A seafaring theme in the front hall pays homage to the house's heritage.

Crewel curtains and a Wilton carpet inspired the living room palette.

Rawley curls up in a living room chair.

A cow cutout keeps the dining room mood light.

Mary Helen Fabacher sits with Rawley near a half-wall between the family and dining rooms. Mousse, a chocolate Lab, keeps them company.

The Fabachers celebrate Texas with a star-studded library carpet.

The renovated kitchen's painted cabinets and floor exude a vintage feel.

Designer Nancy Serafini covered walls in the master bedroom with a paper-backed striped toile. The bedskirt, bed pillows, and shades were also fashioned from the toile.

In the guest bedroom, designer Nancy Serafini made clever use of limited space with a beadboard nook that creates storage space while nestling the head of the queen-sized bed. In a room that does not have enough space for bedside tables, niches on either side of the alcove provide a place for books and an alarm clock. The built-in fixtures contain lighting.

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Renovated Summer Home

An old house in Nantucket has a historical feel but is still modern

Written by Amy Elbert
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Designer Nancy Serafini covered walls in the master bedroom with a paper-backed striped toile. The bedskirt, bed pillows, and shades were also fashioned from the toile.

Bed ("Queen-Size Bamboo Bed" #7805, ): Louis J. Solomon, 631/232-5300.
Rug (needlepoint #7624, discontinued): Steven King Inc., 617/426-3302.
Fabric for bedskirt, pillows, and, backed with paper, for walls ("Floralie" #FRN02003): Zoffany, 800/395-8760, zoffany.com.
Paper-backing treatment: Custom Laminations Inc., 973/279-9174.
Workroom: Donna Elle Interiors, 508/228-4561, donnaelleinteriordesign.com.
Drapery and coverlet fabric ("Carreau Matelassé"/Cream #3303011, Classic Collection): F. Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Tufted chair and ottoman (#229): TCS Designs, 828/324-9944.
Pillow shams, coverlet ("Rye Check"/Yellow #F1907-05, discontinued): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
King sham-fabric ("Zoe Embroidered Plaid"/Topaz #2002117-14): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com.
Bolster trim ("Cap-Ferret Frayed Fringe" #33164-9890, by Houlès, discontinued): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
Paisley shawl: Janis Aldridge Inc., 508/228-6673.
Marble lamps (antique): Charles River Antiques, 617/367-3244.
Lampshades: M. Gabaree Lampshades Inc., 978/664-8060, mgabareelampshades.com.
Wallpaper ("Toile Trellis" #BP643): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.
Mirrors ("Metropolitan" with shelf): Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507, potterybarn.com.

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