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    Cape home keys: durability, relaxing feel

    Multiple shades of blue are paired with linen tones to keep the airy space light and bright.
    Sean Litchfield
    Multiple shades of blue are paired with linen tones to keep the space light and bright.

    A retreat from their year-round home in the Boston suburbs, it was important to the homeowners that this house in the Cape Cod enclave of New Seabury felt relaxed.

    “The homeowners wanted it to feel different from their house in the suburbs,” says interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht, who updated the home’s aesthetic. “They wanted the place to be durable, easy to live with, and easy to maintain.”

    It was equally important that the home reflect the coast, since it overlooks the ocean. “We incorporated some eclectic pieces with modern accessories and more traditional forms like the dining table,” says Kennerknecht. The family spends most of their time in the open kitchen, living, and dining area.


    Multiple shades of blue are paired with linen tones to keep the airy space light and bright. The room’s scheme started with a Kravet sectional that offers ample seating while infusing the space with a soothing blue-green hue.

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    “Next, we selected graphic throw pillows made of Romo fabric that included navy blue, which spurred the decision to go with navy blue upholstered dining chairs,” says Kennerknecht. The chair upholstery is indoor/outdoor fabric, which is stain resistant and highly durable.

    Oversize pendants above the table are unexpected and intriguing. “The table is the first thing you see when you come through the front door and the pendants are a little grand in scale to attract the eye,” says Kennerknecht, who also selected the pendants so they wouldn’t appear redundant with the smaller ceramic artisanal pendants — which are meant to evoke buoys — over the island.

    The island backsplash is sheathed with Ann Sacks glass mosaic tile in warm blue and white tones. Glass shelves offer display area and help open the kitchen. “Cabinetry along that wall would have made the space feel too dense,” says Kennerknecht.

    Various textures add interest and dimension to the space including rustic wood nesting tables beside the sofa that recall driftwood, an ottoman crafted out of rope, and the reclaimed wood mantle above the fireplace.


    The window treatments in the living area are made out of a pre-wrinkled linen fabric. “The drapes sort of change form a little with the weather, but they always maintain a wrinkled look,” says Kennerknecht. “They’re very relaxed, which works so well with the feel that we were going for with the design of the whole house.”

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