Young, event liaison for last summer’s monthlong
show house. “There was good competition for the
living room and hall,” she says, “but Gerald’s pro-
posal was the clear winner. We knew it needed a
cohesive adjacent kitchen and living space.”
And so did Pomeroy. “A conflicting cacoph-
ony of color was a definition for disaster,” he says.
“My goal was to create a serene environment for
a lifestyle that couldn’t help but be interactive.”
The structure that became the 2012 show
house was built in 2000 on a spectacular setting
on York Harbor. A 21st-century version of the
Shingle Style, the house was on the market when
the committee began showing it to designers. It
was sold to new owners, who honored the con-
tract with Old York, the day before the designers
began work on it.
At the back of the house, the garden slopes
down to the lively nautical scene on York
River. For all that old-fashioned charm outside, however, the interior had little architectural detail, modest-size rooms running into
each other, a nondescript brick fireplace with an
undersize wood mantel, and dark kitchen coun-
ters and backsplash, making it a perfect candidate for
a dramatic transformation. “I realized quickly that
my job was to give the interior the same impact as the
house’s glorious setting,” says Pomeroy.
Choice of color was his starting point: a bold,
rich, intense marine-like shade called Lulworth Blue
from Farrow & Ball, an English paint company known
for its saturated pigmentation. Applied in an unorth-
to soften the overall
perspective from kitchen to living
areas, gathered linen curtains on
new kitchen cabinet doors conceal
pantry elements. A serving cart
acts as prep station and can wheel
from work hub to dining area.
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