the kitchen features an
island topped with teak. The
backsplash of blue ceramic
subway tiles is laid out in a
herringbone pattern above
native New England stone, antique barn beams and floorboards in
varying widths and lengths, and the teak that Carter suggested for the
countertop on the kitchen island. Blueberry and blackberry bushes
were planted for easy picking. “From safety features to ease of living,
we all worked to provide the best for the family,” says Meadow.
During the two-year building process, Carter consulted on
chitectural details (the Shaker-like curve of the three-story staircase, the single shelf of the stone fireplace facade) while translating
the homeowners’ furnishings vision into reality.
“Preppy predictability is not their thing,” he says. “No light-uses, seagull prints, Lilly Pulitzer pinks and greens.”
Instead, Carter was inspired by the beautiful natural setting,
om the tones of sand and bleached driftwood to the Atlantic
Ocean’s range of lighthearted aquamarine to deep teal blues. The
clients also appreciated the New England tradition of mixing old
things with new in furnishings and building materials. “They like
antique timbers, reclaimed wood flooring, bead board, wainscoting,
native stone, sea grass, raffia,” says Carter.