New England Living TV host Parker Kelley begins Season 2 with a home with history in her hometown of Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Homeowners Dan and Lori live in Singapore year-round, but they are both originally from New England and wanted their children to feel connected to the region. When this home on a quiet pond in Falmouth came on the market, Dan knew it was fate; however, Lori was less convinced. The 1890s former carriage house had been abandoned for five years; it was musty and worn.
But the couple’s two daughters, Brooke and Alexandra, offered a proposition. “My two daughters said if you buy this house, we will commit to have our wedding in the backyard,” Dan tells Parker. That promise was enough for Dan and Lori. “My wife looked at me and she said that’s the home we want to build. Let’s do it.”
Lori could overlook the year’s worth of TLC for the bigger picture. “To me, it’s all about the family and if my kids are coming back and they want to come home, then I’m sold,” she says.
Dan and Lori give Parker a tour of their home, which is filled with meaningful, historic details. “There’s a story every minute, every second, every step,” says Parker.
Dan and Lori worked with Dan’s father as well as Mark Bogosian of Longfellow Design Build, which has three offices on the Cape in Falmouth, Chatham, and Osterville. When Parker asks Mark what the most challenging part of the renovation was, he says designing around the significant details. “Working with a house with such history and that brick structure, there were limits but the designers worked hard to create an open concept that they love,” he says.
Like every episode of New England Living, the evening ends with a meal prepared by a local chef. Parker meets chef John Tabor of the Glass Onion in Falmouth and with ingredients from the Clam Man and Coonamessett Farm, they produce a dinner party fit for the house on the coast.