The Goodman Home
Photo courtesy of Norman Hersom
Suzanne and Jay Goodman purchased their gracious Cape Cod nearly a year before moving into it full time. Relocating from Coos Bay to be closer to family, they left no inch of the home untouched. All period details — such as the bathroom tile work, hardware and the unique crown molding — are original to the house, except for a kitchen remodel.
Built in 1939, the home boasts an enviable view of the Reed College Campus across the street. Both the landscaping and the interior of the home are heavily influenced by the couple’s love of France.
Spectacular art spread throughout the home represents an eclectic mix of artists, from contemporary to classic. The art collection is a reflection of the Goodman’s personal story — their first paintings were purchased on a yearlong European trip after marrying.
Upon entering, a warm and comforting living room awaits, replete with vibrant furniture and hand-carved statement pieces found throughout the world. A curved archway leads into what used to be a music room and now functions as a small sitting area that’s perfect for relaxing and having a cup of coffee.
The French inspired formal dining room holds built-ins with a lovely set of artichoke plates purchased during a trip to France.
The showstopper kitchen was redesigned by the same friend who helped them find the home. A newly-opened wall between the kitchen and breakfast area creates an open breakfast bar with pass-through. Abundant windows bring light in and allow the couple to spot hummingbirds buzz along. A distinctive chevron pattern that inspired Suzanne in France adorns the kitchen floor.
Jay made the office furniture found in the main floor master suite. The bathroom still features its original tile, along with a new built-in bathroom vanity repurposed from the original cabinets that fits seamlessly into the bathroom’s design.
The grand sweeping staircase leads upstairs to two more generous bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. But the standout is the large “tango” room. Suzanne and Jay are avid Argentine tango students and recently hosted a tango milonga in the space.
Suzanne and Jay love celebrating with family and friends in a home that is decked out for the holidays. Each year they bring out the handmade elves that their son made in school and look forward to many years spent celebrating in their warm welcoming space.
Drawing by 1st Grader Townes Groves