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In addition, the wraparound porch was expanded from three sides to four, and French doors in every room bring the outdoors in. "One of the reasons the kids do not tend to make a mess in the house is because they play outside all summer—or in their playroom on rainy days," says Orrick. "Toys are on the lawn, but the inside of the house is fairly neat."
Since even the most laid–back parents need a sanctuary, Orrick designed a serene master bedroom that can nevertheless stand up to those periodic kids' visits to mom and dad's room. The most luxurious fabric is cable–knit cashmere on the two pillow shams; the matelasse coverlet is machine washable and the fur throw is synthetic. A cozy reading area is framed by the floor–to–ceiling windows that highlight a painting of the Eastern seaboard that's been in the family for years.
That painting represents what this house is ultimately about—family, nature, comfort, function, simplicity, elegance. On a typical summer day, adults chat in the airy living room while kids run in and out of French doors, bolt down the steps to the grass, come back and grab a snack. No matter what they track in, no matter how dirty their hands, no matter what they spill, the living here is nothing but easy.