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You saw the boathouse…now check out the rest of this home on Arey’s Pond!

While the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, this home took the idea quite literally, with the kitchen, dining room and sitting room centered around a large, freestanding fireplace. The open concept kitchen and dining room allows the host to multi-task, with enough space to prepare and cook meals for a large crew while overlooking the dining room and sitting room, never too far from the party. “You get to look out to the water and as you’re entertaining, you can face everyone while you are getting everything ready,” says Rob McPhee, president of McPhee Associates. 

Working with Melinda Headrick of Chatham Interiors, a new color palette was introduced, transforming the house. The exposed brick fireplace acts as a center point for the three rooms, a sort of beacon. The sitting room with its exposed beams and light wood shiplap across the high ceiling gives a warmth to the white open space, resulting in a lake-house style. Wicker accents and rustic, hanging light fixtures connect the design in the sitting room to the dining room where large wicker dining room chairs, an expansive table, and exposed lighting set the tone. Overlooking the pond, the dining room brings people together to enjoy the company, and the beautiful view. The exposed beams, originally an unattractive darker tone, were re-treated by McPhee’s crew, in tones of driftwood, tying everything together.

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