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Perched atop a 50-foot bluff, a comfortable home energizes and inspires

Written by Amy Elbert
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    High on a bluff overlooking a historic lighthouse in Nantucket Sound, Dee and Jimmy Haslam recharge. When they built their vacation home on Massachusetts’ Nantucket Island three years ago, the Knoxville, Tennessee, couple were not looking for an escape as much as a place to be energized and inspired.

    Certainly their Labradors--Maggie, Rocky, and Tiger--love the open space around the house.

    Architect: Scott Hutton; architectural assistant: Natasha Barton, Lyman Perry Architects Ltd., 42 Cassatt Ave., Berwyn, PA 19312; 610/889-9966; and Nantucket, MA; 508/325-5277, lparchitects.com.
    Interior design: Elizabeth Corker, 1649 Minnekahda Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37405; 423/265-7151; Nashville, TN, 423/605-2757; Washington, D.C.
    Contractor and fabricator of built-in millwork and custom trim: Scott Bowman, 7 Folger Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554; 508/228-5019.
    Kitchen design: Jeanie D. Johnson, Housebones; 865/250-3385, housebones@comcast.net.
    Landscape design (trees): David Champoux Landscaping Inc., 508/228-1374.
    Landscape design (flower beds and privet hedges): Anita Nettles Stefanski and Julie Hilberg-Hunt, Florabundant, 508/423-5109.
    Stone work (stone walls and terraces): Terry Kelly, 508/228-0853.

    Photography: Michael Luppino
    Produced by Stacy Kunstel

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    The shingled house sits atop a 50-foot-high bluff, with seaside views that can be enjoyed inside as well as out. "Every window you look from has its view of nature’s artwork. It’s one of the most beautiful spots on Earth," says Elizabeth Corker, another Tennessean and longtime friend, who designed the home’s interiors.

    Sources:
    Exterior paint ("Essex Green’’): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Large-scale plantings (trees): David Champoux Landscaping Inc., 508/228-1374.
    Small-scale plantings (flower beds and privet hedges): Anita Nettles Stefanski and Julie Hilberg-Hunt, Florabundant, 508/423-5109.

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    The primary living space is divided into several seating areas and is warmed by two fireplaces, one on each end of the 50-foot-long room. Paneled walls and ceiling beams make the large room feel more intimate, as does the ceiling’s 9-1/2-foot height. "Lower ceilings are warm, cozy, and inviting," Corker says.

    In a nod to the island’s nautical roots, window mullions and frames are painted black. "Ships often had black window trim," explains Nantucket architect Scott Hutton. Interior doors are also painted black--a treatment frequently seen in historic Nantucket homes.

    Sources:
    Sofa (designed by Elizabeth Corker): fabricated by Tecno Sedia, 404/810-9081, tecnosedia.net.
    Fabric: custom.
    Striped pillows: Groundworks by Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com, trade only.
    Side tables flanking chocolate sofa: Bungalow, 404/351-9120.
    Carpet (sisal): Merida Meridien, 800/345-2200, meridameridien.com.
    Coffee table: South of Market, 404/995-9399.
    By window:
    Sofa: Bennett Galleries, 865/584-6791, bennettgalleries.com.
    Fabric: custom.
    Pillows on sofa: Travers, 866/627-6899, trade only.
    Sconces ("Fleur Candle Sconce’’/Dark Natural): Studio Steel, 800/800-5712, studiosteel.com.
    Chest; lamp on chest: owner’s collection.
    Upholstered chair by sofa; rug: Davishire Interiors, 615/298-2670, davishire.com.

     

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    A seating area by one of the great room’s two fireplaces.

    Sources:
    Wing chair (designed by Elizabeth Corker): fabricated by Tecno Sedia, 404/810-9081, tecnosedia.net.
    Sofa fabric (espresso linen): owner’s collection.
    Pillow on wing chair: Bennett Galleries, 865/584-6791, bennettgalleries.com.
    Rug: antique.
    Sconces ("Fleur Candle Sconce’’/Dark Natural): Studio Steel, 800/800-5712, studiosteel.com.
    Mantel (design by Scott Hutton): Lyman Perry Architects Ltd., 610/889-9966; and MA; 508/325-5277, lparchitects.com.
    Fabrication: Scott Bowman, 508/228-5019.
    Fireplace surround: soapstone slab.
    Firebox: soapstone brick.
    Architectural remnant over mantel (antique): Marymont Plantation Antique Shop, 615/352-4902, marymontplantation.com.
    Art on mantel: The Stalls, 404/352-4430, thestalls.com.
    Table beside chair: antique.
    Paint (custom by designer): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    The main living area is anchored by an antique steel dining table surrounded by chairs upholstered in silk velvet. Above the table is a cream-colored tiered chandelier.

    Sources:
    Dining table: Marymont Plantation Antique Shop, 615/352-4902, marymontplantation.com.
    Dining chairs: Bennett Galleries, 865/584-6791, bennettgalleries.com.
    Chandelier: A Tyner Antiques, 404/367-4484.

