For designer Irina MacPhee, owner of Pastiche of Cape Cod in West Barnstable and Dennisport, the details and finishing touches are what make a house really shine and that is one of the things she liked best about designing the main living spaces in this Barnstable home.
The homeowner had purchased a kitchen table and chairs from Pastiche several years ago. When she moved to a new house on the water, she came into MacPhee’s store with the desire to finish decorating her new home. She hired MacPhee to help her put together a cohesive look that flowed from room to room.
“I love this house because it’s intimate but it’s expandable when all their guests and family come home,” MacPhee says. “Her theme is casual elegance, but very comfortable.”
Bringing in color adds pop to a neutral palette
All the rooms have neutral walls and MacPhee wanted to play off the open and airy feel with blues and more neutrals. The great room had two lovely sofas, but MacPhee replaced two uncomfortable chairs with swivel chairs from her private collection of custom-made furniture. The chairs allow guests to either join in the conversation in the room or turn around to enjoy the stunning water views.
Chinese-style stools from Pastiche look great lined up against the staircase, but also serve as extra seating when family comes. They are perfect for pulling up to the center coffee table where a puzzle is usually ongoing or for sitting in front of a fire. The beautiful stone fireplace is flanked by bookshelves filled with books, pottery and collectibles that are tied together by color.
“It’s a great meeting room and they have some wonderful and eclectic things,” MacPhee says. “She had some wonderful pieces but it just wasn’t finished.”
Luckily for the homeowner, MacPhee now has a private label line of furniture called “The Cape Cod Collection.” It includes both wood and upholstered pieces. The wood furniture is all bench-made and hand-tooled locally out of Eastern White Pine. All pieces can be custom designed to fit a specific space, which is just what MacPhee did in the kitchen.
In addition to adding beauty, functionality plays a role in every piece MacPhee designs. In the dining area of the kitchen, the homeowners had a sofa along one wall, which MacPhee replaced with a custom-built sideboard she designed to coordinate with the table. The sideboard adds extra storage room in the drawers and makes a wonderful display for the homeowner’s handmade Nantucket basket collection. Two unique wood lamps complete the vignette.
Finishing touches is all it takes
In the small den, the color scheme of neutrals gets a punch of coral color, adding elegant pizzazz in the curtains and pillows. The original cocktail table in the room was too large for the space, so MacPhee repurposed an old ottoman, covering it with a fun chocolate-and-cream polka dotted fabric that is user friendly. It is the perfect piece to put up your feet or to use as a coffee table. Combined with a sectional sofa the homeowners already owned, the overall effect is a cozy and inviting place to relax.
The master bedroom just needed some freshening up. One wall is now covered with grass cloth with blues in it. The rest of the walls are a darker neutral. New bedding, a couple of lamps and a mirror offered the finishing touches. The homeowners opted not to have window treatments to optimize their second-floor view of the water. It is also in keeping with the open airy look throughout.
“Sometimes when people hire a designer, they’re so anxious to get everything in and do everything, but it’s really that last 20 percent that makes the difference towards making it wonderful and really personalizing it,” MacPhee says.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Dan Cutrona
Interior Design: Irina MacPhee of Pastiche of Cape Cod
**As seen in Southern New England Home magazine’s 2012-2013 print edition.