The kitchen’s light atmosphere carries into the eating area, where the many windows invite in the water’s hues. The striped blue curtains add coastal tones, carrying the ocean indoors. Over in the living area, neutral seating is arranged to feel like a distinct space, perfect for the group to gather around the floating fireplace.
MacPhee was involved in much of the stylistic decision making, from paint colors to hardware. “We discussed so many things like the floor, hardware, stain color for the door, indoor and outdoor colors, and the fireplace insert,” MacPhee adds. With such thoughtfulness and collaboration, the home truly flows as one cohesive sanctuary.
Outside on the deck, glass railings extend the view and provide refuge from the ocean breezes as the family gathers around the gas fire-pit. “The sliding glass doors to the deck are the best feature. You’re in that great room, you slide open the doors, and they completely disappear out of the way. It’s an 18-foot opening. You’re right there on the ocean. For the Cape, I don’t think you are going to find a better location than that,” Nardone comments.
The master bedroom is a retreat in itself, offering easy, first-floor living and the same sweeping view. The master bath is equipped with its own washer and dryer, double sinks, and a luxurious walk-in shower.
The second floor is complete with an office, laundry area, and two spacious bedrooms. The bedrooms breathe an air of privacy and repose, complete with en suite baths and exterior balconies. The attention to detail is evident in choices like the penny tile, arched doorways, and artful accent pieces.
An additional treasure, the kids’ loft space, lies upstairs on the third floor. With two grandchildren in the family and one on the way, there needed to be additional sleeping and play space. “Because the ceilings are low, and since it needed to be special for the kids, we used nickel gap, which is like shiplap, and painted it white, so it would connect to the rest of the home and feel light and bright. We put in all of these little features so people could sleep up there, as well as some built-in cabinets. When the kids get older, they can hang out up there, and everybody gets a light and USB port by their beds,” MacPhee adds. The Robinsons love the loft space, as it allows the home to accommodate the whole family. “The loft was for the grandkids. As you’re going upstairs, you’re looking out those port hole windows, and all you see is water,” Jeff says. “It’s like you’re on a boat. Irina really perfected the nautical flair up there,” Nancy adds.
In this relaxing retreat, just 150 feet from the water’s edge, life can ebb and flow as time passes and the Robinson family grows. Across the open spaces, its timeless style invites the aura of the beach indoors in the most tasteful, serene manner. To the Robinsons, it is a space to marvel at the Cape’s natural beauty with those they love. “We wanted the home to be very family oriented. That’s what it’s all about— having the kids and grandkids come down to spend time all together,” Nancy notes. “The best parts of our lives have been on the Cape. You cross the bridge and it is instant relaxation. To me, there is nothing more calming or beautiful than watching Mother Nature in her finest element,” Jeff remarks.
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Brenna Collins is the staff writer for Cape Cod Life Publications
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