Rooms We Love

From living rooms and guest rooms to bathrooms and even ballrooms, three interior designers share their inspirations for designing the perfect space.

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This beautiful home at the mouth of the Bass River has the majestic and coastal views you would expect. Most of the interior is light, airy and coastal, but then there is a surprise: a stunning ballroom. This room was added to the main home and it is said to have hosted many of the day’s debutante balls, hence the catwalk surrounding the room. It is even rumored that Teddy Roosevelt himself attended many of these summer events.

The unique Bass River interior design began with the homeowner’s wishes for this room to blend the old with the new, keep its historical charm and add her love of safari prints and decor. Armed with photos from the local historical society, we worked around and with the existing pieces: the large wood-paneled bar, burly new pool table and an oversized leather sectional. The first design challenge was to create spaces within this room to accommodate multiple things going on at the same time.

While some play a game of pool, others can enjoy playing a board game or lounging in front of the fire. By designing individual spaces within the large room, it all works together. The main sitting area focuses on the grand fireplace and the homeowner’s already-purchased sofa. The final look and function? Fun, funky, and cozy.

Varied types of seating provide all levels of comfort in this versatile room. Keeping with a neutral palette brings the focus to the shapes, patterns, prints and textures; each distinct, but blends together for a harmonious whole.

Heritage Sands Cottages in DennisPortHeritageSandsShowHome06

The first-floor open-concept layout offered endless options for creating spaces for living, dining and entertaining, and we took advantage of it all.

White-washed wood floors with sisal accent rugs not only make it easy to sweep up the sand, but also provide a natural element. Creating privacy without closing in the cottage was accomplished with light and airy café curtains. Custom ottomans on casters and an upholstered bench at the dining table provide extra seating without crowding the space when not in use; they also function as a decorative element.

We are passionate about repurposing. We wanted to provide residents with inspiration for how to integrate the old with the new to create a signature style of their own. The old chest of drawers in the dining area looks fresh with a new paint treatment, and doubles as storage for table linens, serving utensils and candles. The chandelier is something you could find just “hangin’ out” in your aunt’s basement, given new life painted white, with new linen shades.

The final layer comes when you bring in the new, adding another dimension to the design. We brought just a bit of funky in the form of white papier mâché tables in the living area, along with some shine in a contemporary floor lamp. Art throughout the cottage was found locally on Cape. When designing, it is our mission not only to support the talents of the local community, but to bring a unique feel to our clients’ homes … one with our signature on it!

Angela Hamwey, Mackenzie & Mae, 396 Main St., Suite 5B, Hyannis,

Photos by Alison Caron

A Relaxed Chatham Living RoomBA-9

Two things drive my inspiration when I begin designing a space. First, the home should be a clear reflection of who lives within, and second, the home should honor the region. This is accomplished by listening and learning who the clients are, and by specifying unique products for the home using local art and accessories.

The homeowner requested a monochromatic contemporary design, as they favored geometric lines. At the same time, it needed to feel relaxed and comfortable. The end result? A palette that mimics colors along the beach. I installed a wide variety of local art and selected accessories that spoke to this region.

Classic Chatham Guest Room

My inspiration for a guest room is always driven by two words: welcome and relaxed. I love to treat guest bedrooms as if I were designing a room for a romantic boutique hotel. The idea is to give the guest an experience.  In this room, the colors are soothing and soft, with a common thread of navy. A cozy throw on the chaise beckons the guest to curl up with a good book and enjoy the afternoon sunlight. The stools at the end of the bed offer a place to hold a suitcase or a weekend bag. Fine bedding, bath linens and comforting accessories leave guests feeling that you have invested in their visit and that you wanted to offer them a warm experience.

Melinda Loftus Headrick, Chatham Interiors, President and principal designer,
1291 Main St., No. 11, Chatham, 508-348-1450

Photos by Jon Moore/

Rustic Bathroom in Brewster2015-02-CCM-BrewsterBathroom-Cutrona©-7522

My bathroom creations are inspired by living near the beach. I love to bring the sights, sounds and textures of the seashore into my projects: sand-and-sea-colored tile, stone and paint evoke the tranquility of a walk along the shore, sand between toes, the sweet scent of an early morning high tide. Incorporating natural elements into a space encourages freedom and relaxation. Bathrooms are the most personal space in a home and styling them in an enjoyable and peaceful manner allows for easy transition into or out of one’s day.

Inspired by a Cape Cod outdoor shower experience, this full bathroom includes an open-air shower tucked behind a “fence” of well-worn cedar boards. Resembling driftwood pieces, additional cedar boards trim the beveled glass mirror, create a floating shelf and serve as a full-height wall covering. The shower walls, toilet alcove walls and bathroom floor are tiled with 12″ x 12″ pieces of Himachal White slate in a color palette reminiscent of a winter sky over Cape Cod Bay. Complementary beach pebbles line the shower floor, forming a wave pattern as they merge with the square tiles. The exterior windows in the shower offer an incoming breeze and views of Upper Mill Pond, and at nighttime, peeks of a star-filled sky. Bath and hand towels hang from locally salvaged oar locks.

The vessel sink was cast from a mold made on the Brewster Flats and is imprinted with waves of sand on the inside and outside. Water from the tubular faucet flows over the sink’s clay ripples like a stream flowing over rocks.

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This master bathroom is laden with cream-and-white-colored Durango limestone on the shower walls, the soaking tub and vanity countertop. This stone is functional and echos the colors of sand at nearby Nauset Beach. Because there’s a large amount of stone in this room, it was important to bring in warm wood materials: natural cherry for the vanity and the custom cupboard, as well as wide pine floorboards. Installing a wood floor in a bathroom can invite mold problems. To decrease the likelihood of this occurring, I designed the beach pebble shower floor to spill out of the shower area and cover any potentially wet floor surface (immediately outside of the shower and alongside the bathtub). To avoid water drop runoff from a glass shower door, I added an open entryway into the shower, eliminating the need for a door.

Bridget Cahill, Seaside Design/Seaside Baths, 508-364-2450,
Seaside Design at Deep BLUE, 800 Main St., Dennis, 508-385-3410,

Photos by Dan Cutrona

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