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sneak peek: annie coggan & caleb crawford

by Amy Azzarito

Annie Coggan and Caleb Crawford are design professors in New York City – Annie at FIT, Parsons, and more, while Caleb teaches at City College. Just this fall, after fours years in the South, they moved their home base back to Brooklyn, and Annie is now also the artist-in-residence at Brooklyn’s Textile Arts Center. (We peeked into the couple’s Southern home last year.) A perk of working in education is the summer breaks, and even though the couple keeps most of their time occupied with their work for Coggan and Crawford Architects, they decided to make the most of their summer and move operations up to Belfast, Maine. They bought the house four years ago, and it’s taken three years to renovate. This summer was the first that they didn’t share morning coffee with their contractor, Darren. Thanks, Annie, Caleb & Madeline! — Amy Azzarito

We had some rules that we gave ourselves for how to finish the interior. We had salvaged all the wood from the interior of the original house, and I wanted a house that reminded me of southern beach houses from the twenties, with all those wooden walls. We decided to finish all the short walls in the house with the original wood and the long walls with new planks of pine (added bonus — great smell!). The ceilings in the downstairs are quite low, so we have tried not to put art on the walls and let the pine walls speak for themselves. Upstairs, we have tried to employ another strategy: Every summer when we lived in Mississippi, we would stop at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello during the drive to Maine. I was so taken with Jefferson’s way of arranging art and artifacts together on the wall that I want the walls to read as museums; it’s getting there. (All the walls are painted Benjamin Moore China White; that’s a pretty standard Coggan and Crawford color.)

Image above: My work area is comprised of a Crate and Barrel rolling orange table from a few years ago and a chair reworked by me!

See more of Annie and Caleb’s Maine home after the jump . . .

Image above: In the living room, the woodstove sits on common concrete-block pavers, and the back wall is tiled in ceiling tiles that we saved from the house.

Image above: A use-what-you-have kitchen. There is an old stove from Caleb’s grandmother, Martha Stewart’s stools from three houses ago, and an under-the-counter refrigerator from an ill-fated café project.

Image above: My bookshelf is made of old dresser drawers and shelves from our old studio space. It works very well!

Image above: Caleb built the bed and the beautiful Christien Meindertsma was painstakingly bartered for. The octopus light from Autoban was in our Mississippi house, and we love it in our high-ceiling space. Above the bed is my beloved painting by Atlanta artist Jean Glenn (high school friend!).

Image above: Caleb also built the bench in the bedroom. The chairs on the wall are part of my Walker Evans Builds, a chairs series. The small drawings are Caleb’s drawings titled Form Poems.

Image above: We used tile left over from our café project. We found two similar sinks at a junk shop down the road, and Caleb and Darren made the vanity. The bathroom cabinet is from the original house.

Image above: We thought it would be good to have a big guest room that is flexible for a couple and kids. So we gathered up spare beds (double and a bunk bed) and put them in there. On the walls and ceilings are favorite paintings by Caleb, some drawings by me and a planetary mobile that I bought in Savannah one day when I was left alone there.

Image above: Most of the circa 1840s workman’s houses in Belfast, Maine, are this tidy white housey house shape, but I have been dreaming of a red front porch for years. I think it weights the house down to meet the ground. Red/orange is the best color in Maine, next to the bright blue sky and trees. Also, the color is a little tongue-in-cheek reference to Maine lobsters.

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