paneling, and wood ceilings. Vaughan says, “It was a
The bones of the house were perfect. The open plan
of the first floor with its living room that stretches across
the length of the house parallel to the ocean, the working
fireplace, the deep wraparound porch, the patio abutting
the beach, and the tall bedroom doorways with transoms
that flip open to let sea breezes through were all evocative
of the easy-living vibe Vaughan had imagined.
Inspiration came from beach houses Vaughan remembers staying in as a child on Cape Cod and the Vineyard.
“They had that Yankee Boston feel,” she says. “Sim-
ple and slightly threadbare, but collected, filled with great
pieces like chinoiserie-style rugs and pots.”
Using that as the stylistic starting point, Vaughan
gatherings around the large kitchen island (right) are
commonplace. Vaughan’s husband, Michael, leans against the
counter in the corner, while friends enjoy summer refreshments.
Old apothecary jars (above) filled with gum balls add even more
color to the vibrant dining room, where wicker armchairs surround
a wooden trestle table underneath a multicolor chandelier.