Kauffman Tharp moved in, her health began to improve.
A whole-house HEPA air filter sealed the deal. “For me,”
she says, “it’s been a healing house.”
The interior strikes just the right balance between
tradition and modernity. “It’s got a kind of coastal loft atmos-
phere,” says Kauffman Tharp, “which sounds odd until
you experience it.” Indeed, Horowitz looked to Cape Cod
and Nantucket for inspiration, substituting the open play-
ing fields across the street from the house for ocean views.
With its 10-foot ceilings and monochromatic white paint, the
ground floor reads like an art gallery by the sea. Open beams
and sliding barn doors give the dining room a distinctly down-
to-earth sensibility, and the snug living room opens directly
into the all-white kitchen, which occupies its own pavilion
on the rear of the house.
The house is designed with flexibility in mind. The
office off the dining room could easily serve as a bedroom.
The nearby bathroom is equipped with a European-style open
shower. Beautifully tiled and without a threshold, the room
is handicap-accessible, ready for a ground-floor occupant.
Upstairs, 12-year-old daughter Fia’s room is actually two rooms
combined, but with a second strategically placed door, all it
needs is a wall to become an additional bedroom. Similarly,
the master suite has a bed nook that could become an office
or a walk-in closet.
Standing in the luxurious yet simple master bath —
glowing white, sun streaming in the shower’s window, with a
deep cast-iron soaking tub (white, of course), and an antique
vanity — it’s easy to see how this house, exactly as configured,
exactly as built, is the dream and refuge Kauffman Tharp
hoped for. Like White on White, it’s stripped down to the essentials. “This has been a dream come true on many levels,” she
says. “We’re living in a town we love, we built in a way that’s
safer for people and for the planet, and I have my health
again.” That’s a break with the past worth celebrating.
painted the master
to be “a seamless
furnishings to stand
out. Teri Malo’s oil
Poem for Nauset
from the Powers
Gallery, graces the
living room (right).
The end table is a
vintage pie display
Nesting on Main.