A Quaint Summer Retreat
Maine Home + Design Magazine, 2018
This quaint summer retreat in Seal Harbor, Maine which was designed by architect Keith Kroeger, is a tribute to an original Fred L. Savage summer cottage. Kroeger enhanced the project with intricate wall paneling and moldings, an elaborate wood-paneled staircase with curved newels, and an elegant Maine granite surround for the living room fireplace. Designer Leandra Fremont-Smith introduced slender yet comfortable furniture to update the traditional space.
“The living room is a palette of fresh and light blues and greens that reflect the ever-changing ocean outside the cottage,” she says. She created layers of patterns in pillow fabrics from Schumacher, Thibaut, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard. For the artwork above the mantel, she reached out to Deirdre Boland of Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor and selected Francis Lipari’s Flanders Bay, which portrays a beautiful, calm summer day on Mount Desert Island.
Tucked around the corner from the living room is an upholstered window seat, which provides a cozy reading nook. Underneath the stairway sits a bench from Thos. Moser, with vibrant green pillows that contrast against the rich wood paneling of the adjacent billiards room. The guest bedroom is clad in beautiful tongue-and-groove pine walls with a thick moulding above, and features a McAdoo hooked rug that portrays a scene from neighboring Northeast Harbor. Overall, Fremont- Smith strove to blend the rich traditional elements of the home with a playful palette and furniture pieces that will continue to be used and loved for many summers to come.