Fremont-Smith gives a fresh update to a shingle-style house on the coast of Maine

ID Boston Magazine, Volume 12

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Words by Leandra Fremont-Smith

Photography by Jeff Roberts Imaging

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Our clients, who otherwise reside in Chicago, escape to this house to play tennis, swim, and ride their bikes in the close-knit summer community of Prout’s Neck. The husband’s two sisters have homes on either side of this house, and the families enjoy raising their children together in this special neighborhood.

We began by introducing a neutral palette, painting the living room, kitchen, and stairway in Farrow and Ball’s “Wimborne White”. This provided a clean backdrop for introducing soft blues and greens in curtains, cushions, and other decorative items, anchored by neutral grey upholstery and textured sisal rugs.

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In the dining room, we installed Phillip Jeffries’ “Agate” wallpaper above the beadboard. The wallpaper mimics the flagstone on the exterior of the house while also adding visual interest to the space.

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 In the sunroom, the beadboard walls were painted “Alaskan Husky” by Benjamin Moore, and the window mullions were painted “Green Black” by Sherwin Williams. An elegant sectional sofa from Charles Stewart in a Thibaut Crypton fabric with a contrasting “Flanders” Samuel and Sons tape along the skirt was placed in the corner, creating a comfortable nook for reading.

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The kitchen, which originally contained more cottage-style cabinetry, with cranberry and sage accents, was completely remodeled in collaboration with Conrad Arseneau from Kitchen Cove Cabinetry & Design in Portland, Maine. The crisp, white cabinets provide contrast to the playful herringbone-tile floor, and the brushed brass hardware pull in the brass and gold tones in the light fixtures from Visual Comfort.

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Directly off the bright white kitchen is a butler’s pantry, which we lacquered in “Regatta Blue” by Pratt & Lambert. A playful roman shade fabric, “Plaisirs de la Chine” from Schumacher, captures the cabinets’ peacock blues as well as the green tones from outside the window.

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Our clients requested a serene and calming bedroom, with a connection to the greenery and ocean nearby. We designed a custom headboard in a soothing blue Jane Churchill fabric, with euro pillows in a sophisticated stripe and embroidered fern-print pillows from Cowtan & Tout.

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The new screened-in porch was created to give the expanding family a place to gather for their annual lobster dinners, or simply to relax together by the large flagstone fireplace.

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