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"We were inspired by Boston's Back Bay and South End neighborhoods with their black trim and ornate cornice work, and the classic water-front shingle style," says LDa's principal architect Douglas Dick. "The goal was to create a more tailored and less casual overall effect."
A cozy and dark library greets guests as they come through the front doors. Although a bold black-and-white palette can come across as harsh, principal interior designer John Day and associate interior designer Jayme Kennerknecht carefully mixed in warm accents to create a softer look.
"White is typically cold, and black overpowering," says Day. "But with added touches of rich, deep colors, plus careful changes in texture and pattern, we were able to warm it up and provide balance to the high-contrast theme."
Piece above mantle: Homeowners' collection
Rug: Niba Rugs
Side Table: Furniture Guild
The main level includes the kitchen, living room, dining room, library, guest room and garage. The living room opens up onto the home's stunning view. Full of light, the room embraces a soothing and beach-inspired palette.
Most rooms on this level remain fairly open to one another — giving the home a light and airy feel. The kitchen, living room, and dining room are all in close quarters, which makes it suited for both entertaining and casual meals in.
Brown couch: Homeowners' collection
Caned chair: Ralph Lauren
Tripod lamp: Restoration Hardware
Dark and dramatic, the kitchen's bold black cabinetry and white countertops are balanced out with a more neutral stone island. "The moon-rock-like gray of the island plays very well off the rocky coast outside," says Day. "It helps keep the kitchen from becoming too dark and strong."
Stone on island: Argos marble
Kitchen counters: Caesarstone "Blizzard"
Lighting: Benson Pendant
The floors are constructed of a baked white oak surface-treated with an ebony analine dye. The baked oak was chosen not just for its rich, dark-chocolate base, but also because the treatment ensures that no white will show through if the floors are scratched. "There's a depth of grain and color that is very striking," says Day. "It was the basis for the home's color scheme."
Floor lamp: Aqua Creations
The basement level includes a lounge, workout area, and music room. One of the homeowners is a DJ on Sirius XM satellite radio and has an amazing album collection. This room was designed to store his equipment and display his love for music.
A soothing but dramatic ocean-facing infinity pool sits on the last level of the home's exterior.
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