literally, is the starting point. The site, the land itself, is sacred. Our primary goal was
to create an intimate connection between our land and our lifestyle. Through mindful
decision making, we integrated ourselves into the community of trees and wildlife.”
Over the next two decades Raven Beach expanded with the addition of four outbuildings: a pottery studio for Gregory, a two-car garage, and two storage buildings.
The house itself grew, with a bigger living room, a partial finished basement, a guest
bedroom, and a screened porch.
Eventually, Gregory temporarily set aside her career as a potter and joined Cushman Design Group, which has clients from New England to Alaska and the Bahamas.
But by June 2008, although the firm was having its best year ever, Cushman says, “my
Source of Inspiration
Cushman found renewal in the words of
Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh:
I have arrived.
I am home.
In the here.
In the now.
I am solid.
I am free.
In the ultimate I dwell.
cushman and wife Terri Gregory, on the
screened porch (left) that, along with exterior
decks and walkways (below bottom), integrates
the house into “the community of trees and
wildlife.” The new living room (below) offers
space for their art collection, which includes
paintings and photography by Cushman.