Artistry, whimsy, and ingenuity bring an Oak Bluffs home back to life.

Shelley Christiansen

"Look for a wolf tree and build it so it’ll move with the wind.”

Ali Berlow

When the Oak Bluffs fireworks end with the bursting of a pair of glittering, pyrotechnic palm trees this month, the Martha’s Vineyard Swing Band will begin to play on the porch of 93 Ocean Avenue. And John and Sharon Kelly will celebrate 29 years of summer living on the perimeter of Ocean Park.

Brooks Robards

A castle on the Lagoon.

Brooks Robards

The Franklins, who run Vineyard Photo, keep a project in motion at home.

Margaret Knight

When a house acquires a name on the Island, it’s a sign that a stranger has arrived, worked hard, sacrificed, and achieved something memorable.

Ali Berlow

Deep in the woods of Chilmark off Tabor House Road, the earthly and the ethereal meet in the timber-frame home of the Goff-Maidoff family.

Margaret Knight

Two generations of Taylors have lived in the same family home on a hilltop in Aquinnah. But only for nine months out of the year.

Brooks Robards

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The Allure of Mudrooms

Four different settings show this architectural interface between the wide, grubby world and the civility of the home.

On Golden Pond

A couple heading toward retirement nestles into a renovated home on the Lagoon in Oak Bluffs.

Hemingway’s Head

A small two-bedroom in Edgartown features a half-bath inspired by all things Ernest Hemingway – especially the famed author’s fishing boat.

Powered by Nature

A new building on Anna Edey’s West Tisbury farm sounds more like a spa with its pool and sauna, but she calls it a lab for sustainable design as it integrates many of her environmentally friendly innovations, including solar panels for heat, hot water, and electricity – and chickens for eggs, meat, and heat.

Realizing a Green Dream

The terms “green” or “sustainable” applied to residential architecture tend to conjure images of primitive or alternative homes of modest size and funky feel, rather than the high-end, luxurious houses that often grace the pages of magazines. The Davis house in Chilmark is a stunning rebuke to that fallacy.

The Man Who Rebuilt Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

When the new hospital opens its doors early next year, there will be countless people to thank. Among those at the top of the list will be John P. Ferguson, chairman of the board.

Shack Happy

Built on a cove of Edgartown Great Pond, “Forever Wild” is a standing tribute to the three generations of Wilds who have owned the property since 1941.

Ask the Experts

How should you care for old paintings?

A Home that Inspires

The Muneys responded to the palette of a waterside setting on Edgartown Great Pond when planning their vacation house. Now the finished home inspires the family’s Vineyard lifestyle.

A Collector’s Bijou

Joan and John Potter’s home is the result of both a new way of looking at their East Chop property and an integration of an eclectic array of antiques – many from the Far East.

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