White on White in Nantucket

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The first time artist Paula Madonna walked through this Siasconset, Nantucket home, it was staged with the seller’s furniture – part traditional/part antique with dark furniture and lots of shiny chrome. It wasn’t her style at all, but she could envision how her art and beachy decor could transform the place. The first thing she did when she moved in was to paint every wall in the home white. It was something she’d never done before, but it allowed the details of the home – like the beams in the living room and wood floors – to take center stage. She brought with her tons of slipcovered white furniture, a white painted desk, chairs and unfinished rustic pieces. Everything is a different style and nearly all of it has chips in the paint or stains on it, but it just adds to the relaxed beachy vibe of the home. And when Paula needs a little color, she just picks up a brush and heads to the nearest canvas.  -Amy

Photography by Leila Brewster

Image above: “Anyone who has ever been in this house has had their hands in this basket of rocks and gems in the great room,” Paula says. “The unfinished reclaimed table has lots of marks on it, which I think is charming!”

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Image above: “The small sitting room off the kitchen is cozy during the cold Nantucket winters. It was intended to be a dining room, but it has a small wood-burning (Rumford) fireplace so I put my loveseat and few slipcovered chairs and ottoman in there instead. The pink feathers and birds art piece is one of my favorites. The mirrored cabinet is where I keep jars of dried flowers and herbs, pretty squares of fabric for sachets, ribbons, beads, essential oils, and other things to make gifts for my friends and family.”

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See more of this Nantucket home after the jump!

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Image above: “The great room is also my studio space. I keep my supplies here and it gets a lot of foot traffic so I try to keep it neat and organized.”

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Image above: “This is the ceiling in the small sitting room. I chose this chandelier, from Layla Grace, because I love how it picks up the color of the whitewash ceiling and the rustic beams.”

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Image above: “Small sitting room with stone floor. This is a walkway to the kitchen but it’s fun to gather in here around the fireplace.”

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Image above: “The kitchen is open to the great room. White walls and reclaimed beams. Old locker/armoire holds my art supplies. I have a ton of windows and not much wall space in this room, so I went big with this Paule Marrot art. I kept it light and beachy with shell lighting.”

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Image above: “This is the front entry. I always drop things from my walks on this table…shells, feathers, sticks and even rocks. I saw this weathered reclaimed moulding while choosing frames for my paintings at the local frame shop. I loved it so they made mirrors out of it for me. It’s also the perfect spot for my old white leaf table.”

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Image above: “Front entry with stairs up to the guest bedroom. Happy green and yellow art for this!”

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Image above: “Dreamy lavender and white art in the master bedroom. Feather rug worked out perfectly from Serena and Lily. Simple but modern dresser from Maine Cottage.”

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Image above: “The only room upstairs in the house. It’s the perfect guest room because it’s like its own little cottage up there with lots of windows, high ceilings and its own bathroom.”

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Image above: “What was once a desk is now a sweet little vanity in the guest room.”

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Image above: “When the trees are bare, there is a glimpse of the ocean from the guest room window seat – one of my favorite features in the house. It reminds me of ship windows.”

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Image above: “The master bedroom is off the great room. It’s not very big, but has high ceilings. Simple white dresser on wheels and slipcovered headboard next to a shiny metal table.”

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Image above: “The hallway leads from the older part of house to the sitting room and kitchen. White walls compliment the sisal runners, and a Capiz shell pendant light keeps it light and bright.”

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Image above: “The small bedroom at the front of the house has cute twin headboards that were left behind from the previous owners. So I added white linens, white walls and a neutral rug.”

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Image above: “The seashell road to my house. Nantucket is a refuge from the crazy world, so when I come here and drive up that shell driveway I instantly relax!”

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Source List

Great room
round side table – Donghia
rug – Serena and Lily (metallic suede and hemp)
couch – Boston Interiors
dining table and chairs – Maiden Voyage Mashpee MA
beams – Longleaf Lumber

Sitting Room
table – hand forged hammered metal legs with weathered wood insert
loveseat – Shabby Chic
cotton throw – Sferra
pillow – Restoration Hardware
hallway lights – Worlds Away-purchased from Nantucket Lightshop
glass front cabinet – Modern History
wood tray – West Elm
rug – Serena and Lily (macrame wool rug)

Kitchen
lights – shell drums-Worlds Away- purchased from Nantucket Lightshop
locker/armoire was left by owner

Front entry
mirror – reclaimed barnwood frame -Nantucket Frameworks
table -Maiden Voyage

Stairs
carpet – Helios purchased from Marine Home Center Nantucket

Master Bedroom
rug – Feather Rug in bark/smoke Serena and Lily
dresser – Maine Cottage
artwork – Paule Marrot-Natural Curiosities

Upstairs bedroom
bedding-duvet – Restoration Hardware
lamps – Regina Andrews-Nantucket Lightshop
side tables – Alexander Julian by Vaughan Bassett
mirror – custom reclaimed barnboard-Nantucket Frameworks
pitcher – Juliska
shabby chic pillow

Master bedroom
silver table – Christopher’s Home (nantucket)
headboard – Shabby Chic
lamp – Arteriors-Nantucket Lightshop
bedding – Restoration Hardware
rug – Serena and Lily

Hallway
woven seagrass runner – Stetson- Marine Home Center (Nantucket)
twin bedding – Restoration Hardware
Capiz Pendants – World’s Away

 

Elizabeth W

This is a magical space. Beautiful. With the thoughtfully chosen artwork, you can almost feel it breathing softly…..

Maria

I love it, it is so dreamy and peaceful. And the art makes me swoon.
Although I would take that gorgeous guest room as my master.

Tamara

It’s amazing how interesting white decor can be. With the “blank canvas” that white creates, anything else really stands out! I love the use of textures and the awesome pops of color Paula’s paintings add. The combination of it all takes utility white and makes it cozy, personal and creative.

Adele

Do you know the wall paint color used? I am looking for the perfect white for my home. Thanks!

Sarah H

So pretty. Such great space. Can I ask, though, why the upstairs is a guest room and not a wonderful studio? Or make your current master bedroom into your studio, and then the upstairs into your master bedroom? I’m sure you have your reasons, just curious :) Really lovely and simple, lets the light be the main attraction.

gina

just looking at the photograph of your seashell road gives a sense of peace….how lucky you are!…..my daughter would love that basket of beautiful stones (treasures!!)…

Christine

I, too, would love to know the white paint color on the walls. This home is perfection!

Elizabeth

I am a self proclaimed color lover but oh my… a white color scheme in a home can take my breath away! I love this home- it feels calm, coll and inviting. Great space!

Lois Evans

Love it and Nantucket! I too would appreciate the wall and trim colors. I am currently trying to figure out which white!

Thanks,
Losi

Zoe Eakle

What a simple, beautiful, elegant, cozy, thoughtful space.

Isabelle

Always love white on white and the white shell driveway seems the most appropriate entrance.

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