Cappuccino also explains how the project was the beginning of a beautiful realtionship among the trio. “This was the first time we worked with Jen,” Cappuccino remembers. “Designing her home was such a great experience, we have now worked together several times for clients that she has referred to us.” The result of this dream team on their first foray is a home, whose subtleties and thoughtful appointments, look very different from the typical Cape house.
“For a long time I have admired the work Hutker’s firm has been putting out. I loved the subtlety, the casualness, and the unassuming quality their work has,” Palumbo says. “There is a rustic, farmhouse simplicity inherent to their projects and that was what we distinctly wanted. We live in a historic Georgian home in Boston and we wanted something that felt completely different. I’ve always wanted this casual, barn-style kind of look, but in a beach community, and that is what they were able to give us. A lot of thought went into pulling that off so it still felt coastal and acknowledged that we were in a summer community near the ocean.”
“The goal was to create a balance between a home in a beach community, but also a cozy winter escape,” explains Cappuccino.
That rustic, weathered aesthetic that translates as simple, unassuming architecture on the exterior is accomplished by a mix of vertical board siding and silvered cedar shingles; unadorned fenestration and copper roof accents. Inside, reclaimed barn board planks adorn the walls in old world warmth that is highlighted by the blank canvas of white painted walls enveloped in shiplap paneling. From the moment one enters the front door (painted a soothing, coastal blue) Palumbo’s passion for deliberately curated lighting choices is evident. A ceiling fixture that is little more than a tangle of blown glass globes, caught up in a nest of nautical line crowns the small space and sets the tone for the kind of casual, creative environment that is found throughout.
The living room basks in the awe-producing timber frame structure and a linear gas fireplace, set with beach stones and anchoring a two-story wall of the deep, rich barn boards. Floating like delicate jellyfish on the swells of the ocean, a collection of honeycombed pendant lights bob over the space that includes a soft, sumptuous sectional, punctuated by deep turquoise throw pillows, and other casual seating. Palumbo’s fondness for the natural aesthetic of pastoral and organic textures and surfaces is counter-balanced with her love of sleek sophistication making for a certain equilibrium that is found throughout the home.
The living room shares the first floor with the dining area, flanked on the other side by the kitchen. “Our home in Boston is classic, so here, we wanted a wide open space for all of the family activities to take place,” Palumbo explains. Adjacent to the great room are two spaces that serve the entire family. In one room, designated the “kid’s family room,” light pours through a bank of windows to illuminate a kid-tested sectional sofa with an array of colorful pillows and a whimsical hanging chair—the perfect place to hang out with friends. Across the hall, a home office with royal blue walls keeps things energized when Palumbo and her husband find themselves reconnecting with real life.
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