A Rhode Island Farmhouse on the Sea


Shingle style, antiques, stone fireplaces for those early Fall evenings, outdoor showers, fresh veggies from the gardens, whitewashed woodwork, shutters, charm… That is the quintessential image we have when thinking of the perfect New England farmhouse.

If you think this is a house build a century ago, you are wrong.  This new-old house was designed by Louise Brooks and Vince Falotico of Brooks & Falotico, New Canaan, Ct. Yes, it was built with the same kind of charm and attention to detail of a great old New England farmhouse, but better. Everything they design is highly functional, lives easy and is beautifully designed. They don’t design houses, they design homes.

little compton farmhouse 1

.The What’s Great List

Open-Living and Dining

  • These two spaces are simply divided by half walls and columns. One large room, two living spaces.
  • In New England, much of the time you want the doors open, simply because air conditioning is neither necessary nor wanted. French doors and over-sized windows were used. Open them in and let the breezes blow through!
  • The side French doors lead out to a screened in porch with a big stone fireplace for those sweet summer nights.

 red kitchen



  • The red island multi tasks for cooking, prep and a quick cup of tea.
  • The full casement windows were used for the country feeling and the interior shutters are shut when the too strong afternoon sun is too much.
  • The marble counters are perfect for cooking prep and pastry making and always looks country.
  • The very simple phone center with the bulletin board above fits into a small space nicely.
  • The high New England moldings over the doors and windows keep the rooms 9′ ceilings in proportion.
  • Sub-Zero pull out fridge drawers are tucked under the counter for all the hungry time snackers.

mud room with dog kennels


The Mudroom

A brilliant mudroom with great storage ideas. The dogs get their own built in crates. The built in cupboards, hanging closets and ‘catch all’ pull out drawers provide great storage. Note the ship lap planking again.


The Master Bedroom & Bath

Not large in scale, but designed as it would have been way back when.  The windows are high to let in light but allow for wall space in this eaved-room and the fireplace is from a an architectural salvage shop and was left as it was to give the room the age that it evokes.

The Farm on the Sea

ext-stone wall

Lazy summer days in New England here consist of sailing, ocean kayaking , beach days and seaside gardening. At the end of the day, family, friends and guests gather together drinks, dinner and an after dinner game of croquet on the lawn overlooking the Atlantic ocean.




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Brooks and Falotico Architects – New Canaan, Ct.