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Design Diary: An Airy Kennebunkport Beach Retreat

I wrote about this airy Kennebunkport summer home on Goose Rocks Beach for the Boston Globe Magazine‘s Summer Living issue, published Sunday, June 18, 2017. Rob Whitten of Portland, Maine-based Whitten Architects designed the house and Nicki Bongiorno of Spaces Kennebunkport did the interiors. Photos by Trent Bell. (Some affiliate links included to help you source pieces you might love.)

Modern Beach House In Kennebunkport Maine

The interior is beachy and fresh with clean lines, done in a palette of sand, sea foam, and blues. The pearlized glass backsplash adds a touch of color, without stealing the spotlight from the view. “We tried to keep things blended, so nothing would stand out,” Bongiorno says.

View Of Atlantic Ocean From Maine Beach House

The starting point was to maximize views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hand block printed throw pillow covers are Kyoto by Serena & Lily.

Mudroom WIth Grey Tile And A View In Kennebunkport

Textured tiles by Walter Zanger runs from the front entry  back to the mudroom, in an effort to keep water and sand from straying onto the wood floors in the main living spaces. Shiplap painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove runs throughout.

Modern But Comfortable New England Beach House Living Room

Low-slung RH Modern sectionals are upholstered in Perennials indoor/outdoor fabrics, as are  the cushions on the built-in benches. The fireplace surround is bluestone.

Beach House Dining Room With Oak Table And Turquoise Chandelier

The oak dining table is RH Modern and the chairs are Janus et Cie indoor/outdoor, a perfect blend of modern lines, family friendly function, and comfort. The pair of Mini Diva glass disc pendants by Regina Andrews are the wife’s favorite part of the decor.

Bunk Room In Beach House Kennebunkport Maine

A nautical-style bedroom has two sets of built-in bunk beds trimmed with edge-grain fir with a clear finish.

Game Room With Ping Pong Table

Under the eaves of the table tennis cum, Whitten added built-in trundle beds. Those drawers aren’t for socks, they hold mattresses! The glossy white West Elm console tables with blue acrylic adjustable swivel stools are great for arts & crafts projects on rainy days.

Serene Bedroom WIth Ocean View In Maine

The master bedroom is an oasis that’s all about the ocean. I love the Seema Krish “Mahalaxmi” pillows, block-printed and embroidered by hand in India. (You can read about my visit to Krish’s former Boston studio here.) The soft blue Pine Cone Hill chambray duvet is cozy and doesn’t distract from the view. The raffia dresser is by Serena & Lily.

Neutral Clean Line Bathroom In Maine

The neutral master bath echoes look of the sandy beach. The custom floating oak vanity is topped with an Athens silver cream marble slab. The polished stainless steel Dorenbracht faucets have simple curves, as do the  RH polished chrome sconces. The taupey wall tile is also marble.

Modern Girls Bedroom In Turquoise With Swing

The couple’s seven-year-old daughter wanted a bedroom inspired by seaglass. The turquoise bed and turquoise-fronted nightstand are from Room & Board. It’s a queen size, with a twin-size trundle underneath so adult guests can sleep there. Yes, that’s the Melati hanging chair from Anthropologie, which happens to be on sale right now.

Beach House Boys Room With Ocean View And Lobster Theme

The nine-year-old boy’s requested a lobsters and buoys inspired bedroom. Those are real buoys hung above the bed.

Green & Blue Beach House Guest Bedroom

The guest room bed and nightstand are from Room & Board. An aqua Serena & Lily Pickstitch Matelassé quilt covers the bed.

Seaglass Inspired Beachy Bahroom

The round tiles in the guest bath shower—Glazzio Tile Moonstone Mosaic—were the first thing the homeowners decided on for the house. ir first decision were those round tiles. Seaglass knobs add a beachy touch to the vanity.

