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ary to the couple’s frequent visitors. “We do a tremendous amount of entertaining,” Ouellette says. “We have friends who like to visit us, and we like them to come—that’s why we got the space.” Along with the geographic change, the entire aesthetic of the Vineyard house is a bright contrast to the couple’s winter home in Boston. Ouellette also acted as interior designer, looking no further than the view outside for inspiration in creating their summer escape. Walls evoke the blues and greens of the ocean and sky; light-colored wood floors and creamy white carpets conjure the color of sand. One bench perfectly matches the pale peach hue of a conch shell (Ouellette brought a shell to the fabric showroom just to be sure). She chose the large ottomans in the living room because their shape reminded her of jellyfish. The iridescent quality of the glass mosaic tiles in the bathroom also evokes the sea; guests have nicknamed the tiled shower “the fish tank.” Fabrics are mostly solid colors in touchable finishes like chenille, Ultrasuede and velvet. “Texture is very important,” says Ouellette. “Because the fabrics are mostly solid in color, I wanted to add some depth.” Notable exceptions are living room accent chairs and a large ottoman clad in a soft celadon coral pattern, in keeping with the ocean theme, and a vibrant floral pattern that Ouellette fell in love with and designed her master bedroom around. Overall the palette is kept simple and streamlined. “There are patterns in nature, but most things are tone on tone. I wanted to keep things nature based, a variation on color rather than bold prints,” she says. Bolder colors come into play in her collection of art glass treasures, which rest on surfaces throughout the house and in six living-room wall niches Ouellette designed specifically for their display. Artwork is equally eye-catching, every single piece created by Ouellette. The abstract acrylics (“not boat pictures like you typically see on the Vineyard,” the artist quips) share a strong geometric theme. “I’m a circle freak,” she says. She draws inspiration from her Native American heritage and works on paintings one at a time; each takes anywhere from two weeks to a month to complete. Her Summer 2012 New England Home’s Cape & Islands 61

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