Spy Holiday House: Boxwood Hall


This is my second holiday card to Spy readers and I am delighted to feature the Easton home of Jeffrey Parker. Jeffrey is a native of Cambridge, MD and received an undergraduate degree in interior design and architecture from the University of Maryland at College Park. After working for a roster of international clients for prestigious firms in Washington D.C. , Muscat, Oman and New York City, he established his own interior design firm in New York city in 1998.  

After spending weekends in his East Hampton home for 20 years, the Eastern Shore beckoned and he bought a weekend house in Cooke’s Hope in 2012.  The two-story traditional brick house had a detached garage that was connected to the main house by a breezeway. Upon moving into the house Jeffrey then began his transformation. A second floor above the garage became a family room with guest bathroom, the screened porch became a French-doored sunroom and the two structures were united by a breezeway with French doors leading to the newly constructed swimming pool.

After solving other interior architecture issues, Jeffrey turned his discriminating eye to the interiors. Moldings and custom finishes added a layer of elegance and each of the bathrooms were redesigned. The dormant third-floor space became a proper third floor for the residence which now has two generous guest suites. What had been a large attic was transformed by the addition of three traditional dormers on the front façade and a shed dormer on the rear elevation to expand the space.  

The rear yard was then enclosed by a traditional brick wall with Napoleon caps and was enhanced by a pool and outdoor fireplace to become an outdoor room for entertaining and  relaxing with family and friends.

The entertaining spaces are important as Jeffrey is more than an occasional visitor to Easton. Passionate about the arts, he is currently a board member and president of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and a trustee of the Academy Art Museum. He continues to also be active with the board of the Easton Choral Arts Society and at Christ Church Easton.

He is passionate about Christmas and his home, Boxwood Hall, is annually decked to the nines with festive holiday decorations including six Christmas trees which display an array of antique and 20th Century blown glass ornaments.  Jeffrey began this collection when he was 8 years old.  

For more information about Jeffrey, visit his website jeffreyparkerinteriors.com, or contact Jeffrey at jeffrey@jefferyparkerinteriors .com.

Many thanks to the sellers who have invited me into their homes, the agents and their administrative assistants who have shared their pictures with me and my fellow architects who shared their creative work.

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.


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