"This home, if we were going to live in it, needed some sunshine and brightening," says Trent Lloyd, who bought a Cape Cod-style house in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, in 2013. "So to revamp it, we let the words "fun" and "joyful" be our guide."
Today the 1870 home is known to family and friends as The Yellow House. The home is next to her husband's parents' house, which the couple and their three young daughters had visited for two weeks every summer. When the house next door came on the market, Lloyd and her husband decided to take a look. She had reservations about how dark and closed-off the rooms were, and because it had been added onto over the years, the home felt a little big for her family. "But I love having guests, and the grounds were great, with a 100-year-old lilac hedge," says Lloyd, a landscape designer. And then there were the views. "Those views were a huge selling point for us," says Lloyd.
Still, the couple wasn't immediately sure what to do with it to make it feel breezier, lighter, and more open. Then, a few months after they purchased the home, Lloyd's interior designer sister, Alys Protzman, arrived for a visit. The sisters began looking the blueprints over. "Soon, we were pulling out trace paper and pencils and sketching out rooms," she says. A week later, they had a plan for the 3,700-square-foot house.