Rustic Refined


With over 4000 square feet to roam around in, this cottage, set beautifully on the shoreline of Martha's vineyard, is a little more space than one might expect for a typical summer retreat. But with all it's space, and exceptional architectural details, this residence is as relaxed and informal as they come, and with effortless sophistication.

The pillars and beams of this living room are laden with incredibly crafted details. And yet, while other colours may have been used to accentuate the workmanship, the room is layered in whites that are clean,cool and subdued. The lively blues , warm rust like browns, and pale greens that accent the rest of the home are merely a reflection of the what is outdoors.
The kitchen is clearly made for those who love to cook. In fact it looks like it may have been designed for those who like to cook together. The window and door opening to the dining room is charming, and an old familiar detail. The unpredictable choice of cabinetry colour, is also a sign that someone plans to spend a fair deal of time in there. The darkened green, slate counter and black appliances feel so rustic, and yet the design is very updated. Interior Designer Michael Smith, painted trim, mouldings and the door to match cabinets, for a harmonized look.
The family enjoys the outdoors a great deal, so it's no surprise there is a beautifully enclosed screen porch. A place to sit and stay fresh, without the hassle of mosquito's or rain, and a fabulous wall of found stones.

The property has a long history, and there was a very specific location where the home had to be built. Careful consideration of local architecture and traditional coastal homes resulted in a seamless structure. The home is actually 5 separate compartments, that were addend in increments.

Architectural Digest June 2006, here
Architectural Redesign by Oscar Shamamian of Ferguson & Shamamian
Interior Design by Michael S. Smith
Landscape Design by Deborah Nevins
Photography by Scott Frances

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