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This Maine Vacation Home Has Two Bunk Rooms (and a Few Hidden Beds!)

Rocky shores, sweeping vistas, tight-knit communities—the coastal towns of Maine are famous for their ability to entice visitors to return summer after summer, generation after generation. So it was for a Connecticut-based husband and wife, the latter having grown up spending holidays in the southern part of the state, when they bought a piece of land there adjacent to her parents’ home—and just a stone’s throw from various aunts, uncles, and cousins.

a bedroom with a bed and a mirror: When clients wanted a retreat that was bright and airy, that captured plenty of classic New England charm without being cliché, designer Chauncey Boothby put a fresh spin on the region's old-school design sensibilities.

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When clients wanted a retreat that was bright and airy, that captured plenty of classic New England charm without being cliché, designer Chauncey Boothby put a fresh spin on the region’s old-school design sensibilities.

The couple, who have four young children, wanted a retreat that was bright and airy, one that captured plenty of classic New England charm without being cliché. Enter designer Chauncey Boothby, a Maine native with a proven talent for putting a fresh spin on the region’s old-school design sensibilities.

a house with bushes in front of a building: The shingle-style house.

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The shingle-style house.

The plan for the home’s interior started with the color palette: Rather than rely on a stereotypical navy-and-white nautical theme, Boothby dressed the house in “duck egg blues, teals, flax and taupes that pull from the sea and sand, but that didn’t necessarily scream coastal,” says the House Beautiful Next Wave designer. Next, “Instead of typical beach decor, we mixed in mid-century inspired pieces, caned woods and various natural materials among otherwise tailored furniture.”

With the constant ebb and flow of guests in mind, the house has two separate bunk rooms—one for the couple’s two older sons, where the custom beds feature queen-sized lower bunks and twins up above, and another one for visiting friends and family. (For the occasions when it hosts adult guests, “we tried to make it feel a little less juvenile,” says Boothby.)

While the house was primarily built as a summer retreat, architects Brooks & Falotico and builders Thomas & Lord designed it to be used year-round, fully winterizing the structure so that the family could use it during the spring and autumn shoulder seasons, when nighttime temperatures can drop precipitously, and holidays like Thanksgiving. The decision that proved especially prescient over the past year: “It served as the perfect spot to quarantine!” says Boothby.


a kitchen filled with lots of furniture: chauncey boothby

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chauncey boothby

Two kitchen islands mean that the clients, frequent entertainers, have plenty of space to prep for dinner parties while the kids eat at the counter. Island paint color: Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore. Stools: Serena & Lily. Pendants: The Urban Electric Co. (in Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue). Tile: Subway Ceramics.

Dining Room

a room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: chauncey boothby

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chauncey boothby

“The requirement for this room was to maximize seating,” says Boothby. “Typically the table is set for 10, but when fully extended, the table can squeeze up to 14.” Pale blue trim—Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth Blue mixed with Simply White—livens up the white walls. Dining table: Restoration Hardware. Chairs: Palacek in a Schuyler Samperton Textiles fabric. Pendant and sconce: The Urban Electric Co.

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10 hidden gems of local UK architecture: readers’ travel tips

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Winning tip: Brewing splendour, Staffordshire

Drink it in … Bass brewery water tower seen from Andresey Bridge, Burton-upon-Trent.

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Drink it in … Bass brewery water tower seen from Andresey Bridge, Burton-upon-Trent.

Bass Water Tower next to the Wash Lands in Burton upon Trent is a fine example of Victorian brewery architecture and an engineering feat in brickwork. Grade II-listed, it is an emblem of the town’s 19th-century heyday as the brewery centre of the world. Majestically rising above the skyline, it can clearly be seen when crossing over the old Trent Bridge. It is one of the few remaining iconic brewery buildings, and can be visited (though not this month) by arrangement with the National Brewery Museum.

