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This Nan­tucket kitchen goes from small to spa­cious with a fresh and charm­ingm akeover.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DOWDING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MICHAEL J. LEE STYLING BY NANCY SER­AFINI

Some­times a kitchen up­grade in­volves a sim­ple paint job and coun­ter­top re­place­ments; other times it’s nec­es­sary to start from scratch. In­te­rior de­signer and home­owner Nancy Ser­afini, pres­i­dent of Nancy Ser­afini In­te­rior De­sign, did three ren­o­va­tions and over­came many ob­sta­cles to en­sure her dream cot­tage kitchen came to fruition.

|TOP| Nancy chose a mostly neu­tral color pal­ette with gray ac­cents to com­ple­ment the col­ors in the ad­ja­cent liv­ing room. Large-scale light fix­tures from Ann Mor­ris An­tiques keep the

kitchen from feel­ing too large.

|OP­PO­SITE| The pos­i­tive side to a large kitchen

is Nancy has plenty of space for stor­age and ap­pli­ances. “I wanted two dish­wash­ers and four bas­kets for re­cy­cling,” says Nancy. The height of the ceil­ing al­lowed her cab­i­nets to go up in­stead of out, mak­ing room for sev­eral shelves and

plenty of draw­ers for kitchen sup­plies.

HOME GROWN

When Nancy and her hus­band pur­chased this 1960s cot­tage in Nan­tucket, Mas­sachusetts, in 1985, they ran into a prob­lem that would re­quire the en­tire home to be gut­ted. “It was a dar­ling lit­tle cot­tage,” she says. “But there was a hor­rific odor that we later found out was mildew.”They ended up tear­ing ev­ery­thing down and start­ing over, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to build their dream kitchen from the ground up.

“I wanted to main­tain the in­tegrity of the cot­tage-style home with a tra­di­tional look,” says Nancy. White cab­i­nets, sim­ple pen­dant lights and wood floor­ing all help achieve this. “The en­tire kitchen was cus­tom made on Nan­tucket by one builder, Wil­liam Gor­man,” says Nancy. Us­ing a lo­cal builder helped keep the project close to home and pay trib­ute to its lo­ca­tion. “We’re on an is­land and wanted to rec­og­nize that,” she says.

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