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The Tides of Chatham

Chatham kitchen and home designed by Roomscapes and Kathleen Hay

Chatham kitchen and home designed by Roomscapes and Kathleen Hay

This Chatham kitchen pays homage to its seaside roots

“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me … on that summer’s day when my eyes were opened to the sea.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Situated on the southeastern tip of Cape Cod, the seaside town of Chatham, like much of the Cape, is known for its gorgeous beaches and stunning vistas. This home renovation is a nod to that nautical splendor, sitting on the seaside awash in enchanting light so that passersby may easily mistake it for a wayward ship, bustling with busy crew members in the form of house guests. And, like on any good ship, the kitchen is at the heart of the design.

“I love the drama of this kitchen,” says interior designer Kathleen Hay of Nantucket. “The entry is a vaulted entry with an arched ceiling out of natural mahogany, so it almost feels like stepping onto a ship.” Although the Chatham home is spacious, the original design of the house was closed off and felt disconnected from the show-stopping water view and dock behind the home. The remodel rectified this by reorienting the living space onto the waterside of the house with nautical accents throughout, and opening up the floor plan by removing almost all of the interior walls. “We wanted to give some architectural nods to the seaside setting,” explains Hay. “In the kitchen, that meant using elements like shiplap, greige-colored cabinetry to stand out against the white color and warm up the room, and glass backsplash.”

“The owners had great vision in finding that diamond in the rough and being able to see the property for what it could be,” says Judy Whalen, design director for Roomscapes who spearheaded the project. One of the main goals in renovating this seaside home in Chatham was to create an open, airy space for entertaining, with the kitchen at the center of it all. “They love to entertain,” says Whalen about the homeowners. “They’re very fun, open people, and that house is filled with family and friends all the time. It really fits their personality.”

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