AFTER PURCHASING their Harwich Port summer cottage in 2012, owners Ashley and James Matthews were told by a builder that to make it the home of their dreams, they’d have to tear it down and rebuild. “We felt that we wouldn’t be able to do that for a few years,” says Ashley. “So we decided to decorate it really well in the meantime.”
The couple had rented the four-bedroom house with their three children for two summers before buying it. The 1,830-square-foot beachfront house, built in 1965, was dated and lacked character. “It had vanilla walls, vanilla wall-to-wall carpet,” says Ashley.