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.
Elizabeth Raines Beeler Writer: Abigail B. Millwood
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Our mission: to create a new home with all the charm and character of a long-standing Maine cottage. So we turned to Portland-based designer Tracey Rapisardi, who always delivers captivating beach style with a large dose of functionality. "This house is designed for easy living," she says.
The exterior is covered in weathered gray polymer shingles that look like cedar but require none of the upkeep, and architectural stone that blends perfectly with Maine's building vernacular. Under the roof, low-maintenance composite shake shingles are designed to withstand even the harshest weather.
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.
The dining room feels like an enclosed porch, with three walls of windows and doors. The design follows suit, implying that the space was once open-air, and styled with a hanging faux-weathered beach sign on the wall and a rusted chandelier filled with sea treasures above the table.
Even the fifth wall in this room—that would be the ceiling!—gets its share of attention. Wood beams lend the space an aged appeal, but a whitewashed finish keeps the look fresh. Combining the beams with the blue V-board ceiling creates a striped effect, which is mirrored by the table below.
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.
Painted floors in the master bedroom give the space its own identity, separating it from the hallway's high-gloss wood finish. "It's an old cottage thing. It makes the room feel contained, like you're walking into a whole other place," Tracey says. "When you come in, it's so serene that it's like all your troubles have melted away."
Tracey designed the master suite as an oasis, wrapping the room in sandy creams and watery blues in a mix of prints and patterns. To achieve a classy traditional beach cottage look with an urban contemporary twist, Tracey layered the room in a sophisticated damask duvet and cane beadboard, cabana-stripe pillows and distressed furniture, and a bold dot chair and modern lamps.
Splashy colors are the name of the game in this comfortable guest room, where Tracey let her creativity run wild. She made this guest room memorable with a no-holds-barred pink-and-lime color scheme. Because they sit opposite each other on the color wheel, these complementary hues are guaranteed to be a visual knockout. Tracey tempered the effect by painting the walls a cool violet and adding a touch of blue on pillows and window treatments.