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Contents 70 A Seaside Retreat SPLENDID VIEWS MAKE THIS HOUSE A DELIGHT
80 On The Town CONDO LIVING BLENDS PAST AND PRESENT IN HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
90 Secret Eden DANVERS ESTATE EMBODIES AMERICAN GARDENING’S GOLDEN AGE
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Contents Departments, Spring 2011
Lifestyle 29 A COOK’S DREAM The Music Hall Kitchen Tour showcases classic and contemporary styles
39 A COLORFUL COLLABORATION Artisanal style in a community clubhouse
50 ASK THE EXPERTS Leading stoneworkers discuss their art
101 LIFE AS ART Eco-Artist Tim Gaudreau
105 SPRINGTIME HARVEST Fiddleheads, edible fresh young sprouts
109 GOING FOR GOLD Suggestions from the American Fine Wine Competition
112 BOOK SMART Reviews of recent home and garden books
101 In Every Issue 14 From the Publisher 16 Editor’s Welcome
In The Garden 53 WHEN THE PRIMROSE PATH GOES OCEANSIDE Primroses take spring by storm
63 PENELOPE O’SULLIVAN A passion for words and trees
18 Contributors 21 On the Scene 22 Seasonal Events 114 Resource Directory 118 Advertisers
119 Sources 120 Last Impression
On the Cover A pergola, a central fountain and a fine view of the historic Derby Summer House distinguish the formal Italianate flower gardens at Glen Magna Farms. Photo by Michael Hubley. Story by Penelope O’Sullivan. Page 90.
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Spring it on! I am glad that spring is finally here. Months ago, when we had some 50ºF – 65ºF days, I was on board for an early spring, but it wasn’t going to happen — on Groundhog Day, of all days, school was cancelled once again. No way was Phil going to see his shadow on that snowy, blustery day. At least I got a day off and a chance to watch one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Moving forward, I’m excited that winter is over. Spring is when people are itching to be outside in their yards and energized to live their lives in a brand new mode. Here at Coastal Home, we are celebrating our first anniversary with the spring issue. I want to thank all those who helped me launch this new magazine for their hard work and dedication. I also thank you, our loyal readers, for embracing us and sharing our passion for seacoast homes and gardens. With the spring issue we also celebrate our new editor, Penny O’Sullivan. She is a long time Stratham resident and an accomplished journalist, author, speaker, and garden designer. I’m thrilled to have her on board. She brings the magazine a wealth of home and garden expertise. As coincidence and fate would have it, we planned months ago to feature Penny as our Talent in the spring issue (see page 63), and she ended up becoming our editor. We wish our former editor, Lynn Felici-Gallant, the very best in her new venture, and thank her for a job well done at Coastal Home. Join us in the pleasures of spring, which are coming quickly upon us. I love drinking my early morning cup of coffee at the pond, watching nature unfold around me, and smelling the fresh-cut grass, new mulch, and flowering lilacs. I love it all. Spring it on!