Modern House On Goose Rocks Beach In Maine

Whitten insisted on an expansive porch, which he considers the essence of coastal living. The exterior blends classic New England materials (cedar shingles) with contemporary ones (standing-seam metal roof). The homeowners love a contemporary aesthetic, but didn’t want to the house to stand out.

Landscape architect Emma Kelly collaborated with Whitten, adding ample storage under the porch. Lush plantings and a fire pit finish the property perfectly.

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ARTmonday: Signs of Spring

Although it’s rather slushy in Boston, it is indeed late March and there are signs of impending springtime. Buds on the magnolia trees along Commonwealth Avenue, crocuses pushing up in front gardens, street sweeping (well actually, that was cancelled today due to the weather).

If you need a bit of a lift on this less than sunny day, how about some spring art? Here are 15 artworks that depict springtime, from birds to green trees to pastel hues.

Branch and Bird Illustration By Artist Amy Jean Porter At 20x200

Rose-breasted Grosbeak    Amy Jean Porter    20×200

Spring Abstract Landscape By Britt Bass Turner

Muffin Top    Britt Bass Turner  •  Artfully Walls

Spring Flowers Still LIfe By Daniela Orlev

Flowers on a Table    Daniela Orlev    Artfully Walls

Birds In the City Painting By Susan Spangenberg at Artlifting

City Park    Susan Spangenberg    Artlifting

Fawn With Butterfly Head By Abby Goodman Spring Art

Animal Hybrid Series (Deerfly)  •  Abby Goodman  •  Uprise Art

Edgy Spring Landscape Photograph With Pink Glimmer

Spring    Disparity By Design UK    Society6

Spring Like Acrylic Sculpture By kal Mansur

Grey Murmur Two    Kal Mansur    Uprise Art

Abstract Spring Landscape By Jenna Bauer

from SPRING    Jenna Bauer    Saatchi Art

Spring Trees Abstract Landscape By Karen Barbour At 20x200

Butterfly Chair    Karen Barbour    20×200

Baby Fox Print By Catherine Ledner

Fennec Fox On Blue    Catherine Ledner  Green Box Art

Spring Cactus Blooms In The Desert By Sarah Eisenlohr

Decor    Sarah Eisenlohr    Society6

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From the Flora series  •  Tess Atkinson

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Green Branches    Tod Seelie  20×200

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One Spring Day    Yukari Kaihori    Saatchi Art

Floral Abstract By Northern California Artist Ellen Levine Dodd at Serena & Lily

Adagio    Ellen Levine Dodd    Serena & Lily   

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ARTmonday: 12 Masquerade-Themed Artworks

I’ve never been to a true masquerade ball. The closest I came is a school fundraising auction I chaired with a Carnivale theme. I have a cute photo of myself and my friend/co-chair, artist Lee Essex Doyle (you can see her Venetian interiors here), but I can’t find it right now. She invited me to a Save Venice masquerade ball, but we skipped it. Oh well, there went my chance.

I started noticing a lot of photography featuring people with elaborate rubber animal masks, which I’ve been putting aside for a later post. As I collected those, all masked figures made their way into my folder. So I’ve pulled out a dozen masquerade-themed artworks, including, a simple linocut of a mask sold on Serena & Lily; a woman masked in sawdust (not quite masquerade-worthy, but you know how I love what I’ve come to call obscured portraits); mod photos that appeared in the New York Times in the 1960s and brought to light by Jonathan Adler; a fashion shot of Kate Moss.; and others.

Enjoy these 12 masquerade themed artworks; perhaps you’ll find inspiration for your own year-end celebration.

