Bob O'Connor

With magnificent views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline, this Nahant guest cottage is a summer haven. The owners, who have a larger home on the property, hired Lian Eoyang, a San Francisco-based designer trained as an architect, to draft plans for the 1,200-square-foot structure, where a dilapidated shed had stood. Eoyang created a striking fieldstone facade from ledge gleaned during excavation. “The place was birthed from its surroundings,” says Eoyang. “The interior imparts the feeling of openness and prominence toward the cove over which it stands.” In the great room, the ceiling is more than 10 feet high, and a large window erases the boundary between inside and outside. “The idea with the decor was to ‘set it and forget it,’ ” says Eoyang. Stylish modern furnishings are paired with inexpensive pieces and antiques, creating a calmly elegant vibe.


1 | An antique Art Deco dining table is paired with chairs from IKEA. “The homeowner enjoys Danish furniture,” says Eoyang.

2 | The kitchen’s Shaker-style cabinets were painted periwinkle. “The color brings out the blue in the fieldstone and the slight blue-gray tint in the floor,” the designer says.

3 | Walls are painted white to avoid competing with the floors and fieldstone. “It gives the room a fresh, clean, cottagey feeling,” says Eoyang.

4 | Watercolor landscapes hang on the walls, adding splashes of color.

5 | Eoyang extended the exterior fieldstone into the interior to emphasize the connection to the outdoors.

6 | Floors are made of DuChateau engineered European oak. Sealed with wax rather than polyurethane, the floors may take on a patina over time.

7 | An upholstered couch with wooden legs from Design Within Reach has a distinctly modern appeal and is oriented to take in the prime harbor view.

8 | The deck is made of ipe, a type of Brazilian walnut that is especially dense, says Eoyang. “It will weather and begin to match the interior floor over time, creating a seamless feel.”


9 | A cowhide cube adds texture to the largely monochromatic room and can be moved around for extra seating.