A shabby North Shore structure comes back to life
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Photographed 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.
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.
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.”
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.