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136 Last Look

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36 Here & There 29 Listening to the Land

48 Past Perfect

36 Family Ties

52 History Lesson

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An Ipswich cottage sets the stage for four generations of summer memories.

46 Natural Instinct

From classic to contemporary, woven furnishings lend a year-round summery vibe.

Editor at Large Clinton Smith shops Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.

Portland painter Matthew Chamberlain layers found objects, paint, and graphite to create works that look like they’ve been around a while.

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Architect Rob Bramhall designs a refined three-season home on a confined lot in Cotuit.

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Listening to the Land A savvy group of talent designs a home that blends into the rippling coastal views. TEXT BY TOVAH MARTIN

Since all eyes are really trained on the adjacent brackish marsh, architect Neil Hauck sensitively framed the unique cruciformshaped pool in Phoenicia Buff granite. As a further nod to its surroundings, landscape architect Martha Moore lined the fence with ornamental grasses and rugosa roses that love being tussled by the wind. Photography by Laura Moss; produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent

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ABOVE: To dovetail with the muted

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A family wedding served as a dress rehearsal of sorts when they set up a tent and dance floor that captured snapshot views brilliantly. Now, hay bales serve as sculpture while piping plovers provide daily entertainment in a carefully conserved setting with one mission statement: celebrate the scene. Seems straightforward, but for architect Neil Hauck, designing a sizable house that disappears into its setting posed challenges. Ample porches

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tha’s Vineyard on a clear day? Hauck’s solution was aerodynamic: he stretched the generous 6,500-square-foot house to include a first-floor master bedroom, three family suites upstairs, and a bunkroom for grandkids (and friends). A detached garage/pool house with two bedrooms accommodates overflow. From there, local landscape architect

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Clean and serene, the first floor’s open floorplan drinks in the light of ample windows and French doors that lead to the back porch. Multiple dining options include an island with generous storage and pendant lighting. A milky-blue coffered beadboard ceiling lends warmth to a breakfast nook, while dotted chair cushions play off the hallway’s lattice wallpaper for punch.

Martha S. Moore’s task was to build new walls that echoed the extant stone ones while tucking in wind/salt-tolerant ornamental grasses and native shrubs (emphasis on winterberry, inkberry, clethra, and juniper). “Foliage is more important than flowers here, and texture is everything,” notes Moore. Meanwhile, massing balances the wide-open space. Indoors, Lynn Morgan of Lynn Morgan Design and design associate Jim Ribaudo collaborated to frame and funnel focus outward. Stripes send all eyes where they need to go while broadening the linear house. Textural oatmeal-hued fabrics echo the nubby grasslands while dining areas remain kid friendly. Says Morgan, “All cushions are vinyl laminated for easy cleaning.” That color dialogue—with coral added on the second floor—runs throughout the house for continuity. “We kept it graphic rather than floral, and all rooms speak to each other,” says Morgan. But really, the overriding conversation is with the site. This coastal home lets the land speak its language loud and clear. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

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ittle Neck in Ipswich, Massachusetts, holds special meaning for Gerry Donovan and his family—and has since long before he was born. In 1942, just after Pearl Harbor, his grandfather bought a 660-square-foot cottage in the quaint coastal community for $800 as a place to retreat with his wife and two girls for a dose of salt air and swimming. One of those daughters, Gerry’s mom, eventually took over the cottage, which later passed to her son.

Time had taken its toll on the tiny summer house built on pillars and posts, and in 2017, Gerry and his wife, Lyndie, decided to start fresh. They enlisted architect Ben Nutter, who came up with a clever split-level design as he skillfully navigated the choppy waters of lot-size limitations, view restrictions, and a sloped site. And to realize their aesthetic vision, the couple brought in designer Kristina Crestin. “Our [primary] house is old, built in 1900, a colonial, and very traditional,” says Lyndie. “I wanted the exact opposite for down at The Neck.” Crestin delivered with what she calls “a modern cottage—sleek and a

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Crestin designed the custom table, built by Grace Woodworking, to seat a crowd; outdoor chairs from West Elm keep the vibe casual and give the dining nook a hit of color. The designer smartly positioned the Serena & Lily hanging chair so that the shortest legs in the family could still rest on the windowsill. Crestin painted the lower kitchen cabinets Benjamin Moore’s Polo Blue, a favorite hue she also used on the pegboard in the mudroom. “Repetition is your friend in a small space,” she says.

