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Nest empty, Cohasset homeowners make over space

Michael J Lee
Michael J Lee

Once their children left the nest, these homeowners were ready to update their 1920s home in Cohasset. “The house had a lot of brightly painted walls and funky furniture, it felt very late 1980s, early 1990s,” says Megan Pesce, the Acton-based designer the owners called in to reimagine the interiors.

The inspiration for the living room came from the colors of a painting of the Connecticut coastline that the wife bought for her grandmother when she was in her teens that now hangs above the fireplace. “The homeowner wanted the room to incorporate all the colors of the ocean,” says Pesce, who selected a palette of blues and bright greens to create a peaceful and serene haven.

The adjacent dining room went from being a cool area that didn’t promote lingering to an enveloping space with a striking deep blue Phillip Jeffries grass cloth wall covering. A Wesley Hall cream leather banquette hugs diners around the oval table. The homeowners’ sideboard was revived with a silver leaf top, and the chandelier, another existing piece, remains unchanged but seems to look different in the new surroundings. “It’s very cozy and comfortable, it feels almost like a restaurant now,” says Pesce.

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In the kitchen, an extra long built-in bench with storage underneath was created in the space formerly occupied by an unused bank of cabinetry. “The galley-style kitchen feels more connected to the breakfast room,” says Pesce. Family members and guests now have an extra place to perch while engaging with the homeowners cooking in the kitchen.

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“The whole house feels modernized. It’s a comfortable, elegant space,” says Pesce. “The owners are really proud of having people over now.”

The living room

Two sofas upholstered with textural cream fabric are enlivened with navy and teal patterned throw pillows scored on Etsy.com. An antique coffee table that has belonged to the homeowners for years sits atop a rug from Wayfair.com that has an updated appeal with a graphic leaf pattern in a minty shade of green.

Jaci Conry can be reached at jaci@jaciconry.com.