Views from the sitting room and deck offer infinite interest, regardless of the weather.
The once-dim sitting room was transformed with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. A steel pendant fireplace and an Eero Saarinen Womb chair add sculptural touches.
A dramatic fireplace surround and partition made from Corten steel separates the formal living and dining areas from the kitchen.
The sleek kitchen features Caesarstone countertops, warm walnut casework, and iconic Bertoia barstools.
In a circulation area near the entry, porcelain tiles mimic the look of concrete, adding an industrial-chic vibe.
The architectural team added a clerestory and wrapped windows around the formal dining area, bringing the property’s views to the foreground. Throughout the house, aluminum-frame windows and doors were chosen for their quiet palette. Bocci pendant lights dangle delicately above the table.
A contemporary glass balustrade complements existing skylights in the revamped stairwell.
The main entry’s updated, large-scale glass panels and angled handrail draw the eye through the interior to the water beyond.
Sliding glass doors give the open dining room a more intimate feel and add a design element to the hallway.
A custom picture ledge wall in the breakfast area displays cookbooks, photos, and objets d’art.
Color, as in a trio of paintings by Rosenthal, makes a bright foil for the kitchen’s graphic black and white.
Another Rosenthal paper lines the pantry walls.
The powder room’s Splat KR wallpaper from Rosenthal’s collection sparked the home’s design scheme.
Rosenthal enlivened the living room’s neutral backdrop with deep blue upholstery and graphic pillows.
Artist/designer Kerri Rosenthal.
Light bounces off the high-gloss paint on the entry’s walls.
By day, the study serves as Michelle Pollack’s office; come evening, the plush chairs and fireplace make it a cozy place for quiet conversation with husband Ari.
Kerri Rosenthal’s own wallpapers make an appearance throughout the home; this pattern, Top Down in a cheerful pink, dresses up the bedroom of the homeowners’ twin daughters.
“It’s no bigger than a phone booth,” says Dunn, of her tiny, but polished, powder room.
The antique portrait lending character to a cozy guest room belonged to Dunn’s mother.
Twin bookcases add symmetry to the living room; their modern silhouettes also make a fun contrast to the rugged beams above.
A custom white pigment dye with an oil finish brightens the kitchen’s oak floor.
The dining room illustrates Dunn’s passion for stripes; note the ceiling, rug, curtains, and even the mirror’s subtle detailing.
The revamped front porch sports a new teak floor and tiered teak railings. “This is a deliciously cool spot for enjoying evening cocktails,” interior designer Leslie Dunn says.
A mix of prints in cobalt and sky enliven the master bedroom.
The powder room is tiny, but with two different wallpapers on the walls and the ceiling, it packs a mighty design punch.
The family room is a friendly riot of blue and green.
In the mudroom, created where the old galley kitchen once stood, vivid cement tiles inspired the color scheme.
An antique chest and child’s chair in the foyer provide neutral counterparts to the bright colors beyond.
The homeowners fell in love with the three-story circular staircase at first sight.
A plaque on the house identifies it as the the Christopher H. Drowne House, built 1862–1863.
Antiqued-mirror cabinet fronts lend a vintage look with a twist.
Large windows offer plenty of light, but preclude wraparound cabinetry, so window seats do double duty as extra storage space.
Dashes of bright green create a youthful, friendly vibe in the sitting area off of the new kitchen.
A dressing room is a bright and practical addition to the enlarged master suite.
With a tufted headboard, plush bedding, and shades of cream and gold, the master bedroom is as luxurious as it is comfortable.
A son’s handsome bedroom takes the home’s gray theme in a darker direction.
The new sunroom strikes a midcentury-modern note.
A cozy room serves multiple purposes as office, library, and TV watching spot.
The owners love cooking together in their spacious—and gorgeous—new kitchen.
The living room is a vision in silvery grays, with judiciously placed splashes of marigold inspired by one of the owners’ prized paintings.
A stunning John Pomp bronze credenza and hand-blown pendants star in the entryway.
The dining area next to the kitchen reflects the home’s new modern vibe—from the live-edge table designed by Rachel Reid to the industrial-feeling modular fixture that hangs over it.
The home’s iconic colonial facade stayed the same, while virtually everything was refreshed on the inside.
A glass railing and Adirondack chairs on the second-floor deck offer long vistas across the dunes, connecting the coastal scenery with the palette of the interior decor.
Exposed-bulb lighting with orange cording adds pizzazz to the third-floor powder room.
Shiplap was installed vertically in the mudroom and spaced to accommodate oversized hooks.
At the top of the stairwell, a chandelier made of bottles plays with the strong geometry of the balustrade.
A seagrass rug and Maine Cottage fabrics invite casual luxury into the master suite.
Shiplap cabinetry wears Benjamin Moore’s Blue Suede Shoes and leather pulls.
The kitchen island’s heavy marble top is offset by translucent pendants and a pillowed-tile backsplash.
Plush lounge chairs swivel to face the ocean or accommodate TV viewing; shibori-dyed pillows boost the coastal effect.
Interior designer Kristina Crestin in the third-floor dining area of the house she designed on Seabrook Beach.
