This sprawling home on West Falmouth, Massachusetts' Chapoquoit Island features a half acre of rolling, manicured lawn with lush New England landscaping. The home's peaked gables and shingle siding are hallmarks of the Cape Cod style. Every room in the 4,400-square-foot home features views of the water.
The rustic ladder called into duty as a towel rack was once used at apple-picking time in a French orchard; the antique wooden bowl displaying amber and clear glass toiletries on the round stool, in turn, began life as a place to make and knead dough. Warm gray paint on the vanity complements the wide tile on the floor.
Stacy Borocz’s work area enjoys perpetual inspiration from a Daydream Believer art print by her friend Rebecca Puig. “[She] and her husband, Rick, are proprietors of a company called Sugarboo & Co. and they offer this as part of their collection,” she says. “It just made me smile when I first saw it and I am certain I grin to myself every time I walk into my office. What more could one ask for?”
These hand-painted ornamental plates were commissioned from artisans in Italy, then offered them as a limited-edition series through etúHOME. The serene hue on the wall is Sherwin-Williams’s Greystone, and Stacy Borocz liked it so well she employed it throughout the first floor of her home. “I chose it because I see blue undertones in it, and I prefer a blue-grey versus a green-grey,” she says.
Family history contributes to the kaleidoscopic collection of paintings in Stacy Borocz’s office — and to the way she acquires pieces throughout her home. “I had the good fortune of growing up with a great uncle that was an art dealer in Palm Beach,” she explains. “I was fascinated with his craft, knowledge, and great eye. My gallery wall is a collection of oils on canvas from him as well as some newer additions I personally selected over the years. From him I learned that European gallery auctions, brocante [flea market] discoveries and antique fairs are wonderful places to source special finds. He always said ‘art is personal, if you love it, hang it.’”
This neutral home office is filled with modern black-and-white furniture. With a vaulted ceiling and neutral walls, black-and-white animal print rug stands out and connects the large abstract wall art and black metal desk and chair. A large, gray sofa and marble-topped coffee table provides extra space for creative collaborations.
“We love how communal our round table is,” says Amanda. Crafting and lively discussions happen here, often prompted by a deck of conversation cards the kids have. Instead of matching chairs to the table’s rustic finish, Amy chose white Chippendale chairs for a fresh spin. They’re upholstered in a light blue fabric to match the kitchen backsplash. A chandelier by Arteriors Home made with wood beads and a wire-wrapped frame is fun and fancy.
Although the living space didn’t get bigger, raising the ceiling from 8 feet to 10 feet made it feel like it did. Designer Amy hung drapes close to the crown molding to emphasize the height. The couple already owned the tan-color sofa, and light wood accents perked it up, including a bobbin chair by CR Laine and a mini coffee table by Dovetail with an open base that works well for the compact area.
The mission: a larger, updated space with extra storage that didn’t look overloaded with cabinetry. The answer: a super-tall pantry, bright white paint (Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore), and a scallop tile backsplash (from Tap ‘N’ Tile, a local store owned by a neighbor) to catch the eye. Counter stools by Stanley Furniture pick up the fun color. Amanda’s favorite part? “Opening the doors to the backyard makes washing dishes pleasant!” she says.
Faith and her brother got a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, with double vanities and a full bath with a tub — great for bubble baths. “We decided on subway tile throughout, but Amy had the idea to put in thin stripes of blue tile,” says Amanda. “It’s one small tweak that made a huge impact — guests have always asked about it!” Faith likes to perch on her step stool (by Serena & Lily) to check out hair bows in the mirror. The little blue light is by Feiss.
Take it from Amanda and Thomas, few things thrill parents as much as transitioning from stepping over bath toys and competing for the sink to having your own spacious and serene retreat. Sleek sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting and glossy mosaic tile with a sea green tinge by Lunada Bay Tile give it spa vibes. “Renovations are hard,” says Amanda, “but then there are the days when you get to pick tile.”
From the moment you step into the home, there’s an irresistible California-cool vibe. Shiplap-inspired paneling, light French oak floors, and a jute mirror by Jamie Young are a little beachy, while a graphic rug by Feizy brings modern flair. A built-in bench, baskets, and hooks create a dream mini mudroom.
“With young kids, many of the sweetest moments happen early in the morning when they’re mellow and snuggly, so I wanted family to stay over at our place and not in a hotel,” says Amanda. She and designer Amy made it as special as a four-star room with pretty wallpaper by Clarke & Clarke, bright blue lamps by Circa Lighting and a tasseled duvet cover by Serena & Lily.
The first thing you do when you get a much bigger bedroom? Get a bed with a much bigger headboard! This king-size velvet one with a 6-foot-tall headboard by CR Laine is forever-worthy. The grass cloth wallpaper by Thibaut and the shag rug from Rugs USA bring in yet more luxe texture, while the wide nightstands by Noir sub in for a linen closet; extra sheets are stored there.