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Let's All Live in Sunlit New Hampshire Homes Like Emerson Fry

Home Upgrade BY olivia martin 10/10/2017


Scoping out houses for sale around their favorite New Hampshire vacation spot, Portsmouth, Emerson Fry and her husband Ryan fell hard for the property on a working horse farm that was, as Emerson admits, “a total mess.” But how do you pass up “huge-sky, western views and the most beautiful sunsets?” After a year of renovation on the main house and another on their barn—which now doubles as the office for her extremely chic namesake clothing line and  Curation, its laid-back, vacation-ready offshoot—the place has gone from a pipe dream to just plain dreamy. Need proof? Time for a tour, clearly.

“Before we moved here, we lived in very small NYC apartments with barely any storage, so we really wanted to have organization and to be able to put things where we can see them. We don’t store anything out of sight. The Anchor Hocking jars in the pantry allow me to easily see what is what. We did the design work ourselves and hired draftsman to turn our ideas into working specs. It was easy and really fun. Keeping the floor plans open allowed us to have a lot of flexibility in how to set things up.”

“We generally kept the wall colors and large purchases pretty clean and neutral (white or charcoal) so that there’s also a lot of flexibility in changing the mood through objects versus the rooms themselves. It’s incredible what an oversize hot pink book on a coffee table will do to a space, for instance. On the other hand, when we wanted to do a major color on the walls or on furniture, we did this in the smaller rooms rather than everyday living spaces, like a ballet pink wall in a bedroom. The only right way is to do what makes you feel inspired—and you can always change it later.”


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“We renovated our barn more recently—now it is our Emerson Fry headquarters. The office is more of a loft, and it is like a golden jewel box inside because the walls are exposed pine on five sides, with wide plank floors from our land and a wall of light in the front thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s a nice place to work and as about as close to working outside as you can get. You can see our glowing office at dusk.”

“A ten-foot privacy hedge surrounds the pool, along with granite slabs that warm so nicely in the sun into the evening.”



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