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Michael Ferzoco Eleven Interiors

The cozy living room draws color from framed paintings, pottery pieces, and a table lamp. Photo by Eric Roth

The existing kitchen was dark and small with a sleeping loft above it, a very traditional feature in early Cape homes where life centered around the kitchen. “Initially we thought we might use the loft as an office, but the ceilings were low and the room was cramped,” says Ferzoco. The designer had the loft removed and added a skylight, flooding the kitchen with natural light. He chose custom-designed cabinetry with butcher block tops. “We wanted to give the room a sense of patina,” he says. To achieve this look, a distinctive Paris flea market find was placed in the center of the kitchen—a well-worn butcher-block table.

Michael Ferzoco Eleven Interiors

Pots and pans hang from the ceiling of the kitchen above wood countertops, giving the room an industrial feel. Photo by Eric Roth

“We left simple open shelves above the counters to further the illusion of age,” says Ferzoco. Today, the kitchen feels spacious, yet warm and comfortable. An authentic detail was the incorporation of rough-sawn ceiling beams that look hand hewn, painted white with simple wood boards between the beams. The attractive backsplash behind the commercial stove is another French purchase featuring antique blue-and-white tiles from the turn of the last century.

The dining space has a handsome, antique round table with contemporary chairs placed around it providing a great focal point adding effective dramatic contrast. Ferzoco introduced a bank of two-over-two windows topped with operable awning transoms to open the space to views of the private garden as well as allowing additional light to stream in.

The main portion of the house was originally divided into three separate spaces. To create a more relaxed living environment, Ferzoco removed the walls, opening up the entire interior. An original fireplace anchors the expanse. Originally the three separate rooms had quite different functions—a larder, a borning room, and a parlor—and there was a typical decorative hierarchy to the trim details in each typical of Colonial homes. “The original parlor’s window trim with corner blocks was the most decorative, so we replicated it for the other windows in all three spaces,” says the designer.

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