The home’s original living and great rooms are combined into one grand, light-filled space that accommodates large family gatherings.
Beadboard wainscoting, capped with flexible chair rail, echoes the design of kitchen cabinetry. The wall treatment sections off the living area, furnished with a slipcovered sectional that offers cozy lounging space in a small footprint.
A dry bar, constructed by Matt Blashaw and House Crashers host Josh Temple, incorporates the home’s original 2x4s (frame) and tin roof (bar top), while a rustic gate — complete with original hardware and primitive screws — is repurposed as the bar’s cabinet door.
Circa-1920s foundry mold patterns manufactured by Millinocket Foundry and Machine in Maine make a dramatic statement. “Paintings and photos are flat by nature,” says designer Victoria Lesser. “By using architectural finds you create interest, which could lead to discussion.”
A classic, Regency-style reading table anchors the pair of wing chairs, upholstered in a soft linen fabric. A text from the Mathews Historic Society is among the home’s library of books on local history and lore.
A nook near the fireplace is reserved for a cross-leg table, the handiwork of Matt Blashaw and Josh Temple. The home’s original 2x4s form the tabletop and legs, joined by hand-chiseled lap joints. Wood wax gives a rich, rustic finish.
A new gas fireplace is capped with a rustic mantel, crafted from the gable end of an old home, vintage corbels and a piece of salvage board purchased at a local antiques shop. Found objects and old photographs complete the look.