ON CHRIS TMAS EVE, the owners of a 343-year-old farmhouse — tucked away by salt marshes along
the North Shore of Massachusetts — will gather with their large family for an annual holiday dinner.
Appropriate, considering members of the family have occupied the house since an ancestor built it
This year, however, much will be different. Thanks to a recent renovation, the home’s once awkward layout has been altered to create a house ideal for casual living and entertaining, where one room
flows easily into the next. The clan will come together around an heirloom table in the dining room,
where the original timber framing, long hidden behind plaster walls and ceiling, is now exposed in a
celebration of the home’s history. The rich olive and terra-cotta palette, chosen specifically with family Christmas feasts in mind, will set a warm, welcoming tone as a Colonial-era portrait of a predecessor casts an approving eye over the occasion.
The house, located on 135 acres of marsh and farmland, wasn’t always conducive to hosting guests
and large family gatherings — which the homeowners, a husband and wife with two grown sons, large
respective families, and a variety of pets, wanted to remedy. They reached out to Bob Weatherall of
Weatherall Design in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a close friend and godfather to one of their sons, who has
known the family since he was 15. Weatherall fondly remembers the time he spent visiting the house.
the colonial farmhouse’s
property boasts a large stable with
tack room and a paddock for
horses. The front porch (right),
added by builder Bob Weatherall,
creates a welcoming entrance for
guests and a comfortable spot for
one of the family’s Welsh Corgis to
admire the sprawling marshland.
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