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A Family Embrace

Marstons Mills waterfront home by Doreve Nicholaeff and Delphi Construction

The spacious yet cozy living room is open to the kitchen, allowing the homeowner to be connected to her family and guests as she cooks.

Upstairs the spacious bedrooms showcase the personalities of the three vibrant children—in shades of blue and sailboat wallpaper for the boy’s room and pink and white for the girls. Privacy and natural materials offer solitude and respite to the parents in the serene master suite. The bedroom, wrapped in a cool, soothing, misty wintergreen color benefits from a treetop view of the bustling waterways beyond. The master bath beckons luxuriating—in an oversized, freestanding tub or the giant walk-in shower with no threshold and long walls of glass, placing nothing (literally) in the way of the view. A second story reading room is the perfect place for the family to catch up with their literary adventures, since the entire family loves to read. During the day, the views provide plenty of fodder for daydreaming, but at night, Nicholaeff’s round tray ceiling, with a star-shaped light fixture, sets the stage for celestial dreaming.

Throughout the home, there is an impressive and eclectic collection of stunning lighting fixtures. In the living room, two chandeliers, evocative of noted designer Lindsey Adelman’s style, balance the high ceilings of the room while adding a slightly more modern element to the overall design. The kitchen island is topped by a similar piece whose glass bulbs feel like bubbles moving through water to reach the surface. The homeowner explains her enthusiasm for finding just the right item: “Today, with the internet, you can successfully track down anything you want.” It was that kind of investigative grit she exercised when arriving at the design for the blue china hutch that also includes two wine refrigerators. The high-gloss cabinetry, painted in a popular Farrow & Ball color, is accented with a mahogany counter and brass and wood drawer pulls, giving it a timeless presence.

Many powder rooms are simply and succinctly described as being a “jewel box,” but the diminutive powder room created in this thoughtful home is jaw-dropping. First, the chrome vanity, with its one-piece carved rectangular stone sink top, was found, and the homeowner knew it would be the inspiration for the rest of the design for the tiny room. Then, the decision to wrap the walls with shimmering wallpaper that features fish swimming in their schools makes you feel like you are under water and completed the look to truly make it unique.

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