Island Modern

“The creams and grays all have the same color values,” says Stiving-Nichols. The sofa and club chairs in the living room are slipcovered in stark white, indoor-outdoor fabric, while a cream Berber wool rug warms the space. The living room side tables are a mix of reclaimed wood and natural tree stumps with raw metal bases. The rustic wood echoes the salvaged barn board columns.

The dining area holds a large table that comfortably seats 10 and is surrounded by high-back chairs slipcovered in white cotton. Vintage wine decanters transformed into globe pendents hang above the table, giving a new contemporary use to the old glass.

To update the kitchen without entirely gutting the space, Stiving-Nichols painted the traditional dark cherry-stained cabinets a light gray and had the polished granite countertops removed and sanded for a honed finish. The kitchen tabletop is zinc and is supported by white-painted tree trunks. “Zinc is a ‘living’ finish, which means it will patina over time,” notes Stiving-Nichols. The 1940s reproduction metal chairs surrounding the table add a pleasingly utilitarian feel.

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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