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A designer revives a small Victorian cottage in Martha's Vineyard with clever ideas and plenty of coastal artifacts.

Past, Perfected
Photographer: Annie Schlechter , Styling: Elizabeth Beeler

Past, Perfected

Interior designer Tracey Overbeck Stead and her husband, Ethan, renovated a 900-square-foot house in the historic neighborhood in the Oaks Bluff section of Martha's Vineyard. "I love that our cottage has that raw, original look of when it was built in 1869," Tracey says. Although it needed a few repairs, plus a remodeled kitchen and new bath, she notes that their goal was "to preserve the existing architecture and rediscover its original glory."

Here's how she maintained an old cottage feel in a completely modernized home.


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