A polished pearl
Michele Chagnon-Holbrook, owner of Casabella Interiors, has an exquisite showroom on Route 6A in East Sandwich, where over 2,500 square feet of home accessories (and an additional 4,000-square-foot warehouse off-site) allow her entire staff to provide full-service interior design. “We stopped in to look for a new couch, but it wasn’t long before Michele—with her enthusiasm and her expertise—made us pause to consider doing more than just adding furniture,” the homeowner says. Chagnon-Holbrook’s talents lie in her ability to not only transform a space into a sophisticated coastal retreat, but also to deftly and competently manage the entire process, resulting in a happy, stress-free experience for her clients. “I would live at Casabella if I could,” the homeowner says with a giggle. “It just offered everything we had wanted: the colors, the style, the quality. Michele, as well as the people that work for her, made the decision to move forward very easy.”
After initial consultations to transform the kitchen area of the 1,008-square-foot cottage, the homeowner says the project took on a life of its own. To characterize Casabella’s function as “designer” or even “general contractor” overseeing the entire project would discount the invaluable contribution they bring to their clients, as they provide a unique concierge-like commitment to the projects they handle. “Casabella seems to know everyone, at least everyone that you need to know in order to execute a high-quality renovation,” the homeowner says. Chagnon-Holbrook confirms the importance of establishing a relationship of trust and competence with her clients, explaining, “Homeowners don’t want to spend their precious time on the Cape waiting for contractors or chasing down sources. That’s what my team does so well. We give our clients the chance to enjoy their surroundings and the spaces we’ve created for them.”
The goals of the project were pretty simple, in part due to the limited amount of space, but perhaps more significantly because the size limitations forced a deliberate consideration of what was important to achieve maximum enjoyment of the home. “I kept saying to Michele and Shannon, ‘I don’t have three bathrooms, I don’t have a lot of space for extra furniture, so I want everything to be special.’ They embraced that, and as a result, we chose very unique things,” the homeowner recalls. Some of those special details are found in items like the farmhouse sink in the kitchen that has a unique hand-woven basket weave on the front. The homeowner says it was one of her favorite things in her mother’s home, so they tracked down the artist in Texas and asked him to craft another one for the Cape cottage. Another showstopper in the kitchen is found in the pair of pendants that crown the oversized island. Reminiscent of a Fresnel lens associated with classic lighthouses, the pendants’ glass shades fracture and prism the light for maximum drama, all while suspended by chunky stainless steel anchor chains.
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