A short drive, a serene palette, and a community with a carefree spirit give a Boston family refuge in their new getaway
Scott and Lisa Hilinski envisioned a beautiful, luxurious second home that would serve as a refuge from city life in Boston. Reality required them to temper that vision with practicality. Their hectic family life—four children ranging in age from 7 to 13, plus a host of extended family and friends who would assume the roles of “frequent visitors”—called for materials that would hold up to beach life and active play. Enter Boston’s Daniel Reynolds, who created both the architectural and interior design of the home with a breathtaking plan that fulfills the couple’s desire to pair refined taste with a flair for making their family and guests feel at ease.
“The guiding principle of the home was comfort,” says Scott of the house in Hyannis Port, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Scott adds jokingly, “As it turns out, we may have made the house too comfortable, so we’ve now included the book The Perfect Three-Day Guest in each of the guest rooms.”
Reynolds helped the Hilinskis achieve a level of supreme, stylish comfort with a design charged with aesthetic interest but so carefully edited that it permeates the home’s rooms without overwhelming them.
A curved driveway gracefully welcomes guests.
Photography: Eric Roth
Produced by Estelle Bond Buralnick
Architectural and interior design: Daniel Reynolds, Daniel H. Reynolds Design Collaborative, LLC, 46 Waltham St., Suite 202A, Boston MA 02118 ; 617/680-3516, danielhreynolds.com .
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Spaces for eating veer toward the casual but with plenty of noteworthy sculpture to contribute to the easy vibe.
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.”
Tall ladder-back chairs pull up to a corner table, offering a special spot to play cards and board games.
“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.
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.
Polished nickel pulls from RH contrast with bright white cabinetry.
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.
The powder room walls are decorated with mirrors made from reclaimed wood factory pullies.
An iron chandelier by architectural designer Daniel Reynolds dangles with modern flair near the stairs.
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.
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.
The adjoining bathroom is highlighted with what Reynolds refers to as a “floating sculpture,” a freestanding soaking tub handsomely encased in walnut.
A sultry blue covers the walls in the guest bedroom, and the four-poster bed from Noir invites sweet dreams.
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.
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.”