To add a dose of pretty to the practical, Small weaved in textiles emblazoned with iconic seafaring motifs—beach umbrellas,
lighthouses, sailboats—which adorn daughter Matilda’s room and also show up on the banquette in the narrow dining nook. “It’s
like a real boat galley,” says Small. “Squeezing around the table is part of the experience!” The butcher-block surface serves
as additional counter space for the kitchen; it’s where she prepares, among other party fare, her scrumptious Independence
Day parfaits layered with berries, whipped cream, and homemade shortcake.
Get the Look: The walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Blue Hydrangea. The custom table is by Bruno Olechowicz (616/836-5624).