rooms to be distinct spaces,” notes Matthew. “To better capture views of the surrounding conservation land, the house is designed as an upside down house with the main living spaces—eat-in kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom—on the second floor.”
To connect the spaces in a more modern fashion, the designers introduced large arched openings. “The spaces flow into one another, which makes the house perfect for hosting large parties,” says Matthew. “Last summer, we held an engagement party for friends—100 guests attended.” A family room and guest bedrooms are located on the lower level. The flooring throughout is a rustic white oak with a handsome dark stain. The walls and ceilings are white creating an effective contrast. The furnishings are also in keeping with the island’s theme, a mix of antique and contemporary pieces to offer a relaxed beach feel in the spaces.