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Beginnings I love the feeling of endless possibility that comes each year with spring. All around us, we see Nature’s giant growth spurt and watch our gardens in the throes of change. Coastal Home also grows and changes. Two months ago, Keith Lemerise, our publisher, made me Coastal Home’s editor, following the departure of Lynn Felici-Gallant, the dynamic founding editor of the magazine. I am deeply grateful to Keith, Lynn, and art director Marsha Jusczak for their leadership in launching a magazine that is elegant, useful and entertaining. Now, one year after Coastal Home’s debut, I look forward to bringing you — our valued readers — many more engaging stories, interesting trends, and beautiful coastal homes and gardens for your enjoyment. Our spring issue is rich with glorious gardens, environmental art, and colorful personalities. See on page 90 the impact that generations of plant lovers had at Glen Magna Farms, a historic family estate. On a smaller scale, Kittery plant enthusiast, Neil Jorgensen, describes his woodland garden bursting with spring-blooming primroses to writer Tovah Martin on page 53, and we learn about the fascinating world of eco-artist Tim Gaudreau from writer Jim Cavan on page 101. These artists express themselves in radically different ways, but they both make us stop, look at what’s around us, and think about what we see. Gardening is my favorite way to stop bustling and welcome spring. Tasks, such as pulling weeds, sowing seeds, and setting out tubers, slow me enough to absorb the budding world around me. The late May Sarton — poet, novelist and journal writer, who spent her last two decades in York, Maine, described the phenomenon: “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
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CONTRIBUTORS Michelle Brewster is the owner and lead photographer of MAC Photography. She specializes in capturing love, life, and family. Check out her portfolio at mac-photography.com. Green Alliance media director Jim Cavan’s work has been published in a number of regional newspapers, magazines and online, helping to raise the profile of sustainable entrepreneurs and green issues across the region. Jim writes on green building issues, techniques and leaders for Coastal Home–further solidifying the magazine’s commitment to sustainability. firstname.lastname@example.org Lynn Felici-Gallant is a garden and container designer and the marketing manager at Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, N.H. The former editor of Coastal Home magazine, Lynn has written extensively about gardens, outdoor living, and design trends for local and national home and garden magazines and horticulture industry publications. She may be reached at email@example.com JoAnn Actis-Grande is the wine editor of Taste of the Seacoast magazine. She also writes and conducts video interviews with well-known personalities. She is principal of JAG PR, and the New Hampshire director for St. John International University. She currently spends her time living between Portsmouth and Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org Rochelle Greayer is a designobsessed garden creator, writer and “go local” advocate. She is the owner of Greayer Design Associates and editor and creator of Studio g, an award-winning landscape design blog full of ideas for creating unique and personal gardens. greayer.com and studiogblog.com
As principal of Joppa Communications, Erica Holthausen helps nonprofit organizations increase visibility, raise awareness of their cause and build philanthropic support within their communities. A self-described idealist, she blogs regularly about sustainability, nature, historic preservation, conservation, community supported agriculture, fisheries and, of course, food. She resides in Newburyport. joppacommunications.com Michael Hubley is a selftaught photographer whose work has been published in six books as well as a number of magazines. With a keen eye for timing, his love for nature takes him on many journeys in search of that perfect “light.” View more of Michael’s images at MichaelHubley.com. For over twenty-five years Rob Karosis has been taking photographs of people, places and things. During the last decade, his primary focus has been architecture, and he is now the principal photographer for many of the country’s premier architects and designers. Rob resides in South Berwick, Maine, with his wife and three children. robkarosis.com Crystal Ward Kent writes for numerous regional magazines, and her work appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts books. She is also the author of Mainely Kids: A Guide to Family Fun in Southern Maine. Crystal owns Kent Creative, an award-winning agency. email@example.com Jonathan King and Jim Stott are the founders and owners of Stonewall Kitchen, a company based in York, Maine, that has been manufacturing and distributing fine specialty foods since 1991. The company currently has nine retail stores and operates a café and cooking school in York. Their award-winning products can be purchased in over 5,000 stores nationwide. stonewallkitchen.com
Tovah Martin is an accomplished author of thirteen books, including most recently The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter, 2009). She writes for magazines throughout the country, lectures on subjects from heirloom gardening and garden stewardship to terrariums, and hosts terrarium workshops as well. She is an honorary member of the Garden Club of America and an accredited Organic Land Care Professional through NOFA. Photo by Susan Johann. tovahmartin.com Kerry Michaels is a freelance writer, multimedia producer and photographer. Her credits include 20th Century with Mike Wallace, Country Living Style, ChopChop magazine and the awardwinning documentary, River of Steel. Since moving to Maine in 2001, she has become an obsessive gardener and writes about container gardening on her website, containergardening.about.com Originally from the UK and now based in Rhode Island, Nat Rea mainly photographs interiors and architecture for magazines and design clients, though recently his subjects have included sheep shearing and aerial landscapes. “My job is never dull, every day’s a new experience. It’s like being on a continuous sightseeing adventure.” natrea.com Light is key to beautiful imagery. Where is it? What Color? How Bright? What Direction? These are the important details that help create the perfect image and capture “The Hidden Secret.” Contact Greg West at gregwestphotography.com.
