We first featured Peter and Sandy's amazing minimal farmhouse last July. Since this quaint New Hampshire town is one of our favorite weekend escapes, we thought it would be a treat to revisit our good friends' home. When we photographed the house they had just finished remodeling their kitchen — the finale of a complete restoration they had been working on since 2006...
This house is amazing to us because when we photographed it, we had dropped by without notice. These pictures reflect how they live day to day — no mess, no fuss, just simple, soft surroundings. Styles and eras mix effortlessly here, creating the perfect backdrop for many of Peter’s bronze and iron sculptures. The well-proportioned spaces and careful attention to natural light make this modestly scaled home feel light and airy, while the pared down interior matches the colonial sensibility. The minimalism creates a lovely contrast with the historic elements that we find inspiring in their authenticity. Don’t miss the rock garden between the house and the porch, the attic stair - turned - pantry in the kitchen, and the glossy white painted bedroom floors. And in case anyone notices, yes, there is only one appliance in the kitchen — the stove. The fridge is located downstairs in a root cellar, allowing the snug kitchen to remain minimal. Pete & Sandy’s home also includes lovely vegetable and flowering gardens, a chicken coop, and Peter's modern post-and-beam sculpture studio (which he built). But that's for another tour!
Morso stove Biggest Challenge: To allow the early 19th Century cape keep its character and, at the same time, live with ease and a modern, minimalist sensibility What Friends Say: Charming and lovely, empty and minimalist Biggest Embarrassment: Always so many things still to do Proudest DIY: Restoring the entire house; Choosing colors and furnishings Biggest Indulgence: The sink, stoves and three small tables made by a dear fine furniture maker friend Best advice: Simplicity; Less is more; Quality whenever possible; Create the feeling of the space you want, not "the look" Dream source: Many things Swiss and Asian Inspiration: Le Corbusier, Giacometti, Scarpa and many more
Resources: Appliances: Wolfe, KWC, Miele Hardware: Old/original Furniture: Mostly non-expensive antiques - auctions and small shops Lighting: Hubbardton Forge, Peter France, and standards like Lightolier Rugs and Carpets: Little River Oriental Rugs, Concord, NH; A Candle in the Night, Brattleboro, VT; auctions Tiles and Stone: Marble and Granite, Westwood, MA Window Treatments: As few as possible Beds: Made our own Artwork: Mostly sculpture and prints by Peter France, Crow Studio; also, small old English and French prints and antique shops finds Paint: California Paints and Farrow & Ball Flooring: Old soft and hard wood; lots of oriental rugs, old and new
(Images: Wes & Kayla Schwartz) Re-edited from July, 2008.