palette still allowed for plenty of individual expression
and each child had a say in decorating his or her room.
There is also a master suite and a home office where the
white-painted floor has a border in another gray-toned adaptation of a Deruta pottery pattern.
And although graphic impact occurs throughout all
spaces, the stairway, as the heart of the house, delivers the
biggest punch. At the top of the stairs, the hallway carpeting is a riot of bright orange, rose, red, and rich aubergine
stripes. “It’s a highly durable product from Stark,” says
Hattaway. “You can pick and choose colors and assemble
it on site.” The stairway is transformed into
a work of art by four black and white kilims
that the designers incorporated into a runner. They purposely used a flat padding beneath the rug; the sensation as one touches
down is the opposite of lush. “It gives you a sense of firm
footing,” says Hattaway. Just like the rest of the house.
“Repetition of color and texture increases
the sense of calm and harmony,” says Jon
Hattaway of Boston-based M.J. Berries
Design. “It is something we always do in
summer houses. The repetition becomes
comforting, and done properly, it is not
In keeping with that philosophy, the
palette that he and partner Martin Potter
used in this Cape Cod house is played out
in many patterns, all to a unified end. In
the billiard room (above), the wood floor
is painted in stripes, setting the room
apart from the rest of the house, where
wood floors are painted shiny white. By
keeping the palette limited to grays and
whites, however, the designers gave the
space a soothing familiarity.
Translating the homeowner’s colorful
Deruta pottery (facing page, top right)
into the subtle gray and white scheme,
Hattaway and Potter were able to
incorporate the pattern into a cheerful but
sophisticated border on the floor of the
home office (facing page, top left).
On the concrete floor of the outdoor
dining room alcove (facing page,
bottom right), a gray and taupe
harlequin pattern was achieved by
saw-cutting diamond shapes and then
coloring them with concrete stain.
While most of the plaster walls are
painted pale gray, for the children’s
bedrooms, Hattaway and Potter used
wallpaper (facing page, bottom left)
from Peter Fasano and had it custom
colored, allowing just the occasional
showy fish to swim into the school.