When I dream about my fantasy house in my head, there's usually one problem -- I'd love to live by the ocean BUT I also love a brick house. I know my imaginary problems are very serious and vexing. Usually a grand brick house is in the countryside, and anything by the sea (in the northeast at least) is more of a shingle style. Lo and Behold, enter this c1910 colonial revival brick pile right on the Atlantic in the lovely town of Barrington, Rhode Island. Architect Norman Isham built the house for banker Benjamin Jackson, and, guess what, 105 years later and it's still pretty awesome.
The front facade of the house is wonderfully asymmetrical and features enough dormers to satisfy even a dormer addict like myself. Formal hedge garden is always a welcome addition.
Your first glimpse at the ocean from the front of the home is already quite spectacular.
If you don't find this front door and its two petite flanking window buddies (complete with little shutters!) totally charming, then check your eyeballs because they're probably broken. Also, I'm in red-brick-plus-black-shutter heaven here.
As you can see, they really skimped on the interior architectural detail. Yep.
If you have indoor pediment addiction, as I do, you're probably already weeping into your computer keyboard. I am not hating that bench either. Also, put an awesome Brunschwig paper on the walls (maybe a Quadrille if you're cheeky like that) and a fabby Stark carpet up the stairs, and you are set to go here.
Obviously this is a front-to-back foyer with a peak at the glistening Atlantic calling you in. But guys, THE MOULDINGS.
Yes, I know, I too was surprised by the airy lightness of the formal rooms in this home.
The mouldings and pediment above the fireplace in this sitting room are enough to break your heart. Again, recovering those sofas and slap down a sisal, and you're pretty done. I love that green lamp too as long as we're here.
The corner built-ins in this dining room are pure eye candy for any lover of classic American architecture. Also, this room is totally feeding my pediment impediment.
Those little built-in cabinets above the fireplace are breaking my heart. And those fluted pilasters surrouding the fireplace? I die. How great is that little rolling tea cart? And, yes, I have noticed the blue and white porcelain sprinkled throughout this house.
Another sitting room is filled with Asian antiques (everyone needs a Samurai sword to ward off marauding pirates), and continues the light and airy feeling throughout the public rooms.
An informal sitting and dining space off of the kitchen is furnished with rattan and bamboo furniture, perfect for a seaside retreat.
The arched french doors are simply wonderful, and the columnar detailing speaks of the grandeur of a different time.
Holy staircase! Again, some Stark stair runners and a different wallpaper, and this whole straircase is done. Good design is timeless. That Palladian window is making my heart flutter. Love those little round mirrors too.
Besides the Wasp-y sort of utilitarian sterility, yes people, I too was surprised by how remarkably serviceable the bedrooms of this home are.
How totally charming is this mint green guest bedroom snuggled into the eaves of the house? Some sassy roman shades and maybe some sweet monogrammed Leontine Linens bedding, and this room would be a stunner.
Back downstairs, the rear set of doors in the foyer lead right out onto a deck overlooking the ocean.
A brick porch is the perfect place for any activity, solo coffee-and-book time, or a giant dinner party would be equally at home in this amazing space.
The home is set on a little walled hill that leads down to a lawn and then to the beach.
The rear elevation of this stunning home is even more charming than the front facade.
Just like the home itself, the view is gorgeous and timeless.
I cannot get this 9500 square foot manse out of my head. It's classic design is immune to the winds of time and trend, and therefore, it would be easy, and so darn fun to update this grand dame to roll gently into and through the 21st century.