Upon entering the property from a hidden, long drive - my heart skipped a bit. I have seen many homes, but this client's home in Beverly evoked in me an emotion that filled my soul. I didn't understand it then, but after doing a bit of research on this particular architecture, my emotions were not exaggerated. Dutch Gothic. Yes, this home is a Dutch Gothic jewel and according to Wikipedia, "The mathematical and geometrical nature of the construction is an image of the orderly universe, in which an underlying rationality and logic can be perceived...it's characteristics lend themselves to appeal to the emotions." This style of architecture flourished during the high and late medieval period, where many great cathedrals, abbeys, churches, castles, palaces and private dwellings can be seen throughout Europe.
But we were not in Europe...we were in Beverly, MA. The juxtaposition of pure Americana intermingled with this elegant European dwelling, circa 1800, was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It was beautiful enough to be among the great Pines, incredible foliage and salt ocean water in the air...but to view this historic fairy tale made me giddy.
Our hosts welcomed us warmly, and with camera in hand - François and I began an incredible tour of this astounding property.
|The infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean...I am sorry to say I didn't take a close up shot of the sea glass!|
|The new kitchen addition overlooks beautiful white roses|
|The fairy tale stone stairwell leading to more ocean front views and lavender gardens.|
|Lavender growing along stone stairs leading the eye to one my favorite details, the lovely balustrade mimicking arches in the terrace of this Dutch Gothic gem.|
|A more expansive view of just one of the many gardens on this property.|
|This angled view shows the presence of our clients' home as the symmetry of the arches in the balustrade and terrace contrast to the organic nature of the gorgeous stone wall cladding.|
|Two Rose Windows...can you guess which one was the original and the other built into the new addition? An incredible and breathtaking detail.|
|The entry to their new addition is astounding - with the glass windows of the mahogany carved door leading your eye through the structure to the ocean views. Who might you see in the windows?|
|Entry into the kitchen that leads the eye to the ocean front views.|
|Using Pavé Tile's Old World Crackled Decorative Wall Tile, Pattern Lumiere in Sepia, the muted tone-on-tone colors will contrast beautifully with the rich colors of the Jerusalem Limestone floor. The Lumiere Pattern was a perfect choice for this estate by the sea, having an almost compass rose feel.|
Old World Decorative Wall Tile - Pattern: Lumiere, Color: Sepia is hand decorated onto a hand made terra cotta wall tile with a cream crazed glaze. Inspired through historic contexts, the muted colors offered in either sepia or charcoal, adds subtly and elegance in prized homes.
So, that is it for now. These before shots weren't too bad, B? Don't worry...the "after shots" will be EXTRAORDINARY!
Please look for the second part of this blog mid-summer. Until then...
À La Prochaine,
Pavé Tile & Stone, Inc.