When the current homeowner purchased this Maine retreat, it needed to be entirely gutted due to its dilapidated condition. Built in 1966, the grounds were overgrown and the house was practically uninhabitable. The homeowner commissioned Atlanta-based Terry Pylant of Historical Concepts, to bring the house back to life while retaining the original footprint. Anne Genter of Friday & Genter Interior Design, who had worked with the owner for 20 years, was tasked with creating elegant yet relaxed living spaces.
“Though my specialty is American furniture and decorative arts, I’ve always appreciated the English country look, particularly that of the firm Colefax and Fowler,” said Anne. “As much as I like museums [she is a trustee of several], a house shouldn’t look like a museum. There can be museum-quality pieces, but I like something warmer, more comfortable.”
The owner’s interest in antiques began soon after she was married. The young couple needed to furnish their home, but they did not want the factory-made furniture available in the general marketplace. So they began collecting period country and English pieces. When she and her husband moved East, her eye developed more toward formal American material. She then began collaborating with her long-time friend Anne.
This article was originally published in the Summer/Autumn 2011 issue of Antiques & Fine Art magazine, which is affiliated with InCollect.com.
This beautiful home reflects many years of collecting, each piece with a special memory. “So much of collecting is founded on relationships. Though her acquisitions have slowed, the owner and Anne continue to consult with one another and make visits to antiques shops and shows along the eastern seaboard.” ~ InCollect.com