Classic Beach House – Featured in House Beautiful
From the outside, this house seems enormous – intimidating even. On the inside, however, interior designer Paula Perlini has worked magic to create cosy, intimate, human-scaled rooms out of enormously-proportioned spaces. And surprisingly, much of it has been achieved with oversized pieces, which seem to draw the rooms in while providing eye-catching focal points. The folk art mermaid on the stairs, the vintage Orangina poster, the antique bird houses and the Bloody Mary-red library (which elegantly showcases the owner’s photographs of Africa) are just a few of the dazzling ways Perlini has carved an intriguing home out of a beachfront mansion. I always love red in a beach house, and this shows why it looks so fabulous.
“This gracious waterfront home, built in 1890, is a classic beach house in every sense. It’s not only beautifully aged and beautifully designed, but also beautifully positioned, right on the sea at Edgartown. However, like a grand old society dame who doesn’t really want to reveal her age or her secrets of youth, it’s also had ‘a little work done’ ”.
“The owners, however, love the interior the most, and it’s easy to see why. Redressed in crisp white woodwork and enhanced with splendid window seats looking out to sea, it’s a space that’s simply irresistible. Indeed, it’s so irresistible that not only do friends and family love to come and stay, but the owners themselves find it difficult to leave at the end of summer and vacation breaks.”
“It is now a house for entertaining and gathering, but it is also a house for reading and dreaming. More importantly it is a house that encompasses everyone – adults, children, neighbors, friends and even dogs – with absolute ease.”
From Coast: Lifestyle Architecture by Janelle McCulloch
Architect: Mark Ferguson of Ferguson & Shamamian
Builder: Andrew Flake