Martha Stewart’s Maine Estate Natural Beauty

The historic Seal Harbor estate, Skylands, has found the ideal champion in Martha Stewart, who prizes its every detail and gracious amenity

Kiwi vines climb up the rear of the dwelling; the terrace and naturalistic landscaping were designed by Jens Jensen in the 1920s.

Martha Stewart with her Chow Chow Ghenghis Khan and French bulldogs Sharkey and Francesca alongside a 1958 Edsel Roundup at her Maine residence, Skylands, a ’20s masterwork designed by architect Duncan Candler for the car’s namesake, Edsel Ford, and his wife, Eleanor. Kevin Sharkey of Martha Stewart Living assisted with the decor.

Seal Harbor as seen from the house.

Stewart lightened the mood inside by replacing some of the existing formal furnishings with faux-bois pieces; in the entrance hall, a vintage bench and a Martha Stewart–designed console rest on granite pavers.

The sunny living hall is a hub of activity during the summer months; Stewart often leaves out books about Maine on the faux-bois cement table, made by Carlos Cortés, for her guests. The sofas were custom made, and, at right, a vintage tassel-footed metal table by Carole Stupell is paired with a wing chair. The walls are finished with a Fine Paints of Europe taupe.

Diamond-pattern French doors and windows are a highlight of the living room; the antique button-tufted chairs, from Liz O’Brien, are grouped with a sofa clad in a Groves Bros. Fabrics cotton and a blue spruce planted in a vintage faux-bois birdbath.

The oak-paneled flower room features a display of mercury-glass vases.

The dining room chairs, which were reproduced from an 18th-century English example owned by Stewart, are covered in silk velvet; the faux-bois table was crafted by Carlos Cortés.

In the living hall, a circa-1880 sofa from Ann-Morris joins antique Georgian stools; the games table in the foreground is skirted with gold-embossed leather, and the torchère and sconce are original to the house.

In the living hall, a circa-1880 sofa from Ann-Morris joins antique Georgian stools

The wainscot in the kitchen is of vintage Pewabic tiles; the antique fishmonger’s table against the far wall is from Ann-Morris.

Kiwi vines shade a terrace furnished with a Charles Rennie Mackintosh–style teak table and chairs by R. L. White and Son.

In the master bedroom, a Rogers & Goffigon–fabric canopy surmounts the antique bed, and an antique Chinese embroidered screen hangs on the wall.

The master bath.

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