At a cozy summer retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine, big style
and amenities come in little cottages.
Written and Produced by ESTELLE BOND GURALNICK • Photography by SAM GRAY • Interior Design by HURLBUTT INTERIORS
For interior designer louise hurlbutt,
it was a plum assignment: Take the irresistibly charming newly built Victorian-style
beach cottage and turn its 1,200-square-
foot interior into an amalgam of vintage
allure, up-to-date style, and the kind of
coziness and comfort — or, as developer Tim Harrington calls it, the “flip-flop chic” — that summer living
is all about.
It wasn’t the first time Hurlbutt and Harrington
had conjured vacation spirit. Three years ago, Harrington and his partner, Juan Urtubey, who own Atlantic
Holdings, a Kennebunkport, Maine, development firm,
raised the bar on summer cottage living by remodeling
a cluster of half-century-old bare-bones cabins, each
decorated by a top Maine interior designer. When the
units quickly sold out, a new idea was born: What if
Harrington and Urtubey started from scratch and built
full-size, individually decorated seasonal rental cottages
with style and amenities galore?
Thus what Harrington calls “the little village of
Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport” was conceived and
then introduced by a Decorators Showcase for which
14 designers each gave a Hidden Pond cottage special
ambience, including Hurlbutt’s design pictured here.
The showcase, which ran from June 28 through July 9,
benefited three local charities: the Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County, the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and the River Tree Center for the Arts.
the new victorian-style cottage (left) has an
inviting wraparound porch. Landscape design by Ted
Carter of Buxton, Maine, is in keeping with the casual
“flip-flop chic” of the house. Dining chairs (facing page)
have apple-green slipcovers piped in white. The
decorative mirror frame, designed to look like tree
branches, picks up on the rustic lantern above the table.