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Northshore Home Spring 18

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

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32 SPRING 2018 kitchens A breakfast bar built into the opening provides views across the family room and out the windows that look into the woods. UPDATED CLASSIC INTERIOR DESIGNER PATRICIA FINN GIVES A 1955 CAPE COD IN DANVERS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE BY OPENING UP ITS LIVING SPACE. By Katherine Gustafson Photographs by Eric Roth W HEN SHARON McCARTHY WAS LOOKING for a new house, she knew she wanted to move back to the neighborhood where she had grown up and raised her own family in Danvers. So when her daughter, who currently lives in the original family home, spotted a place for sale right around the corner, McCarthy didn't waste time. She bought the 2,200-square-foot 1955 Cape Cod in August 2015, and before she had even closed on it, she had contacted interior designer Patricia Finn of Finn- Martens Design, who was recommended by a friend. McCarthy knew she wanted to remodel the main floor, particularly the 1980s kitchen, in order to open up the living space and make way for entertaining and fam- ily life. She also wanted to add a master suite down- stairs, leaving the two bedrooms upstairs for guests and grandchildren. "I wanted that open concept of the kitchen, the dining room, and the family room," she says. "I wanted to be able to entertain. I wanted to be able to have ex- tended family for Thanksgiving and Christmas." McCarthy, a software engineer, depended on Finn to figure out the design details. Finn went through her usu- al process, which involves letting the homeowner talk about how they live and reflecting on which elements they want to prioritize. "She really just listened to me," remembers McCa- rthy. "She really was very creative in how to best use the space to create a wonderful environment."

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