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Pumping iron, Cambridgeshire

a small house in a body of water: Steam driven pumping station on the Great Ouse

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Steam driven pumping station on the Great Ouse

Stretham Old Engine, on the Great Ouse River near Ely, is an enduring reminder of both the feats of 19th-century engineering and the nature of its locality. The steam-powered drainage engine pumped water from the ever-shrinking fen up into the river. This method replaced windmill-driven engines and was later usurped by electric pumps. The building is still a striking part of its surroundings, identifiable from a distance by its tall chimney and constructed from pale yellow Cambridgeshire gault brick. It is best appreciated when approached on foot on one of the riverside footpaths – or maybe by boat.

£4/£1, normally open Sundays and bank holidays April-Oct, strethamoldengine.org.uk

Sharon Pinner

Soot-stained history, Isle of Lewis

Traditional “blackhouses” dot the Outer Hebrides. The best collection is at Gearrannan on Lewis. The last permanent residents moved out in 1973, after which the village was converted into a museum which includes a house recreated as it would have looked in 1953. Blackhouses were so named because their walls were stained black with soot. Smoke escaped through the roof as the houses didn’t have chimneys. The houses’ double drystone walls, low profile and insulating thatch made them well suited to the Hebridean climate. Roofs are weighted with tethered stones. In normal times you can stay in the village – in modernised properties.

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Home to roost, Fife

a building with a green field: White Century Priory Dovecot near Crail Harbour,

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White Century Priory Dovecot near Crail Harbour,

At first sight, this rendered sandstone tower could perhaps be mistaken for an ancient windmill. However, the Doocot of Crail (1550) on the East Neuk of Fife coast, is no such thing. Stepping inside, as if into Narnia, we were amazed to find about 700 pigeon nesting holes in the walls. Particularly impressive is the unusual revolving central ladder called a potence (French for gallows). You first peer down through the floor grating, and your eyes are then drawn upwards to where openings once allowed pigeons in to nest, getting fat and laying eggs for their owners, while the wild raptors were kept out.


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Glorious Georgian barn, Cumbria

I wonder how many people actually stop to admire this well-maintained, traditional Cumbrian barn as they walk along

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NASA scientists discover the moon’s hidden water stores

The moon is littered with patches of hidden water, NASA researchers have discovered.

That’s great news for the agency’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon, set up a permanent base there, and eventually use it as a stopping point on the way to Mars.

Those ambitions hinge on the ability to mine water ice on the moon and break it down into oxygen and hydrogen to make rocket fuel. Since it’s extremely costly and difficult to launch enough fuel off of Earth to get astronauts to Mars, water on the moon will likely play a critical role in kickstarting a new era of human deep-space exploration.

“You start making gas stations in space. This really starts cutting your dependence on bringing all that fuel from Earth,” Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines, previously told Business Insider. “That’s really been what’s holding us back from deep-space exploration.”

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Artist’s concept of astronauts and human habitats on Mars.


Until now, NASA hadn’t known how much water could be available on the moon, or how easy it would be to mine. But two papers published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday make the future of lunar ice mining much brighter.

One of the studies confirmed the presence of molecular water in the moon’s surface dust for the first time. The other identified tens of billions of small, cold regions in shadows across the moon where the sun never shines and ice sits comfortably on the surface.

“Both, in different ways, would seem to indicate that there’s more water available on the lunar surface than we’ve been thinking even recently,” Leslie Gertsch, a geological engineer at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and who was not involved in the studies, told Business Insider. “Whether it’s mineable or not is another question.”

A space plane detected lunar H2O for the first time

Experts had long thought the moon wouldn’t be a safe place for water, since it has no atmosphere to shield its surface from the sun’s radiation.

But scientists and their spacecraft have been picking up telltale signs of lunar water for the last three decades. First, they found hydrogen lingering over the poles. Then traces of water appeared in lunar-rock samples from the Apollo missions. Later, the Cassini spacecraft picked up signals for water as it glanced at the moon on its way to Saturn.

Finally, in 2018, scientists confirmed water ice sitting on the surface of the moon’s poles. These reservoirs lie in shadowed regions called “cold traps” that sunlight can’t reach.

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A map of “cold traps” inside shadowy lunar craters at the moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right). Blue dots show locations where water ice may be present at or near the surface.


But there was always a possibility that none of those discoveries were actually water as we know it — H2O — instead of a compound called hydroxyl (OH).

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