Name: Katin & Brandon
Location: Marblehead, MA
Size: Just under 2000 sq/ft (includes full unfinished basement)
Years lived in: Owned since October 2008
Last week you saw the kitchen, then the bathroom, and now it's time for the whole house. Katin & Brandon made a big move about 5 months ago: from a 600 sq/ft apartment in Cambridge to this roomy cape in Marblehead. A big chunk of that square footage is tucked away in a huge unfinished basement — which they have plans to tackle this summer — but the rest is a wonderful study in simplicity and light...
From the walls to the linens to the furniture, an array of neutrals carry throughout the house and keep focus on the abundant natural light that permeates every room. It's definitely a classic cape style house but with one big exception: the open plan living / dining / kitchen which is the heart of this home. We love the simple dividing wall between the living and dining rooms (who really wants to see the TV while you eat?) and the fact that the galley style kitchen remains open to both. The walls of windows on the first floor are amazing of course, but the skylight above the tight, narrow stair which illuminates the whole upstairs hall has to be our favorite light detail.
Our style: We enjoy mixing the classic and the contemporary, the eclectic with the refined. Clean, simple lines and an understated color palette provide the perfect backdrop for the mix of styles we enjoy.
Inspiration: Some of our favorite things are those we've found, collected and inherited over the years. Very often a single object with some history will set the tone for an entire space.
Favorite Element: Windows! The south-facing expanse of windows on the front of our house provides great light all day, beginning on the back porch in the morning and slowly making it's way throughout the rest of the house.
Biggest Challenge: Adjusting our furnishings over the years. Having moved seven times over the last ten years, it feels like we're always adapting to a new space. Quite the difference between furnishing a
600 square foot apartment in Cambridge and an expansive Chicago loft. We're finally done moving for a while *fingers crossed*
What Friends Say: Our friends may be more exicted for the coming New England summer than we are. They never turn down an invite to one of our famous summertime cookouts.
Biggest Embarrassment: The big empty basement. Our plan is to tear up the old carpet and turn it into an art studio for Brandon in the coming months.
Proudest DIY: We're days from renovating the upstairs guest bath... So ask us in a few months, hopefully we'll be proud!
Biggest Indulgence: Lately, it's been an Apple TV. We're slowing working to set it up so we can enjoy music in most every room, including the back deck this summer!
Best advice: Prioritize making your bedroom just how you like it — peaceful, clean and beautiful.
Dream source: New England summers bring with it lots of great antique shows and flea markets. We're always on the hunt for the next diamond in the rough. Also, we've been loving CB2 lately and can't wait for one to open in Boston!
Appliances: Tri-City Sales
Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Accessories: Weekend antique sales near Rowley, MA. Also, the Chicago Antique Market is a great resource in Chicago
Rugs and Carpets: FLOR. Just be sure to take the time to order samples before you make a purchase.
Artwork: The Rhode Island Scool of Design (RISD) Alumni Sale can't be beat
Paint: Sherman Williams
Flooring: Hard to beat the original wide pine planks they used in 1850.
For a full tour of the open kitchen, check out The Kitchn tour here. For more on the bathroom, check out the bathroom gallery here. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us, Katin & Brandon!
(Images: Wes & Kayla)