With its New England charm and epic ocean views, Maine’s Mount Desert Island tends to evoke rapturous devotion from visitors—especially regulars like Leandra Fremont-Smith. “It’s a magical place,” says the designer, who grew up summering in the nearby town of Bar Harbor. So when a couple contacted her about renovating their own ramshackle 120-year-old house just down the road in Northeast Harbor, she knew she had to help save it.
Built by famed local architect Fred L. Savage, once-beautiful Sunset Ledge was in less-than-pristine condition. “Often these amazing houses will get neglected as they’re passed down through generations,” says Fremont-Smith. “Everything was a mustardy green, the windows needed replacing, and while it wasn’t quite falling off the ledge it was named after, it was in pretty rough shape.”
Still, it had plenty of old-Maine charm, which the owners were intent on keeping intact. When Fremont- Smith suggested ripping out the dated kitchen, the wife asked that she just update it instead. “She wanted it to feel like Maine,” 福彩便民中心开机号says the designer, who ended up repainting the original cabinets and installing a brand-new but vintage-feeling linoleum floor. The designer suggested soapstone countertops—considered “very Maine” for their rustic, old-fashioned charm—but they were too much upkeep for a summer house, so in went a dark quartz instead.
福彩便民中心开机号Upstairs, Fremont-Smith wallpapered to mask flaws in the less-than-smooth walls while giving a nod to the home’s history. She chose patterns that hearkened back to William Morris prints that might have been found in the original house, “But fresher—I didn’t want it to scream Arts and Crafts,” she says.
Now, the once-crumbling house is full of activity—just as it was at the turn of the century. “Finally,” says Fremont-Smith, “someone arrived to give it the love it needed.”
福彩便民中心开机号Fremont-Smith (pictured) painted the original kitchen cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Pointing, and installed period-appropriate linoleum from Armstrong on the floor. Even the shade fabric, Schumacher’s Exotic Butterfly, is based on a 1945 Josef Frank pattern.
A coat of Farrow & Ball’s Blue Ground perked up the existing cabinets, which are lined in Schumacher’s Andalus wallpaper. The brushed stainless steel counter and cork floors add an extra layer of retro charm. Roman shade: Quadrille fabric with Samuel & Sons trim. Flooring: DuroDesign.
Quadrille’s iconic Les Indiennes print (seen on the sofa pillows) was the starting point for the house’s color palette. The vintage stools were painted with Benjamin Moore’s London Fog and covered in Pierre Frey fabric. Chairs: Lee Jofa in Cowtan & Tout fabric. Cocktail table: Kravet. Fireplace paint: Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue.Art: Caren-Marie Michel (left) and Peter Williams (on mantel).
Handblocked Galbraith & Paul wallpaper “is something that could have been found in the original house,” says the designer. Headboard fabric: Katie Ridder. Side table: Phillips Scott. Lamp: Port 68. Bedding:福彩便民中心开机号 Satori Fine Linens.
Dark wood furniture is totally unstuffy when paired with purple painted floors in Ben- jamin Moore’s After the Rain. Roman shade: Quadrille fabric with Samuel & Sons trim. Bed and linens: Serena & Lily. Rug: Bellbridge. Wallcovering: Galbraith & Paul.
Chair: Andrew Spindler Antiques.
With sweeping harbor views, it’s no surprise that the owners have dinner out here most nights, according to Fremont-Smith. Furniture: Janus et Cie. Pillow fabrics: Quadrille (pattern) and Perennials (solid). Ceiling light: RH. Rug: Stark.
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