“I MEMORIALIZED MY GRANDPARENTS AND PARENTS WITH THE VIEW AND THE LOCATION,” SAYS HOMEOWNER GERRY DONOVAN. touch industrial… but that doesn’t lose the by-the-water feel.” For a contemporary vibe, she embraced the spiral ductwork “as part of the cool factor” and incorporated concrete counters in the kitchen and bathroom. She also left the floors concrete on the lower level. To reference the waterfront location, an open, airy living plan is coupled with a judicious use of shiplap and jolts of blue and—Lyndie’s favorite—turquoise. Space was, of course, an issue—but, for Crestin, it was also an opportunity for creativity. Since the Donovans have three kids, maximizing square footage—and seating—was key. An extra-long sectional anchors the

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main room, the dining nook sports a custom oversize table and banquette seating, and the kitchen’s efficient U-shape design incorporates plenty of storage as well as counter stools for casual dining. Downstairs, a chic bunkroom (complete with rope ladders and bunk curtains for privacy) is the ultimate-space saver, as restrictions allowed for only two bedrooms. The bunkroom, like the rest of the house, is a delightfully far cry from what once was. But, says Gerry, the connection to the past still felt strong. “I memorialized my grandparents and parents with the view and the location,” he says. “It’s very soothing for me to be here.” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this project,

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n April, Matthew Chamberlain ventured to the basement of his Portland, Maine, apartment building to rummage through forgotten piles of junk. The forty-twoyear-old Maine College of Art graduate had run out of canvases. Art supply stores were shuttered, and shipping costs for large canvases were prohibitively pricey, so he had to improvise. “I remembered seeing a stack of doors down there that I thought I could paint on,” says the artist. “I’m doing these things a favor by giving them a new life.”

Chamberlain has insight on rebirths. A couple of years ago, he sold his catering business in order to paint full time. Now he’s working on a collection of ten six-foot-by-seven-foot-eight-inch pieces for a solo show at Portland’s Press Hotel titled Good ’n’ You. The aforementioned doors are part of the series. “At first I was afraid it was too Rauschenberg but decided that wasn’t a bad thing,” he says. The piece, which is a diptych, also includes his own quilted baby blanket that he persuaded his mom to sacrifice and pages from an old fishing boat manual that he got from a friend.

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“MY WORK HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT ANYTHING; IT’S LIKE SEINFELD,” SAYS MATTHEW CHAMBERLAIN.

Despite interesting backstories, the elements that Chamberlain incorporates into his work carry little, if any, significance beyond aesthetic appeal. “My work has never been about anything; it’s like Seinfeld,” he says, referencing the sitcom famous for being about nothing. There’s no grand idea or central concrete narrative. Chamberlain explains, “They simply convey my love for making, as well as my love for history and found objects.” Chamberlain describes his process as “reactionary.” He starts by making a mark on a blank canvas, then sees where

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In addition, Chamberlain notes that he’s careful not to treat his paintings as though they’re precious. He finds satisfaction in serendipity. “I hope for happy accidents,” he says. “A lot of times, I let the painting make itself.” EDITOR'S NOTE: Follow Matthew Chamberlain at @chamberlain77 on Instagram.

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The owners of the house overlooking Cotuit Bay had three requests: a bunk room for guests, a kitchen with water views, and a screened porch with radiant heating in the floors. Working within the footprint of a former house, architect Rob Bramhall sketched a

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ABOVE: Nickel-gap paneling helps “bring the outdoors in,” according to the owners’ wishes, while stained walnut hardwoods provide contrast with the otherwise light-and-bright interior. LEFT: Views through the house to Cotuit Bay greet visitors thanks to the open floor plan on the main level of the home.

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“THERE’S MORE REFINEMENT THAN YOU MIGHT FIND IN A TYPICAL SUMMER HOUSE,” SAYS ROB BRAMHALL.

design for a two-story home with the common living areas on the ground floor and the sleeping quarters upstairs. An open floor plan allowed both free circulation between the kitchen, living room, and dining room—all spaces employed in entertaining friends and extended family— as well as unobstructed sight lines from

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: This informal dining area just off the kitchen also serves as a comfortable reading nook thanks to a built-in couch. A coffered ceiling helps define the dining room, and a narrow candelabra provides additional lighting without impeding views. The custom O. Henry House sofa fits the undersized living room while still providing comfortable seating for watching TV or relaxing in front of the fireplace; likewise, the lacquered coffee table has leaves that fold in when guests depart.

