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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Channeling the Big Easy

Channeling the Big Easy - Coastal Home Magazine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A couple brings the vibrant spirit of New Orleans to Maine Artist Judy Dibble painted the kitchen walls to look like grass cloth by using combs, which created a subtle plaid and a feeling of movement. She then painted blue fleur-de-lis, a favorite motif of the homeowners, on top. Bonny Vitali says it is her favorite room in the house. Photographed by Rob Karosis, Produced by Marsha Jusczak Channeling the Big Easy - Coastal Home Magazine A business card and a chandelier were...

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Nautical Treasures

Semprini_KitchenOverall16 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar The 2012 Music Hall Kitchen Tour traveled to New Castle A basket purchased in Nantucket, Massachusetts, holds a tea set atop the island. Windows at the front of the house were widened during a previous remodel, improving the water views from the sink and center island. - Photographed by Greg West Photography The owners put in a convection oven, gas oven, and electric oven. “I prefer cooking in the gas range, but the electric oven is very convenient for baking,” owner Wayne...

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A Splash of Color

A Splash of Color - Coastal Home Magazine Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Small House with a Big Personality The small house near Kittery Point’s Spruce Creek was made larger by converting the garage into a living room. Photographed by Cheryle St. Onge - Produced by Marsha Jusczak Kittery Point is a bohemian community on the coast of Southern Maine. Far from the hustle and bustle of the outlet malls, it lies in a quiet world of harbors, saltwater creeks, and small islands. With its proximity to Boston and Portsmouth, it is surprising that this charming...

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Emerson House

GWP_York2011-16 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Designers Transform a 1719 Landmark into the 2011 Decorator Show House to Benefit the Museums of Old York Patricia Finn | Second Floor Landing Patricia Finn of Finn-Martens Design started her design by addressing the walls, which had been covered in dark, floral wallpaper. “Because it was a very large space I went with a very classic grass cloth,” she says. “It was in fashion hundreds of years ago—it’s still in fashion—it never goes out of fashion.” To give it a slightly updated...

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Online Inspiration

KenebunkKitchenTour_Kitchen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar A Kennebunkport realtor designs a kitchen after surfing the web The homeowner ordered much of the room’s lighting from lightinguniverse.com, including the oversized hanging lights by Jeremiah Lighting. The idea for the large lights came from viewing Mediterranean-style kitchens on houzz.com. Photographed by Greg West, Produced by Marsha Jusczak One doorway off the kitchen leads to a covered porch, which is cooled down on hot days by the palm-leaf fan overhead. The table is set with beautiful yellow and blue china discovered...

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The Ledges

Ceb_Kitchen Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Photographed by Rixon Photography Previously the site of a large chimney and fireplace, the kitchen has one of the best views in the house. To take full advantage of the ocean view, it was designed without any upper cabinets. A Gilded Age home shines anew on the rocky North Shore Andrew Carnegie, Jay Gould, Andrew W. Mellon, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Charles M. Schwab, and Cornelius Vanderbilt were among the great industrialists and financiers of the late nineteenth century. It was a...

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Captivating Cottage

Quid_Ext Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn Buffer It! JoomShareBar Quidnet cottage is ideally located a few steps from the beach. Photographed by Terry Pommett Imagine you’re in the middle of the Atlantic—ship-wrecked—more specifically, 26 miles out to sea by the coast of Nantucket, known as the Grey Lady of Massachusetts for its rolling blankets of fog. You find yourself lapping your way to an inlet…Sesachacha Pond on the easterly shore. As you flop facedown in the sand—Castaway style—you lift your spinning head to a pristine strip of deserted beach. Your vision grasps...

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