A two-tiered wood chandelier with a distressed finish hangs from a beam in the center of the great room--another nod to Italian design. Below that sits a boxy woven-fiber chaise longue that allows seating from both sides. Designer Maureen Footer also arranged cozy seating areas on either side of the chaise, each defined by nubby cream-colored rugs.

"I wanted to respect the space--not fill it up--and make it feel light, airy, and summery," Footer explains. "But in a space like that, furniture needs to have an impact, so we chose forms that are strong and clean." Footer maintained a consistent color palette, using "yards and yards and yards of a pale blue linen.

In the dining room, a French antique table is surrounded by Barton-Sharpe Windsor chairs painted an unexpected Benjamin Moore "Deep Mulberry." Small crystals are woven in wires of the ethereal Brand van Egmond chandelier. Antique shelves pop against a wall painted bright green.

The marble-topped island is centered in the addition. The work area has views of the porch and outdoors. Two stainless-steel Sub-Zero refrigerators with bottom freezers flank the center range. Behind the range wall is a walk-in pantry.

Folding doors between the covered and uncovered portions of the porch bring the outdoors in. Deck floors are ipe, a dense Brazilian hardwood. McKinnon and Harris outdoor furniture, handcrafted in America, is softened with cushions covered in durable Sunbrella fabrics.

Plaster ceilings were removed in the original rooms of the 1817 Cape Cod house, exposing upper-level floor joists. "Chimney Wing" chairs by Edward Ferrell are covered in a Brunschwig & Fils "Shaw" fabric, while a John Rosselli Hepplewhite settee cozies up to the fireplace.

A traditional painted canvas floorcloth mixes with a jazzy green-striped writing table. Both were handmade by the Alpha Workshops in New York City.

Twin beds tuck under the second-story eaves of the old house. The "Candystripe" rug from Stark was inspired by a Sister Parish design.

Twin boys can wash together with dual faucets and a trough sink from Kohler.

Above the great room, children can play undisturbed in a lofted space with a green-stained ash floor from LV Wood Floors.

A separate wing was added to the back of the original house for a master suite, with views outdoors. In a nod to the homeowner's Italian roots, reclaimed chestnut floors were stenciled with a Fortuny-inspired design. A John Rosselli chandelier hangs above the "Branwin" bed from Ironies.

A fresh blue-and-white palette is carried throughout the house, even in the master bath, where Urban Archaeology tiles accent the walls. Maureen Footer designed the vanity, which was executed by Waterworks.

The barn addition blends into the rural landscape and complements the historic house. A separate guest house sits at the back of the property.

In the tradition of itinerant painters, a New York decorative painter, Elizabeth Mandy, was commissioned to dress up walls in a powder room in the barn addition.

A separate old structure on the property was renovated as guest quarters.

Bleached wood walls and oculus windows on each end of the house keep the interior light. Shelves add height to the sitting area, furnished with Walters Wicker woven club chairs and an Avery Boardman sleeper sofa. Blue fabric on the seating is John Robshaw "Aleppo."

A bedroom opposite the sitting area has twin beds from John Himmel based on a Jean-Michel Frank design. Bed fabrics are John Robshaw linens.

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Cape Cod Summer House

A historic rural home with a wonderful barn-like addition

Written by Amy Elbert
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