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 | Study | Designer: Tracey Rapisardi
Photo: Jean Allsopp

Shutter Style

Tracey's husband, Richie, built Nantucket-style shutter doors to separate the study from the living room. Positioned on a salvaged barn door track, the doors easily close for complete privacy. Bonus: When open, they add distinct style—like one-of-a-kind artwork.

The study provides a comfortable place to curl up with a good book. It's furnished with a wicker settee and armchair, playful sea star-print cushions, and striped bolsters.

Architectural stone: Eldorado Stone. Windows and doors: Marvin Windows and Doors. Fabric: Robert Allen. Tables: Somerset Bay. Rugs and storage ottoman: The Company Store. Radiant heating: Uponor. Paint: Valspar.

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