Monday, September 6, 2010

A Maine Coastal Jewel By Linda Banks

Designer and architect, Linda Banks, has been creating some of my favorite coastal homes for many years. She just sent on to me one of her recently completed projects to share with you. Once again Linda has created a wonderful ocean oasis for her clients in Maine.
On a spectacular property on the coast of Maine, Linda worked with her clients to create a shingled styled home from a new construction design. The goal was to create a casual feeling in a formal plan, but still retain the warmth and history of historic home. As such the home is filled with Linda's distinct attention to detail, including the client's antiques and collections, as well as nautical references of boats, fish and seashells, indigenous to the Maine coast.
The entryway above is a wonderful example of how Linda created the sense of history and age. The 24 foot hand hooked rug was custom designed with ships, lighthouses and other local references of Maine, sure to become a family heirloom. The bamboo bench is a beautiful reproduction and looks gorgeous with the framed hand tinted vintage map of the area.
The mudroom above provides a thoughtful location to keep everything in its place. With so many children and friends visiting the second home, this allows a wonderful spot for organization.
The dining and kitchen area above are designed in the classic New England tradition with white cabinets and blue/black granite counters. Wonderful slate floors, and butlers chairs create the perfect compliment of old and new.
The living room is the most formal room in the house. Linda used a beautiful palette of whites and creams and several classic pieces from Hickory Chair. Chairs are slip covered in Belgian Linen and the hand hooked rug was custom designed. The painting is by Stephen Bach.
The octagonal family room is part of a three level octagonal wing which captures the incredible ocean views . Above this room is the master bedroom, and above that is the client's home office which you will see in the photos below. Lovely shades of blue enhance the ocean views.
The master bedroom continues the soothing soft palette of gray blues, creams and whites.
The attic office provides the most spectacular views. Created to mimic the inside of a sailing yacht all the furniture is built in. Notice the beautiful ceilings.
The master bath is an oasis with cast iron tub perfectly positioned to capture the ocean views.
One of the boys rooms with signature Banks Designed horizontal panelling called "nickel gap", because the boards are spaced a nickel's width apart - common in ship building. The blue tone really brings a richness to the room.
The boys bathroom provide a space for each child. Nautically inspired lights and a whimsical whale rug bring a youthfulness to the space.
Another bedroom on the third floor located in the wonderful attic boasts arched casement windows. The zinc topped table was designed by Linda and her shop, Simply Home.

Another bath is awash is beautiful pale blues and marble. The mirrors are custom designed by Linda and also available through Simply Home.

The Maine coastal home is another wonderful example of Linda Banks' beautiful work and attention to details that make a house into a home. For more information on this house and to read the full article in Maine Home and Design click
here. For information on Linda Banks Design click here. Finally to browse Linda's wonderful store Simple Home click here.
Thank you Linda
for another fabulous home tour!

32 comments:

  1. What an absolutely beautiful home. I love all the details. Looks elegant and functional. I also love Stephen Bach's painting above the mantel ... I have to check his website. Thank you for sharing pictures of this enchanting home.

    Have a lovely Sunday

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  2. That seating area off the spare room is heaven, a space I know I would want to enjoy while staying there!

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  3. Absolutely LOVE the freshness of those bathrooms - the pale blue and marble works beautifully. Lovely home, lovely style. xx

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  4. Beautiful coastal home! Doesn't that just seacoast? Love the large multiple sink bathroom for their boys. I'm off to check out the article on Linda, thank you for sharing!

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  5. Stunning...to say the least! That office ceiling is a wowzer!!!

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  6. Just beautiful - I love everything about that home. What I would give for those bathrooms....

    Katie

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  7. Que posts Lindas!!!
    Uma bela semana pra você.
    bjosss

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  8. Pretty house! (Love the boys' bathroom!) Definitely evokes an east coast feel.

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  9. What a fabulous design job - one of the best coastal homes I have seen. Very inspiring!

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  10. Thanks for featuring the boys rooms, the nickel gap walls are fabulous!

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  11. Lovely home beautifully done.....Love that bath with the soft blues......OOH Nice! Maryanne xo

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  12. Stunning! Love the bath would clawfoot tub.... to soak in there would be just heavenly!
    Kristen

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  13. Cool coastal home design! I like the finish used in the bathroom! Lovely post!

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  14. This weekend we just removed wallpaper in our powder rooom of our new house and i love the blue bathroom color you have showing. I think that might just be the color of the bathroom i am going to paint.

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  15. Beautiful coffeetable in the second picture!!

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  16. Wow absolutely fantastic! If I have a chance and given a once in a lifetime opportunity to pick a house, I'll definitely grab this one.

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  17. Absolutely amazing!! I love it. It makes me fly away in dreams about living in such a beautiful place :)

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  18. Oh wow, this home is GORGEOUS!!! As I read your post, I kept thinking I'd seen my favourite room. But then I'd decide the next room was my favourite room, and then the next one.... WOW!! ALL the rooms are stunning!! A few stand-outs are the dark blue nickel gap paneling in the boy's room, the seating area by the casement windows in the 3rd floor bedroom, and the beautiful wood office.

    Kelly

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  19. Beautiful! the blue and white is so fresh.

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  20. Thanks for showing us this wonderful home Gina!

    Oh, to have an office studio with a view like that. What a dream.

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  21. I really like the bathrooms!!!! great design all around.

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  22. Wow!! beuatiful home and love the kitchen are designed in the classic New England tradition.
    Thank you these pictures you sharing whit us.

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  23. Love that sweet little reading/sitting area. Thanks for sharing, -s

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  24. Soooooo stunning! I love every single detail of the house. The color, the wallpaper, the arrangement. This is so pretty! I am totally saving your blogpost and ask my own home builder to recreate this one!

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  25. The boys bathroom is my favourite part. How cool!

    Lela
    www.LelaLondon.com

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  26. wow! excellent post! thanks a lot for sharing..

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  27. I love every single room. My favourite would have to be the office in the attic. I love beach decorating.

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  28. Stunning design work!! Thank you for sharing.
    AK xo

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  29. Awesome photography. Every room is nice and attractive. I think if I were such kind of room

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  30. Wow what a decoration and also the furniture are awesome. Like it.

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  31. awesome! it was really excellent work! thanks a lot for sharing..

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  32. I just love the decoration of living room. Awesome design and color combination.

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