“How do you have a home that feels like it’s been here for two hundred years when it’s really been here for ten?” Parker Kelley asks homeowner Jean-Marc about his home in Nahant, Massachusetts.
It’s true, the home, which overlooks the North Shore and Massachusetts Bay looks as if it could have sailed across the Atlantic from distant land. The design was meant to capture homeowner Jean-Marc’s childhood, which he spent in France and on Cape Cod. “His goal, because of these influences, was to create a modern reproduction of an eighteenth century French home that also functioned as a barefoot friendly, often-sandy beach house,” says Parker Kelley.
Jean-Marc saw his vision come to life with the help of the team at S&H Construction, who installed eighteenth century fireplaces and lighting while Jean-Marc incorporated antique furniture and other stunning details.
After the home tour, Parker meets chef Jeremy Sewall at his latest restaurant, Les Sablons in Cambridge to discuss his newest venture. “Les Sablons means the sand and it refers to the finest sand right down by the water. It’s also a metro strop in Paris,” says Sewall. Built in 1912, it was a former waiting space for conductors and people who were taking the trolley; however, it shut down in 1974 and sat vacant for years. Sewall and his team have transformed it. Downstairs has a more casual, neighborhood favorite vibe, but upstairs is “more of an elevated dining experience,” says Sewall, which is “rooted in French cuisine and continental European.”
For the dinner party, Sewall pulls from local Red’s Best in the Seaport to create a baked New England cod with littleneck clam and bacon ragout. Parker ends the meal and the evening with a toast: “Completely decadent, I have been transformed, I feel like I have been transported to a beautiful, amazing French-inspired place,” says Parker Kelley.