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In Living Color

Marsha Malone Nautique

Photo Paige Biviano

Throughout the home, Malone and Sheeran deftly incorporated pieces that Malone had custom designed from her Nautique-branded furniture lines for the previous home in Harwich Port. “While that home was not small in terms of square footage, there were small spaces where commercially manufactured furniture would not have taken advantage of the best use of the space, so we made furniture to fit exactly,” Malone says. Sheeran continues by explaining that those pieces became perfect accents throughout this home, but since it was a much more open floor plan, they sourced larger scaled pieces through the various Nautique lines.

The formal front entrance of the home greets visitors in color and style with an elegant blue grasscloth wallpaper on the walls of the foyer as well as the front staircase. A custom blue and white tweed runner of carpet, with a smartly tailored border, designed by Nautique, makes the countless trips up and down the stairs much more enjoyable. At the other end of the foyer, a small alcove with a chest of drawers, more elegantly trimmed drapes and scores of small oil paintings by local artist Rowena Anderson grace the wallpapered walls. The master suite lies beyond with a bank of windows, looking out on a verdant vista. Sophisticated details negotiate the mood of the room, like a traditionally manteled fireplace and, flanking the king-size bed, white lacquered chests of drawers by Newport Cottages, a furniture line offered through Nautique.

A sitting room off the master bedroom serves as Sheeran’s meditation room. Sumptuous white drapes, accented with a wide, royal blue trim depicting white feather flourishes, serve double duty—they make the room cozy for reflection or, when drawn open, frame a beautiful marsh setting. An elegantly upholstered couch and chair from Nautique are complemented by navy blue grasscloth wallpaper that covers the walls, while one whole wall serves as Sheeran’s vision board. Hundreds of photos of her family, snippets of inspiring quotes and memorabilia that she has gathered in her journeys all contribute to the cache of gratitude Sheeran recognizes in her life.

A jewel box of a half bath, found off of the front hallway, makes perfect use of matching blue and white ikat wallpaper and fabric from the Dana Gibson collection by Stroheim. White headboard millwork halfway up the wall, a white porcelain pedestal sink, and a substantial white-framed mirror crowned with a golden cod, courtesy of the Nautique Coastal Collection, keep the wallpaper from becoming overwhelming.

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