Gray Expectations, Spring 2018 Cape Cod HOME | capecodlife.com

In the living room, the gray walls appear almost teal, and the warmth of the room is tied together by the stunning oak flooring.

Calm seas and warm days inspire a couple’s design choices

In this issue of Cape Cod HOME, we celebrate color, most often represented by vibrant, attention-grabbing hues, but the understated elegance of neutral tones cannot be overlooked. A Falmouth home awash in soft grays proves that beauty comes in many shades.

A short, winding drive down Moorland Road, a desirable neighborhood in Falmouth, locally known as The Moors, a quaint home sits slightly back from the road, surrounded by towering evergreens and a bluestone terrace in place of a lawn. In the summer, pink, white and purple perennials accent the hardscape and surround the cozy outdoor seating area.

From their landlocked home in Ohio, Peg Cotter and her husband, Jeff Whittle, often dreamed of warmer days sailing on Buzzards Bay or windsurfing off the beach in Falmouth—the way the sky meets the water, creating a million different sparkling colors, every second a new shade. Purchasing a Cape home gave them the opportunity to recreate these dreams, bringing the serenity of the ocean straight to their walls.

For years, the coastal draw of Falmouth had the couple renting a summer home in The Moors, where they often fantasized about owning their own cottage. “When it came time to buy a house, we knew that’s where we wanted to be,” says Peg, but finding an available home in such a desirable destination was not without its challenges. “We almost gave up,” admits Jeff.

On a whim, Peg’s sister, Moe, ended up looking at a home before the “For Sale” sign was even in the ground. With electric blue carpets still intact and the homeowner’s belongings spread throughout, recognizing the potential of the space was no small task, but Moe rose to the challenge. “I could tell the house had good bones, even though it wasn’t cleaned out,” she says. Most importantly, the back yard offered enough room to accommodate Jeff’s boat. And with that, Peg and Jeff had a new home, and a new project.