Spring 2011 Volume 2, Number 1 PUBLISHER Keith J. Lemerise | firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Penelope O’Sullivan | email@example.com ART AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR Marsha A. Jusczak | firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Mary August | email@example.com DIRECTOR OF MOBILE PUBLISHING Sabrina Velandry | Sabrina@sabrinainc.com WEBSITE MARKETING DIRECTOR Sarabeth Nelson | firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Cavan, Lynn Felici-Gallant, JoAnn Actis-Grande, Rochelle Greayer, Erica Holthausen, Crystal Ward Kent, Jonathan King, Tovah Martin, Kerry Michaels, Kristen Schwaegerle, Jim Stott CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Michelle Brewster, Michael Hubley, Rob Karosis, Tovah Martin, Kerry Michaels, Nat Rea, Jim Stott, Greg West COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Hubley COPY EDITOR Mary T. Connell PROOFREADER Janet Taylor ADVERTISING SALES/MARKETING Keith J. Lemerise | 603 234-0394 HOME OFFICE 155 Fleet Street, Suite 201 Portsmouth, NH 03801 | 603 766-1948 DISTRIBUTION AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Coastal Home magazine is available by subscription and at select newsstands and retail locations. Subscriptions are $19.99 per year, $29.99 for 2 years. To subscribe, please send a check or money order with your name and address to: TRENDS MARKETING GROUP 155 Fleet Street, Suite 201 Portsmouth, NH 03801 603 766-1948 or subscribe online at coastalhg.com Coastal Home magazine is published by Trends Marketing Group © 2010/2011 by Trends Marketing Group All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without the publisher’s written permission.
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WINTER WINE FESTIVAL 2011 The Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel kicked off with a Grand Tasting Reception, where guests could sample hundreds of wines from around the world and delicious food from over a dozen of the Seacoast’s top restaurants. This row and second row right: Paula Palmer and Jenny Ouelette of Horizon Beverage | NECN TV personalities Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson, Coastal Home publisher Keith Lemerise | Deb Weeks, Phelps Dieck, Jennifer Fecteau, Billy Costa, Kevin Shevelin, Steven English, and Keith Lemerise.
A DECADE OF OUTSTANDING TILE Portico Fine Tile & Design celebrates its tenth anniversary. Gathered in the Rye, New Hampshire, showroom are (left-toright) Frances Hodges, designer, and Portico’s three owners, Tania Huusko, Ann Pattison, and Brett Cooper. The year 2011 is already a year of extraordinary materials and exceptional design. porticofinetile.com
MAINE WRITERS & PUBLISHERS WRITING CONFERENCE Coastal Home editor Penny O’Sullivan (second from right) chats with DownEast magazine’s senior writer, Virginia Wright (far right), before their panel in Portland, Maine. Other panelists included (from left) Portland Magazine’s Karen Hofreiter, Gretchen Piston Ogden of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and Bangor Metro’s Melanie Brooks.
CHINBURG BUILDERS Chinburg Builders has opened its own Design Center, making new strides in offering a first rate, customer focused experience to its buyers. The Design Center, filled with samples and many “green” selections, is located in Newmarket Mills, 55 Main Street, Newmarket, New Hampshire.
PK SURROUNDINGS CELEBRATES TWO YEARS This May, Debbie Karpiak and Janice Page (center) celebrate their second anniversary as PKsurroundings. Their full service design company specializes in kitchens and baths and offers a renovation liaison service. The business is located at 20 Water Street, Suite 2, Exeter, New Hampshire.