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    The entry and flowing staircase are dramatic introductions to the house. Dark-stained floors and a painted balustrade contrast with cream-colored paneled walls.

    Sources:
    Bench and cushion: Bennett Galleries, 865/584-6791, bennettgalleries.com.
    Bench pillow fabric: Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com, trade only.
    Art in stairwell: Caleb Nelson Carter.

     

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    Tennessee kitchen designer Jeanie Johnson worked long-distance to lay out and detail the kitchen. "Dee wanted Cape Cod style with an edge," says Johnson, who put an upscale polish on period design. Heart-pine knobs accent cream-colored custom cabinets. The vent is nearly hidden above marble shelves behind the range. A richly colored fired-metal sculpture by Tennessee artist Rey Alfonso stands at the far end of the kitchen, behind the upholstered chair.

    Sources:
    Cabinet design: Jeanie D. Johnson, 865/250-3385.
    Cabinet and island construction: Tom Blue Designs Inc., 865/673-2080.
    Cabinetry finish ("Navajo White’’): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Cabinetry hardware: Faneuil Furniture Hardware, 603/898-7833, and Architectural Accents, 404/266-8700, architecturalaccents.com.
    Marble countertop: Calcutta Oro.
    Island countertop: ribbon maple.
    Range: Viking, 888/845-4641, vikingrange.com.
    Refrigerator; drink drawers; wine cooler: Sub-Zero Inc., 800/222-7820, subzero.com.
    Warming drawer: Fisher & Paykel Appliances Inc., 800/863-5394, fisherpaykel.com.
    Paint color (custom by designer): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Flooring (reclaimed country-grade antique pine stained with ebony finish): Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring, 800/595-9663, wideplankflooring.com.
    Metal sculpture: (Centennial Time Clock, by Rey Alfonso): Metalico Arts, 206/280-8932.
    Wicker basket: Mainly Baskets, 404/634-7664.
    Copper pitcher, photos: owner’s collection.

     

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    Cleanup chores are lightened by two dishwasher drawers next to the sink and twin windows with water views.

    Sources:
    Sink: Whitehaus Collection, 800/527-6690, whitehauscollection.com. Available through Renaissance Tile & Bath, 615/742-0054, renaissancetileandbath.com.
    Faucets: Bluewater Mfg. Corp., 877/890-8006, bluewaterfaucet.com.
    Paint color (custom by designer): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Wicker baskets: Mainly Baskets, 404/634-7664.

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    A fireplace sitting area at one end of the kitchen is one of Jimmy’s favorite reading spots.

    Sources:
    Mantel (design by Scott Hutton): Lyman Perry Architects Ltd., 610/889-9966; and MA; 508/325-5277, lparchitects.com.
    Fabrication: Scott Bowman, 508/228-5019.
    Chairs (designed by Elizabeth Corker): fabricated by Tecno Sedia, 404/810-9081, tecnosedia.net.
    Fabric: Jane Shelton Fabrics, 601/936-4540, janeshelton.com, trade only.
    Pillows; art over mantel: owner’s collection.
    Table: antique.

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    French doors open the second-story master bedroom to a balcony and views of the sea. Designer Elizabeth Corker balances color, texture, and periods--mixing an old French chandelier with a modern painting by Allen Cox above the bed. Large crown moldings and paneling on the ceiling visually lower it, making it feel "more like a canopy," says architect Scott Hutton.

    Sources:
    Bed: Davishire Interiors, 615/298-2670, davishire.com.
    Painting above bed (by Allen Cox); chandelier: Bennett Galleries, 865/584-6791.
    Chest (antique): Clements Antiques, 423/842-5992, clementsantiques.com.
    Flemish mirror: Parc Monceau, 404/355-3766, parcmonceauatl.com.
    Drapery; pillows on bed; bed-skirt fabric: Malabar, malabar.co.uk, trade only.
    Headboard and footboard fabric: linen.
    Upholstered chairs: owner’s collection.
    Stools upholstered in cowhide: Bungalow, 404/351-9120.
    Rug (sisal): Merida Meridien, 800/345-2200, meridameridien.com.
    Paint color (custom by designer): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    A soaking tub with a floor-mounted faucet gives the master bathroom period style.

    Sources:
    Vanity (custom design by Scott Hutton): Lyman Perry Architects Ltd., 610/889-9966; and MA; 508/325-5277, lparchitects.com.
    Fabrication: Scott Bowman, 508/228-5019.
    Vanity countertop: Calcutta Oro.
    Sconces (900 and 1200 series in polished nickel): Newport Brass, 949/417-5207, brasstech.com.
    Mirror: antique.
    Chair: owner’s collection.
    Paint color (custom by designer): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    A deep window alcove creates a cozy niche for guest beds.

    Sources:
    Fabrics; sconces; art: owner’s collection. 

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    Jimmy and Dee Haslam

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