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Living where the sea meets the sky

Living where the sea meets the sky, Autumn Cape Cod Home |

“The living room gets all-day sun,” DaSilva says. “We had to be cognizant of not just the path of the sun, but also the location of the neighboring houses. We can’t block [out] the neighboring houses completely, because you don’t want to close the house in that much, but we at least minimized them.”

Beach-y bright blues and the greens of the marsh grass define the home. Designer Susan Tuttle of Surroundings Custom Interiors of Orleans helped the homeowners choose colors and interior furnishings. Tuttle took an understated approach to color in the kitchen/dining room area. “The gray-green cabinets weren’t the exact same color as the adjacent wall,” Tuttle says, “so I used wallpaper in a light gray-green to make it blend. I didn’t want to make it too bold, but rather textural.”

The homeowners were pleased with Tuttle’s suggestions. “We were so happy to have worked with Susan,” Heidi Fahey says. “She helped choose the right lively colors and fun fabrics. When we came to the house, we realized that the surroundings overwhelmed us when we looked outside. Even bringing in colors would fight with the view, and it was important to respect the marsh.”

The second floor of the home features three guest bedrooms, each with its own seaside vista and private bath. There’s also a communal sitting area at the top of the stairs, inviting guests to gather for a quiet evening’s chat. The back porch, which leads out onto the terrace, is, as DaSilva puts it, a “transitional zone” from the inside to the outdoors. “You don’t just step from the inside space directly onto the terrace,” he explains. “Because it’s a relatively tight waterfront site, the amount of footprint available for the house was limited, so the porch had to be judicially designed so that it gave you the sense of a porch. There’s a small area where you can actually sit on the porch, but mostly it’s there to give you a sense of transition from the interior to the exterior, rather than an abrupt jump.”

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