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Seasonal events April 1–3 Made in NH Expo The Made in NH “Try It & Buy It” Expo with more than 150 exhibitors is dedicated to showcasing the impressive variety of quality products and services made in the Granite State. Held at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center, in Manchester, New Hampshire, the event costs $8 for adults and $3 for children. 603 626-6354 | eventsNH.com
April 15 Spring Fling Celebrate spring with cocktails, dinner and an auction at the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please see the website for admission fee and exact location. 603 569-4554 | nhbm.org
April 16 Earth Day Celebration The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm Road hosts a family-friendly Earth Day Celebration with a green fair, live music, nature walks, and a beach cleanup. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of spring at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Wells, Maine | 207 646-4521 | wellsreserve.org Located at 287 Exeter Rd. in Hampton, NH www.bonta.net
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April 22–24 Fisherman's Festival Celebrate the Maine fishing season in Booth Bay, Maine, with trap hauling and dory bailing competitions, bait shoveling race, codfish relay races, tug-of-war, old-fashioned fish fry, Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant, lobster crate race, fish chowder contest, Blessing of the Fleet ceremony and boat parade. Admission is free. 207 633-2353 | boothbayharbor.com
April 28 & 29 Residential Design Construction Boston This event is for everyone in the residential design community who wants to see the latest residential products, learn about design innovations, and network with peers and clients. Attend seminars, workshops and panel discussions on topics ranging from sustainable design to interiors, and everything in between. For more information, please visit the website. Boston, Massachusetts | 800 996-3863 | rdcboston.com
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Take a walk on Old Orchard Street in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for a spring street fair from noon to 5 p.m. Features include live music, local artisans showcasing their wares, and local restaurants providing scrumptious samples of their favorite recipes. The highlight of the event will be a treasure hunt on the beach. 207 934-0315 | oob365.com
May 7 20th Annual The Music Hall Kitchen Tour Come for inspiration to design your dream kitchen — sleek and contemporary, or cozy and traditional, and packed with innovation
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and imagination — as you visit kitchens throughout Portsmouth, New Hampshire, featured on The Music Hall’s popular Annual Kitchen Tour, now in its twentieth year. Tickets can be purchased beforehand on the Music Hall’s website for $23 or on the day of the tour for $25. 603 436-2400 | themusichall.org
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May 7 Camden Cake Walk Visit twelve inns in historic Camden, Maine, to sample mouthwatering cakes, from cupcakes to cheesecakes. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. 207 236-2257 | conwayhousemuseum.org
May 7 Glen Magna Farms Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, Massachusetts, holds an annual perennials sale, featuring old-fashioned cultivars, heirloom varieties, and divisions from the gardens. This year, the sale begins Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon and continues at the same time each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through the first week in June or until all plants are sold. Call for sale updates and information. 978 774-9165
May 7–June 25 Beacon Hill Walking Tour Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn how Boston’s Beacon Hill was developed during the Federal Era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. The program starts with a tour of the Otis House Museum, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continues on Beacon Hill’s historic streets. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. 617 994-5920 | historicnewengland.org
May 21 The Old York Garden Club Annual Plant Sale The Old York Garden Club will be hosting their fortieth annual plant sale at the Grant House, 877 US Route 1, in York, Maine. In addition to the huge selection of plants under the large tent, there will be a “Silent Auction of Choice Plants” inside the Grant House. Hundreds of people attend these sales for quality plants at low prices. The outdoor plant sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon, and the silent auction will start at 9 a.m., with final bids ending at 11 a.m. oldyorkgardenclub.org
May 29–30 Newburyport Spring Fest Welcome spring to Newburyport, Massachusetts! Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend in Newburyport’s historic downtown, Spring Fest is a two-day festival featuring great live music, art, fine crafts and food from Newburyport’s best restaurants. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 978 462-6680 | newburyportchamber.org
