Traditional + Relaxing Seacoast Retreat

The coastline of New Hampshire is only 18 miles long, and every inch is wildly desirable. So when a home has a direct line of sight to the ocean from the kitchen window, it’s pretty special.
This Seacoast home was designed to be a sanctuary for the Williams family, a step away from their busy weekday, working, city lives. A little time out in a blissful location. We were thrilled to join Cebula Designs and TMS Architects to be a part of making this house into the perfect retreat.

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Jewett Farms + Co. Designer Matthew Lord created an open space that maintains a little separation from the dining area and sitting room. As Charlene Williams told us, “You don’t always want everyone in the kitchen, it needs to be a peaceful space as well”. A well placed hutch with a walnut countertop creates separation and also acts as a handy pass through to the dining table. A grand ceiling height walnut cabinet anchors the perimeter cabinetry and lends a traditional feel to the space.


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The kitchen design blends dark and light as well as contemporary and traditional. Perimeter cabinetry is hand painted white, while the center island has a custom blue-black glaze that allows the grain of the wood to come though. This contrast is brought to balance with the countertop materials, black Barroca soapstone on the white cabinetry and white Carrara marble on the dark island. All the cabinetry was designed to feel like pieces of furniture, with paneled ends and furniture feet. Single face frames create the feeling that the cabinetry was built in place, as though it has always been in the house.

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Walnut cabinetry continues in the Butler’s pantry and is topped with Barroca soapstone countertops. The Butler’s Pantry is given light, and a very personal feel, from a stained glass window at the end of the space. This window is not only visually lovely, it has family history for the Williams, it was made by Charlene’s father.

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This coastline home combines a traditional feel with innovative design, keeping it open and spacious yet comforting and personal.