Spy House of the Week: Southern Home Living in Sherwood


This waterfront house was first featured in Southern Home magazine after its 2015 renovation. From the street, the house massing seems compact since the garage wing is perpendicular to the main house. From the rear, however, the spacious house expands to maximize vistas from the house’s main rooms to the water. It is always refreshing to see a house that accentuates the windows by the use of trim in an accent color against white siding.  I also liked the board and batten cementitious siding which creates shadow lines on the façade as the sun moves overhead.  

The entry’s double French doors open onto the spacious foyer with an “L’ shaped stair. The doorway to the living room on one side, the wide wall opening to the dining room on the other side and the open vista from the front door through the adjacent hall to the great room sets up the great flow through the house. The foyer’s white settee with blue and white pillows, including the ubiquitous Eastern Shore crab, introduces the red, white and blue nautical color scheme throughout the house.  

The living room one-story wing enables it to have a pitched ceiling and windows on three sides filter sunlight throughout the day. The blue and white colors of the rug over the wood floor, the geometric patterns of the end tables and pillows and large ottoman/coffee table creates a sophisticated look. The framed artwork over the sofa was quite familiar, since my older sister had considered it for her Hilton Head house. Here the print is a focal point with its texture and perspective on the sofa wall.

The focal point of the huge family room is the floor to ceiling picture pane in the bay window with French doors on either side to the wrap-around deck beyond.  The fireplace on the side wall is flanked by a doorway to the living room and a window with a seat below. The white sofas anchored by the red and white patterned rug and accent pillows is a great space for relaxing.  The wide wall opening between the family room and the large kitchen connects the two spaces. I loved the kitchen’s galley arrangement with an island and end wall in a rich blue accent color against the rear wall of white cabinets and countertop.  The staggered wood shelves with live edges against the blue wall is the perfect backdrop for displaying ceramics. The stainless steel appliances and hardware continues the contemporary design scheme. The rear wall is a window wall of French doors and full length sidelights to access the screened porch, deck and the pool.

The powder room’s enchanting wallpaper of whimsical small to large fish makes one think you are in the middle of an aquarium. My favorite room is the screened porch with its indoor/outdoor rattan furnishings, white upholstery, red/white accent pillows and rug overlaid on the small blue/white patterned rug. A great spot to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the water.

The master bedroom also accesses the screened porch and the accent wall of wood behind the bed, the muted gray and white tones of the headboard and bedding with accent pillows of light pumpkin has a serene look.  Two of the three second floor bedrooms as well as the bonus room also have water views. 

Waterfront lot on a secluded street, great flow and spacious rooms with a sophisticated nautical flair-a great house to call the Eastern Shore home!


For more information about this property, contact Debra Crouch with Benson & Mangold Real Estate at 410-745-0720 (o), 410-924-0771 (c) or dcrouch@bensonandmangold.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.

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.

Photography by Janelle Stroop, Thru the Lens, 845-744-2758, Janelle@Thruthelensphotos.comConstruction by Kurt Herrmann, Shore Projects LLC, 410-690-4832 Interior Design by Bountiful Interiors, 410-763-8500


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