created by The Metal Works in Tiverton, Rhode Island.
The pieces are held in place by a Ned-designed inverted
T-shaped copper bracket built into the millwork.
Custom furniture reflects the casual style the couple wanted in their summer home, and in some cases was
inspired by available construction-site materials. A coffee table in the family room is made of cypress left over
from the exterior trim. Christine’s selection of Chinese
Chippendale dining room chairs and her myriad blue-and-white fabrics and nautical patterns add elegant comfort to
the interiors. “I was drawn to very beachy maritime pieces
and fabrics for the house,” she says.
Still, the center of the family’s summer life takes place
outdoors. “The whole draw is the pool,” says Ned. “The
deck is a few steps down, but the entire area is an extension
of the house.” As such, it, too, reflects the level of permanence that comes from the use of durable materials such
as bluestone for the deck and mahogany for
the custom X-design fence and for all custom
doors and windows, Canadian white cedar
shake shingles for the house exterior, red
cedar shingles for the roof, and copper flash-
ing and downspouts. All support the goal of making this a
solid house that will embrace many generations to come.