Foyer

The foyer combines the designer’s artful framing of outdoor scenery with Scott and Lisa’s appreciation for high style.

The welcome begins with the foyer’s two iconic Barcelona chairs by modern architecture pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in white leather. They’re teamed with a center table that displays shapely legs, reinforcing a light and open feeling.

Entry

Color makes its appearance in a quiet manner, in soft blues and corals that are directed by the Hilinskis’ art choices. Reynolds, who bears strong opinions about forcing color into a scheme, deliberately minimized focal points so that there were no competing design elements.

Blue silk from Philllip Jeffries covers the entry wall where a console table by Rose Tarlow/Melrose House displays art. 

Living Room

The couple, heralded by Reynolds for their impeccable taste, didn’t rely on the blue-and-white palette that so often blankets coastal retreats. Instead, they wanted to reflect their own personalities, showcase their collections, and relax their guests.

The living and family rooms, although visually uniform in their natural linen coloring, exhibit differing points of view. A lesson in symmetry, the living room is suited for grown-up gatherings. Comfy sofas and chairs by Verellen combine Lee Jofa linen with trim from Samuel & Sons. Furniture is tailored and designed for “sitting up straight,” in contrast to the family room, where upholstery implies “feet up.” 

Public Spaces

In the first-floor public spaces Reynolds covered the main elements of all upholstered furniture with the same two textural linen fabrics, establishing continuity throughout the open floor plan. The degree of formality—or the lack of it—in each space is dictated by furniture silhouettes, seating arrangements, and subtle architectural differences.

“Everything is visible from one space to another, and the outdoors extends the spectacular views, so it was important that nothing stand out and obstruct that,” Reynolds explains.

One of Scott Hilinski’s favorite elements of the home is the chestnut flooring used throughout. “The floors are reclaimed wood from a 200-year-old barn in Pennsylvania,” Scott says. “I love their wear, density, and beauty.”

Banquette

Spaces for eating veer toward the casual but with plenty of noteworthy sculpture to contribute to the easy vibe.

Family Room

Linen-upholstered furniture from Verellen in this light-drenched room speaks the same language as the living room but with less formal accents. Graphic, X-based benches provide secondary seating. “They are sculptural and easy to move,” Reynolds explains. “I like the way they scissor and their edgy contrast to the tree-trunk end tables.” 

Game Area

Tall ladder-back chairs pull up to a corner table, offering a special spot to play cards and board games.  

Kid-Friendly

“This house was meant for entertaining the kids and other members of the family; it offers multiple seating options, meaning that nobody has to retreat to the basement. Those areas were meant to be used, so a smart fabric that could handle the traffic was imperative,” Reynolds says. “I used it liberally.” 

Callie Hilinski, left, with her friend Emily and King Charles Cavaliers Lucky and Charlie.

Kitchen Island

The all-white kitchen captures attention with contemporary, adjustable leather bar stools from Design Within Reach. The pendant light is from Circa Lighting, and countertops are from Caesarstone.

Kitchen

Polished nickel pulls from RH contrast with bright white cabinetry.

Dining Room

The dining room sets formality aside. The graphic presence of the kitchen barstools segues to the dining room, where vinyl-covered chairs have exaggerated, modern ladder backs. Light fixtures designed by Reynolds are both airy and striking.   

Powder Room

The powder room walls are decorated with mirrors made from reclaimed wood factory pullies.

Stairwell

An iron chandelier by architectural designer Daniel Reynolds dangles with modern flair near the stairs.

Second-Floor Landing

At the top of the staircase, black-and-white family photos flank a bank of windows above a long, cushioned window seat topped with pillows made of fabrics from Lee Jofa and Nobilis.

Master Bedroom

In the bedrooms, Reynolds departed from the cohesive design of the public spaces. The master suite glows with tranquility in a creamy monotone palette. Elegant alpaca-and-silk drapery panels offer a cocoon-like effect as they cascade over the windows. A window seat features a botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa.

Master Bath

The adjoining bathroom is highlighted with what Reynolds refers to as a “floating sculpture,” a freestanding soaking tub handsomely encased in walnut. 

Blue Bedroom

A sultry blue covers the walls in the guest bedroom, and the four-poster bed from Noir invites sweet dreams. 

Back Exterior

The pool deck is always alive with the sounds of the Hilinski kids and their friends. It’s also a place where their mother, Lisa, can watch their dad, an avid golfer, play on the course next to the site where their home was constructed in 2011.  

Pool Area

While the Hilinskis are basking in the honeymoon phase of life in their new abode, the long-term outlook is just as sunny and bright. 

“This house was built to bring family together,” Scott says, “not just now but in 50 years, when we are gone and our children are here with their children. We are lucky to have it and cherish the moments we spend here.” 

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Lovely New England Summer Home with Neutral Palette

A short drive, a serene palette, and a community with a carefree spirit give a Boston family refuge in their new getaway

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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Second-Floor Landing

At the top of the staircase, black-and-white family photos flank a bank of windows above a long, cushioned window seat topped with pillows made of fabrics from Lee Jofa and Nobilis.

Window-seat cushion (“Rustique”/Parchment #ED 85039.230, by Threads); floral pillows (“California”/Multi #R1380.2, by BP&J Baker): Lee Jofa, leejofa.com.
Striped pillow (“Rayure Gatsby” #8910/93); blue pillow (“Moody” #48145): Nobilis, nobilis.fr. 

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