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

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - Words An­dree Frieze Pho­to­graphs WIL­LIAM WAL­DRON/OTTO

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.’

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