A Soulful Retreat

A beach cottage should be, above all, a cottage. This one stays true to its roots.

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The kitchen, with its stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and dark cupboards, is compact yet luxurious. Photograph by Herbert Studios“You don’t need a huge amount of space to design a kitchen that is attractive and very functional,” Giroso says.
The vintage-style faucet on the sink is finished in an aged bronze, in keeping with the earthy tones of the cottage. Instead of glass, display cabinets are fronted with a mesh that is reminiscent of chicken wire. The cupboards are painted black, a sophisticated twist on the classic white cabinetry often found in kitchens in Nantucket.
“I love black,” Giroso says. “It’s very dramatic, and it really complements the floor.”
Four-panel wood doors are faithful reproductions of those found in cottages in Newport, Rhode Island, in the days when America was young and forests were abundant. Wood beams crisscross the ceiling in the gathering room to enhance a feeling of coziness.
Throughout the cottage, surfaces are free of fuss and clutter. No fluttering curtains or billowing draperies here. Windows are dressed simply, with tailored wood blinds and fabric shades. A large table in the gathering room is crafted from distressed wood. The seating area is furnished with big, comfy sofas and a pair of cushioned rattan club chairs, all upholstered in deep beige. “You can put your feet up anywhere,” Giroso says.
Still, the cottage is neither spartan nor devoid of technology. Because he was building from scratch, the owner could readily install recessed lighting, as well as wiring and speakers for a whole-house sound system.

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