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Style Watch

Coastal calm

A Manchester-by-the-Sea home gets a clean update that feels warm and inviting, year round.

WHILE SHE WAS INSPIRED by the ocean-town locale of this Manchester-by-the-Sea home, interior designer Honey Collins didn’t want the family room and nearby bathroom to exude “the typical coastal feel with shells and deep shades of blue.” Rather, Essex-based Collins strove for a clean and contemporary look that was also warm and inviting. She revived the room with neutral hues offset by light browns and oh-so-subtle blues, along with understated patterns and texture. The space is now a light and airy haven that manages to feel welcoming even during the winter months.

1 >STORAGE AND DISPLAY AREAS were added with built-in shelves and cabinetry crafted around the fireplace by Essex-based carpenter Rob Huss.

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