Georgia natives Courtney and Paul Amos had both enjoyed idyllic childhood summers in New England, far from the Southern heat, and they were eager to recreate the experience for their growing family. After purchasing 40 acres of land on Maine’s storied mid-coast complete with a pair of tumbledown yet charming cottages, they turned to architect Les Cole, and interior designer Suzanne Kasler to create a coastal getaway reminiscent of the shingled cottages that have been in the area forever.
Kasler, who also worked with the family on their Columbus, Georgia home, was inspired by the blue-and-white porcelain Courtney inherited from her mother-in-law for the home’s palette. “The colors are timeless, but I wanted to do blue and white in a way that wasn’t cliché,” Kasler said. “My hope is that in 20 years or so maybe they’ll have to reupholster something, but that’s it.”
Stephen Mohr was commissioned for the landscape architecture, and the property is now home to a quintet of alpacas, a coop full of chickens, four fainting goats, an orchard, vegetable and flower gardens, six dogs, and a pig.
The Amoses had originally planned on tearing down the property’s existing dilapidated cottages but had a change of heart, so they were rehabbed and are now enjoyed by guests. They also added a pool and an 1,800-square-foot pool house with a kitchen and billiard room. The result is a classic summer compound designed to age well and become a place where grandchildren and great-grandchildren will return every year.
Photography by William Waldron and captions by Kathleen Hackett for Architectural Digest, July 2016. For more articles by The Glam Pad on Suzanne Kasler, please click the links below…
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