Mid-Century Modern in Historic Sconset -Spring 2018

by: Leslie Linsley

photography by: Terry Pommett

This 600-square-foot house feels quite spacious due to the openness and many windows typical of mid-century modern architecture. The homeowner’s collection of art and furniture of the period creates an exciting space.

In 2013, Katherine Murphy and Phil Arensberg downsized from a large island home and an apartment in Boston to their newly-built 600-squarefoot cottage in Sconset. The challenge they faced was how to arrange and fit their massive collection of mid-century modern art into the new house in an aesthetically pleasing way.

The master bedroom is decorated with artwork.

On moving day Kit, as Murphy’s friends call her, remembered, “Curtis Barnes, our builder; and Barbara Halsted, our decorator, were at the house helping us unpack boxes and putting things in place. Suddenly the movers started bringing in the artwork.”

Too tired to deal with it, she asked Halsted if she would hang it all. She told her she wanted the room to look like an art gallery and felt that Halsted had the artistic eye to pull it off. She was more than up to the task and did such a splendid job that Murphy admitted she’s never changed anything.


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