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windows looking out the back of the house to the bay. To ensure privacy from neighbors just a few feet across the property line, kitchen cabinets, a fireplace, and bookshelves occupy most of the home’s side walls. The coveted screened porch and the

upstairs bedrooms also face the water. More functional spaces, like bathrooms, a mud room, and a garage, congregate toward the street side of the space. “The home flexes beautifully depending on how many people are here,” according to the owners. “Most of the time

ABOVE: The house is designed so that all

main living spaces, including the master bedroom with its private French doors, look back through the narrow lot to nearby Cotuit Bay. LEFT: Varied rooflines and dormers help scale down what is essentially a tall, skinny house; the three-season porch and master balcony are stacked above an inground pool with water views.

it’s just the two of us, but the bunk room and finished basement offer plenty of room for guests.” The interior design by Keare Soule Interiors is a blend of comfort and sophistication. The living room, for example, mixes a custom couch dressed in light colors with dark-wood-and-rattan chairs and a grasscloth coffee table lacquered blue to match the water sparkling through the rear windows. They all sit on a thick wool rug with jaunty nautical stripes. Beadboard and nickel-gap paneling likewise nod to the waterfront setting, while coffered ceilings and inlays on interior columns add a dash of formality as well as definition to the otherwise contiguous ground-floor spaces. “There’s more refinement than you might find in a typical summer house,” says Bramhall— appropriate for Cape-loving owners who stay in their cherished Cotuit home for most of the spring and fall, too. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

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The landscaping features such classics as hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and pink roses, all of which wind up on Mally Skok’s dinner table throughout the summer. RIGHT: Skok at home wearing one of her favorite Figue caftans.

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A LESSON IN LAYERS

Designer Mally Skok’s effervescent personality shines in her Cape Cod home. Text by ERIKA AYN FINCH  |  Photography by SARAH WINCHESTER  Produced by KARIN LIDBECK BRENT

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The living room’s stone fireplace was inspired by the one in the original house; that’s Skok’s Nichola fabric on the French footstool. FACING PAGE: The chairs flanking the front door came from the now-defunct Antiques on Cambridge Street; Lee Jofa sconces grace the walls.

Mally Skok does not believe in redecorating her home,

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Massachusetts, home Skok designed with architect Sally Weston twenty-plus years ago. “If you’re thoughtful the first time around, then all you really need to do is add layers to your home,” muses Skok. “I personally don’t think it’s chic to throw everything away and do it all over again. But I’m also very sentimental.”

Skok, who is originally from South Africa, moved to New England from London with her husband, David, twentyfive years ago. They purchased an early 1900s house in Falmouth that had been renovated in the 1970s. When it came time to build a place more conducive to the family’s needs, the couple scoured

LEFT: Skok loves the doublesided glass cabinets filled with vintage treasures: “When the cabinets are lit during a dinner party, everything twinkles,” she says. RIGHT: Skok splurged on handmade red-and-blue Portuguese tiles for the backsplash. She discovered the tin schoolroom pendants in London, where she began her design career.

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“If you’re thoughtful the first time around, then all you really need to do is add layers to your home,” muses Mally Skok.

ABOVE: Skok uses mismatched serving ware and plenty of Zulu baskets from her homeland. LEFT: The designer sets her table with an eclectic mix of accessories from all over the globe, like this tablecloth from South Africa, her own line of ceramics, bowls filled with seashells, and a mix of glassware. “You should see the suitcases I bring back when I travel,” she says with a laugh.

the area, but they couldn’t find a better location than the one they already had. They decided to build a new home on the site, retaining the original footprint of the house, pool, and pool house. Skok refused to sacrifice any of the surrounding trees, either. The result is a home that feels secluded. With family scattered around the world, Skok wanted plenty of bedrooms for visiting relatives. Her wish list also included custom storage for golf clubs, a covered porch large enough for comfy furniture, and a closed-off kitchen to keep cooking smells contained. She accomplished the latter with doublesided glass cupboards that open to both the kitchen and family room. “Those cupboards gave me the opportunity to spend the rest of my life in junk stores,” Skok says with a wink, referring to the collection of glass and ceramic serving ware tucked away in the cabinets. “I have more $20 bits of glass than you can imagine.” Speaking of those “junk shops,” the house provides a place for Skok’s other collections, including vintage oyster plates and baskets from South Africa that remind her of her homeland. She says that adding to the collections has helped the home grow and evolve

