The exterior of the home has a seaside feel, in red brick, beige clapboard
and with a porthole near the door. The entrance door, a solid oak four-pan-
el door with glass sidelights, invites you into an early 20th-century Mission-
The foyer floor, a dark oak plank with walnut inlay, sets the tone and
the hue of the house. The stairs, to the right of the entrance door, were built
on site and have a definitive Arts and Crafts feel, with strong newel posts in-
terspersed with a thick-thin-thick pattern of spindles.
Antique Curtis prints flank the porthole on the stairway, and two Art Nou-
veau floral tooled-leather and wood chairs add flavor. An antique Kilim
rug in terra cotta adds color to the foyer, as does a Robert Motherwell paint-
ing in black and gray with a touch of red.
`There are lots of interesting spaces, volumes and windows," says Lubin.
"There is a lot of light throughout the house, even with the dark wood."
Early on in the creation of the home, the Epsteins recruited Richard
Daniels, a senior designer with Brian Killian & Co. in Birmingham, into the
"I had very definite ideas about what I wanted, but he had some wonderful
ideas, that weren't mine, that work great," says Mary.
Daniels brought firsthand knowledge of the Arts and Crafts movement
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A large painting by Bob Nugent hangs to the left of the matte-
glazed black-tile fireplace, while two sofas and armchairs are softly
upholstered in tone-on-tone ivory Glant chenille. The exterior of
the home has a seaside feel, in red brick, beige clapboard and with
a porthole near the door.