One of my favorite design tours was this weekend – the Newburyport Kitchen Tour, put on in support of the Newburyport PTO. I’ve attended several times before and I’m always happy to see what’s new in my favorite area of Massachusetts. It was a beautiful day on Saturday – sunny but not too hot or humid. Of the eleven houses on the tour, I made it to six, which is about usual for me. Since I’m taking photos (and try to avoid as many people in the images as possible) it takes a bit of time at each house. I took nearly 300 photos in total on Saturday – but don’t worry, I edited them down to the best!
I’m going to break up my coverage into three posts. This post will feature two homes – one a new construction and the other newly renovated. Both homes featured a modern black and white color palette. The next post will feature three smaller homes which have all been either newly remodeled or built. The final post will be a property which featured gorgeous grounds with spectacular views of the Merrimack River and includes a fully tricked out outdoor kitchen.
Architect: Scott Brown | Builder: Mark DePiero LLC
So, to start, we have this new construction home in a small new development abutting conservation land. This is a 5,000 sq. ft. home with double height entry and dramatic staircase. This house was finished in 2019 and features dramatic millwork throughout, all painted white, punctuated with black.
A small office sits right inside the front door with hanging lanterns, lots of windows and modern furniture.
The dining room built-ins, designed by Timberline include marble counter and backsplash.
The dining room, with seating for ten, opens up into the living area and pool and pavilion beyond.
A cozy sitting area includes ebonized ceiling beams, ship lap wall detail and window seats. Plus, lots of windows.
The window wall is Marvin Window’s Ultimate Bi-Fold glass doors which opens to a spectacular pool and dining pavilion beyond. It feels so California – something we don’t often see here in wintry New England where the warm season is relatively short.
One thing that I love about this tour – which I’ve dubbed “Kitchens and More!” is that there is more than just kitchens on display. The master suite in this house is on the first floor and was available for viewing.
The bedroom is starkly simple, featuring a black leather tufted headboard, gray bedding and rug, which looks like a Stark Sapphire Collection carpet. The fireplace is double sided with the other side gracing the master bath.
The master bathroom features separate marble top vanities flanking the fireplace, which is also marble clad, with a glass encased marble shower and freestanding bathtub. Beautiful moldings really finish off and elevate this space.
The High Road house is a classic shingle style house with views for miles. The house was fully renovated since the owners bought it in 2018. They gutted the interiors, removed walls and simplified the existing ornamental details to create a “coastal modern farmhouse”.
The open floor plan first floor features a sitting area, huge kitchen and dining room. The entry opens up to a double height seating area overlooking the back yard, which is miles long.
The furnishings are generally simple and spare with a touch of whimsy – swings! The floor is white oak.
The enormous island, topped in White Rhino marble, provides plenty of storage which allows for no upper cabinets. As with the Wilshire house, this kitchen has Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances with lighting from Newburyport Lighting.
Off to the right of the kitchen is the breakfast area with custom banquette and table.
Nothing, but nothing, gets in the way of the views! The glass door refrigerator is in this space, though I didn’t get a photo of it, but it was a triumph of organization. The homeowner assured me this is not the norm.
The kitchen also has a handy pantry closet which has the built-in coffee station and microwave. This space was styled by Neat Method, a luxury home organizing company.
The dining room, which is off the front hall, features a huge reclaimed wood floor mirror, rustic wood table, black head chairs and black woven pendants.
The downstairs powder room, which continues the modern black and white theme, is, in contrast to the rest of the house, all about pattern.
Classic Kohler Memoires collection fixtures, white penny round tile (with surprise message) are classics. And how cute is the little training potty?
Hakuna Matata y’all.
The “back yard” features a swimming pool with loungers, a small outbuilding, and views.
And by views, I mean VIEWS! I found this image on the original real estate listing. Oh my heart. This is part of the reason I love the Newburyport area – the wide open spaces that literally take your breath away.
If you’re interested in more sneak peeks about this house, the homeowner, Mary Jo, has an active Instagram feed called Port2Palm. They also own an adorable South Carolina house which is available for rental. There is a link on her IG profile.
So, what do you think of these large modern black and white homes? Would you want more color or do you find these palettes restful?
Stay tuned for the smaller by mighty homes as well as the riverfront outdoor living gem.
(All photos, unless otherwise noted, ©Linda Merrill, 2019)