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Aside from gravitating toward pieces with a past, Skok steadfastly refuses to do away with items she loves simply because they are no longer in vogue. LEFT: Isabella, a miniature long-haired dachshund, poses next to beloved Stephen Huneck dog sculptures repurposed for the family room’s coffee table. BELOW: A guest bathroom’s Lee Jofa wallpaper was a favorite of the designer’s two daughters when they were children. FACING PAGE: The covered porch features a collection of wicker and a Crate & Barrel sofa that Skok reupholsters every five or six years. “Snoozing there in the afternoon is the most luxurious thing,” she says.

organically over time without the need to refresh. It also gives her an excuse to trawl vintage shops in nearby Sandwich and Dennis. Here’s another element thoughtfully placed throughout the Skok home: accent chairs. Skok’s most cherished come from the now defunct Antiques on Cambridge Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and she’s had some of them for as long as she’s lived in Falmouth. Her favorite place to position a chair? In the bathroom. She says it’s the ideal spot to place clothes, it breaks up the hard surfaces, and it provides an opportunity to add a bit of vintage to a modern bathroom. Aside from gravitating toward pieces with a past, Skok steadfastly refuses to do away with items she loves simply because they are no longer in vogue. She points to the master bedroom’s yellow toile curtains as something that might not be on trend but are beloved because,

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BELOW: This guestroom was frequented by Skok’s mom when she was still able to visit from South Africa; that’s the designer’s own fabrics on the headboard, curtains, and bench. RIGHT: When Skok has a house full of summer guests, she’ll take a break to “rest her eyes” on the master bedroom’s daybed. Her favorite yellow toile curtains frame the window.

when she stumbled upon them, she had never seen toile in that sunny shade. “Plus, the yellow with the blue ocean behind it is a great combo,” says someone with a particularly keen eye for color. That sentimentality and those types of stories infuse every corner and object in Skok’s home, whether it is a jar full of sea glass or a painting by a friend.

As an interior designer, she encourages that sort of thinking when she’s working with her clients, focusing on highlighting their personalities rather than the style du jour through design. “Interior design should bring out the personal in people,” she says. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

ARCHITECTURE:

Sally Weston Associates INTERIOR DESIGN:

Mally Skok Design BUILDER:

Ralph Cataldo, Cataldo Custom Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

Horiuchi & Solien Landscape Architects

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

SUBTLE DETAILS AND CLASSIC STYLING ARE THE SPRINGBOARD FOR MODERN FAMILY LIFE IN THIS HOUSE ON CAPE COD.

TEXT BY MEAGHAN O’NEILL PHOTOGRAPHY BY READ M C KENDREE

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The street view of a house designed and built by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders features a welcoming front porch and large-scale windows and columns that give it a cottage-like feel. The one-and-a-half-story facade belies the house’s three stories, which include a walkout lower level on the waterfront.

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To draw the eye upward in the long, open-plan living area, interior designer Lisa Tharp added beams and rafters to ceilings, hung drapes as high as possible, and replaced the existing fireplace surround with floor-to-ceiling paneling. RIGHT: In the same space, Tharp specified a daybed, ottoman, and sectional from her own custom line, the Lisa Tharp Collection; the cozy-yetstreamlined pieces don’t monopolize visual space. Swivel chairs offer flexible seating; Scofield sconces hang above the fireplace.

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rchitect John DaSilva was facing a dilemma. His integrated architectureconstruction firm, Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, had purchased a prime piece of real estate in Chatham, Massachusetts. The property’s existing 1950s-era house had a Cape Cod aesthetic, but the interior wasn’t cohesive, and it didn’t take advantage of

the site’s beautiful location on a salt pond with views of the bay beyond. Having built eight custom houses in the neighborhood, DaSilva and his team knew the building was a tear down. Still, they wanted to retain the character of the neighborhood. “How do you make a house that meets the needs of contemporary living, but respects the natural and historical character that draws people here in the first place?” asks DaSilva, design

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principal at PSD. “It’s a philosophical and artistic challenge. People want a certain degree of familiarity, but they don’t want something that feels ordinary, either.” Solving for that, says Aaron Polhemus, owner and chief executive officer of the firm, was “about being thoughtful about the architecture and the landscape.” Posing such questions resulted in a building that,

from the front, references classic cottage proportions. Over-scaled columns on a broad porch coupled with over-scaled windows and roof overhangs play with proportion to give the illusion that the house has less mass and volume than it actually does. While the front facade “confounds expectations a bit,” says DaSilva, the water side’s ganged windows, raised terrace and infinity

In the kitchen, astragal molding was carried from the upper cabinets onto the ceiling, drawing the focal point up. The same style molding was used to frame ceiling beams. The Urban Electric Co. lanterns and a pendant light hang above the island and table. FACING PAGE: Tharp chose a custom-built dining table in the shape of a surfboard. It sits near the entrance to the terrace, which is delineated by hydrangea-blue wooden doors, a backbone of the decor’s palette.

