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Flavor of the sea

2015-12 Nautique-Cutrona (27 of 32)

Photography by Dan Cutrona

Throughout the home, shells also dangle in and from many of the overhead light fixtures. One particularly elaborate chandelier that hangs above the breakfast table features large mussel shells. Another, incorporating a judicious use of scallop shells among crystals, illuminates the living room; yet another, highlighting mussel shells, lights the stairway. Though jellyfish are to be avoided in the ocean, when translated into a light fixture the marine animal becomes a dramatic work of art, and in this house, one such jelly drifts over another set of stairs.

According to Malone, not only does the couple have great taste, but they are also a lot of fun, and this feeling is manifest in their willingness to add such design surprises throughout their home. While the light fixtures are inspired by the sea, some of the side table lamps, part of Malone’s lighting line, have bases inspired by New England lamp posts, and their shades are hand-painted by Nautique’s artists.

Other quintessential seaside ingredients contribute to the home’s Cape Cod theme. The desk in the husband’s office, for instance, is finished in driftwood, and Malone designed a matching shelf unit, using 200-year-old wood, a mainstay of Nautique’s Sail Loft furniture collection. The lower level billiard table also sports a driftwood finish and lives in a room clad in kiwi-green beadboard walls, a Cape cottage staple. The custom-made living room coffee table is also built from antique wood; for its painted rim, Malone extracted design elements from the room’s window treatment and the fabric on an armchair. She also designed the living room console, its reclaimed New England barn wood painted a seafoam green which was then rubbed and distressed.

The use of shells and antique barn wood connect the interiors of the home to the surrounding seascape, as do the various materials and textures used for wallcoverings, carpets and other furnishings. One guest bed is made of woven seagrass, while the lamps on the side tables have lampshades made of cork, adding more texture to the room. In the living room, a rope rug replaced the Oriental that had been there, and the walls are now clad in a Nantucket basket weave. The foyer and stairwell walls are papered in a Japanese weave. These natural textures create the perfect backdrop for all of the home’s many coastal touches.

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