Happy Martha’s Vineyard Week again! First things first…I MUST say thank you to all my wonderful long time readers and all the delightful new readers from the Friends of Susan Branch Facebook page who hopped on the Susan Branch post! I loved all of your comments (especially those from my longtime readers who assured me they would not abandon me for Susan Branch!) Wow at the number of people who adore Susan’s work! So thank you for reading and commenting. (I hope Susan sees it so she knows how very loved she truly is!)
Now to today’s topic of conversation… Have you ever looked at something and gotten that deja vu feeling that you know it from somewhere? Well that happened to me the other day when I saw this room in New England Home magazine….
I know that tiled fireplace..that picture..but from where?
And then I remembered.
It was this room…
The fireplace tiles were the giveaway.
It was in a magazine article I had saved from Country Style magazine waaaay back in 1998! (Do they even publish that anymore??)
I took pictures of the photos in the article to show you so that we can compare how it looked then with how it looks now. You can see the floral rug has been replaced by a zebra one layered over a sisal rug, and the floral and plaid upholstery has been replaced by a white slipcovered sofa and chair…a much more contemporary look.
The house is located on Martha’s Vineyard in Edgartown. The photo at the top of the page is how it looks now. Here is how it looked back in 1998 when Wynn and Catherine Newhouse owned it.
Not much different, right? They must have left the decorative adirondacks with the house when it sold (along with the artwork over the fireplace in the living room.) When it was purchased by the Newhouse couple in 1989, the 1910 home was very plain – with no interesting architectural details (but it was wonderfully located overlooking the Edgartown harbor!)
They hired one of my favorite designers, Betsy Speert, to redo all the interiors. (Betsy has a great blog here. She is quite hilarious and holds nothing back!! I featured one of my all time favorite kitchens that she designed here.) Okay…now where were we? Oh yes, the Martha’s Vineyard house! Betsy said that a summerhouse should be lighthearted, so she began to make it just that. She used colors from the sea and nautical accents. Here is the lovely kitchen she designed with its yellow walls accented with loads of bright white trim. (Remember this is my enlarged photograph of an old magazine photograph so the quality is very poor.)
The new owners, Hilary and Damien Breier, are young and have two children and a dog. The hired Parker Rogers to redo the interiors for them – making it more fitting for a young couple today. Rodgers added a few things to the kitchen (refrigerator drawers, some cabinets, and a built in refrigerator) and repainted it in a chocolate brown so that the trim would stand out more.
Here is a sink in the kitchen today. What a gorgeous countertop!
The dining room back in 1998 was bright blue and white with an interesting light over the table. It has a perfect view of the harbor from the windows there.
For the Breier home, Rodgers kept the wall paneling but added a boldly patterned blue and white wallpaper above it.
This angled window seat was one of my favorite features in the house.
The new owners also used blue in the upholstery there, and they smartly added a table.
The master bath seems to have undergone the most changes. When the Newhouses lived in the home, it had to be able to accommodate a wheelchair. So the sink was designed with that in mind.
When Parker Rodgers updated the space, he removed the wallpaper, replaced the flooring, and added built in cabinetry.
This is how the Newhouse master bedroom looked 17 years ago.
Unfortunately, the new magazine did not feature the current master bedroom, but we can see how the daughter’s room looks with its lavender walls and drapes.
The new issue also does not show the staircase. In the previous style, the owners had a sky with clouds painted on the ceiling above the stairs. I do not know if the new owners kept that feature. (I hope so.)
And the old issue does not show this sitting area in the family room. I love the arrangement of botanicals wrapped around the corner!
But both magazine articles show the marvelous porch with its amazing view of the harbor.
Here is the 1998 version…
and now a look at a corner of the current porch with what looks like the same wicker chairs.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to be sitting at that table watching the boats out on the water?!
Well dear readers, that wraps up our look at a beautiful house on Martha’s Vineyard. I think I could be happy living in that house no matter how it is decorated! I hope you enjoyed the tour(s) and that you haven’t forgotten about our little giveaway here (3 lovely Susan Branch books and a $25 Amazon gift card!)
You can read the details on entering the giveaway at the bottom of the post here, or you can take a look at the gist of it below…
To enter, leave a comment on talkofthehouse.com (not a reply on your email delivered post please) on any or all of the posts that publish between 7/13/2015 and midnight on Sunday 7/19/2015…only one comment per post please. I’ll do a random drawing from all the names and announce the winner in the next post after Sunday.
Good luck to you!