Nancy prepares to set off on a relaxing, island-style bike ride. "Nantucket is the core of our social life," she says. "What I enjoy most is spending time with my family and friends."

In the living room, artful elements include an itinerant-style painting by David Wiggins hanging behind the sofa, a flock of folk-art birds, and an antique majolica pitcher of garden flowers. The simple window treatments consist of sheer taupe-and-beige checked cotton, pleated and hung from slender iron rods placed at café height.

There’s a cozy seating area around the fireplace, where old wooden bowling balls line the mantel. "They’re not your typical mantel adornments, and that’s why I snatched them up when I saw them sitting in a basket in a dusty corner of an antiques shop," Nancy says. "They’re quirky, and that’s what I like." Fabrics all stay within the light blue palette to suggest a calm, cooling place to enjoy the summer months.

In the back corner of the living room a painted table with rattan chairs is a perfect change of scenery for a summer morning breakfast. An blue-painted folk-art mirror on the wall is one of Nancy’s antique finds.

The dining room is enlivened by displays of Nancy’s English pottery and creamware collections and an old ship’s wheel.

A botanical rug in soft taupe, coral, and pink sets the soothing tone of the master bedroom. White woodwork gives the room a cool and serene palette, perfect for those hot summer days.

Cheer pervades the guest room, with its apple-green walls and a pair of colorful ’50s-era appliquéd quilts—one adorning the bed, the other used to upholster the headboard.

A brick path and a pair of weathered benches create a forecourt to the garden beyond, abloom with color three seasons of the year.

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Cool, Calm & Creative Nantucket Cottage

An original humble dwelling in Nantucket became a year-round retreat

Written by Pamela J. Wilson
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Bruce Buck

A path of crushed seashells leads to the arbored garden entrance and the gabled cottage on Nantucket where Boston interior designer Nancy Serafini and her husband, Joe, relax on the weekends. A series of renovations and additions has turned the original humble dwelling into an appealing year-round retreat.

Interior design: Nancy Serafini, Homeworks, 251R Washington St., Wellesley Hills, MA 002481; 781/237-7666. Landscape gardener: Julie Jordin, The Garden Design Co., Nantucket, MA, 508/325-4080.

Photography: Bruce Buck
Produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick

Trim paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667. White fencing ; arbor : by Botticelli & Pohl Architects, 508/228-5455. Crushed-shell driveway: Clean Cut Landscape, 508/221-8270.

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