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A vaulted ceiling and walls in the second-floor master suite are covered in Schumacher linen upholstery, delivering a delightful canopy effect. Tharp’s signature sail-pulley shades dress the windows. The daybed is vintage; Holland & Sherry pillows button up the look.

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Texture rules in a playful guest bedroom, where hand-blocked fabric by Design No. Five covers walls and a pillow. A vintage campaign chest was painted inky grey, while the model sailboat comes from Thoreauly Antiques in Concord. FACING PAGE, TOP: A built-in daybed in a child’s bedroom was outfitted in pale pink; curtains reveal a play space below. BOTTOM: A bunk room with toe-to-toe twin beds on each side is used for lounging or guests. Striped wallpaper, Schoolhouse sconces, and vintage art lend a nautical vibe.

pool, and walk-out lower level offer fairly contemporary styling. Inside, open-plan living maximizes the gorgeous views. Because the 5,850-square-foot house was custom built for sale, the homeowners—a husband and wife who use it as a seasonal

retreat for their family—purchased the property after construction was complete. Wanting to further personalize the inside, they brought on interior designer Lisa Tharp with Lisa Tharp Design. To define and unify spaces within the

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“We wanted to introduce a sense of age not through distressing and patina, but in classicism in the detailing,” says interior designer Lisa Tharp. horizontally oriented main floor, Tharp added rafters and beams to ceilings in the living, dining, and kitchen areas; crown molding, drapery, and paneling also draw the eye upward and add texture. The designer swapped out contemporary lighting fixtures for options with a touch of vintage charm and warmth. At the terrace entry, new wooden doors— painted a stunning shade of hydrangea blue, a favorite color in the family—became the

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foundation for a harmonious palette. For the seating area, Tharp replaced the fireplace surround with floor-toceiling paneling reminiscent of Colonialera Cape Cod. “We wanted to introduce a sense of age not through distressing and patina, but in classicism in the detailing,” she says. The result, partly inspired by the homeowner’s admiration for design icon Jackie O, is gracious and elegant, yet still crisp and fresh. In the kitchen, that direction meant adding a Pietra Cardosa stone slab behind the stove, lightening the white oak floors, and installing a custom surfboardshaped table. “The style is about being comfortable, easy entertaining, and classic, casual elegance,” says Tharp. Bedrooms also advance what Tharp calls the house’s “ethereal envelope.” A dreamy first-floor guest suite is dressed in what she describes as “a tight range of white, creams, and neutrals.” Upstairs, an airy master bedroom that features upholstery on the walls and ceiling and three-directional views feels like a tent canopy floating over the water. The ultimate effect is a residence where interior and architectural elements come together to do just what they’re supposed to—in this case, provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation, fun, and family time, now and for years to come. As Polhemus puts it, the house “embraces the past while looking forward to the future.” It’s a design that has fulfilled its promise, and in so doing, become more than the sum of its parts. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

see Resources.

A raised terrace and infinity pool extend into the backyard, which abuts a saltwater pond with views of the bay beyond. Connecting landscaping and hardscaping with the architecture was an important element of the design for Polhemus Savery DaSilva, the firm responsible for the architecture, landscape architecture, and construction of the house.

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“How do you make a house that meets the needs of contemporary living, but respects the natural and historical character that draws people here in the first place?� asks John DaSilva, design principal at PSD Architects Builders.

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This picnic table, which is set upon the foundation of an old outbuilding at the edge of the owner’s apple orchard, seats eight comfortably and offers drop-dead views of the Taconic Mountains. It is decorated with fresh-cut dahlias from the home’s vibrant gardens. The ANICHINI cashmere blanket on the bench keeps picnickers warm during cool evenings.

