Home Owners: The Ferguson’s

Location: Yarmouth, Maine

Interior Design: Nicola’s Home

Furniture: Thos. Moser

 

In Cumberland Foreside, a town just north of Portland, Maine, known for its New England architecture and cool ocean breezes, the Ferguson’s knew they had found the right place to raise their young family. For 25 years, they made many memories in the Bob Walker-style cape, but as their children grew and moved into their own homes, the couple found themselves looking for something perfect for just the two of them. They found their four acres of heaven just up the road in Yarmouth, resplendent with towering pines and verdant landscapes. Working with local interior design firm Nicola’s Home, chosen for Nicola’s keen eye and ability to take their Shaker-inspired furniture and blend it with upholstered couches and chairs, they created a three-bedroom contemporary coastal farmhouse that offered first-floor living with plenty of room to entertain and spaces that captured both their personalities.   

 

The entryway sets a precedent for the home’s aesthetic. Crisp, clean whites blend with cool coastal blues, aquamarines, and the warmth of natural hardwood. The Huntboard and Continuous Arm Bench introduce a seamless pairing of traditional craftsmanship and modern comfort found throughout the home.  

 

When you step into the home, your eyes are immediately drawn to the pièce de résistance, a framed dining area that creates an open yet intimate setting for their dining room set. A commanding Georgetown Double Pedestal table comfortably seats up to ten people and basks in a warm, sun-lit space accompanied by backless Harpswell dining chairs upholstered in custom blue velvet. This heart of the home is a spacious open-concept space that flows seamlessly from the living room to the kitchen to the dining room. The kitchen island is made of a solid walnut base finished with marble countertops, a theme of natural elements carried throughout the home. Set just behind the kitchen is a butler’s pantry finished with custom cabinetry that features walnut face frames on the lower drawers, brushed iron pulls, and a long marble countertop for preparing hors d’oeuvres. 

The chairs lend to the light and airy feeling of the room. The room’s color mimics the warmth of the beautifully aged spindles of the Eastward Bench that the Ferguson’s used in the foyer of their old home. Now, they enjoy its welcoming presence tucked beside the table for the easy sense of casual comfort and flexible seating it offers. The dining space emulates the joy, laughter, and memories made with family and friends who share a meal around the table. 

 

The primary bedroom and bath pay homage to the couple’s botany and biochemistry backgrounds with muted tones of green and touches of natural materials. The primary bedroom draws elements from the surrounding forests and coastal coves with ostrich fern patterned wallpaper, natural woven baskets, and wool blankets. The furniture in the room includes a Dr. White’s Chest, Sleigh Bed, and at the foot of the bed rests their very first piece of Moser furniture, a Blanket Box, purchased in 1986 as a Christmas gift from Mr. Ferguson to his wife.

 

The east-facing windows of the primary bathroom allow the sun to fill the space with the brilliant morning light. The large soaking tub below one of these windows affords a view of the white pine and deciduous forest that skirts the property. The bathroom features a marble-tiled floor and shower, a Five Drawer Dresser in cherry to house linens and towels, and in the corner rests a piece that celebrates Tom Moser’s teaching career, the Bates Chair.

The northwest corner of the home is a handsome cherry office that reflects Mr. Ferguson’s love of aviation and WWII aircraft. Lining the edges of the built-in bookshelves are several model airplanes that he built depicting that era. Two leather reading chairs frame a cast-iron woodstove adding an extra element of comfort and warmth where he can enjoy a historical novel on cool winter evenings. Completing the home study is a Four-Legged Writing Desk and an NYPL Branch Swivel Chair upholstered to match the reading chairs. 

In the beginning, it took some convincing on Mr. Ferguson’s part to begin incorporating the beauty of the handcrafted furniture into their home—his method was to surprise Mrs. Ferguson with their first piece, a Blanket Box, as a gift. From there, she fell in love with the craftsmanship and artistry of the furniture. Their contemporary home offers an authentic blend of the artisan furniture they began collecting nearly forty years ago and plush modern furnishings. It is a testament to the malleable design of the handcrafted furniture; it looks good, if not better than when they first brought it home.