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Mid Century Modern Deck House on Cape Cod!

Elizabeth Tobin

Original Plan by LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.

Original Plan by LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.

We've been tasked with an exciting new summer project! Our clients spent time traveling Scandinavia and fell in love with the clean simplicity of Scandinavian interiors. Aimed to be a mid century modern deck house on Cape Cod, we are designing this project with a certain focus to dream up our clients recent European travels nostalgia.

Completed gutted to the original wood beams framing the house, there are a few key features that shape the home extraordinarily. Below are some before pictures of the project that present the 8ft sliding doors that open to the front patio and terrace that will boast a blooming vegetable garden and hot tub overlooking the Welfleet Harbor. The cornerstone of the house is a two floor brick fireplace that will be painted white. Sky lights scatter the ceilings and give the slanting roof an abundance of natural light which is an important element of Scandinavian interiors.

Our clients requests were to incorporate their favorite colors, indigo and orange. We've sourced some incredible pieces that revolutionize mid century modern. It's an exciting challenge for us to mold this homes interior to fit a style that is experiencing a renaissance with today's home buyers. Companies like West Elm, Blu Dot, Lawson Fenning, and even Anthropologie are on the trend and have produced spring furniture lines that show their modern muscles in this stapled style.

Our clients are a family full of makers and artisans. The project will include a separate loft cottage with a first floor workroom for woodworking and relaxation, and a second floor private suite for guests. An artists shed will sit beside the cottage to provide a space to paint the gorgeous views the home sits upon. Although the home is coastal, this project will be a welcome challenge to incorporate a style we don't regularly get to try our hand designing. Take a look through the gallery below for our favorite mid century pieces and inspiration images! Keep up with us for a full reveal.


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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Elizabeth Tobin

 

We love it when a client presents us with the opportunity to wow! For our newest renovation our client had a simple request : A modern, clean kitchen with a pop of color. These renderings highlight a few fun elements we'll be implementing to bring a new heartbeat to this traditional farmhouse.

 
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Although the structure of the home is inherently farmhouse-esque, our clients personal taste sings clean and modern. To bring some warmth, we're opting for a two-tone counter top in a mix of walnut and stone. Surrounding the island are walnut barstools we're covering in a hot pink leather titled "Orchid" from Jerry Pair. To add texture and round out the space, we're adding an ombré backsplash that waves hints of purple throughout. See below!

 
 
 

We've curated a Jonathan Adler light fixture and some custom Lucite legs supporting the island to truly bring the kitchen together. Color, especially in fabrics, brings excitement when you want it and adaptability when you need it.

 
 

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Before and After: Beverly Farms Carriage House

Elizabeth Tobin

This project was one of our favorite renovations and I'll tell you why. We had the opportunity to renovate such a historical building type, a carriage house with 13ft ceilings, and transform it's mismatched interior into a modern take on mixing styles that boasted the clients gorgeous antiques. Our clients bought this home from the previous homeowner who doused the interior in french traditional style that lacked a lot of luster.

The neighborhood of Beverly Farms itself, in Northeast Coastal Massachusetts, is traditional and colonial to it's core. The history of the homes here date back to the 1700's. Inspired by the architecture and history of the neighborhood, I was tasked with grounding our clients existing art and antiques into a grandiose first floor (did I already say the home had 13ft ceilings?!) that needed a serious balance between size and style.

The homes' exterior is picturesque. Focused behind high stone walls, the original carriage doors peer out from the gravel entrance like big green eyes that certainly draw you in. Follow me inside for a before and after of this traditional carriage house renovation!


Before..

We had to begin our focus on a few key features that NEEDED to change. The first was the wallpapered dividing wall (1) that was put in to separate the first floor entirely and bring the ceiling height down to size. We put a fresh coat of bright paint over the gray faux weathered paneling (2) that stretched around the first floor. Dark window frames (3) gave the stairs a daunting introduction and all existing furniture needed serious reupholstering (4). The original rug (5) was just too large for the room. It completely hid the beautiful floors beneath.

With these considerations in mind and a lot of paint, process, and procurement later, we fulfilled the clients needs of mixing new and modern styles to create a first floor they loved. What was two separate rooms that needed a lot of attention quickly became a multi functional first floor that provided space for hosting as well as style. Here's how it turned out..


AFTER!

Lacquered Carriage Doors provided option for open concept living. The modern velvet couch, surrounded by statement antiques and dark wood hues, became the centerpiece of the space.

Lacquered Carriage Doors provided option for open concept living. The modern velvet couch, surrounded by statement antiques and dark wood hues, became the centerpiece of the space.

We hung this existing art piece higher which brought out the vibrant colors in the textiles we chose to give the room a lot of life!

We hung this existing art piece higher which brought out the vibrant colors in the textiles we chose to give the room a lot of life!

Here we opted to layer the clients existing oriental rug over the enormous DWR wool rug we chose for this room. This is a great trick for providing separation in an open concept space. We wanted this side of the room that was surrounded by antiques and an extensive library, to stand on it's own.

Modern textiles, a mixture of new accent furniture and lighting, and bright windows were exactly what this room called for. Not to mention that gorgeous rug! Bigger isn't always better, scale is just as important as style.

Modern textiles, a mixture of new accent furniture and lighting, and bright windows were exactly what this room called for. Not to mention that gorgeous rug! Bigger isn't always better, scale is just as important as style.

Want to see more of this project? Check out our Beverly Farms portfolio on our website!