Each piece retains the wood’s imperfections, and many have personal touches added by the artist, such as a scrap of a love note secreted in this round hole.
Preble’s carpenter’s toolbox includes every letter of the alphabet.
The artist at Pepperell Mill in Biddeford, Maine.
A love affair inspired this bench; when the relationship ended, Preble cut the bench in half—separated but still paired.
A romantic stroll with a lover is memorialized in wood.
Names given to the tables and benches reflect the artist’s mood at the moment of creation as well as the reuse of elements that might otherwise have been covered over or cut out.
Preble says using live-edge wood, as in this bench, honors the original material.
Mismatched blocks of inlayed wood elevate the furnishings beyond rustic to nearly contemporary.
Derek Preble sources his furniture from a reclaimed barn carrying beam; here, a slab is married to beveled legs for a touch of midcentury flair.
An existing fieldstone wall demarcates the spacious backyard, which abuts conserved land. The thoughtful landscape design includes low-maintenance plantings, a vegetable garden, and a rain garden that captures runoff from the house.
In the open-plan living area, white oak floors and streamlined surfaces create a focused, calming space. Throughout the house, built-in cabinetry was stained a subdued cocoa hue, bringing continuity to various rooms.
Architect Peter Twombly designed a space-efficient, modern home for a client who works in the marine industry. A glass hallway connects the living area and a two-story structure with the bedrooms and office.
The sloping roofline opens upward to the southern-facing backyard, allowing copious light into the interiors. Cedar shingles reference the local vernacular of nearby barns and houses; board-formed concrete was used on the facade and for the chimney to add a modern element that will also blend with the weathering patina of the cladding.
It was the homeowner’s idea to locate the main bedroom on the second floor to capture views of the harbor.
A table runner in a Rose Cumming linen adds a pop of rich color to the dining room
The living room includes a snug spot for reading and bookshelves for displaying personal treasures.
In the living room, lamps by Bunny Williams Home flank the sofa, with artwork by Hugo Guinness hanging above.
Waterworks tile brings a splash of color to the kitchen, where soapstone was selected for the countertops and the hanging fixture is by The Urban Electric Co.
To make this bedroom more expansive, the ceiling was vaulted, and new beams were added; the floral fabric for the throw pillows is by Jasper.
The children’s bedroom features two Jenny Lind beds from Crate&Kids, while the vintage alabaster lamp is topped with a scalloped shade by Matilda Goad.
Because of the structure’s petite footprint, storage was essential. New built-in cabinetry honors the home’s historic legacy
A European-made white oak bed, adorned with ethically sourced textiles, in Slate’s front window catches the attention of passersby. The cheerful artwork hanging beneath the clock is by local artist Samantha Handler.
Owner and creative director Sarah Baroni Phaneuf draws her influence from Cape Cod, where she grew up, and California, where she lived for many years.
An array of vases flanks a Chloe Andrae painting, all perched on a reclaimed-wood beam, which is designed, created, and sold by Slate in partnership with a local craftsperson.
The paintings to the left of the Slate logo are by local artist Julia Purinton, while the adjacent shelves house Lafco candles and diffusers.
Slate’s timeless selection of furniture features minimalist silhouettes, neutral palettes, and lots of texture. A collection of linen and natural-fiber textiles accessorizes the sofas, with sustainability-focused brand Libeco leading the way.
Slate’s front table, which is updated with new products weekly, gives shoppers a taste of the store’s lifestyle offerings. This recent display features selections from the boutique’s “wellness and renewal” curation.
Downstairs, the owners’ Turkish rug warms the poured concrete floor, which was polished then ground.
The couple’s adult children share the upscale bunk room where beds are dressed in duvets made of Italian linen ticking.
A door from the primary bath leads to the outdoor shower and landscape beyond.
An engineered pebble floor with outdoor grout runs from indoors to out while a louvered door offers both light and privacy.
Richly patterned drapery and upholstery pop against the custom Australian cypress built-in shelves on the mezzanine. Sliders open to a deck above the kitchen with a fabulous water view. Taylor searched for outdoor furniture that wouldn’t be too difficult to relocate in windy weather, and she landed on a teak and stainless-steel set from Barlow Tyrie.
In the kitchen, the designer incorporated an on-trend blue island, a statuary marble countertop, knotty cypress cabinetry, and custom shelving with brass supports.
Taylor used high-gloss paint on the tongue-and-groove ceiling in the kitchen to contrast the barn’s raw-wood structure.
In the powder room, Taylor sets up a glam-meets-industrial juxtaposition with Anthony Critchlow glass-bead sconces and a steampunk-style Waterstone Faucets sink
A custom hand-tufted wool rug from Rustigian Rugs in Providence echoes the patterning of the couple’s antique rugs, while the East Asian profile of the Gregorius Pineo coffee table complements the globally inspired decor.
The floating steel staircase defines the first-floor living areas, almost like a transparent wall. The striped accent pillows feature Wells Textiles Showa linen.
In the living room, a daybed beckons would-be nappers to take in ocean air thanks to gigantic barn doors that required extra structural supports. “There are portals to the outdoors everywhere, making it easy to commune with nature,” designer Courtney Taylor says. The house and patio overlook the red-roofed, 1930s-era Coast Guard Station.
A once-characterless condo got a bold refresh that is both comfortable and conducive to frequent entertaining; the counter stools are from Bungalow 5, and the punchy striped fabric is from Robert Allen.
Designer Laura Keeler Pierce wanted to open up the kitchen without sacrificing storage; the custom hanging brass-and-glass shelving unit, fabricated by Fishbone Metal Works, does the trick.
