large deck perched above a 1-acre pond and steeply angled walls of windows
that were designed to capture and frame the pond views.
Situated on just under 30 pastoral acres of former farmland, the house is
far removed from the hubbub of Essex antiques shops and fried clam joints.
Schylling lives there with her husband, Jack, a now-retired Harvard-educated
romantic tinkerer and founder of Schylling Associates, a company that manufactured and sold classic retro-looking toys. Their three college-age children
and a steady stream of well-loved canines complete the family.
Jack bought the land in 1985 and built the house before he met Shelagh. The first time he saw the overgrown parcel, he was, she says, “instantly
intrigued,” especially when he saw the way sunlight reflected on the pond. Like
the house in the Mother Goose rhyme, this is, literally, the house that Jack
“The pond is what
the house is all about,”
says Schylling. “In
the fall, the colors of
the leaves and brush
turn autumnal and
jewel-like. Jack and
I feel like we live in