Most often the best meetings are by chance. Marsha Malone of Nautique in Brewster was in her store one day a few years ago when a client came in looking for furniture for his summer home in Brewster. He bought a few pieces off the floor and kept coming back for more. “He finally said, ‘You should come see my place,’” remembers Malone and so she did. It was the start of a fruitful design collaboration.
Starting with the living room
She began by providing a few swivel chairs for the living room overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Next, she brought in a heavy textured carpet for the same room in a neutral palette and then had a coffee table and two end tables built from her company’s bespoke collection, Nautique Sail Loft, out of reclaimed and antique woods. By introducing a jute rug, Malone highlighted the rope detail on the furniture she’d custom designed for the space. In addition to Malone’s design services and ready-made pieces available at the boutique, her company also offers custom-made furniture from the line that fills this client’s home as well as the Nautique Coastal Collection, which focuses more on bead board and mahogany items.
Then on to the dining room
“Architecturally, from the outside it is a contemporary Cape Cod home, but then you step inside and look straight through the living room to the Bay,” says Malone. All of the rooms in the home have beautiful views and she highlighted the windows by putting up window treatments that “disappear” when they are not needed. Malone designed and built a distressed off-white sideboard, which serves as a liquor cabinet and buffet, for the dining room under the room’s main piece of artwork. She also had the sideboard finished in a neutral color so it wouldn’t compete with the colorful oil painting, one of the many beautiful pieces in the client’s extensive art collection.
The dining room table was purchased off the floor at Nautique, but the homeowner was stumped with what to do with the table he already had. Malone had a strike of genius.
Finishing touches downstairs
“We turned the old dining room table into a game table and put it in an alcove in the finished lower level where the owner’s children often congregate with friends,” says Malone. A few years prior to this, Malone had re-covered the lower level furniture in a blue and white Kravet fabric, but the space needed more pull to get people down there. The new game table worked wonders, and Malone also built a long sideboard that holds the television and stores games, and a round coffee table hand-painted by her on-staff artist with a big bluefish. To warm up the space even more, Malone put up family photos on one of the walls in a gallery style.
Rethinking the upstairs
In a small extra room off an upstairs hallway, Malone created a quiet space, which gives the homeowner a private retreat to enjoy his love of painting as well as the stellar view. She covered a chair and ottoman, the room’s main furnishings, in blue and white striped fabric so the homeowner can be comfortable when he’s feeling artistic. The minimal furnishings leave ample room for his easel and painting supplies.
The master bedroom was a total redesign. While the rest of the home is done in khakis, blues, with yellow accents Malone introduced bright pops of color with turquoise and orange in the bedding. She picked out a wool carpet with a wave pattern, and reupholstered a chair the homeowner already had in an orange and pink fabric. The lamps in the master bedroom are from Nautique Lighting Company and the shades have hand-painted shells.
The windows in the master bedroom have working interior wooden shutters from Seaport Shutter Company, another one of Malone’s ventures. “I am able to provide items for people that truly enhance their home, but they are also one-of-a-kind pieces,” says Malone. “People can come in and do the whole interior at Nautique.” For this lucky homeowner, Nautique was a one-stop experience.
Marsha’s attention to detail and her great eye for color really complement our beautiful home, our artwork, and our Cape Cod Bay views,” says the homeowner. “She sets the standards high and consistently meets them.”
Photography by Dan Cutrona
Article published in 2013-14 annual issue.
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