Maine Home + Design Magazine, 2017
Classic and contemporary touches make this home a gathering space for generations to come. When her children moved away to college, Leandra Fremont-Smith’s client wanted to downsize, without sacrificing the ample space and comfortable atmosphere of a family home. In the gray clapboard colonial in Cape Elizabeth, Fremont-Smith, along with Southworth Builders, opened up the narrow rooms that had limited the natural light.
Recognizing the importance of the kitchen as the family hub, especially since her client loves to cook, the designer combined the den and kitchen, creating one seamless space full of light and large enough to accommodate the client’s family. Crisp white walls and cabinets are soft and calming, while Aspen White backsplash tiles offer a delicate contrast. Polished chrome hardware, Lucite barstools, and a golden sunburst chandelier add a hint of contemporary glamour to the classic space.
A cozy window seat in the pantry was installed across from a built-in espresso machine, creating the perfect spot to relax and recharge. Farrow and Ball’s Ringwold wallpaper, in a classic vine design with pops of crimson and black, keeps the adjacent powder room fresh and fun. “The result is a sense of comfort and ease fused with energy and light,” says Fremont-Smith. “It’s just the right balance for a modern-day family in a traditional home.”