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so welcoming. And, just as important, because it had such good bones, I knew I’d be able to renovate it without destroying its homey feel and look.” He remembers one of the earliest changes he made: stripping the brick-red paint off the floors and sanding them. “I’ll never forget the thrill of finding that wonderfully preserved, gorgeous eight-tonine-inch-wide yellow pine beneath all that garish red paint,” he says. “Right then, I knew I’d made the right choice.” Maher used the 1850s two-bedroom dwelling as his vacation and weekend home/ studio for several years before he “bit the bullet” and began a major renovation that

ABOVE: Taking advantage

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hile on the hunt for a weekend retreat, the first thing New Jersey-based interior designer Michael Maher thought when he walked into the small, nineteenth-century farmhouse in southern Vermont was, “I could live here.” As he explains, “The house hadn’t been improved in a long time—nearly half a century—but it still felt so comfortable, so charming,

of the site’s vistas was paramount. RIGHT: New Jersey-based Interior designer Michael Maher on the border of the wildflower meadow that he planted using seeds from the Vermont Wildflower Farm. FACING PAGE: Maher sought to expand his small Vermont weekend/ski-vacation home while keeping true to the classic Vermont vernacular.

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In the living room, a custom sofa upholstered in Cowtan & Tout fabric, an antique chair from John Rosselli & Associates covered in Vaughan fabric, and a custom coffee table featuring Holland & Sherry embossed leather mix with engravings from German artist Basilius Besler.

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“I’ve lived with some of these pieces for years and brought them here,” says Michael Maher. “But I’ve been careful to make sure they fit in with the home’s relaxed, comfortable vibe.” would add a master bedroom, another bedroom, and two full bathrooms to the petite, clapboard-sided structure. (Maher now plans to retire to the space one day.) Intent on retaining the home’s feel, he decided not to expand its modest twenty-foot-by-twenty-foot footprint. “I loved the way it blended into the land and didn’t want it to dominate it in any way,” he explains. He enlisted the help of Vermont-based architect William Badger, who is highly experienced in preserving historical properties. “Michael stressed that he wanted to maintain the home’s style and respect its history and integrity,” says Badger. He helped Maher put together a sympathetic plan that called for renovating the kitchen downstairs, and raising the roof to create room for the new bedroom and baths within the enlarged second story. To maintain the cozy, comfortable feeling, Maher chose a lot of classic, even antique, pieces when he furnished it. “Antiques have so much character and are so interesting looking,” says the designer, who is an admitted Anglophile. “They have a beautiful patina and are not your run-of-the-mill showroom pieces but always add interest and depth to a setting.” Among his favorites are a

The light-filled “mini-great room” boasts a rug Maher purchased on a trip through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains; the hand-hewn beams, circa 1850, were exposed during the renovation. FACING PAGE: The home’s modestly sized dining room doubles as a study/office with a nineteenth-century French refectory table, which is offset by a patchwork wool and silk carpet, Farrow & Ball wallpaper, and an antique Swedish Mora clock.

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“Antiques have a beautiful patina and are not your run-of-the-mill showroom pieces but always add interest and depth to a setting,” explains Maher.

LEFT: Antique prints and paintings dot the walls of the master bedroom. BELOW: The antiques continue in the guest bedroom, juxtaposed with hand-blocked Swedish paper from Sandberg Wallpaper. OPPOSITE PAGE: Dubbed the birdbath, the master bathroom showcases a mix of Italian and American engravings, which Maher has spent years collecting from auctions and galleries such as Arader Galleries.

nineteenth-century French refectory table in the dining or, as Maher calls it, mini-great room, seventeenth-century Basilius Besler botanical prints, an early nineteenth-century Swedish Mora longcase clock, nineteenthcentury painted Swedish chairs, antique bird prints, and a Dutch burl wood mirror. “I’ve lived with some of these pieces for years and brought them here,” says Maher. “But I’ve been careful to make sure they fit in with the home’s relaxed, comfortable vibe.” Although he confesses he doesn’t like the word, he agrees that his design style is often described as eclectic. To this end, he’s mixed modern, handmade Moroccan carpets, a brand-new sofa, and bold wall coverings in among the antiques. “I typically use a wide range of colors and patterns in my projects, and this house was no exception.” The designer couldn’t resist adding one unexpected feature to the renovation: an outdoor shower. “Our builder was amazed and asked me, ‘You know you’re in Vermont?’ But I love it and, as I explained to him, I have ice in my veins!” EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home, see

RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE:

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Michael Maher Design BUILDER: Mark Davis

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A getaway on the Maine coast is designed for the kind of carefree living that creates the warmest of memories. Text by PAULA M. BODAH  | Photography by READ M C KENDREE Styled by FRANCES BAILEY

Designer Chauncey Boothby uses New England-based products, like this wool rug from Boston designer Meredith Thayer, whenever she can. Likewise, artwork is by regional artists through Maine Art Hill gallery. The living room paintings are by Craig Mooney, while the piece near the stairs is by Janis H. Sanders.

