An Architect at Home

Lisa DeStefano marries function and flair in her Portsmouth condo

DeStefano Kitchen2HorizPhotographed by Rob Karosis/Produced by Marsha Jusczak Lisa DeStefano’s kitchen is a masterpiece of organization. Careful planning allows her to have items she uses everyday easily accessible. Cabinetry by Dovetailed Kitchens provides abundant storage space, with the dark wood picking up the tile’s color accents.

Lisa DeStefano is one of the busiest architects in New Hampshire, with many commercial and residential buildings bearing her stamp. In the spring of 2011, she embraced the challenge of designing her own home, a journey that had particular meaning for someone used to creating spaces for others.

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A Sunnyside Revival

Preserving the past is one man’s passion

Blaisdell LvRmPhotographed by Rob Karosis/Produced by Marsha Jusczak George found the parlor’s copper chandelier in the attic; the giant Buddha dates from the nineteenth century.

The deep-red-and-yellow Victorian house in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, commands your attention. Surrounded by stately trees and a sprawling complex of outbuildings (including a windmill!), it conveys a unique sense of history. There are stories here from the past and one man’s story of rejuvenation. His story guides the home’s rebirth.

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A Historic Sensibility

Furnishing and maintaining an antique home

chandler LvRmPhotographed by Greg West/Produced by Marsha Jusczak The living room features artwork both old and new, including a wooden sculpture of the Madonna and child paired with a painting of September 11, 2001. Two semi-miniature slipper chairs beside the fireplace were a family collaboration.

Old houses harbor the triumphs and tragedies of people who lived in a different era. Owners of antique homes become stewards of history, and Sally and Jim Chandler are no exception. They love their historic home in the Point Shore area of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and cannot imagine living in a newer house.

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Coastal Collaboration

Artisans revamp a former summer home

Murp DnRm KitchenPhotographed by Rob Karosis/Produced by Marsha Jusczak

A marine welder in Maine. An art show held after hours at a gallery in Portsmouth. A New Hampshire fabric designer. A store dedicated to decorative plumbing, another specializing in building custom staircases. It took a team of Seacoast creatives to turn a summer home in North Hampton, New Hampshire, into a year-round residence.

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Garden Getaway

Design for outdoor living

AC ViewOfOceanPhotographed by Greg West Designer Anne Cowenhoven blended indoors and outdoors using custom fabrics and a color palette inspired by the mature gardens at Secret Cove. A table, rocking chairs, and planters invite guests to step out onto the porch to enjoy views of the Piscataqua River.

Instead of choosing the typical beach theme for a waterfront guest cottage, interior designer Anne Cowenhoven of Accent and Design Inc. in York, Maine, created an unexpected garden getaway. The guest cottage sits at the base of Secret Cove, a property overlooking the Piscataqua River and site of the Museums of Old York’s 2013 Decorator Show House. Cowenhoven was one of 16 designers who participated in the fundraiser, located in historic Kittery Point.

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Life at Water's Edge

Gardening and lobstering in coastal Maine

Karlin Hartzog 347Photographed by Lynn Karlin The view from the Hartzog house encompasses the lower cottage gardens, the ocean, and the islands beyond.

In 1984 on a Christmas trip to Europe soon after Gretchen Hartzog gave birth to her seventh child, her husband, Larry, broke their no-gift agreement and presented her with “just one little gift.” It was a deed to a house on the water’s edge at the end of the Damariscotta peninsula. They named the house Le Cadeau Noël, which means “The Christmas Gift” in French, in honor of where they were vacationing. Le Cadeau Noël has been the family home ever since.

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SoHo by the Sea

An Ogunquit home with loft-style panache

Brandt House GardenBackPhotographed by Rob Karosis/Produced by Marsha Jusczak A waterside view of the home, which was under construction when the homeowners fell in love with it.

Interior designer Sharon Bottner follows a ritual with many clients, but with one Ogunquit, Maine, homeowner, she was not sure of the result.

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The Music Hall Kitchen Tour

Visit Kittery kitchens for a worthy cause

MH AK LvRmPhotographed by Greg West The overhead lighting, like all the home’s lighting, was chosen with the help of Rockingham Electric staff. The kitchen flows into the living space with an Eco Firebox providing ample heat in colder months.

For Ann Kendall, this year’s Music Hall Kitchen Tour offers a new perspective on the annual event. Kendall is a long-standing member of the Music Hall board of trustees and co-chair for the Kitchen Tour Committee, but this year her brand-new kitchen will also be featured on the tour. “I’ve been on this committee forever, and now I’m on the other side,” she says. “It is so different being the homeowner after so many years running the tour.”

