Marsha Malone brings a bold color palette into a Brewster condo.By Laurie Higgins | Photography by Dan Cutrona
The last rehabilitation of this Sea Pines condominium, built in 1979, was done in the mid-1990s and the homeowner wanted to give it a lighter and brighter look that matched her current lifestyle. She hired Tom Guariglio at T.G. Homes in Harwich to remodel her unit. He opened up the galley kitchen and entrance way by removing walls. Guariglio also installed new hickory wood floors, created a
new patio, and remodeled the kitchen with the help of kitchen designer Dean Sarrasin at Kitchen Port, Inc. in Orleans. Once the major renovations were done, she hired Marsha Malone, interior designer and owner of Nautique in Brewster, to help her complete the transformation.
“Marsha and I hit it off immediately and I was so impressed with her wealth of knowledge about materials and other appointments,” the homeowner says. “Our tastes are similar so it was so easy to create the space that I envisioned.”
Inviting the outdoors in
Malone guided the homeowner in choosing fabrics, furniture, window treatments, rugs and light fixtures. The results are not only beautiful, but efficient because they maximize space and take into consideration the entertainment flow of the living spaces, which is an important factor for a second home that sees plenty of summer visitors.
“The homeowner really wanted to invite the outside in because she has a lovely little courtyard with a lot of blue and purple hydrangeas and greenery,” Malone says. “The living room is small so I wanted to make it feel like the courtyard was an extension of the living room by bringing in colors that are really vibrant and replicate the garden. In the summer when she has the slider open there’s an easy breezy kind of passing back and forth and it really makes it feel almost like one big room.”
Nautique has two lines of furniture and Malone’s Nautique Sail Loft Collection was a perfect fit for this client. All of the pieces are made with antique wood, salvaged from old New England houses and barns. In the living room, Malone designed a coffee table and matching end table that are made from whitewashed wood with glass tops in keeping with the light airy feeling the homeowner wanted.
She also designed a cabinet-style bar to mimic the dining room table. It has a whitewashed antique wood body topped with natural old wood that was finished with several applications of polyurethane so it can be used as a surface to pour cocktails. The bottles, glasses, napkins and placemats are hidden inside, but easily accessible.
For the two bedrooms, Malone covered headboards with bright ocean-inspired fabrics that match the window valences. The master bedroom is painted a shade of blue that was pulled out of the shell fabric on the headboard. Two custom-designed bedside tables were whitewashed and then washed with the same blue for a coordinating effect. The tables have doors and drawers so the homeowner can store her reading material without making the room appear cluttered. Rope lamps complete the nautical theme.
In the guest bedroom, Malone designed two pedestal-style bedside tables made from columns from an old porch. She then added two complementary pedestal-style lamps made by her own Nautique Lighting Company. The lampshades were hand-painted by her in-house artist to match the design in the fabric of the headboard. The ability to design her own furniture means that Malone’s clients can get one-of-a-kind pieces that fit perfectly in any room.
“When you try to buy something from a vendor, it’s either the wrong color, the wrong size or the wrong shape,” says Malone. “Years ago I got into designing and building my own furniture and it just has worked so fabulously well for people because they literally get exactly what they want.”