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THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: The front door is purposely understated, says architect Vincent Falotico. Tiered porches make the most of water views; the second-floor porch belongs to a casual family room. Built-ins, such as the breakfast area’s banquette, give the home a ship-like quality. FACING PAGE: A Merida rug anchors the dining room, whose trim is painted Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth Blue cut by 50 percent.

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n any given summer day in this coastal Maine home, the scents of sea and sunscreen drift in on the breeze, overlaid with the happy laughter of children. Come nighttime—after sweeping sand from the floors and consigning soggy beach towels to the laundry room—Mom and Dad kick back, on the broad front porch perhaps, or by the fireplace in the screened three-season room if there’s a nip in the air, and reflect on another day well spent.

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The islands’ Stratton Blue paint from Benjamin Moore is a bold yet soothing counterpoint to the otherwise white kitchen. “We used a lot of natural materials,” Boothby says, noting the caned counter stools and the baskets in the glass-front cubbyholes.

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The husband’s office reflects his passion for midcentury furniture. Another painting by Janis H. Sanders hangs above the fireplace. FACING PAGE: “This is the one room where we went with the more typical blue-and-white nautical feel, although with a more youthful, contemporary touch,” says Boothby of the three-season screened porch.

GRANTING THE COUPLE’S WISH FOR A BEACH HOUSE THAT WASN’T TOO BEACHY, BOOTHBY OVERLAID A MOSTLY WHITE BACKDROP WITH BLUES.

For the four children, from toddler to preteen, these carefree days unfold just as they should: one by one, each its own fleeting experience, with no thought for the future. Their parents know, however, that the barbecues with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the passel of cousins who live nearby, the sun-drenched days at the beach, even the rainy-day games, are the ingredients for a lifetime of cherished memories. That, of course, was the plan all along. The family’s primary home is in Connecticut, but the mother grew up in this very Maine neighborhood. Her connection with her extended family remains strong, and she and her husband hope their kids will forge the same solid bonds. In fact, although it’s tempting to call this their summer house, the family also makes the drive north for long weekends, holidays, and random getaways. Architect Vincent Falotico could hardly have designed a more suitable house for fulfilling that hope. The Shingle-style home is a New England beachfront classic with its gabled dormers, stone chimneys, and a series of porches that cascade from top to bottom of the two-and-a-half-story structure. “This is a low-key community,” Falotico notes. “They didn’t want the house to pop out.” That said, the homeowners did choose to paint the exterior an eye-catching shade of summer-sky blue.

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ABOVE: The bright Clé cement floor tiles were

the starting point for the bold palette of a boy’s bathroom. RIGHT: The family’s two sons sleep in the full-size bottom bunks, while the twin-size upper bunks are for sleepovers with a couple of cousins or neighborhood playmates.

Inside, Falotico kept the details simple, with unfussy moldings and Shakerstyle paneling. “We wanted a clean look, but not too contemporary,” he explains. He outfitted the foyer in horizontal flush-board siding that continues up the stairway to the second floor. “It’s durable, fresh, and clean-looking, and it gives texture to the walls.” Interior designer Chauncey Boothby came to the project with true cred: like the homeowner, she’s a native of Maine who now lives in Connecticut and has young children. Granting the couple’s wish for a beach house that wasn’t too beachy, Boothby overlaid a mostly white backdrop with blues in shades from the dining room’s pale-sky hue to the duck-egg of the kitchen islands, to the almost-white of a breaking wave’s froth in the master suite. “The colors evoke the ocean for a beachy feel, but without

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Horizontal flush board on the ceiling adds a cozy feel to the master bedroom, while fabrics in the palest seafoam hue give the space its serene feel. FACING PAGE: A walk-through shower with a marble anchor wall and glass on three sides sits between matching vanities in the master bath.

