For this petite Cape-style home along the Eagle River, we focused on designing a warm, inviting space for family living. Radiating from the kitchen, we created connections to all the other spaces in the home: eating areas, living areas, the mudroom, entries, and upstairs. Details like the highly functional and utterly charming under-the-stairs drawers and cupboards make this house extra special, while the open floor plan gives it a big-house feel without sacrificing coziness. The home was later updated with interior trim details: new shaker paneling on the staircase and custom newel post; a TV built-in with shelves, drawers and a beadboard back; and a half-wall bookshelf with columns to replace the wall that had previously divided the living room from dining room. A new gas fireplace fits below the window to maintain the beautiful marsh views, with pebbled tile surround and benches flanking either side for storage.