upstairs, the serene master bedroom (above) has simple
painted drywall and batten ceiling. In contrast, downstairs rooms
are finished in a symphony of fir floors, walls, and ceilings. An
example of the decorative wood finishes is the X-patterned frieze
(top right) that unites the living room and the purposely cozy
dining room (bottom right).
ing not from paint or paper, but from applied moldings, simple
shapes a carpenter might have cut from flat stock on the job site.
Uniting the two rooms is a wide band of wooden X’s that ring
the upper walls like a frieze, a variation on the home’s recurring
theme of zigzags.
It’s a subtle touch that reflects the sophistication and unpretentiousness of the house, which in turn reflects its owners.
Albert describes the wife as “engaging, positive, and fun.” The
husband, who has a degree in architecture, even working in the
field briefly before moving to finance, “has a very developed understanding of space,” says Albert.
This modesty of detail and space continues into the adjacent dining room. “Part of the fun of being in Maine,” says the
husband, “is that when everyone’s over for dinner, you’re packed
in, cheek to jowl. It feels like a camp, tight and cozy.”
Upstairs, the fir finishes give way to thrifty painted drywall,
dressed up with batten strips. Where downstairs the cloister
runs along the front of the building, here a hallway connects
bedrooms along the back. The master suite (his
and her closets and baths, plus an office) unrolls
along the hall and culminates in a bedroom overlooking the woods, the sea, and the islands. But
Albert’s favorite spot — the homeowners love
it, too — is the daybed alcove perched inside an oriel window.
With built-in drawers, a little bookshelf, decorative screen, and
four windows surveying the mountaintop, the alcove is an artful
microcosm of the house it graces: simple, elegant, and very, very