Muted linens from Bloomingdale’s and French doors overlooking the bay create a fresh look in the master bedroom.

 
  Lynn Dale and Frank Wisneski

Frank Wisneski and Lynn Dale said “I do” to each other in February. With children from their previous marriages, visiting grandchildren and elderly moms, the couple—who share three houses between them—have decided to call just one home their familial residence.

Though Wisneski has lived in his Duxbury house since the 1970s, both agreed it was time to redesign it in a way that would reflect a blend of their personalities, in light of their new life partnership. What started as a foyer and den renovation blossomed into a 12-room structural and cosmetic redesign project that took a year and a half. “We hired Gerald Pomeroy for phase one, and it just snowballed from there. We developed an instant rapport and became friends during the project,” says Dale.

Built in 1812, the Federal-style, brick-end waterfront house on Powder Point needed updating, and as he got to know the couple, the designer learned to balance Wisneski’s appreciation of classic décor and fine art with Dale’s sophisticated, whimsical style. The result is a fresh, timeless look that delights both. “We never planned to take down walls or rip up floors, but it was a fun and productive project. Redecorating an entire house is a process that can be very stressful, but in our case it brought us closer together,” says Wisneski.

Today the residence, framed by roses, hydrangeas and lilacs, is anything but a beach house. In the living room, subtle custom-mixed maize-beige and cream tones combine with some of Wisneski’s 18th-century American seascapes to create an elegant atmosphere. Animal-print throw pillows add spice. The sitting room is white with blue tones. The cotton stripe, solid linen and printed fabrics by Lee Jofa and Schumacher add texture to a large patterned chair (reupholstered by Connors Design of Marlborough), accent pillows and stationary valances designed to look like Roman shades. A custom- designed area rug adds subtle stripes, and a blue and white elephant imported from India serves as a small end table.

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