Sure enough, the pleasant sensation of soft ocean breezes is duplicated inside through the use of frothy colors and lots of feathery shorebird white. Like the color of driftwood, the floors are components of the home’s beach-like beauty, and the abundance of natural light is an extension of clear-as-a-bell summer skies. Even on cool, overcast days, the house radiates warmth and offers many options for pleasurable indoor pursuits—reading (shelves are stocked with good books), game-playing, and napping among them.
But whatever the weather, cooking is a popular pastime in the new kitchen, and mealtimes, like the house itself, are simple affairs. Lobster, clams, and all kinds of fish are local “staples” in plentiful supply, as are fresh vegetables and fruits purchased at farm stands.
When dining indoors, the family’s favorite spot to gather is on the old Windsor chairs that surround the kitchen table. Here they enjoy views of the water and, when the French doors are open, the salty breezes. Other dining venues include a delightful porch, a table situated in the living room’s bay window, and, of course, picnics at the beach. Friends are often present at mealtimes and are always welcome.
Leslie and Bill are certain that this marvelous house will stay in their family for many years to come. Just as their children now walk to the yacht club every day to go sailing, swimming, or to play tennis, they envision their grandchildren doing the same someday. “This house brings us together now, and I’m sure it will continue to do so in the future,” says Leslie.
The desire for ease and relaxation may be one of the major reasons for owning a summer house, but the promise of experiencing togetherness with family and friends is no doubt the best reason of all.