shingle siding, and a porte-cochere — although the last connects the
main house to a more modern amenity, a two-car garage. (Another 21st-
century feature is the solar farm, located on the 8-acre property out of
sight from the house, powering the entire property.)
Most important, Drain included numerous balconies and porches:
a covered entry porch and an ocean-facing screened porch accenting
the main level, and three balconies and a sleeping porch on the second
floor. “I designed the house to look like a turn-of-the-[20th]-century
Shingle Style house that had been there forever, with balconies and
porches providing views not only of the ocean to the south but also of
a horse farm to the north,” says Drain. The all-important family room
portion of the ocean-facing porch includes a stone fireplace and some
600 square feet of space so the family can lounge comfortably. It opens
to the adjacent dining area, which is just off the kitchen and is the preferred spot for nearly every meal.
As captivating as the setting and the views may be, however, the
house’s sentimental old-soul charm comes wholly from its interiors.
“Everywhere you look, there is something wonderful and quirky that
makes you smile,” says the homeowner.
Indeed, every room offers myriad objects that delight the eye, cho-
the kitchen cabinetry by Payne|
Bouchier Fine Builders of Boston,
establishes a classic look enhanced by
stone countertops and glass pendant
lights. The colorful backsplash tiles are
the work of Marino Moretti, a ceramics
artist in Orvieto, Italy. A vintage painted
table is a casual place for breakfast. The
preferred dining area is the screened
porch (above left), where a whimsically
painted metal table easily seats a crowd.