dream summer house for their own family, which includes
daughter Caroline, 11, and son Teddy, 8, was the project.
It didn’t take much to persuade Ned, whose Providence building and architectural millwork firm was
founded in 1932 by his grandfather. “I had a feeling right
from the start that this land was for us,” he says.
His family background has given him an abiding love
for classic architectural detail, and he and Christine both
admired the double-gambrel shingle-clad houses found
throughout coastal New England. They worked with Providence architect Cornelis de Boer of Haynes/de Boer Associates Architects to plan the overall structure, and then
Ned and Christine brought their own vision and skill to
every inch of the four-bedroom, four-bath, 3,600-square-
facing page: 1. the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling
with exposed beams. 2. In Caroline’s room, the window seat
doubles as an extra bed. 3. A guest bath has painted walls and a
glass tile backsplash in cheery aqua hues. 4. The master bath
features an expansive shower lined with dark blue tiles. 5. Ned
made the ceiling lattice in a second guest bath from leftover
cypress. 6. Teddy’s room is shipshape with a built-in dresser
with mahogany accents and bunk beds. 7. Walls and fabrics in
aqua and blue add a bright, beachy feel to a guest bedroom.
foot getaway. “For us,” says Ned, “the size of the house is
not as important as the quality.”
The house is truly a breath of fresh air, and a contrast
to their more formal Georgian house in downtown Prov-
idence. “It was important for us to have an open layout
because we like to entertain,” says Christine, “whether it
is a cocktail party for 40 people or a dinner with just two
couples. We wanted light, open, and airy.”
The foyer is all of that and reflects the couple’s
approach to both summer living and design details. The
entry’s double height emphasizes the striking stairway,
which features custom balusters with an X motif, a design
repeated throughout the house. What is most refreshing
about the space is the staircase wall, which is covered in
exterior-grade cedar shingles, a finish that reinforces the
indoor/outdoor ethos of a house meant for summer living.
The multipane glass front door, which opens to a view
of the meadow across the street, is opposite the hallway’s
rear French doors, which lead to the pool and backyard.
Off the entry is the kitchen/family area on one side and a
dining/living area on the other.
The kitchen has the classic styling that Christine and
Ned love, executed in solid poplar cabinets and using the