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SLIDE SHOW: Bernstrom Home in Middletown, RI

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The bathroom has a pedestal sink and both bathrooms feature ceramic tile accents.

The bathroom has a pedestal sink and both bathrooms feature ceramic tile accents.

Custom-made ceramic fish tiles decorate both the guest and master bathrooms.  They were created by Pat Warwick of Warren, Rhode Island.

Custom-made ceramic fish tiles decorate both the guest and master bathrooms. They were created by Pat Warwick of Warren, Rhode Island.

Second Beach near the couples home offers plenty of winter surfing opportunities for Erik.  St. George's School's chapel appears in the distance.

Second Beach near the couples home offers plenty of winter surfing opportunities for Erik. St. George's School's chapel appears in the distance.

Erik and Maaike take a stroll along the tree-lined road with their rescued dogs, Willy and Maggie.  They both fell in love with the area long before they happened upon their current home.

Erik and Maaike take a stroll along the tree-lined road with their rescued dogs, Willy and Maggie. They both fell in love with the area long before they happened upon their current home.

The guest room is a bright space with sweet embroidered pillows on the bed.

The guest room is a bright space with sweet embroidered pillows on the bed.

An antique wardrobe holds extra linens in the guest bedroom.

An antique wardrobe holds extra linens in the guest bedroom.

The master bedroom.  The blue egg pillow was created by Rhode Island artist Ashley Van Etten.

The master bedroom. The blue egg pillow was created by Rhode Island artist Ashley Van Etten.

The Bernstroms found this antique dresser from the 1900s in Wickford, Rhode Island.  The names of several Rhode Island towns including Wickford, Jamestown and Newport (not visible) appear on the drawer fronts.

The Bernstroms found this antique dresser from the 1900s in Wickford, Rhode Island. The names of several Rhode Island towns including Wickford, Jamestown and Newport (not visible) appear on the drawer fronts.

The sleek mirror was crafted by artist friend, Brian Schopfer, who is the caretaker at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  The wood came from wine-stained oak barrels.

The sleek mirror was crafted by artist friend, Brian Schopfer, who is the caretaker at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The wood came from wine-stained oak barrels.

The Swedish writing desk was passed down to Erik from his paternal grandfather.  The painting above depicts a boat once captained by his maternal grandfather.

The Swedish writing desk was passed down to Erik from his paternal grandfather. The painting above depicts a boat once captained by his maternal grandfather.

The living room is full of natural light thanks to the addition and replacement of multiple windows during the renovation process.  Erik's grandfather, who was ahead of his time, used reclaimed floors from France to create the coffee table in the heart of the sitting area.

The living room is full of natural light thanks to the addition and replacement of multiple windows during the renovation process. Erik's grandfather, who was ahead of his time, used reclaimed floors from France to create the coffee table in the heart of the sitting area.

The kitchen's sliding pantry door is another reclaimed from a turn-of-the-20th-century barn in Maine by family friend Jeff Soderbergh.

The kitchen's sliding pantry door is another reclaimed from a turn-of-the-20th-century barn in Maine by family friend Jeff Soderbergh.

Maaike and Erik in their kitchen.  The kitchen island is a reclaimed piece by Stephen Staples of Plainville, Massachusetts.

Maaike and Erik in their kitchen. The kitchen island is a reclaimed piece by Stephen Staples of Plainville, Massachusetts.

The homeowners' dog Maggie dozes in the sun filled dining room.

The homeowners' dog Maggie dozes in the sun filled dining room.

The dining room table is another reclaimed piece crafted by Jeff Soderbergh using 1700s-vintage pine from the Vanderbilt stable in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

The dining room table is another reclaimed piece crafted by Jeff Soderbergh using 1700s-vintage pine from the Vanderbilt stable in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

The exterior of the home lit up at night.  The homeowners transformed the 1980s home devoid of charm into a shingle style cottage.  They covered the exterior with untreated red-cedar shingles that will weather to a silvery gray.

The exterior of the home lit up at night. The homeowners transformed the 1980s home devoid of charm into a shingle style cottage. They covered the exterior with untreated red-cedar shingles that will weather to a silvery gray.

All photos/art by Nat Rea

Maaike and Erik Bernstrom found the home of their dreams in Middletown, Rhode Island. Or, rather, they found the house that would become the home of their dreams through hard work and perserverance. Take a visual tour of their 1980s contemporary house turned shingled country cottage.

See more work by photographer Nat Rea: http://www.natrea.com
See more work by stylist Angel Tucker: http://www.angeltucker.com

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