Mary Douglas Drysdale, whom I met at the MoKi media launch last month (see my post about it here), recently told me about a delightful second home she designed in Maine for DC-area clients. And as I watch yet another snowstorm come down outside my window, I sure could use some of these views:
Drysdale says these are her dream clients — and she should know, since she’s done no fewer than five projects with them. “They’re just wonderful,” she says. “We’ve kind of grown up together.” So she was thrilled, of course when she got the call to help her clients design a new vacation home in Prout’s Neck, Maine.
(I just happened to have a biography of the great American painter Winslow Homer, who created his seminal work when he lived in tiny Prout’s Neck from 1883 until his death in 1910. The book describes its “violently crashing seas and rugged Maine coastline. Prout’s Neck was a painter’s paradise, which might well have attracted a colony of artists had not the Homer family, after buying up almost the whole Neck in 1883, controlled the sale of the land.”)
So now you have an idea of the setting, let’s step inside the house.
One of the family’s mandates was to have the house accommodate multitudes of guests — there are 18 bunk beds for the three children to have their friends there, too. So besides seating a lot of people for dinner, there had to be many bedrooms as well. The clients wanted guest to look forward to being there. Maybe they could sleep in the yellow room one time, or the green room the next. So Drysdale got to have fun with a lot of color.
Drysdale tells me that the speed limit throughout Prout’s Neck is 25 mph. “That is symbolic of what it’s like up there — it really is life in the slow lane,” she says. “It’s so radically different from the speed and the moods and concerns of Washington, DC.” I think we could all use a bit of that right about now!