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cliché,” the designer says. Natural materials—rushed and caned chairs, the master bedroom’s paper-cord chandelier—foster the connection to the landscape. So does the art; every piece, from the large seascapes in the living room to the vivid painting in the husband’s office, is from Kennebunk’s Maine Art Hill, a gallery that represents solely Maine-

connected artists. The children, naturally, don’t focus on the stylish elegance of the decor or the clever way both architect and designer created an effortless flow between rooms. They’re too busy creating memories. EDITOR’S NOTE: For details about this home,

see Resources.

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SITE SPECIFIC: LISTENING TO THE LAND PAGES 29–32 Architecture: Neil Tod Hauck, Neil Hauck Architects, Darien, Conn., 203-655-9340, ext. 11, neilhauckarchitects.com Interior design: Lynn Morgan, Lynn Morgan Design, Rowayton, Conn., 203-866-1940, lynnmorgandesign.com Builder: Dennis Talbot, Dennis Talbot Construction, Little Compton, R.I., 401-635-8328, dennistalbot.com Landscape design: Martha S. More, Tiverton, R.I., 401-624-2435 SPECIAL SPACES: FAMILY TIES PAGES 36–42 Architecture: Benjamin Nutter, Benjamin Nutter Architects, Topsfield, Mass., 978-887-9836, benjaminnutter.com Interior architecture and design: Kristina Crestin, Kristina Crestin Design, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., 978-890-7186, kristinacrestindesign.com Builder, custom cabinetry: Premier Builders, Georgetown, Mass., 978-352-7002, premierbuildersinc.net GOOD BONES: A SNUG SANCTUARY PAGES 60–64 Architecture: Rob Bramhall, Rob Bramhall Architects, Andover, Mass., 978-749-3663, robbramhallarchitects.com Interior design: Heather Keare, Lisa Soule, Keare Soule Interiors, 617-877-6732, 339-206-7614, kearesouleinteriors.com Builder: Ralph Cataldo, Cataldo Custom Builders, East Falmouth, Mass., 508-548-1133, cataldobuilders.com Landscape design: Jenick Studio, Mashpee, Mass., jenickstudio.com A LESSON IN LAYERS PAGES 68–79 Architecture: Sally Weston, Sally Weston Associates, Hingham, Mass., 781-749-8058 Interior design: Mally Skok, Mally Skok Design, Lincoln, Mass., 781-259-4090, mallyskokdesign.com Builder: Ralph Cataldo, Cataldo Custom Builders, East Falmouth, Mass., 508-548-1133, cataldobuilders.com Interior millwork: Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, Stoughton, Mass., 781-573-1500, cabinetmakers.com Landscape design: Horiuchi & Solien Landscape Architects, Falmouth, Mass., 508-540-5320 HISTORY IN THE MAKING PAGES 80–91 Architecture, builder, interior millwork, landscape design: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, East Harwich, Mass., 508-945-4500, psdab.com Interior design: Lisa Tharp, Lisa Tharp Design, Boston, Mass., 617-341-9900, lisatharp.com Kitchen design: Classic Kitchens & Interiors, Hyannis, Mass., 508-775-3075, ckdcapecod.com

KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE PAGES 92–101 Renovation architecture: William Badger, Badger & Associates, Manchester Center, Vt., 802-362-2301, ext. 115, badgerandassociates.com Interior design and landscape design: Michael Maher, Michael Maher Design, West Orange, N.J., 973-736-4531, michaelmaherdesign.com Builder: Mark Davis, 802-345-0443 Kitchen design: Jim Dove, Dove Design Studio, Short Hills, N.J., 973-376-1080, dovedesignstudio.com DAYS WELL SPENT PAGES 102–113 Architecture: Vincent Falotico, Brooks & Falotico, New Canaan, Conn., 203-966-8440, brooksandfalotico.com Interior design: Chauncey Boothby, Chauncey Boothby Interiors, Rowayton, Conn., 774-232-1282, chaunceyboothby.com Builder: Kevin Lord, Thomas & Lord, Arundel, Maine, 207-467-3688, thomasandlord.com Drapery/upholstery workroom: Drapery Trading Company, South Portland, Maine, 207-799-4655 Art consultant: John Spain, Maine Art Hill, Kennebunk, Maine, 207-967-2803, maine-art.com

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Vineyard farm, and the Dark Harbor, Maine, family home of Sister Parish that ran in New England Home in November– December 2019 are all featured. So are cottages previously owned by writers and artists, and Estée Lauder’s former sanctuary. Showcased architecture and interiors vary dramatically, which just proves there’s more to the summer-home story than lobsters and sailboats. —By Erika Ayn Finch

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