2008 Idea Cottage: Scarborough

Kick off your shoes and step right into our Scarborough, Maine, home. From striped floors to beach-chic furniture, its creative touches fit every coast lover's lifestyle.

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2008 | Scarborough, ME | Kitchen | Designer: Tracey Rapisardi
Photo: Jean Allsopp

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Open shelving makes grabbing the perfect bowl, plate, or coffee mug easy. The few upper cabinets we did install have screens on the front panels. "It's like an old pie safe," Tracey says. "It makes the house feel older, but it's clean and simple." To add more storage, Tracey opted for a walk-in pantry, compete with a butcher-block counter.

To keep the space light and bright, Tracey chose a sea-blue color with an antique rub for the island, topped with a white quartz counter. Modern, stainless steel appliances balance the kitchen's laid-back, lived-in feel.

Faucet: Delta. Cabinetry: J. Tribble Antiques. Appliances, blender, and mixer: KitchenAid. Windows: Marvin Windows and Doors. Bar stools: Somerset Bay. Fan: The Company Store. Paint: Valspar.

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