Boston Home Magazine Spring 2011 featured a couple Emerson and Ryan Frye that escaped NYC for my favorite New England historical area, Portsmouth, NH. Really, I love all New England coastal areas from Marblehead to Portsmouth because they have that close old community feel that you relive through books like “The Last Days of Dogtown” by Anita Diamant or Alice Hoffman’s “The Probable Future”. The Frye Farm, while not right on the coast, updates that old feel for a fashion forward modern young couple, and I like it a lot.
We begin with their open layout kitchen. So spacious, simple, and stylish. I usually don’t like light floors, but the wide boards, and the contrast with the stainless steel make it very modern looking.
Victorian is one of my least favorite styles of decorating, but this old chandelier alone in a very simple room is very acceptable.
These old beds were slept in by Emerson’s mother and grandmother. Adding a couple of coats of a vibrant yet traditional yellow paint, bring them out of their antique look, and bring them into the modern era.
A whole wall of windows. You know how I feel about that.
Using simple dark woods in lightly painted rooms with crisp white trim, allow these antique pieces to live on in a simple yet elegant dining room. The old chandelier and linen floral centerpiece, by Emerson Made, add a simple femininity.
I love old seltzer bottles. Clean, dirty, blue, clear, any kind a cool accessory.
Simple glass bottles with lavender, and corks add an organic element, and dried berry branches are a great substitution for floral bouquets if that’s not your thing.