amy azzarito

sneak peek: winky lewis & alex millspaugh

by Amy Azzarito

This 1800 house in Portland, Maine, is home to photographer , her husband Alex, the couple’s three kids and their two dogs. Whew! Luckily, the home is positively huge, so even with such a big bunch, there’s still plenty of room for everyone. The house was designed by famed Portland architect John Calvin Stevins and is filled with those wonderful old-house details like built-in cabinets and beautiful moldings. The couple has done a lot of under-the-hood work to bring the home into the 21st century in a energy-efficient way. But now that the house work is finished and the kids are all in school, Winky has had time to concentrate on her photography; her first photo show since college opened this past Saturday at in Portland! Congratulations, Winky! And thanks, Winky & Alex!Amy A.

Image above: This is a portrait of Alex’s grandfather. The trunk is from my grandmother. The dinosaur model is my son Harry’s. He put it together on our dining room table two Christmases ago, and it hasn’t made it very far since.

Image above: We love our dining room, though we admit that with the craziness of everyday life, we don’t use it enough. It looks back on our small backyard and gets quite a bit of light. The table is from Environment Furniture and is indestructible! The chairs are just from our local unfinished furniture store and painted Benjamin Moore Vermillion Red. I love this room, as it is always clean and waiting for us. The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore Iron Gate.

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Image above: We renovated our kitchen a few years ago (with the help of Phil Kaplan, as the kitchen had been moved into what was originally the dining room to accommodate an apartment years ago). We put the kitchen back in its original location, on the street side of our house, which is great for keeping an eye on the kids outside, and we now have the dining room back where it should be. This corner of the kitchen is somewhat of an office space for all of us. The top of the desk is covered with photos under glass. I love it when it isn’t all covered up!

Image above: We’ve always struggled with how to set up the living room. I don’t know that we’re settled on the current set up, but it works for now. It is a wonderful, large room that is full of light and very kid-friendly, and the dogs like it, too. When we first moved in and were in awe of the space we had, we let our kids ride tricycles around inside. We soon realized that was a mistake, as they were too destructive. But some fun was had in here on trikes banging into molding, etc.

Image above: This wall of our dining room has no windows, perhaps because the architect who designed it lived next door on the dining room side of our house!  We didn’t know what to do with this wall, and finally we came up with photo wall.  Not sure I’d ever do it again, as it was so difficult to hang.  I had originally thought of it as a rotating display of family photos, but these are staying put as long as we’re here.

Image above: We renovated our kitchen a few years ago. It is simple and full of kids’ art these days. The counters are Pietra Cardoza, an Italian granite, which has weathered all of us pretty well these last few years. The floating shelves are walnut.

Image above: We’ve preserved the old pantry, which is wonderful to have. Lots of storage, and a great sink to fill with ice and drinks when we entertain.

Image above: Kitchen shelves have filled up with all sorts of creative odds and ends from my kids.

Image above: Kitchen wall with a photograph of my son. The wall is painted with Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint; the color is Bull’s Eye Red. The island is also topped with walnut.

Image above: A photograph of bear (www.canvasondemand.com — love them) taken on 10th street in NYC, near our old apartment. He came from a shelter way up on the east side. The cutest puppy ever is now our beloved old man. The photo hangs above my son’s mantel. The walls in his room are school-bus yellow (Benjamin Moore Guild Millennium), and you almost need sunglasses in there.

Image above: A bench in our living room. An squirrel pillow in the foreground.

Image above: Our dining room mantel piece with rocks (that we shouldn’t have taken from the beach!).

Image above: The front door of our house. It is actually on the side of our house, so one has to climb up stairs from the street. It is a wonderful, grand old house; I think we’re committed to it for some time to come. A few owners before us chose the color (a Cabot orange stain; it is some sort of a custom mix with no name!), and it is a keeper. We’ve painted it once since we’ve been here.

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