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A Home For Healing

David Krempels’ journey of renovation and recovery

Kremples LvRm KitchenPhotographed by Rob Karosis The front room features Mary's favorite favorite painting, Placing the Ladder, which shows a strong woman getting out of trouble.

Life can change in an instant.

In 1992, David Krempels was a successful building contractor. His days were busy with planning, negotiating, and directing projects. He was engaged in sports, his church, and his community, and he was newly married. Life was good. One June day when David and his wife had just embarked on their honeymoon, a tractor trailer barreled into their car. His wife was killed and David was left fighting to overcome a traumatic brain injury. The road to recovery would be long. For two years, he tried to get his old life back, but this was not to be. The “old David” was gone. In time, with the aid of family, friends, and therapists, he realized that a new David could rise from the wreckage.

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Riverside Renovation

Modernizing a home in Atlantic Heights

C DnRmPhotographed by Philip Case Cohen The dining room was one of the home’s original four rooms, and is directly to the left of the front door. It formerly served as a combined kitchen and dining area. Under the blue-and-white rug are stains on the floor where the previous owner stood each night at the sink doing dishes; his family had been the home’s only owner until the Cohens purchased it.
This area, known as Atlantic Heights, is steeped in history but hidden from sight—a well-planned neighborhood that arose from the need for workforce housing, a place that maintains its historical integrity despite a lack of architectural control or historic district restrictions.

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The Carriage House

A shabby North Shore structure comes back to life

Cutrona Ten KitLvRmPhotographed by Dan Cutrona - The 2,600-square-foot tenant apartment, which contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms, is currently rented by a couple who have been living in the carriage house since construction was completed and who, according to the homeowner, “enjoy the unique space.” The wood varieties showcased throughout the carriage house are particularly evident in the apartment; they tie all the open spaces together and uphold the look and feel of a nineteenth-century building. Since the apartment used to be a squash court, the backboard became the expansive kitchen countertop. The homeowner kept her color palette neutral and warm to let the salvaged materials stand out.

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Cape Neddick Christmas

Owners of a getaway cottage celebrate with style

NH-LvRmPhotographed by Kindra Clineff | Styling by Terry John Woods .

There is a much-coveted invitation for the holidays, and it comes from Cape Neddick, Maine. Rumor has it that everyone wants to get on the A-list for Christmas Eve in the company of Mark Smith, Mike Zamojski, and their corgis, due to their reputation for doing the holiday justice and because the venue is perfect for parties. “This house,” Mike modestly passes along the credit, “really knows how to entertain.”

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At Home with Antiques

Salvaged items lend charm to a Maine abode

GG DnRmPhotographed by Kindra Clineff, Styling by Terry John Woods - When Gigi finds a color that works, she never forgets the name—she painted the found cupboard on the right with Benjamin Moore London Fog, then dry-brushed it with white paint.

When the time finally came for Gigi and Jon Sjulander to build their own coastal Maine home, they could have gone in a million different directions. Instead, they focused on one central theme—gathering the family together.

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Beach Living with a Modern Touch

A Florida decorator redefines oceanfront elegance

M Island-KitchenPhotographed by Tim Murphy Produced by Marsha Jusczak Designer Linda Holman replaced gray-green granite countertops with modern, off-white quartz.

Brian and Cindy Mitchell love their beach home in Rye. The location is perfect—the water is just steps away from the expansive deck that stretches across the entire oceanfront side of the house—and the views are spectacular. "Gazing out the windows of our master suite, there are days when you feel like you could walk to the Isles of Shoals," Cindy says. But as their children grew and their tastes changed, the Mitchells found themselves yearning for a new look. "We wanted a more sophisticated, contemporary feel rather than the traditional, nautical New England beach home look we had." And they knew just the person to render the transformation: California-born interior designer Linda Holman of Lovelace Interiors in Destin, Florida.

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The Art of a Remodel

An Exeter Victorian showcases artwork amid period details

TMS Kitchen3Photographed by Rob Karosis
The kitchen was last redone in the 1970s; now, a green-and-yellow granite island and white cabinets bring needed light into the room.

When you are the daughter of art professors, when you and your husband collectively are the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephew, and friend of countless painters and sculptors, it is no surprise that the result is a home full of artwork. That is the case for Exeter, New Hampshire, homeowners Steve Jones and Kate Miller, whose recent remodel showcases the tremendous art collection they have amassed and inherited over the years.

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