Black & White Photo Of Three Women Going To A Masquerade Ball

Gloves and Masks, 1965  •  The  New York Times

Masquerade Photo Affordable Artwork Society 6

Sammy Harkin  •  Masquerade  •  Society 6

Mask Masquerade Ball Portrait By Heidi Kirkpatrick

Heidi Kirkpatrick  •  Masquerade  •  Artsy

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Jennifer Ament  •  Mask  •  Serena & Lily

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Godfried Donkor  •  Jamestown Masquerade IX  •  Artsy

Masquerade Ball Artwork At Society 6

 Courtneeeee  •  Masquerade  •  Society 6

Kate Moss in A Masquerade Ball Mask B&W Photo

Anton Corbijn  •  Kate Moss New York, 1993  •  Artsy

Masquerade Ball Portrait Affordable Artwork

Five Foot Three Photography  •  Masquerade  •  Society 6

Masquerade Ball Masked People Painting

Ann Devito •  Masquerade  •  Saatchi Art

Masquerade Ball Portrait Affordable Artwork

Antonio Jose Guzman  •  Nancy  •  Saatchi Art

Masquerade Ball Portrait Photography

Azarii Gorchakov  •  Mask Graza  •  Saatchi Art

Masquerade Ball Portrait Affordable Artwork

Anna Ullman  •  Woman In Mask  •  Artfully Walls

Masquerade Ball Group Portrait Lady In Leopard Catsuit

Larry C. Morris  •  Leopard People, 1966  •  New York Times Store

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ARTmonday: 16 Pool Artworks

It’s December break. Who’s headed South for a bit of sunshine, sea, and pool antics? I  hope you are enjoying your holiday break, whether you’re ensconced in the snow or situated in warmer climes. Here are 16 artworks of pools, some luxurious, some gritty, including photos, illustrations, and paintings. If you can’t take a swim, just imagine one. You’ll feel refreshed.

Pool Art Affordable Art Palm Springs

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Jared Harrell Photography, Palm Springs Pool, Society6

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Eric Zener, GatewayArtsy

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Isca Greenfield-Sanders
Set of 4: The Swimming Pool Etchings (Red Suit Diver)
Artsy

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Poppy Pool, Society6

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Egrin, Pool, Society6

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Way Way Allen, Pool Daze, Serena & Lily

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Yoav Horesh, Bondi“Icebergs Pool Club”, Artsy

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Andreas Gursky, Ratingen, 1987, Artsy

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David Drebin, Trisha By the Pool, Artsy

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Kimberly Poppe, Pool, UGallery

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Kelly Nicolaisen, Pool Angel, Society6

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Thedustyphoenix, Snow Pool Gnome, Society6

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IGHxNGH, Neon Pool, Society6

Pool Artwork From Minted

Whitney Deal, Going For A Swim, Minted

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Ron Mueck, Drift, Artsy

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ARTmonday: 15 Views of America

It’s a long weekend at our house with everybody off for Columbus Day. Not that it’s identified as such, with Columbus now recognized as the savage man he was. Rather, our schools tend to label this national holiday as “fall break.” Works for me. History and politics aside, it’s nevertheless appropriate to look at some scenes of our country, views of America. Here are 15 American landscapes.

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Untitled (Balloons)  •  Ruben Natal-San Miguel  •  20×200

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A Logo for America  •  Alfredo Jaar  •  Perez Art Museum Miami  •  Artsy

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Oregon  •  Luke Gram  •  Society6

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Upstream #1    Nick Allen    Serena & Lily 

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Wide Awake In America  •  Wes Lang  •  VI Gallery   •  Artsy

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Zach Gage  •  Artsy

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Yellow Umbrellas I, South Beach  •  Claudia Chloe  •  Artfully Walls

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Traffic Jam  •  Gail Schechter  •  Minted 

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Gun Store, Vernon TX  •  Ed Freeman  •  Saatchi Art

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Light and Air  •  Megan Donnelly    Serena & Lily

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Lifeguard Stand    Stephanie Sherman    Serena & Lily 

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All 50  •  Jon Measures  •  Saatchi Art

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Street Walker   Kevin Russ    Society6

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Miss America  •  Allen Jones  •  Sims Reed Gallery   •  Artsy

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Eastern Washington, cul-de-sac  •  Toni Silber-Delerive    Saatchi Art

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