Form + function
Minimalist design done right is anything but plain or boring. Here’s how clean lines can deliver a lot of character.
CUE HISTORICAL STYLE. Timehonored features such as a metal roof, exposed rafter tails, wide porches, and clapboard siding—all inspired by Maine farmhouses and beach houses—give a new home old-house charm.
FOCUS ON AUTHENTICITY. The architect and designer used natural, organic materials inside and out. The home features white oak floors, wood plank walls, Carrara marble accents, and environmentally friendly or vintage furnishings and fabrics.
CHOOSE BOLD, CLEAN ARCHITECTURAL ACCENTS. Even without any flourishes, the custom plaster fireplace in the living area creates a strong focal point. Other standouts include tall windows and doorways, a seamless Carrara marble backsplash in the kitchen, and shiplap walls.
CREATE CLEVER STORAGE. To keep clutter to a minimum, large ancillary rooms easily close off from the main living areas. “Our clients are true minimalists and live by buying what they need, in place of excess or want. They are also a family of six and needed the home to be highly functional to keep up with the chaos of such a large clan,” designer Cortney Bishop says.