Cape Cod Cottage Revival
"I wrote them a letter," she says, "to let them know how much the house would mean to us and to our family. I wanted to assure them that we recognized all the love and effort that they had put into the home and to tell them that we would never tear it down."
It wasn't long, though, before she and Strickler realized that their case of love at first sight had clouded some of their real estate judgment: The existing house was much too small for them and their two children, Hailey and Grayson.
"It wasn't easy, but it was worth it," says Pattison. "We didn't want a McMansion; we wanted to stay true to the house and allow it to keep its scale and its authentic Cape Cod aesthetic."
Get the look: In the living room, the sofa and white chair are from Crate & Barrel; the sofa slipcover is from Needle & Shears; the lamp is from Wayfair; the pillows are from Fabric Loft, 508-778-2625.
Get the look: The cabinetry is by Harborside Woodworking, 774-696-5223; the Danze faucet is available at Wayfair.com.
In the bedroom, the couple opted for darker wood furnishings and accesories that pop against the light, exposed walls.
Kathy Pattison and Dave Strickler with their children, Grayson and Hailey.