living area of 1910 shore house with exposed beam ceilings
Photo: Michael J. Lee
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Old Meets New

The place was a find, for sure, but one in need of updates. While the house had been enlarged in the 1980s with a second-floor addition over the garage and had plenty of room—and rooms—it also had shortcomings. At the top of the "needs work" list: a closed-off, chopped-up kitchen, and bathrooms that had seen better days. "The homeowners liked the old architecture and the patina that had come with the years," says Jennifer Palumbo, the interior designer they hired to drive the renovation. "Our goal was to make the house feel current and suit their needs." That unfinished attic had a long way to go: Though a treasure trove of square footage with loads of potential, it was stuffy, uninsulated storage space with dark, unpainted beadboard walls, tiny windows, and nailhead-speckled floors.

Shown: Throughout the home, original exposed ceiling beams necessitated simple track-lighting fixtures mounted directly on the timbers. The living room includes a media center in a corner cabinet (at left, far end) and a window seat; the floors are new, constructed of reclaimed heart pine and matched to the home's originals.

Console: Treasured Sage Chinese Console, Wisteria
Lamp: Myla Table Lamp, Arteriors Home
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