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A mother and daughter team up to create a relaxed, sophisticated style in an old Cape on Bass River.

Lu Farrington kitchen

Farrington’s kitchen has a quaint farmhouse feel, but is functional enough to feed the housefuls of people she often welcomes. Photo by Eric Roth

With three grown daughters, five grandchildren, and their five dogs visiting at any given time, most women might give up on trying to create a home that has an air of sophistication. But Lu Farrington is not that kind of woman. After 11 years of cosmetic touches and one kitchen remodel, her year-round home, which she shares with her husband, Paul, is both welcoming and stylish. “My mother has amazing tastes and great vision,” says Lu’s daughter and interior designer Kelly McGuill. “But above all, my parents knew the house had to be dog- friendly and kid-friendly.” Lu wanted to create a home that could accommodate all her family and friends as well as give a sense of her personal flair.

Kelly and Lu began working together choosing fabrics and materials that could stand up to frisky canines and active little children. “There can be 30 people staying at the house at one time, says Kelly. “Leather (as a comfortable, tough fabric that is easy to maintain) can really be your friend.” Along with leather, Kelly introduced sturdy indoor/outdoor fabrics for a “no worry” home. “The home is full of natural light and really just needed to be freshened up,” says Kelly. A black-and-white check cloth covers the sofa and love seat in the living room. Vintage end tables in crisp whites and a large mirror found at a flea market give the room charm as well as a relaxed feel. An oriental rug gives the room a punch of red. Country porcelain pitcher topiaries and clay pots placed along the mantel give the room a country feel.

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