The Ferguson’s found their four acres of heaven in Yarmouth, Maine. Resplendent with towering pines and verdant landscapes, they worked with local interior design firm Nicola’s Home to create a three-bedroom contemporary coastal farmhouse that offered first-floor living with plenty of room to entertain and spaces that captured both their personalities.Read More
A Match Made In Cherry
Built in the 1980s, the 980 sq. foot, two-bedroom condo overlooking the sea offered a jumping-off point to explore the beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.
In 2014, Doug B. bought the condo to be closer to his daughter, who lived in Southwest Harbor. “The location was great, but the space needed updating,” he says. The space was divided into several small rooms. Still, Doug’s vision was to tear down the superfluous walls, remove the massive brick fireplace, and turn the dark and drab space into a light and contemporary home. After a year-long renovation, it was time to add the final touches- the furniture.
Bathed in the warmth of custom cherry cabinetry, flooring, and trim, Doug wanted the furniture to complement the newly renovated space. Being a life-long fan of contemporary design, he was drawn to the curved and sleek designs of many Thos. Moser Collections. “As the space is quite small, I wanted something light and airy with good construction. Thos. Moser offered a variety of designs, and the quality is incredible,” says Doug. A few years later and ready for warmer winters, he listed his condo for sale in 2022 with LandVest Realty.
In late winter of 2021, Elizabeth and Bruce S. began looking for a small retreat to satiate their love of sailing and the outdoors, in addition to a place where they could host small gatherings and sleepovers with their grandchildren.
Doug’s idyllic condo overlooking the Acadian waters fit the bill. What immediately caught their eye was the furniture included in the listing. Elizabeth knew a good thing when she saw it. Her childhood home was dotted with Bertoia sculptures and Nakashima furniture. Her father was friends with George Nakashima, and her family had collected several of his pieces. “In many ways, coming to this condo and understanding the work of Thomas Moser and Nakashima’s influence on his designs, there is a beautiful spiritual connection for me. That in some way, I know my father is looking out for me, and we were meant to find this lovely space,” says Elizabeth.
“Doug did an amazing job and had an incredible vision to see the condo’s potential, but it wouldn’t be the same place without the furniture. Many people ask us what we’ve done to make the space ours. The truth is, we haven’t done a thing. Minus a few pictures, the condo is the same as when Doug owned it. He was meticulous and had exquisite taste; it’s hard to improve on that,” says Elizabeth.
After spending their first glorious summer in the new space, Elizabeth and Bruce have added a few additional pieces of Thos. Moser furniture to make it their own. To accommodate sleepovers with their grandchildren, they’ve included a custom day bed, which Elizabeth says, “is fabulous and really complements the space.” In the entryway, a cherry and black leather Fireside Bench creates a comfortable perch to slip shoes off and welcomes them back to their little slice of heaven in Acadia.
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