A leisurely, light-handed remodeling project restored the architectural integrity of a 1913 Craftsman-style summer cottage. At first, this home's renovator thought the architecture too crude, too simple, too boxy to be attractive. But when the worst aspects of the house--the drapes, the carpets, the linoleum--were removed, the beauty of the home began to shine through. All the Arts and Crafts-influenced home really needed was a bit of freshening up--hardly a renovation, and almost less than a remodeling.
Porch: Over the course of six summers, the house was gradually and subtly burnished until it seemed as timeless as a summer evening, yet as fresh as a sea breeze. The renovator painted the porch floor in the original formula of one part brown to two parts black.
Living Room: The massive fireplace of native granite gives a lodge-like feel to the living room. A Stickley armchair echoes the house's Arts and Crafts lines.
Elegant Eating Area: The 1940s kitchen was preserved as is, complete with metal cabinets, enamelware table, and glassware found in the attic. The green-painted sideboard from Argentina and the simple French chandelier look right at home with the table, a piece original to the cottage.
Bright Pantry: White walls and an un-draped window keep the pantry bright. Newly painted vintage furnishings and cabinetry give the room a clean, fresh look.
Spacious Bedroom: Butterscotch walls and bedding and three faded photos found in a drawer set the tone in this spacious bedroom--one of four in the house.
Second-Floor Bedroom: French doors open from a second-floor bedroom onto a view of the Gulf of Maine.
Nautical Bedroom: This nautically themed bedroom takes its cue from sea views. The brass beds and wall sconce are original to the house. Striped bedding echoes the vertical lines of the car siding on the walls. Shutters, rather than curtains, emphasize the simple geometry of the windows.