This beautiful holiday home on the New England coast is the heart and soul of family life, helping to create joyous moments and precious memories
A bolthole from the summer heat further south, this Maine holiday home stays cool with a blue-and-white scheme.
Paul and Courtney Amos hail from the southern United States, where summers are sweltering and boltholes are sought in the cooler climes of the north-eastern coastline. ‘Both our families had second homes in Maine, mine in the north with its bold ocean views and granite rocks, and Paul’s in the more beachy south. We wished the same for our children, but in a setting combining the two,’ says Courtney.
The middle ground
As Maine has one of the longest coastlines of the US states, locating their dream home looked set to be a challenge until Courtney was flipping through a property magazine and saw a piece on the mid-coast region of Maine. ‘We visited one November and discovered the landscape we had been seeking,’ she says. Of course, it would be the last property they looked at that made their hearts sing – 40 acres of breathtaking saltwater farm in Port Clyde on the St George peninsula, comprising a house and two cottages. Initially, the couple planned to knock these down, but when Courtney ventured inside one and felt the history encased in its walls, she knew it was the wrong decision. ‘It inspired us to take things slowly, to get to know the land, appreciate the views, understand the light and let all of them direct us.’
respecting The landscape
Portland-based landscape architect Stephen Mohr worked with the Amoses for seven years to situate everything on the land, as non-invasive as possible. ‘We walked the property together to get a feel for it, and that’s how the farm came about,’ says Courtney. ‘We came across an overgrown clearing that must have once been farmed, so we opened it back up and put our vegetable garden and livestock there. It’s magnificent, the history that landscape can teach us.’
Alabama architect Les Cole had not worked in Maine before, so he made sure to visit the estate and work with local engineers and tradespeople to understand the different construction needs in the north, where materials have to cope
with freezing conditions. This led him to follow the vernacular New England style, but with a twist, putting a Dutch hip roof on the main residence and cupola on the pool house.
a nod To The nautical
Courtney and Paul had long admired interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s work. ‘It’s unfussy and approachable, which is the look we wanted,’ says Courtney. As with the architecture, Courtney was inspired by the local style for the interiors. ‘New England homes have a seafaring feel because of the historic connection with ocean so it seemed fitting to respond to that. But, rather than plump for navy, we worked with more unusual blues, like teal, periwinkle and aqua.’
Courtney also loves floral patterns, china collections and antique furniture, and much of the last two came from Paul’s mother. ‘After she passed away, we inherited many of her best-loved items,’ says Courtney. ‘When I see them in my home, I feel the memories of her life, and they’re more than just pretty pieces, they’re what gives this home a heart.’