June 1 17th Annual Taste of Downtown Nashua The Taste of Downtown Nashua, New Hampshire, festival provides a unique opportunity for Taste ticket holders to sample the culinary offerings of its best restaurants downtown. Tasting events are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also featured will be a cocktail hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., live music and exciting raffles. 603 883-5700 | downtownnashua.org
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June 3–19 18th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival Visit Adair Country Inn in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and enjoy a historic tour of the property, wander its gardens, and relax with some tea with home-baked goodies. Other special events will be held throughout the festival. 603 444-2600 | adairinn.com
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Tour 13 of the best inns in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire during the second Annual Inn to Inn Spring Herb Tour. Each inn will focus on a different culinary herb, and visitors will learn the history of the herbs and receive gardening tips and recipes. Inns will offer delectable samples of dishes made from herbs that were grown in their own kitchen gardens, and visitors will take home seeds to grow their own herbs. Self-guided tours will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. The inns will also be running overnight-lodging packages for the event. Please see the website for more details about the specific inns and fees. 603 383-9339 | countryinnsinthewhitemountains.com
June 4 Third Annual Piscataqua Waterfront Festival Celebrate Portsmouth Harbor and Great Bay at the third Annual Piscataqua Waterfront Festival, a free family event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Features include music, demonstrations, museum tours, business displays and a sale of heirloom plants from the Moffatt-Ladd garden. 603 430-7968 | moffattladd.org
June 11 33rd Annual Market Square Day Created initially to celebrate the renovation and beautification of downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Market Square Day festival has since grown in size — along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth itself. Lots of entertainment on three performance stages, great food, and unique artistic crafted items offered for sale by more than 100 of Portsmouth’s vendors, plus a 10 km road race, contribute to the festival’s huge appeal for all ages. Events run from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. 603 433-4398 | proportsmouth.org
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June 11–12 Newburyport 32nd Annual Garden Tour Join us for the Historical Society of Old Newbury’s thirty-second Annual Garden Tour, “Town and Country,” featuring a wonderful mix of gardens in varying sizes and styles. Newburyport, Massachusetts | (978) 462-2681 | newburyhist.com
June 17–18 22nd Annual Portsmouth Pocket Garden Tour The 22nd annual Portsmouth Pocket Garden Tour is a study in contrasts. From expansive, professionally landscaped gardens to lovingly tended works in progress, the tour has much to offer any gardener. Get happily lost wandering hidden gardens in neighborhoods of the South End, Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while listening to local musicians performing in several of the gardens. Tickets for the tour are $17 in advance and $20 on the days of the tour, and may be purchased anytime after May 1st at South Church, 292 State Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or online at www.southchurch-uu.org. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions. Portsmouth, NH | southchurch-uu.org.
June 18 Arts Alive Annual Festival Visit exhibits of visual and performing arts in Dover, New Hampshire, in this annual event that features artisans, painters, jewelers, crafters, potters and more. Enjoy live music throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 603 953-4473 | eventful.com/dover_nh
June 18–28 11th Annual Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition Starting at 9 a.m. in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, come watch 15 Masters of the Sand Sculpture Universe compete for over $15,000.00 in prize money. Demonstrations can be viewed June 18 to 22; competition is from June 23 to 25; awards will be given Saturday night at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. 603 926-8718 | hamptonbeach.org
June 24 Celia Thaxter's Island Garden Day Trip to the Shoals Celia Thaxter's Garden Tour participants will be transported to and from beautiful Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, aboard the R/V Gulf Challenger. Enjoy a fully narrated ocean passage to Celia Thaxter's restored historic island garden. Celia's beloved garden is the famous garden that inspired American Impressionist Childe Hassam. The guided walking tour will also include exploration of many historical sites on the island. As part of this unique tour package, participants will enjoy a fully catered luncheon courtesy of Shoals Marine Lab in the beautiful Kiggins Commons Dining Room offering expansive water views and an open deck. Check website for vessel departure time and location, as well as other sailing dates. 603 430-5220 | sml.cornell.edu
