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Chris Hereford

In a well maintained outdoor landscape, sea grass and rosa rugosa are on full display. Photo by Eric Roth

The most important factor for the interior—besides being relaxed and comfortable—was to create a backdrop for the extensive collection of artwork amassed over the years by the client. “The artwork really drove the design,” says McGrath. The homeowner has an eclectic mix in several different mediums and genres. “The client chose vibrant paint colors to speak to the artwork in the various rooms—she was not scared of color,” says McGrath. The rich tones chosen, such as midnight blue for the family room, orange for the bunkroom, and Tiffany blue in the dining room, offset the artwork.

Chris Hereford

The light blue tones and abundance of natural light give this bathroom an airy quality. Photo by Eric Roth

“It’s really important to find out what a client’s needs and wants are before you start a project,” says McGrath. “This client put so much of their personality into the home.” The fabrics chosen are light, airy, and have an organic quality. McGrath—a master seamstress—did most of the upholstery and drapery sewing herself. “Whenever possible we specified low-VOC paints and cotton or wool fabrics—we also buy from mills that have good environmental practices,” says McGrath.

Subtle hints of the home’s special location are found throughout the house—a starfish embellishes the custom-mahogany screen door, a Nantucket basket rests on an antique table, seashell and sea grass motifs are found in accent pillows. “The client wanted to give the home a Cape feel without that look becoming overwhelming,” says McGrath.

The landscape around the home also has a natural feel with native plantings that are low maintenance. Sea grass and rosa rugosa wave in the breeze. A garage/guesthouse was also renovated on the property. An outdoor shower and garage windows continue the wave theme. “We wanted to tie the buildings together into one cohesive design,” says Hereford. Hereford and McGrath transformed an outdated house with impeccable taste, innovative detailing, and informed design for an active family.
For more information, go to HMD Architects,

Nancy E. Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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