Restoring a 250-year-old farmhouse appealed to artist Michael Quadland’s sense of nostalgia for his rural upbringing, his passion for historic preservation, and a simple need for more studio and gallery space. But it also had to do with a sense of permanence. Growing up as the child of innkeepers, Quadland would sometimes come home to find his
Philip and Arlety Bowman have a serious case of the blues And they couldn’t be happier about it.
From navy to cornflower to cerulean, the color washes over their New Canaan residence like a spring rain, giving the 1933 Colonial Revival home a clean, bold feeling that’s defiantly contemporary, yet completely in sync with the architecture’s roots.
Sweeping vistas of the horizon, inspiring ocean sunrises, light-filled rooms and the intoxicating aroma of salt air. New Englanders love their coastal homes and whether that means a condo on the harbor, cottage on a cove or beachfront shingle-style home, selecting appropriate windows
The house has summer written all over it—from its planked walls, beamed ceilings, and wide windows to its sublime sunroom. In classic coastal style, it’s relaxed and casual with a palette dominated by white, but it’s also stylish and sophisticated. It’s exactly what the homeowners had in mind. It started out as a nondescript, dated seaside cottage on the Cape, with walls covered in dark paneling
Radical Chic At first glance, this expansive Nantucket property had everything its new owners needed. Still, a bit of tweaking was in order. The pool sat in a sunken area tucked between the home and the pool house, leaving no space at the rear of the house for the outdoor kitchen and spa the couple wanted. Front landscaping consisted of little more than a shell driveway and a lawn. Landscape
Call it the dream versus the dune. Lisa Botticelli’s clients had the dream. “Like many people who are hoping to build on Nantucket, an ocean view was at the top of their list,” the architect recalls. “They also said they wanted an open design that brought the outside in and a style that captured the spirit of Nantucket.” The couple, who had long vacationed on the island with their
When Irwin and Mary Stockel acquired their Chatham property, they playfully told architect John DaSilva to design a house with water views from every room. DaSilva took it as a challenge, not a joke. He designed a house that subtly widens as it goes back to permit peeks at the waves from almost every vantage point, and
“I was always in heaven on Martha’s Vineyard,” says a New Yorker, now in his early sixties, who started summering on Menemsha Beach with his parents and siblings when he was eight. “I remember bodysurfing in Squibnocket . . . the community center softball games . . . it was the most wonderful place to be a kid.” When he and his wife—a transplanted
The homeowners visited close friends in Harwich Port over many summers, so they got to know the neighborhood well. As boaters, the couple and their (now college-age) daughter appreciated having several marinas nearby; they enjoyed the town, the beaches—and the sense of community. The village of Harwich
The biggest trend in New England landscape architecture at the moment? Bucking tradition. A decade ago, New England landscapes most often took cues from the site: the style of the home, the feel of the neighborhood, the microclimates on
Proof that no industry is immune to the power of technology: even landscape design, traditionally an in-person, on-site service, can now be delivered online…and with impressive results. For years, having your yard