June 25 New England Brewfest Breweries from across New England will gather in Lincoln, New Hampshire, to tap into their exceptional brews at the seventh Annual New England Brewfest! Join us at Lincoln Village Shops to sample and learn about these delicious specialty beers. While you taste, enjoy live entertainment and how-beer-is-made education programs, along with great food and exhibits offering beer-brewing paraphernalia and souvenirs. Events run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 to $25 for adults, and $5 for “Designated Drivers” and individuals under age 21. 603 745-6621 | nebrewfest.com
June 25 South Berwick Strawberry Festival Enjoy all things strawberry at this beloved festival in historic South Berwick, Maine. Enjoy the works of local artisans, live entertainment, and strawberry shortcake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. southberwickstrawberryfestival.com coastalhg.com
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From classic to contemporary, the Music Hall Kitchen Tour presents the kitchens of downtown Portsmouth The Music Hall Kitchen Tour returns May 7, 2011, with a focus on extraordinary kitchens in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year, in addition to standard tickets, the Music Hall is introducing a limited number of Gourmet tickets, which give entry to additional kitchens. The Gourmet ticket also includes an invitation to an exclusive lobby reception at One Harbour Place, featuring acclaimed chefs Evan Hennessey from Flavor Concepts and Craig Spinney from Robert’s Maine Grill, a tasting from Cornucopia Wine & Cheese Market, and much more. “We’ve kicked it up a notch this year by adding the food element to the kitchen-tour concept,” says Keith Lemerise, publisher of Coastal Home and Taste magazines. Lemerise, a long-time kitchen tour sponsor, helped organize the Gourmet portion of this year’s tour. “What a perfect match and a great way to support and celebrate the tour’s twentieth year!” See the Kitchen Tour sidebar on page 35 for details.
A Kitchen with a Past: George and Susan Carlisle From their fifth floor windows, George and Susan Carlisle enjoy dramatic views of Portsmouth’s downtown. The exterior of their building echoes the look of the historic city, but the structure was only built a few years ago. While the couple loved the location, they didn’t like the idea of “living in a modern, concrete box.” “We wanted something
with character, with a sense of history,” George says. “Portsmouth’s old buildings have great stories to tell, and we wanted to be part of that.” Fulfilling this wish might have seemed impossible if it weren’t for the firm of Adams & Roy, also of Portsmouth. David Adams and Stephen Roy specialize in creative projects, and they immediately saw a way to make the Carlisles’ vision a reality. “They proposed giving our unit the look of an 1875 industrial space that had been renovated into living space,” George says. “They built a story into these rooms, and they thought of every detail.” The kitchen has a rustic feel with floors of antique wide-board pine. The ceiling is also pine, with wooden framing and iron trusswork (supposedly reminiscent of its industrial days) giving it both dimension and detail. Here and there are rusty nail holes, deliberately placed by Adams & Roy to add an authentic touch. Similarly, the wooden window lintels have old water stains, and the chair rail, which runs around much of the room, has the darkened patina of age. Along the ceiling beams, one occasionally spots metal plates, which, according to the story, mark where a beam was removed during the unit’s “renovation” from industrial WRITTEN BY CRYSTAL WARD KENT PHOTOGRAPHED BY GREG WEST
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to living space. On one side wall, Adams & Roy installed a “bricked-up door,” which immediately adds intrigue to that section of the kitchen. “In the nineteenth century, most factory buildings had rows of posts supporting the floor structure,” David Adams says. “If you were renovating, you could yank out a post by running truss rods to connect the bearing elements, so that became part of the story we were telling here. When adding the brick wall and door, we used water-struck brick, which has the patina of old brick even though it’s new.” Because Adams & Roy were working with a new building, they had to deal with issues relating to the building’s permanent structure, and it was here that their genius took full flight. “The room’s three I-beams are all concealed by elements that have become part of the story,” George explains. “One beam is concealed by a brick chimney — the chimney was Susan’s idea, but they made it work. The second beam is concealed by laminate and blends in with the cabinets, and the third is hidden by a huge black cast iron pipe, like an old roof drain. They even inscribed it with ‘Adams & Roy