Additional spaces such as the entry foyer, winter living room, home offices, mudroom, laundry, and
two guest bedrooms and baths fill out the house but aren’t the focus on languid summer days and evenings.
“This house is all about the summer living room and the kitchen,” says McLaughlin, who calls the space
“the clam shack” because of the swing-out window between the two rooms that reminds him of a beach-
side takeout stand. “It’s like we’re in the tropics,” says McLaughlin. “We open the doors in May and don’t
close them until September.”
The delights of outdoor living notwithstanding, the house is just as appealing for its rich interior details.
Such elements as mahogany barrel-vault ceilings set against crisp white paneling recall the nautical leg-
acy of the area. Coffered ceilings, painted paneled doors, 12-inch-deep crown moulding, and exquisitely
turned stairway balusters evoke an era of custom details found in grand summer homes from earlier times.
“There are details that speak to a level of craftsmanship you don’t normally see today, particularly in
the millwork,” says Brown. “When you step inside, it’s timeless, you can’t really say what era you are in.”
Much of that detail is the work of Stephen Plaud, a furnituremaker from Tiverton, Rhode Island, known
painted paneling adds a
period look to a second-floor
guest bedroom (above) and in
one section serves to
camouflage the door to the