visit carol de tine
it was important to De Tine to
have separation between her
workspace and her home upstairs.
Therefore, there is no connection
between the two, and getting from
one to the other requires stepping
outside. In the studio (far left),
raising the floor brought the high,
narrow horse stall windows down
to a more human height. Much of
the architect’s work involves similar
contemporary adaptations of
De Tine’s own designs, executed by local craftsman Nick Heller.
The artwork throughout the apartment
(much of it by way of Woodman’s parents, who
were important arts patrons in Portland) has a
suitably maritime theme, including Maine seascapes by G.M.
Hathaway and Franklin Stanwood,
as well as paintings and drawings
by Maine artists Ed Gamble, Bernard Karfiol,
John Laurent, and William Thon.
The sunniest room in the apartment is the
kitchen, the focus of which is a round oak table
from De Tine’s childhood home in Buffalo.
The open shelf system De Tine designed and
the red-enamel Aga stove give the kitchen a simple, practical elegance. The nameplate from the
pilothouse of a trawler Woodman once owned,
Fairtry, hangs above the kitchen windows.
Given the historic resonance of the Carriage
House Studio name and the distinctive character of the building itself, it’s not surprising that
many of De Tine’s clients seek her out to update
traditional architecture and interiors. “I am not a
preservation architect,” she says, “but I am keenly
interested in finding ways to honor historic structures as we update them for the 21st century.”
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