Homeowner Charlie has completed two transatlantic voyages in his sailboat. On his journeys across rough waters to France and Norway, he jotted his daily coordinates on a chart with a pencil. Those maps are now framed in the hallway of the home he shares with his wife in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Charlie’s passion for the water is reflective in the details of the couple’s shingle-style bungalow that has glimpses out the windows to an indigo Narragansett Bay. Architect David Andreozzi designed the home with classic nautical details, including a carved-out cupola that has been fitted with a Fresnel lens. “When it lights up, we feel like we are lighting up Narragansett Bay,” says Charlie.
The bay really glows on the Fourth of July when all the surrounding towns begin their firework displays simultaneously. From the balcony off their master suite, Charlie and Maria can watch the colorful scene explode.
Maria is a retired schoolteacher with passion for creativity. She was very involved in the planning of the kitchen where she loves to cook. Over the Wolf range, she picked out a hood designed by Metal Works in Tiverton, Rhode Island, which adds a distinguished feel to their bright kitchen.
The home has been affectionately nicknamed Pen Marc’h after a town in Brittany, France, where Charlie learned to sail. Maria has been drawn to the coast, too. With a paintbrush in hand, she captures the magnificent mass and its moody weather patterns. Her framed canvases hang on the walls inside close to the charts marked with her husband’s journeys. As Charlie walks upstairs, he passes a few maps that are a bit too clean. “Up here are charts of places I still haven’t been to, so they remind me of things I still have to do,” he says.
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