Building memories on Wequaquet Lake
For the casual, comfortable atmosphere the family desired inside, Haig and interior designer Kristen Terrio of Hyannis-based Vu Design worked to establish a natural aesthetic and warm environment. Paint color—and several subtle varieties of it—played a major role in doing so. Terrio used six different shades of gray, including Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter, throughout the house to create seamless transitions from room to room. Originally, Simone says she envisioned all white walls, but she quickly realized that would appear too stark. “All white seemed a little colder,” Terrio explains, “and the soft tones of the grays and taupes add a little bit more interest and warmed spaces up a shade.” Terrio says these warmer tones also complement the white-painted shiplap walls. (For those who watch HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, shiplap should be quite the familiar term.) This type of wooden board features grooves cut into the top and bottom, giving it its distinct appearance of horizontal lines between pieces. “The idea of shiplap on the inside walls is that it’s not intended to be tight one to another,” Haig says. “We also used random wood, so there’s no sense of a rhythm that your eye picks up on,” which helps in creating an informal, cottage feel with some character.
Hickory wood flooring found throughout the house and oak trusses, supplied by Architectural Timber & Millwork of Hadley, Mass., continue to provide texture and character and add to the house’s refined yet rustic feel. Terrio also created an industrial feel with lighting, incorporating black iron open-lantern sconces in the living room and gray pendant lights above the distressed gray island in the kitchen. “That was one of the first things Simone picked when we met, she loved those,” Terrio says of the pendant lights. “Once we picked those lights above the island, that led into how the rest of the kitchen flowed, with the darker grays in the marble countertops and subway tile work, and gave it more of an industrial feel.”
Terrio says she and her team selected furnishings with texture and pattern, all in the same neutral color palette. For instance, chairs in the living room feature grass-caned backs and natural linen seats with a damask pattern. “Even when we used pattern, it was more tone on tone,” Terrio notes. “We really wanted the architecture to shine here because it’s a unique house, with the wood beams and the vaulted ceiling, so we wanted everything to be calming and smooth while being able to see the outdoors.”
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