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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Glen Magna Farms

Show house designers honor the past

GM BillRalph-shot8Photographed by Eric Roth
Bill Ralph made the library, which formerly had dark red walls, cozy and inviting by using cream and blue paint and well-scaled furniture. The Serapi rug was chemically stripped to create hues that match the colors in the room.

Visitors to Glen Magna Farms, with its turn-of-the-century Endicott Mansion and 11 acres of formal gardens, will tell you it feels like stepping into the past. In fact, the past is so well preserved at this historic Danvers, Massachusetts, estate that the Derby Summer House, a small two-story wooden structure nestled in the sprawling gardens, is a National Historic Landmark on par with the White House and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

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Cottage Chic

A designer transforms a fishing shack into a stylish abode

Maher LvRm1Photographed by Rob karosis produced by Marsha Jusczak

Fishing boats, ocean views, and a unique draw footbridge make Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, one of the state’s iconic locations. Since the cove is still a working port, fishing shacks along the shore are common, but one of these has a special story.

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Living Green

a house in harmony with nature

When Fiona Wilson and her husband, Rob, headed to Maine for a winter weekend to visit friends, they had no idea that their getaway would provide the impetus for a permanent home on the coast. They arrived late at night and had no idea of their surroundings. Daylight revealed a stunning scene. “The view was simply dazzling,” Fiona says. “We looked out onto a frozen Casco Bay with the sun glinting off the ice and this snow-covered countryside. It was so gorgeous that we both were struck with the same thought—that maybe we should move to Maine.”

Wilson kitchenPhotographed by Trent Bell
The kitchen cabinets are bamboo and the floors concrete, in keeping with the owners’ desire to be environmentally conscious. The floors also clean up quickly—a boon with an outdoor family.

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P. Allen Smith

A Passion for Porches

Allen ReadingPorchPhotographed by Kerry Michaels Ceiling fans keep the air moving on this porch with three distinct seating areas.

What you see when approaching P. Allen Smith’s spectacular house at Moss Mountain Farm in Arkansas is an inviting front porch running the entire width of the Greek Revival-style building. With white columns and creamy yellow walls, the porch seems at first glance lovely yet rather conservative. Then you notice the furnishings—bright, salmon-painted Windsor chairs and benches—and you realize that you have arrived at the home of an artist.

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Labor of Love

Yesue Kitchen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A home renovation becomes an emotional journeyPhotographed by Greg West and Produced by Marsha JusczakThis bright, airy kitchen was once tiny and dark. By expanding into the living area and adding dormers, the kitchen nearly doubled in size, creating room for a baking section and valuable wall space. The little home for sale in York Harbor, Maine, did not look promising at first glance. The lot was overgrown with trees and the home's design featured a "reversed living" concept, meaning the...

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Dream Fulfilled

Dream Fulfilled Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A cook’s kitchen comes to life Photographed by Greg West The hardworking island is the kitchen’s focal point, both visually and functionally. A cook's kitchen. Beth Lincoln dreamed of having one for 17 years. A place where everything was in easy reach; where clean, prep, cook, and plate could be done in orderly progression; where family and friends could relax and socialize with her as she whipped up meals. She brought her vision to life, and you can see her new kitchen...

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Fine Trim & Built-Ins

Fine Trim & Built-Ins - Coastal Home Magazine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A builder’s renovation becomes his home Photographed by Rob Karosis | Produced by Marsha JusczakChris added a mahogany deck to the original home. A fieldstone wall and an onion lantern on a granite post give depth to the landscape. Being the wife of a builder may be harder than it first appears. Consider Holly Ragusa, wife of Chris Ragusa, who has been constructing homes for other people for 20 years.   “He builds beautiful homes,” Holly says. “I always wanted to...

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Lessons Learned

lessonslearned Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Two generations of gardeners cultivate a dazzling landscape at Braveboat Harbor Farm Photographed by Kindra Clineff Most coastal gardens look outward—directing your glance toward the sea. But not Cynthia Hosmer’s Braveboat Harbor Farm. This coastal Maine garden holds you in its embrace. Rather than drawing you away, it keeps you spellbound. Anyone who visits Braveboat Harbor Farm is instantly mesmerized by the sense of serenity and peace within its domain. Braveboat Harbor Farm features two generations of tenderly manicured grounds, where two...

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