Foundry’! The HVAC is hidden inside a wooden compartment that resembles the framework of a staircase that had been ripped out, and the surround sound workings are hidden in old black plumber’s pipe.” In laying out the kitchen, George and Susan worked with Janice Page, then of Dovetailed Kitchens in Portsmouth and now of PKsurroundings in Exeter, New Hampshire. Together, they picked the cabinets and planned the placement of the various stations that the couple wanted. “I wanted the kitchen to have defined areas that each served a purpose,” Susan says. “We have family and friends over a lot, and we needed a kitchen that adapted to a wide range of functions.” Over by the windows, a tall bistro table made from a threeinch slab of golden-brown Douglas fir provides an intimate dining spot. The wood came from the Carlisles’ home in Jackson, New Hampshire. The table has a circular wroughtiron base with one set of rungs for a lady’s shoes and a lower set for a gentleman’s. Portsmouth blacksmith Peter Happney crafted the ironwork and trusses in the room. High-backed chairs with black metal bases complement the table. The kitchen flows into the living room, so Susan chose colors that worked in both areas. The cabinets are a mix of cherry, or painted in a restful sage. Laminates conceal the dishwasher, refrigerator and stove hood. “I’ve had colorful kitchens in the past and this time went with something different,” she says. “The green harks back to the 1930s and goes with the industrial theme. It also works well with the wood and the black accents.” In the main part of the kitchen, an enormous island done in black concrete seats 14. Suspended lights in thick, patterned glass, reminiscent of the Depression Era, illuminate the area. Under the island are hidden pull-out serving carts that can be positioned around the kitchen/living area during gatherings for additional eating spots or wheeled about by catering staff. The carts store dishes and glassware.
Eliminate your Clutter. The back of the kitchen is the main work area with the refrigerator, compactor, sink and dishwasher grouped together. Here, large cabinets store cutlery in the upper drawers and heavy dishes in the lower drawers. Black concrete countertops continue the color theme. Generous storage space flanks Susan’s cooktop, and ivory subway tiles adorn the wall behind it. The tiles are bigger and more textured than the usual style, and their shapes are not perfect. Once again, they relate to the kitchen’s story, appearing to be from a kitchen space of long ago. This space is also home to a display of decorative plaster molds. The molds feature the art of antique corner blocks and were created by Adams & Roy. “In homes of the Victorian era, you see decorative corner blocks at the ends of window and door frames,” Adams says. “We made plaster molds of corner blocks from an old home in Portsmouth and placed them here. There’s a classic circular chrysanthemum and a strawberry flower, which is a nod to the ‘strawberry banks’ of Portsmouth’s past.” Just beyond the stove is a sandwich-fixing area complete with butcher-block countertop. The area is outfitted with a microwave, a toaster oven hidden inside a cabinet, and storage for spreads and cutlery. Down below, two refrigerator drawers hold all the fixings. Across from the sandwich station is the entertainment area with additional counter space and cabinetry. It features an ice maker and a built-in coffee maker, with spaces below for recyclables storage and a dishwasher for wine glasses. Up above, shelves display Susan’s blue and white Polish pottery. Just around the corner is a small sink with refrigerator drawers for beer and a small wine cooler set into the lower cabinet space. Above the sink is a wine rack with wine glasses hanging from the lower shelf. “George and Susan wanted to be able to entertain comfortably in a variety of ways, whether it was a more formal gathering, or just having family over for snacks and watching the game,” Page says. “The way the kitchen is laid out with all the special stations, you can easily accommodate a range of uses.” The kitchen flows into the living area, which is outfitted with large, comfy leather furniture in a rich chestnut. Bookshelves flank the fireplace and a large-screen television sits above that. The walls are sage, and an ivory-print rug is a bright splash on the dark wood floor. “We love the space,” George says. “It suits our needs, and we enjoy sharing the story and all the clever details with our guests.” For Adams and Roy, a project like the Carlisles’ is also a chance to honor the artisans of the past and to give a nod to Portsmouth's history. “We live in a world where almost nothing is really made any more,” Adams says. “You don’t see the craftsmanship, and that’s a shame, because these old buildings have marvelous workmanship and real stories to tell. We are so grateful that George and Susan had this vision and gave us the opportunity to bring in this story and these handcrafted historic elements. The result is a space that is truly unique.”
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