Photography: Andrew Frasz
This project, based in Cohasset, Massachusetts, garnered Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates its second front cover story with House Beautiful Magazine. The original structure was an old sea captain’s home built in the 1850s. Throughout the decades that followed, the house’s imprint was expanded and when CDJA was hired to oversee its renovation, it had already been extended to over 5,000 square feet. Corey encouraged his clients to retain many of the home’s original architectural bones, including moldings, interior doors, and the kitchen’s bead board ceiling and rustic beams.
Aiming to bring the home into the 21st Century, while also honoring his clients’ modern and fashion-forward sensibilities, Corey deftly mixed antiques from the wife’s inherited estate with the husband’s desires for clean-lined silhouettes. Materialities were put to work in inspiring ways. For example, wallpaper was boldly used throughout the first floor: the Garden Room’s walls were gift-wrapped with a hand painted scenic mural from Europe, while similarly bold statements were made on the ceilings of the formal dining room and Speakeasy. Fabric passementerie, in varying widths, was also utilized in inspiring ways, as on the walls in the Front Hall. The ramped kitchen is a tour de force with its organic “panda” marble island and statement-making light fixture selections, while the dining room unapologetically embraces moodier tones with dark green lacquered walls, flocked leopard print wall-coverings, and antique chippendale chairs paired with a modern burl wood table.
In the end, this historic home was given a fresh remix for a young family with their eyes on the future.