Interior designers Lisa Frantz and Lydia Marks of
Marks & Frantz Interior Design mixed color and pattern with traditional decor to give this new vacation home on Nantucket a stylish look and make it feel as if it had been around for generations. 57
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The home is a classic New England beachside shingle cottage. The welcoming front porch features Paleck's Argo chairs, which have colorful cushions upholstered in a favorite palm frond fabric—Palma from Christopher Farr’s outdoor fabric collection.
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Style and comfort were key for the open plan family room and kitchen, which is the most used area in the house due to its easy access to the outdoor kitchen and pool. Upholstered furniture with classic silhouettes from
Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and Brunschwig & Fils fabrics in favorite patterns lend a traditional look. To add a fresh feel, Marks and Frantz chose the re-colored versions of the fabrics for a modern update. The rug is from J&D Oriental Rugs Co.
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The living room is formal yet retains a warm and relaxed feel. Antique pieces like the floor lamp, coffee table and pink table lamps are mixed with newer items like the side tables from
Lee Jofa to give the room a collected feel, as if generations had been involved in furnishing the space. The sofa and drapery fabrics are from Brunschwig & Fils, and the floral fabric on the armchairs is from Schumacher. The rug is from Apadana.
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The dining room has a 1960s Palm Beach feel with a vintage Mastercraft table and bamboo Chippendale chairs. The glam factor is further increased with a vintage regency chandelier and a cheeky bunny watercolor by Kim McCarty from Sears-Peyton Gallery.
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This master suite has beautiful water views from both the bedroom and bathroom, which are reinforced with soothing ocean blue hues throughout both spaces. The master bedroom had some tricky design challenges with the peaked ceiling and asymmetrical dormers, but a cohesive design was achieved by using a strict palette of blue, black and white. The watercolor that hangs above the bed is by Lourdes Sanchez from Sears-Peyton Gallery, and the rug is from J.D. Staron. All other furniture in the room is antique.
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The bathroom is painted in Benjamin Moore's Harbor Fog. Complementing this sky shade are navy lacquer mirrors from Mirror Image Home that hang over the his & hers vanity and a Dorothy Draper-inspired chandelier from
The Urban Electric Co.
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The pink and green duck lamps, which were purchased on Etsy, inspired the design of the young daughter's room. Full of pink and pattern, the room features toile wallpaper from Pierre Frey, ikat window shades from Schumacher, floral upholstery from Zoffany and plaid lampshades from
Brunschwig & Fils. The bed and side tables are from Louis J. Solomon, and the linens are from Julia B.
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This nautical-themed room showcases the two passions of the client's young son—cars and boats. Inspired by the 1950s bed and dresser, which were purchased on Etsy, the design is traditional with its navy and white palette but has a funky twist with whimsical patterned wallpaper and fabrics from Studio Four. Linens from Julia B. bring it all together.
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Above the dresser hangs a uniqiue piece of art—a hand-colored and embroidered photograph by Melissa Zexter that was inspired by her seaside childhood in Rhode Island.
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By mixing patterns and colors in this upstairs guest bedroom, Marks and Frantz gives the space a playful yet tailored feel. Preppy plaids from Brunschwig & Fils are combined with tropical toile wallpaper from Lee Jofa. Julia B bed linens and striped roman shades tie it all together to create a friendly and stylish room.
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The Zoffany palm wallpaper and coordinating fabric on the windows and lampshades in this first-floor guest room reinforce the indoor/outdoor feel of the house and embody its playful spirit. The custom palm bed is by Louis J. Solomon and is adorned with crisp, preppy monogrammed linens from Julia B.
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The back half of the finished basement has a large window well, making it the perfect bunkroom for an additional six guests. Custom bunkbeds with marine grade ladders, adjacent twins beds, and the use of a single color throughout make great use of the space, which was designed to be as efficient as a ship. The Tiki Toile bedding is from Pine Cone Hill, and the rug is from Dash & Albert.
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Palacek's pencil pole rattan president's chairs and a sofa with built-in cup holders and magazine racks make this pool house a perfect respite from the midday sun. The sofa and chairs are exact replicas of the furniture used on the
USS Potomac, the yacht used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his presidency. The shelves are filled with local specimens of finger and fan corals and sea shells.
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Lining the pool are bamboo sun chaise lounge chairs by Michael Taylor, which are upholstered in a black-and-white cotton by Dedar and adorned with monogramed terry cloth bolsters. Black-and-white awnings and umbrellas in a striped fabric from Dedar and custom fringe finish the design.