Every home comes with a story and there’s plenty of stories to be said about this 1960’s cedar shingle colonial beach house. The designer Linda Banks, from Linda Banks of Banks Design Associates and Simply Home, starts by explaining that this entire house was a rabbit warren of tiny rooms and her objective was to open it up to expose the views of Casco Bay and access the outdoor living areas. The homeowners, a young couple with two small children from New York City, purchased an older beach house in Maine thinking of doing some minor repairs but a problem with frozen pipes during the winter lead to a major renovation, which served as a white canvas for the designer to create each space with more freedom.
Despite the first troubles this property had, the homeowners knew they were in good hands to make the best of this home and to finally take full advantage of the stunning views of the Maine’s coastline.
Here are the details:
The front door is from Simpson Door Company, single raised panel painted red. The red door paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-181 Heritage Red. Side lights are seeded glass.
The vintage exterior lanterns are from Paris, wired by the architect. The designer purchased the French lanterns from one of her favorite purveyors of vintage French items; “Tuesdays on The Boulevard” in Virginia.
According to the designer, this space was a breezeway that was enclosed by the previous owners between the garage and the house. The designer added the interior wood mouldings on the interior to create and define the new front foyer as architecturally significant and relocated the interior door to the garage to the back. Paneling is plywood with applied astragal moulding every 9” on center, painted in Benjamin Moore Decorator White. The mural inspired the home’s color palette.
Foyer bench is vintage. The retro whimsical mural in the foyer is also from “Tuesdays on The Boulevard” .
Red chairs come to bring some color to this dining area. Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore OC-30 Gray Mist. Ceiling paint color is Benjamin Moore Super Spec White ceiling paint.
Red, the homeowner’s favorite color, is brought to the kitchen through the rattan French bistro barstools and pendants. Red pendants are Rejuvenation McCoy, brushed nickel.
Floors are existing, painted Benjamin Moore Decorator White.
Faucet: Waterstone Contemporary pull down faucet, stainless steel.
Cabinet Details: Custom cabinetry designed by Linda Banks, ASID, constructed by Tidewater Millwork in Woolwich, Maine.
Island Dimensions: 9’ x 4’.
Countertops: Imperial Danby Marble.
The kitchen features counter-to-ceiling marble and mirror backsplash tiles that gently reflects the water outside.
Tile: Arabesque tile from Distinctive Tile on Forest Ave. in Portland, ME.
Lighting is RH Modern Taper Sconce with Glass Shade.
Paint color is Benjamin Moore OC-30 Gray Mist.
With floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room truly takes advantage of the stunning waterviews. The interior designer, Linda Banks, used clear glass lamps to not obscure the view and keep an airy feel. The sofa and chairs are covered in an indoor/outdoor canvaslike fabric.
All furnishings in this home were sourced through Simply Home.
Lighting: Currey & Company Glasshouse Table Lamp, white.
Lamps flanking sofa: medium Trumpet Lamp by Barbara Cosgrove.
This powder room mixes elements in a very intriguing way – a hand-screened wallpaper in white and charcoal plays against shiplap accent wall while a red bamboo vanity carries the color palette of the house to this space. Red vanity paint color is paint color is Benjamin Moore HC-181 Heritage Red.
Wall covering is Schumacher Fern Tree Wallcovering in Graphite.
Sink: Signature Hardware Lily Washbasin, white.
Mirror: Mirror Image Mirror Framed Mirror 20330.
Faucet: Restoration Hardware Sutton 8” Widespread Faucet Set, polished chrome.
Lighting: Robert Abbey Williamsburg Tyrie.
Located above the garage, this nautical playroom features classic coastal colors like navy, red and stripes.
Floors are existing, painted Benjamin Moore Decorator White. Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore OC-30 Gray Mist.
Stair Runner: Stanton Maracanda, Champagne.
The homeowner and designer decided that every bedroom in the house would have its own bathroom, no matter how small it might be. This bathroom features a Greek-key wallpaper and a marble topped vanity painted in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White.
Wall covering is Schumacher & Co. Greek Key Stripe in Navy.
Lighting is Visual Comfort Chart House, polished nickel.
Faucet is Kohler Purist Cross Handle.
This bedroom is sweet and delicate without being too childish. I love the details of this room.
An enchanting modern glass chandelier was place over the bed. Chandelier is West Elm Droplet Glass chandelier – $450
The master bedroom features a soothing color pallet and extensive ocean view.
Paint color is Benjamin Moore CW-635 Nelson Blue.
Imagine leaving all the noise, all the busy schedules behind and arriving to this sweet paradise every summer…
Outdoor furniture is Kingsley Bate.
Interior Design: Linda Banks of Banks Design Associates and Simply Home.
Construction: Flying Point Construction in Topsham, Maine.
Landscaping: Anderson Landscaping, Sarah Witte.
Photography: Jeff Roberts.
Wasn’t it a great place to see? I love Maine and that entire region… That’s truly one of the best places you can go to escape all of the noise of the daily life.
I hope you all have a wonderful day, filled with sunshine and happiness! 🙂
Talk to you tomorrow!
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