the walls in the sitting room (facing page) are painted bright white, and the seating area, furnished with rattan
finished with colorful cushions, clusters around a put-your-feet-up lacquered–linen coffee table. The kitchen (above)
features such classic elements as painted paneled cabinetry and a coffered ceiling. A quilted stainless–steel backsplash
behind the cooktop adds texture and the bright yellow chairs at the oversize island bring a spirit of conviviality.
A double-height entry hall at the center of the house is a
amatic axis from which the first-floor rooms unfold, with dining room, kitchen, and family room to the west; living room,
library, and home office to the east. The layout is designed to
provide some relief from the sun as it moves across the house.
Guest bedrooms and a master suite occupy the second floor,
with south-facing balconies capturing the water views. The third
floor contains bedrooms and lounging areas for the grown children; the basement is handsomely outfitted with an exercise
room, billiards/bar area, and even a bowling alley, making the
home a recreational retreat, no matter what the weather.
In the foyer, the black-and-white diamond-patterned floor
nds graphic interest to the voluminous space, and French
doors topped by a Palladian window focus attention on the sea.
“It’s a grand reception area, the way old summerhouses used to
be,” says Lee Bierly, who, with partner Christopher Drake, of
Boston’s Bierly-Drake Associates, brought casual elegance to the
design scheme. “The fabrics are simple and serviceable, with
lots of linens, cottons, and chenilles that feel good on bare skin
but are also durable,” says Drake. A neutral background plays to
the natural luminosity of the sun reflecting off the water. “We
chose a crisp bright white for painted surfaces — an off-white
starts to look gloomy in this seaside light,” says Drake. “Next, we
chose a beige that references the sandy beach.” Lively accents
in yellows, blues, and corals are strategically placed throughout the house.