A Warm Welcome in Massachusetts

A Warm Welcome in Massachusetts

A Warm Welcome in Massachusetts


Take a look inside a serene, modern, familial farmhouse in the lush woods of Massachusetts, designed by Shannon Tate.

Photos by Joyelle West

At its best, a home should offer dwellers an immediate source of comfort, and serve as an antidote to the pressures and turmoils of the day. Designer Shannon Tate recently designed this caliber of space in the wooded suburbs of Massachusetts, transforming the entire first floor of her client’s home and imbuing it with a sense of serenity and warmth.

“I was inspired by my client’s warmth as a person, her love for her kids, her roots in Europe, and the setting itself,” Shannon shares. “They’re not fussy people, so a simple, warm beauty felt right for them.”

To evoke this warm beauty, she blended contemporary and traditional elements to create an effortless, functional space. She also created a more cohesive flow throughout by embracing neutral colors, natural elements, and taking advantage of the abundant natural light.

In the kitchen, she eliminated the existing dark, moody color scheme and opened up the layout to better cater to the family’s lifestyle. She kept the environment fresh and light, selecting aloe green-colored shaker cabinets as a contrast to the bright white countertops and pantry cabinets. To add additional warmth, she punctuated the space with brass fixtures and wood tones, as evident in the open shelving she used to display a curated selection of the family’s dishware, plants, and artwork.

To embrace the outdoors and the home’s sweeping views, the client requested a deck—a design first for Shannon. The resulting structure provides an idyllic space for the family to fully soak up the natural splendor of the surrounding woods. To ensure nature remains the focal point, Shannon opted for minimal furnishings, save for a set of chairs her client sourced while on vacation in Slovenia, and a sprawling outdoor rug and a vintage throw.

In the dining room, she also kept the tone pared-down, selecting a traditional farmhouse table, Windsor chairs, sleek gold light fixture, and a vintage Turkish rug to tie the room together.

Shannon established a spa-like environment in the bathroom, choosing a custom wood front for the vanity and greenish-blue herringbone-patterned tile. She also added a personal touch through art by painting a portrait of a woman for the room. And to add functionality, she carved out a space for the family to do laundry.

“I wanted the home to have a sense of ease, like it was there to support all of them at the end of the day,” Shannon says.

The result: a house that prompts you to leave your worries at the door.

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