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A brand-new farm­house links the owner’s child­hood to her fam­ily’s fu­ture.

op­po­site: The metal porch ta­ble ap­pealed to home­owner Chris­tine Arcese’s love of all things retro: “It has the look of some­thing my grand­mother would have had in her kitchen,” she says. She painted the ceil­ing a shade that mim­ics the sky over the At­lantic, just a block from their Duxbury, Mas­sachusetts, home. this photo: A chest that hus­band Eric’s dad used for base­ment stor­age is the star of their fam­ily room. “The doors are tricky. You have to have just the right touch or the han­dles fall off,” Chris­tine says.

this photo: “I like to build col­lages of col­lected pieces rather than scat­ter them all around, which I think lessens their im­pact,” Chris­tine says of the sculp­tural mounted heads above the fire­place. A cat­tle hide laid over a cot­ton-and-jute braided rug soft­ens the seat­ing area. “Lay­er­ing rugs feels a lit­tle more Bo­hemian to me and makes a space feel less generic. And it feels re­ally plush underfoot,” she says.

When IT ex­ec­u­tive Eric pulls into the drive­way, Anna, 10, and Olin, 7, race to the door to jump into his arms. Chris­tine is prep­ping a meal of local seafood and can’t help but sway to the mu­sic pump­ing from built-in speak­ers. It’s the week­end; ev­ery­one is in high spir­its.

And why not? They can dance in their light, airy kitchen or tuck into comfy arm­chairs to read by the fire. Olin can play with Le­gos on the kitchen ta­ble made from sal­vaged fac­tory beams (“It’s indestructible,” Chris­tine says), while Anna paints next to him. It’s ex­actly the kind of fam­ily to­geth­er­ness that guided the build­ing and dec­o­rat­ing of their 2015 home. Chris­tine and Eric asked ar­chi­tect David Kenoyer to cre­ate a 3,800-square-foot struc­ture with the look of an im­proved-over-time farm­house, con­jured by steep rooflines, board-and-bat­ten sid­ing, ex­posed rafter tails, and two dif­fer­ent roof ma­te­ri­als. For Chris­tine, who grew up on a work­ing crop farm in New Jersey, th­ese de­tails were key to the home’s au­then­tic­ity. “I see my child­hood when I look at a white farm­house,” she says. “We wanted the char­ac­ter of an old home but with an up­dated in­fra­struc­ture and mod­ern fin­ishes.”

Chris­tine, an in­te­rior de­signer, worked daily with builder John S. Bald­win dur­ing the year­long con­struc­tion to achieve a home where ev­ery de­tail con­trib­utes to a con­sis­tent whole. “We wanted the mill­work inside— tex­tured shiplap walls, the built-ins, even the balus­ters in the stairs—to seem as in­ter­est­ing as the out­side.”

Inside, a lively mix of new and old fur­nish­ings is united by clean lines and re­lies on slightly weath­ered sur­faces, in­clud­ing worn paint, floors fin­ished to look like aged drift­wood, and an­tiqued leather on the so­fas. “With two cats and two kids, I didn’t want the fur­nish­ings to be pre­cious,” Chris­tine says. Dur­ing plan­ning and con­struc­tion, she thought of the house as their for­ever home—a place where the fam­ily could grow up to­gether. “It’s easy to en­vi­sion sleep­overs, sweet six­teens, grad­u­a­tions, wed­dings, and grand­chil­dren all while liv­ing in this house,” she says.

Fri­day night is a giddy time in the Arcese house.

top: Anna, Chris­tine, Olin, and Eric gather on the front porch of their then-year-old farm­house. They’ve since ap­plied a gray wash to the rough-sawn wood col­umns, “to soften the con­trast with the white house,” Chris­tine says. above: Ex­te­rior cladding...

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