The dining room’s azure rug and artwork hint at the home’s beachfront location.
The master bedroom is part of the generous suite that takes up the entire third floor.
The dining area boasts a twenty-foot live-edge walnut table.
The open floor plan is conducive to the couple’s love of entertaining.
The kitchen’s stone wall plays up the home’s rustic nature.
Horizontal clapboard was swapped out for vertical board, and the architect added the portico.
The soaring ceilings of the great room give the space its airy feel.
The wooded site and stunning views made the challenge of resurrecting the unfinished house well worth the effort.
Untitled (Pour No. 1) (2017), silverpoint, graphite, pigment, gelatin, and marble dust on linen, 14″H × 13″W
Paper Folded Nine Times (2015), sumi ink on Japanese paper, linen-covered box, 4½”W × 6½”W × 3½”D
Noh (2015), lithograph on handmade Japanese paper, 12″H × 24″W
Lift (2018), silverpoint, graphite, gelatin, and marble dust on canvas, 72″H × 80″W
Untitled (Curves No. 8 & 9), 2017, silverpoint, graphite, gelatin, and marble dust on linen, 27″W × 26″W
Thirty-Six Quadrilaterals (2011-18), graphite on steel and wood, 108″H × 96″W
The playful, gender-neutral guest bedroom hosts frequent sleepovers by the grandkids.
Whimsical plates and a collection of bright and friendly coastal-themed prints bring personality to the white walls.
The kids’ room’s swing chair ranks as the most popular seat in the house.
A pair of wine refrigerators in custom cabinets and walls of navy shiplap make a compact but comfortable wine-tasting room.
Views of conservation land are appetizers for relaxed outdoor meals.
Columns, cupolas, and gabled dormers give the front of the home a sense of formality belied by the casual elegance of the interior.
An inviting soaking tub occupies a sunny corner of the master bath; the gossamer shades provide privacy while letting in plenty of natural light.
In the chandelier-lit master bedroom, the most formal space in the home, an imposing bed is balanced with softer tones in the bedcoverings, bench, and divan.
Barstools and chairs are companion pieces that unify the kitchen and dining area.
A landscape by Vermont artist Craig Mooney adds a splash of color to the dining room’s quiet palette.
The onetime dining area is now a bright, airy sitting room that feels like an indoor-outdoor space despite being fully enclosed.
Kicking your feet up in this unfussy living room feels natural, and there’s ample room to do so thanks to the oversize ottoman, brought over from the owners’ previous home and paired with a new sofa.
The homeowners begin and end their days in the intimate study; the tiny bar in the corner has earned the nickname the Pearl, thanks to its iridescent wallpaper.
Dinner is often enjoyed on the rear terrace.
The formal first-floor powder room refashions an antique Anglo-Indian map cabinet topped with marble as a vanity.
A Victorian carved bamboo headboard, bamboo-embellished armoire, and woven plantation chair give the master bedroom its hint of British colonialism.
The marine-blue pantry does double duty as a bar.
Not surprisingly, everyone wants dibs on the down-filled daybed in a lounging area near the kitchen.
Vinyl seats at the kitchen island welcome wet, sandy bodies just in from the beach.
An antique Swedish trestle table marks the intersection between the family room and the kitchen.
The porte cochère showcases the curves that are possible with shingles and typical of the classic Shingle-style.
A large brick chimney was on the clients’ must-have list. The paneled design leaves it up to viewers to decide what they see: the openings or the grid.
The collection of antique seascape paintings, mostly from Eldred’s Auction House in Dennis, Massachusetts, provides a backdrop for the dramatic entryway staircase.
The family room is made for comfort with a stylish ceiling and a commissioned Sophie Treppendahl triptych depicting a slice of beach life on Pleasant Bay—including cameos of the family dogs.
Scallop shell pedestals provide the legs for a narrow dining room side table. The mirror above reflects a painting by Connecticut artist Charlie Miesmer.
The dining room’s chandelier echoes the branches of the giant English oaks on the property and lends an organic touch.
Twin gambrels flank an entry porch bracketed by beefy columns. The porte cochère connects the house to the garage. Architect John DaSilva put the garage doors at the back, so the building looks more like a charming guest house.
The second-floor reading room offers comfortable seating, endless water views, and plenty of good books in shelves opposite the windows.
The bunkroom features cozy berths for eight kids.
“She has a great aesthetic,” says Wagner of the homeowner, who helped select the fabrics in each room, including the robin’s-egg accents in this bedroom suite.
The shingles and trim are engineered materials, but, says builder Kevin Beland, “even when they touch it, some people don’t know.”
The porch floors are cumaru, a Brazilian hardwood.
Exterior details like the eyebrow windows have a classic look while providing volume inside the house.
Beyond the boathouse, the second home on the property peeks through the trees.
With two spacious islands and ample storage, the kitchen “is meant to hold and feed a lot of people,” says interior designer Brooke Wagner.
In the dining room, Wagner took a more contemporary tack, opting for clean-lined furniture in driftwood shades.
Beautifully detailed ceilings extend from the entryway to define various spaces in the great room, including the seating area around the stone fireplace.