The handsome yet cozy farm-style kitchen, designed by Elizabeth Swartz, ASID, of Elizabeth Swartz Interiors, opens to the living/dining area, but is physically separated by a peninsula topped in cherry. The cabinets, custom built by Crown Point Cabinetry, are painted a stone blue. Swartz chose a Costa Esmeralda Bianco marble counter top and Akdo frosted blue glass tile backsplash to enhance the seaside aesthetic of the kitchen. A raised ceiling with exposed support beams enhances the cottage feel. At the client’s request, an interior window looking into the screen porch allows additional light into the space and doubles as a pass-through for family meals. Sherman transformed a mudroom into a pantry, creating a perfect spot for a large stainless-steel refrigerator.
Throughout the house, Swartz was responsible for finishes and materials choosing tranquil blues and greens to create a coastal-hued effect. Swartz worked with the clients to define the feel of their island home, partnering with Sherman’s team on many details. “Location of the walls in the master bedroom, bath, and closet as well as the second floor bedrooms and bath, contributed to the spacious, airy feel of the rooms,” says Swartz. “Continuing with this airy intent, I suggested we open the new stairwell to the lower level and make the family room more a part of the whole house.”
Swartz notes that the cottage’s window selection and placement were also key. The house’s non-water views are all of island woods, with lots of windows letting in an abundance of light throughout. “The desire was to keep the home small and casual,” Swartz explains.
The cottage’s new family are thrilled with the outcome of their island retreat. A relaxed, inviting vibe fills the house, and its design pays homage to the island’s modestly scaled, cedar-clad dwellings.
Accessories from Bespoke Abode, Vineyard Haven, were featured in the photo shoot for this story.
Nancy Berry is a contributing editor for Cape Cod HOME.