A sunshine-filled nook by the bay window has the ideal spot for tucking into a good book: a comfy Eero Saarinen womb chair from Knoll.
“The room gets a lot of light,” notes architect and designer Michele Kolb. “That’s why I was able to use a dark color.”
A touch of the remote reveals a selection of fine scotch; when the bar is lowered and concealed, a Murano blown-glass vase from Ralph Pucci International takes center stage.
The city views from this perch in the sky are electrifying.
Designer Patrick Planeta carved out a Japanese-inspired tearoom in one section of the high-rise’s living room to soften the scale and create a space conducive to calm
Figured mahogany shows up throughout the apartment, including in the powder room vanity.
It was a challenge fitting an IATESTA STUDIO king-size bed into the main bedroom, but Schroeder made it work by placing narrow nightstands on either side.
Noblesse emerald-green velvet wraps around an O. Henry House sofa in the study while the Loominous rug was hand-knotted in Providence.
This ten-foot-long sofa had to be disassembled to get it into the apartment. . Liaigre designed both the sofa and the Naja bronze tables, which are each crafted from one solid piece of metal and weigh a ton, reports Schroeder.
Interior designer William Schroeder combined a calm palette with interesting objects, like this oversized chaise sourced from Charles Spada, to create an ethereal experience.
An open stairway links all three levels of the guesthouse. Its steel structure and chunky wooden treads echo structural and decorative elements in other parts of the home.
A mini kitchen with counter stools offers snacks and drinks alongside the fireplace seating area. A bathroom and changing space also share the air-conditioned pool enclosure.
The Venegas and Company-designed kitchen features a Monogram pizza oven and a Galley workstation sink with inserts to accommodate a full menu of toppings.
With clever engineering and creative design, the natatorium in this Norwell, Massachusetts, guesthouse is as inviting as any room in the space. Wide horizontal stripes bring the walls down to scale, and fir beams give it a rustic personality while concealing HVAC ducts.
Three eight-foot-high, insulated windows provide spectators in the second-floor dining area with a view of the pool.
A deck alongside the second-floor dining area connects the guesthouse to the outdoors.
Automated shades in the primary bedroom lift to reveal a view of the North River.
In another bedroom, soft yellow hues from the Schumacher wallcovering carry over into its en suite bathroom.
Taking inspiration from boutique hotels, designer Justine Sterling gave each bedroom suite its own signature color.
The teal outlines of the adjoining bedroom’s wallpaper are echoed in the bathroom tile.
In both bathrooms, Sterling says she “jazzed up” the walls by reintroducing—in a larger scale—the chevron tile pattern used downstairs.
A cupola that can be opened to release humidity is the only clue to the presence of the pool on the left side of the traditional Dutch Colonial-style home.
Landscape architect Michael Coutu created a series of gardens with meandering stone walls and walkways and a palette of native and ornamental plants, including grasses, flowering shrubs, and perennials.
Painted panels trimmed with anigre add warmth and texture to the walls of the foyer and hallway. Anigre also forms the stairway’s graceful railing. A John Pomp light fixture of multiple glass orbs cascades from the high ceiling.
A vaulted ceiling gives the main bedroom a grand feel that’s brought down to scale by the quiet furnishings, including the Grange sleigh bed; the console at the foot of the bed holds a pop-up TV.
The primary bathroom’s clear glass shower doors are separated with a panel that’s textured to resemble falling water
The pergola-covered outdoor kitchen has everything needed for gathering family and friends.
An outdoor sitting area makes a perfect spot to while away a summer evening. In the cooler months of spring and fall, a fireplace fends off the chill, making the cozy arrangement a three-season location for quiet conversation.
The custom Tai Ping rug, with stripes of sandy neutrals and splashes of blue, curves to follow the bow of the window in the sunny living room.
Shades of sea greens and blues enliven the white kitchen. Designer Leslie Fine united the open spaces with common elements, such as the wood-stained counter stools that match the wood furniture of the dining and living rooms.
The open kitchen, dining, and living spaces are delineated by their ceiling heights and treatments, including the dramatic venetian-plastered cove above the dining table. The color scheme throughout the house is a sophisticated take on the classic colors of sea and sky. The living room’s twin sofas create intimacy while keeping the focus on the view.
The new house, built on the footprint of the old, nods to traditional Cape Cod style but with a clean, transitional feel.
A stand-alone tub gives a corner of the bathroom a spa-like feel.
A stately columnar beech sits in the front yard of the roughly one-acre property. The design team rerouted the driveway to create a curvilinear entrance to the house and surrounded the parking area with a deciduous beech hedge.
A cut through at the edge of the garage, which features fieldstone veneer cladding, leads to the backyard, while a curtain of Boston ivy delivers texture and red-orange foliage in the fall.
Having a fire feature was important to the homeowners; the design team fabricated one from reclaimed granite atop a bluestone terrace with Belgian block walls. Liriope and other plantings soften the stone.
An intricate linear path across the back of the house adds visual interest and draws attention to the magnificent magnolia.
For a waterfront home in Rowayton, Kathryn Herman Design removed existing paving that was crowding the roots of a 150-year-old cucumber magnolia and sited a new pool to meet strict coastal requirements. Hydrangea and boxwood along the foundation add shape and long-lasting color without a lot of fuss.
Morning Light, 29″H x 21″W, acrylic.
My Mind, 36″H x 48″W, mixed media.
The Image of Blossoms, 30″H x 40″W, oil.
Festival, 24″H x
30″W, oil on canvas.
Crossing the Shadows, 24″H x 48″W, mixed media.
The climate-controlled rug room features a treasure trove of tribal rugs in a rainbow of colors.