Patti & Gregg's Year-Round Beach House

Patti & Gregg's Year-Round Beach House

Sarah Rainwater
Dec 1, 2009

Names: Patti, Gregg, 2 "young adults" in college, and a cat
Location: Point Connett, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
Size: 2,710 square feet
Years lived in: 13

Massachusetts offers miles of glorious shorelines, but not many of us get to live 1,000 feet from a private beach like Patti and Gregg, whose colorful home is cozy even when it's too cold outside to enjoy the ocean. Nestled in the seaside community of Mattapoisett on Buzzard's Bay, the house feels rooted in New England tradition while incorporating a lively mix of mid-century finds, modern accessories, and works by local artisans.


The unique space with its lofty ceilings and angular rooms was designed for Patti and Gregg by an architect and they've filled it with equally unique pieces like a vintage flower lamp in Patti's reading room, a fish sink in the bathroom created by a Cape Cod craftsman, antique medical supply cabinets, and custom stained glass windows throughout the house — some of which were made of beach glass they collected from their own beach. The combination of vibrant wall colors and playful accessories creates a space that is surprisingly relaxed and comfortable.

Patti and Gregg love their area in the summertime when it's bustling with vacationers, but they also relish the quiet that winter brings to the beach town and they've created a bright and airy house that they are happy to call home no matter what the season.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Eclectic, modern, mid-century

Inspiration: Color, shapes, funk

Favorite Elements: The high ceilings and interesting angles (there's not a square room in the house!), the private setting in a beach community, and that there is plenty of light

What Friends Say: Most say they love it.

Best advice: I do what I want, I buy what I like, my style is always evolving, my home is a work in progress. I look for furniture that is a combination of form and function; no one piece is very expensive. I never buy a "set" of furniture, I hate matchy-matchy. I hate clutter. I love orange, purple, and green.

Resources of Note

    • Chilewich rugs
    • Custom stained glass windows by Lynne Lovely

Thanks, Patti & Gregg!

Images: Sarah Rainwater

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