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Northshore Home Fall 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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34 FALL 2018 W HEN HOMEOWNERS BARRETT AND ERIC LORD purchased their first home as a married couple in Marblehead, just minutes from the beach, they knew it was more than a starter home. The house had great bones and a stellar location. Its proximity to the ocean was a key selling point for the young couple, who share an affinity for water. Eric grew up sailing with his family in nearby Salem, and Barrett spent years as a youth swimmer. The Lords knew from the beginning the small galley kitchen with green Formica countertops would need kitchens nshoremag.com/nshorehome/ immediate attention if this were to be the long-term residence they hoped it would be. Wendy Ditcham of Wendy Ditcham Interiors was their first and only call. A close family friend, who had previously designed Barrett's parents' home, Ditcham attended Barrett and Eric's wedding in June 2017, the same month the couple moved in. The Lords searched for two years for their home, and while many prospective buyers overlooked the property because they couldn't see past the kitchen, Barrett says, "That's what I really loved, because I knew I wanted to do my own kitchen." Aside from needing more space, Barrett desired a sophisticated but approachable design plan. "I wanted a look that was coastal, that fit in with where we live, but not kitschy or nautical overload," she says. Ditcham wasted no time identifying the major issue and worked directly with builder Adam Dixey of Preci- sion Remodeling & Construction to redesign the space. Establishing function and flow between the narrow A SOPHISTICATED START INTERIOR DESIGNER WENDY DITCHAM BRINGS FUNCTION, FLOW, AND FINESSE TO A FORMERLY CRAMPED KITCHEN IN MARBLEHEAD. By Beth Daigle Photographs by Emily O'Brien Styled by Courtney Goodrich for Ennis, Inc. Details like seeded glass cabinet doors, grasscloth, and the use of brass cabinet pulls help reference a coastal lifestyle without being too kitschy.

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