Restoring a Historic Home

Just steps from Nantucket Harbor, old meets new at this impeccable restored family summer home with a storied past.

Updated Summer Home

Photographer: Annie Schlecter

Updating the Past

As (respectively) a designer and a developer who are passionate about historic buildings, Elizabeth and Peter Georgantas have made restoring old homes a way of life. After completing a renovation of a Boston brownstone, the couple set their sights on transforming a Colonial-era Nantucket house into a weekend summer getaway for themselves and their daughters.

Original Home

Photo courtesy of Nantucket Historical Association

Original Home

The house was built in 1739 by the Macy family (relatives of the same folks who much later founded the famed New York City department store), but had suffered years of poorly conceived additions and renovations, as well as general neglect. Pictured: The house circa 1905.

Classic Woodwork

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Classic Woodwork

In the living room, all of the exposed woodwork is original and reveals this classic Nantucket post-and-beam construction. The furniture's upholstery is Lommel in Ashwood by Pindler & Pindler.

Repurposed Dining Room

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Repurposed Dining Room

Although they essentially overhauled the entire house, they salvaged and repurposed nearly all of the original materials, including beams, floorboards, and antique brick. The simple décor gives top billing to the architectural details. Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost chairs and a reclaimed-wood table mix modern and rustic style in the dining room.

Modern Transformation

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Modern Transformation

A reverence for the past did not prevent the couple from installing modern conveniences, such as an updated kitchen and baths and a proper front door. The kitchen exemplifies Elizabeth's rustic-meets-clean look, with strap-hinge cabinet hardware from Period Furniture Hardware, a La Cornue range, and a Calcutta gold marble backsplash.

Customized Detail

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Customized Detail

Elizabeth designed the kitchen island using antique table legs and salvaged butcher block. Peter went dumpster diving for the wood to use for custom pieces, such as the custom island.

Antique Accents

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Antique Accents

In the master bedroom, Elizabeth added sea-blue fabrics by Scalamandre (Ingrid, for the curtains and coverlet) and Schumacher (Cable Stripe Matelasse, for the stool and accent pillows) to the neutral palette. The headboard and steamer trunk are antique.

Nautical Touches

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Nautical Touches

Framed antique Navy signal cards (representing the house number and family memebers' initials) hang above the master bedroom fireplace.

Coastal-Inspired Bunkroom

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Coastal-Inspired Bunkroom

The couple added a master bath on the second floor, and converted attic space into a bunkroom. The bunkroom has six beds, each hung with nautifcal rope that was braided by a local fisherman.

A Rustic Update

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Authentic Update

Peter and Elizabeth's goal was to make the house look like it was built 300 years ago--only better. This included adding some modern amenities such as updated washrooms, like the girls' bath which features a Kohler sink. They researched authentic details even down to the window casings and cabinetry.

Old Meets New

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Old Meets New

Throughout the hosue, antiques pair with upholstered pieces in traditional shapes to lend a sophisticated note. For period-inspired items, Elizabeth and Peter scoured every source, from eBay to the massive Brimfield Antiques and Flea Market Shows in Massachusetts.

Natural Bathroom

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Natural Bathroom

Elizabeth's muted palette of khaki and cream accented with natural materials (wool, jute, linen) infuses the interior with organic warmth and enhances the historic home's rustic atmosphere. Nautical touches reference Nantucket's seafarer history.

Reused Materials

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Reused Materials

The couple recommends saving all hardwood flooring and anything that is old yet structurally sound when renovating a centuries-old house. But scrap anything that crumbles at first touch. Elizabeth and Peter replaces flaky plaster walls with hand-plastering, adding a little texture for an old (but not fake) look.

Before the Transformation

Hidden Treasures

During the renovation process, the couple unearthed artifacts ranging from some 18th-century pottery bits to the home's original cooking hearth, which had been walled over.

Personal Pizza Oven

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Personal Pizza Oven

The cooking fireplace discovered behind a wall now functions as the family's pizza oven.

Seaside Style

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Seaside Style Driveway

New cedar-shake shingles on the exterior and roof echo the Nantucket vernacular style.

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